|Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley??|
Government is taking the issue of human trafficking "seriously" and has again placed it on the "front burner".
This assurance came recently from Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, as he addressed the premiering of the Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) documentary, Fantasy Shot, at the Olympus Theatres.
Mr. Lashley told his audience: "We have developed an action plan to address the concerns of our local and international stakeholders, and within days, members of an inter-ministerial committee will meet to review and examine proposed human trafficking legislation and other proposed legislation that will ensure traffickers are punished severely, while the victims are protected and not criminalised."
The Minister noted that in the past the BPW had raised the level of awareness on the issue and commended its members for the tremendous work done in the community.
Barbados joined several countries across the world last Friday, November 25, to commemorate the Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the 16 days of activism against gender based violence, which ends on December 10. A number of activities are currently being held by the Bureau of Gender Affairs and its stakeholders to encourage the public to denounce violence.