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July 30th marks United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

July 30th marks United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

Human trafficking is a crime which exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. It affects millions of people globally. In 2010, the General Assembly adopted the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, urging Governments worldwide to take coordinated and consistent measures to defeat this scourge.

Deputy Director of the Counter Trafficking Unit Alana Wheeler

Deputy Director of the Counter Trafficking Unit Alana Wheeler

In an interview today Deputy Director of the Counter Trafficking Unit Alana Wheeler shed some light on how Trinidad and Tobago has been dealing with this issue.

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She admitted that although some headway is being made in combating this crime more needs to be done, however this is dependent on victims coming forward.

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Wheeler stated that Trinidad and Tobago has been proactive in in tackling this issue naming establishment of the Counter Trafficking Unit as one of the milestones. She also stated that since its inception the Unit has investigated several matters which have led to the arrest of many.

By maximizing its resources, the Unit has been able to raise awareness among citizens. To commemorate World Day against Trafficking in Persons this year the Counter Trafficking Unit will be focusing on the theme “What Makes Someone Vulnerable”.

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