The issue of human trafficking will again be examined when the Bureau of Gender Affairs continues its series of panel discussions next Wednesday, June 27, at the St. James Secondary School, commencing at 7:00 p.m.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend this sensitisation session, which has as its theme "Not Again": Trafficking in Persons – Modern Day Slavery.

Human trafficking is a crime in which traffickers profit from the exploitation of individuals who are lured to places where they can be controlled. Victims are promised a better life and good jobs, but then forced into dangerous, illegal or abusive work. It is a rapidly expanding global phenomenon and the most common forms of exploitation in human trafficking include domestic servitude, forced labour and sexual slavery.

Government has intensified its efforts to educate Barbadians about this scourge and eliminate any semblance of human trafficking. It has enacted the Transnational Organised Crime (Prevention and Control) Act, 2011-13, established a 13-member National Task Force for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons, chaired by Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, and scaled up its public awareness programme, among other things.

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