The 2015 Trafficking in Persons reported that "St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. NGOs and government officials report some adults pressure local minors into sex trafficking. One NGO reported that local minors are subjected to sex trafficking by tourists in the Grenadines; local authorities have not identified any cases. Foreign women engaged in prostitution are subjected to trafficking for sex and foreign workers from South America and the Caribbean are subjected to trafficking for forced labor both in the country or while transiting through; however, the government and NGOs reported the number of women from other Caribbean islands subjected to sex trafficking decreased during the last few years. Foreign workers employed by small, foreign-owned companies are particularly vulnerable to labor trafficking. Men, women, and children are vulnerable to forced labor, primarily in agriculture; government officials and civil society suspect drug traffickers subject workers to forced labor in the production of marijuana. NGOs and government officials report attempts to subject Vincentians to trafficking for both forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation in foreign countries." See full report here
Something has to be done to curb this complication
St. Vincent and the Grenadines made the US' Tier 2 list because of child and foreign sex trafficking. The report stated that "St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking." On June 17th 2016, we posted a video from Local poet Janielle Browne who did a poem Rape Culture, asking persons to desist from such. Janielle is not a victim, but a voice.
by: Jeronnie Richardson
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