Barbados taking steps to arrest human trafficking
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite says human trafficking has now reached the stage in Barbados where potential victims were seen to be in need of help and an overall transformation in terms of response was taking place.
The Attorney General was speaking at a workshop hosted today by the National Task Force on Crime Prevention and the government of Canada to specifically look at this issue.
He noted that two years ago a national committee was established here on human trafficking, which he said was a real issue in the Caribbean.
However, as with most crimes, he acknowledged that not all human trafficking cases would be solved.
“Ours is a task that we need to be at 24/7,” said Brathwaite, while hailing today’s workshop as important.
“. . . we need to train you the frontline personnel so that you would be able to respond,” he told members of the audience, including police and immigration officials, NGO representatives, and church leaders.
“For individuals like us who are products of slavery, we should never allow slavery to be apart of our island. I am therefore very passionate about the work that [Crime Stoppers] are doing,” Brathwaite said.