SVG Government made progress in Preventing Human Trafficking

The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines made some progress in preventing human trafficking.

This from a report released by the US State Department, the 2016 report said the government launched an anti-trafficking public awareness campaign, primarily at primary schools and faith-based institutions.

The police operated an information phone line, which is advertised in their anti-trafficking outreach materials; in 2015, it received 24 trafficking-related calls, the report further stated.

The report noted that the Prime Minister chaired a ministerial-level national anti-trafficking task force, which developed a national anti-trafficking action plan covering 2016-2018; the cabinet approved the action plan, this task force according to the report provided quarterly and annual reports to the cabinet.

According to the 2016 report, SVG government formed a national working group to focus on active cases that complement the high-level policy-making national task force and hired a social worker to liaise with entities involved in anti-trafficking efforts.

The government also developed anti-trafficking training for its diplomatic personnel, but did not disseminate it, the report stated.

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