Saint Lu­cia is off the State De­part­ment’s Watch List for Trafficking In Per­sons

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The De­part­ment of Home Af­fairs and Na­tional Se­cu­rity is en­cour­aged that the is­land has been up­graded from the Trafficking in Per­sons Tier Two Watch List where it was placed last year, 2016, by the State De­part­ment of the United States of Amer­ica. On June 27, 2017 the Sec­re­tary of State within the State De­part­ment, Rex W. Tiller­son, re­leased the sev­en­teenth an­nual Trafficking in Per­sons (TIP) Re­port. The Sec­re­tary of State is man­dated to sub­mit an an­nual re­port to Congress. The goal of this re­port is to stim­u­late ac­tion and cre­ate part­ner­ships around the world in the fight against mod­ern slav­ery.

The De­part­ment of Home Af­fairs and Na­tional Se­cu­rity leads a Cabi­net-ap­proved na­tional task force for the Pre­ven­tion of Trafficking in Per­sons con­sist­ing of rel­e­vant agen­cies and Non­Govern­men­tal Or­ga­ni­za­tions (NGOs), in im­ple­ment­ing the na­tional ac­tion plan.

The 2017 Trafficking In Per­sons Re­port as­sesses the anti-trafficking ef­forts of 187 gov­ern­ments, in­clud­ing the United States. Coun­tries that fully meet the min­i­mum stan­dards of the Trafficking Vic­tims Pro­tec­tion Act of 2000, as amended, are clas­si­fied as Tier One.

Coun­tries as­sessed as not fully meet­ing the min­i­mum stan­dards, but mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant ef­forts to meet them, are clas­si­fied as Tier Two. Coun­tries as­sessed as nei­ther meet­ing the min­i­mum stan­dards nor mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant ef­forts to meet them are clas­si­fied as Tier Three.

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