‘Be­ware of fake job of­fers’

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

PER­SONS ARE be­ing urged to take care in re­spond­ing to ad­ver­tised jobs as hu­man traf­fick­ers are us­ing this as a scheme to lure per­sons into ex­ploita­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to man­ager of the Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons Sec­re­tariat, Keshia West, traf­fick­ers are us­ing pub­lished ad­ver­tise­ments to of­fer jobs that do not ex­ist, and the pub­lic must be aware of the dan­gers that they might face if they re­spond to the ads.

He said that re­cently, a mes­sage went out via so­cial me­dia that a new ho­tel in The Cay­man Is­lands was about to open and was in need of var­i­ous work­ers, but when it was checked by the Na­tional Task Force Against Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons, it was found to be false.

“We see traf­fick­ers us­ing dif­fer­ent means of get­ting to un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims,” she told a re­cent fo­rum, held at the Ridge­mount United Church, in Man­dev­ille, Manch­ester.

West told the gath­er­ing that per­sons who re­sponded to the job of­fer­ings might have been asked to send money for ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion as ob­tain­ing funds is an­other ploy that is used in the scheme.

AN­OTHER AVENUE

The Min­istry of Jus­tice of­fi­cial also urged com­mu­nity mem­bers to look out for per­sons who might have been traf­ficked and who re­side among them. She said such per­sons are re­lieved of their pos­ses­sions and are al­ways anx­ious be­cause of threats from their cap­tors while they work in hor­ri­ble con­di­tions, some­times as pros­ti­tutes.

She said that the In­ter­net is an­other avenue that traf­fick­ers are us­ing to at­tract per­sons, especially chil­dren, or young fe­males. In re­cent times, 62 hu­man-traf­fick­ing vic­tims have been res­cued, and there have been four con­vic­tions for the crime.

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