Region told to get tough on human trafficking

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, February 29, 2008 – A regional official has issued a call to Caribbean leaders to get tough on human trafficking.

Director General of the Organisation of American states, Paul Spencer said they must be more forceful on the legislation and enforcement of laws against this crime.

Speaking during a seminar on the issue in St Lucia, Spencer said human trafficking has been swept under the carpet and it’s time it’s taken more seriously.

Those sentiments were echoed by St Lucia’s Police Commissioner John Broughton who acknowledged that the problem is a hidden crime which needs a plan of action.

The seminar which ends today, aims to build capacity within the region to fight human trafficking.

It’s part of the OAS Anti-Trafficking Program that has already held one seminar in Jamaica last year.

The OAS has been working with regional countries to build awareness about the crime.