CURB's Activities to Counter Human Trafficking
Since our initial involvement in the fight to counter human trafficking, CURB has been committed to adopting the Four P's outlined by the United Nations. These are Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership.
Since 2009 CURB has engaged in efforts to Prevent human trafficking, Protect the identity and empower victims of human trafficking and we do so through strategic Partnerships with State actors as well as civil society organisations.
We have also contributed to the development of the legal framework for the Prosecution of human traffickers through our involvement in the Cabinet appointed Task Force (2009-2010). This body drafted the policy document and suggested clauses for the Bill which was passed in Parliament as the Trafficking In Persons Act, No. 14 of 2011. Through capacity building workshops, we empower members of law enforcement as well as civil society organisations to better address the crime of human trafficking.
CURB continues to monitor and review legislation for weaknesses and draws those issues to the attention of the line Government Ministry so that prosecutions can be more successful when instituted.
Being experienced in promoting restorative justice, CURB is aware that the prevention of crime is a more beneficial approach to the community than seeking to restore those who have been victimised.
Therefore, we have been educating members of the public about human trafficking - its forms, causes, strategies of traffickers - and how to prevent and respond to it.
These efforts take the form of presentations, media appearances, exhibitions, speaking engagements at schools, churches, community-based organisations, and programmes with males to reduce the demand for commercial sex.
CURB has provided support services to victims of trafficking and seeks to provide tutoring in academic and vocational training to empower migrants who may be victims of trafficking or are vulnerable to being trafficked.
In so doing, we hope to give them a better opportunity to obtain secure gainful employment or establish their own small business. Such opportunities serve to reduce the likelihood that they will be re-trafficked.
We also sensitise the media to understand the trauma experienced by victims of trafficking and to interact with them in a respectful manner so as to protect their privacy and avoid re-traumatising them.
CURB appreciates that ending human trafficking in the Caribbean would be impossible without a networking of concerned State and non-State actors.
Through our training and capacity building activities, we extend our range of partners in the fight to eradicate modern slavery in our region. Among those partnering agencies are organisations which serve the interests of females, males, children, secular, faith based and educational institutions.
We also participate in international events and networks of anti-slavery advocates and maintain close ties with our global counter trafficking partners.