AG’s warning about human trafficking
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite today cautioned young Barbadian women about being lured by advertisements offering them glamorous modelling careers overseas.
Brathwaite issued the warning as he spoke in the House of Assembly on the issue of human trafficking affecting women from mostly developing countries.
The St Philip South MP, who is the chairman of the Committee on Human Trafficking, welcomed the 2015 US State Department Report on Human Trafficking where Barbados remained listed as a Tier 2 country.
Brathwaite said this categorization reflected the hard work being done by the Committee to ensure that women and children were protected from exploitative persons.
However, the Attorney General questioned some aspects of the report which stated that persons in Barbados were subjected to forced labour in certain sectors.
“I do not know on which construction site are these persons forced to work. I do not know on which plantation or which plot of land are these people being forced into agricultural service. In domestic service it is even harder to prove. I have seen a Non-Governmental Report which stated that women were forced into prostitution. I want to say that that in essence is what human trafficking is about,” Brathwaite said.
He questioned the motives of some persons who suggested that the Freundel Stuart administration needed to “free up” the adult industry and allow dancers to enter the island.
He reported seeing an advertisement recently encouraging young Barbadian women to apply for positions as escorts and promising good compensation.
“I want to say to our young people, both male and female, but in particular our young females, look to see what happens in the international community; see the reports of beautiful young women who have been promised model careers and other fantastic careers and then end up having to spend time with the person who paid for their tickets, with their friends and neighbours.
“So do not get tied up with these fancy advertisements. They would want you to believe that you would just be an escort. In that case there is something for something. Our young people must not be drawn into that kind of human trafficking,” he added.