JCF going after parents who traffic children

July 22, 2021
Detective Inspector Kemisha Gordon
Detective Inspector Kemisha Gordon

The Jamaica Constabulary Force will be going after parents and guardians involved in the trafficking of their children.

Sub-officer in charge of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Vice Squad of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigations Branch, Detective Inspector Kemisha Gordon, said there is "a troubling trend" regarding children who report to have been trafficked since the start of 2021.

"Last year, there were eight victims identified within Jamaica, and worthy of note is that these eight victims were all children. Since the start of 2021, we have identified five victims, all children, all being girls," she said.

"Another trend that we are seeing is that women who are supposed to be the parents of or the guardians of these children are the ones who are seemingly seeking to exploit them," she lamented.

Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday, Gordon informed that last year, a mother was arrested and charged for exploitation of her daughter.

"A few weeks ago, another mother was also arrested and charged for a similar offence, and there are other investigations that are currently under way against parents or guardians of children who are telling us that they were exploited," she noted. Gordon said that based on evidence, most local cases of human trafficking involve sexual exploitation.

Jamaica will join the international community in observing World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30. The Ministry of National Security will be hosting a week of activities under the global theme 'Victims' Voices Lead the Way', starting with a church service on Sunday, July 25.

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