Members of the Vincentian populace are being encouraged to play an active role in combating the issue of human trafficking, by reporting any suspected cases.
This appeal came from Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves as St. Vincent and the Grenadines joined the international community yesterday July 30, in observing World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
People trafficking and modern day slavery is a massive worldwide problem with very few countries immune to human trafficking.
In an address to the nation yesterday, Prime Minister Gonsalves said everyday persons must be on the lookout for cases of human trafficking, which affects persons no matter their gender or age.
This year’s World Day against Trafficking in Persons campaign focuses on ‘responding to the trafficking of children and young people’ given the fact that almost a third of trafficking victims are children.
Prime Minister Gonsalves said in his speech that, in recent years, great effort has been made to sensitize students and teachers here about human trafficking.
Meanwhile, the Anti-trafficking in Persons Unit is inviting the general public to a free showing of the movie “Human Trafficking”. It will be held at the central police station from 7:00pm on Tuesday July 31st 2018.