The issue of human trafficking will come under the microscope on Saturday, July 9, when the Bureau of Gender Affairs, in collaboration with the St. Philip Community Council, hosts a sensitisation session.

??It will be held at the Princess Margaret Secondary School, Six Roads, St. Philip, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and members of the public are invited to attend.

There will be a power point presentation on what is human trafficking, to be followed by a panel discussion with officials from the Human Rights Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Immigration Department and the Office of the Attorney General.

Human trafficking has many faces and, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), its most common forms of exploitation in the Caribbean include "domestic servitude, forced labour and sexual slavery".

The IOM has described it as "a crime in which the victim has been recruited, transported, transferred, harboured or received, often by coercion, fraud or deception, for exploitation".

Human trafficking is a rapidly expanding global scourge, said to be the third most profitable illegal industry next to the arms and narcotics trades, and a growing problem in the Caribbean.??

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