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Type of document: News
Topic: Policy and Planning
Geographic descriptors: Barbados
Language: English
Source: www.barbadosadvocate.com/NewViewNewsleft.cfm?Record=27815
Date of publication: 14 September 2006
Long Abstract: Eye on human trafficking as World Cup approaches

Web Posted - Thu Sep 14 2006

By Regina Selman

The Bureau of Gender Affairs will be working to put systems in place, to counteract any possible rise in the incidence of human trafficking and its off-shoot of sexual slavery, in light of the upcoming Cricket World Cup, 2007.

So says Acting Director of the Bureau of Gender Affairs, John Hollingsworth.

“We are continuing our work in the area of sensitisation of the issue of human trafficking in Barbados and we are continuously working with our strategic partners, with a view towards developing a strategy, to combat the issue of human trafficking” Hollingsworth told the Barbados Advocate.

“This is with the knowledge that we are quickly approaching Cricket World Cup and the expectation, as it is in international areas when there is mass cultural events and sporting events, that there is an increase for sex workers,” he added.

“We are seeking through our efforts and our collaborative partners on the issue of human trafficking, to put systems in place to counteract any possible rise in the incidence of human trafficking and its off-shoot of sexual slavery,” the Acting Director disclosed.

Acknowledging that at present there is no direct way of determining the number of persons being trafficked, Hollingsworth did state that the Bureau is attempting to get a system in place, that could possibly provide that information.

“There is not a system in place now to say that there is trafficking in Barbados. We hear of instances that may be reported in the Press, (and) based on the circumstances that may be outlined, we could say that this seems like an incidence of trafficking. But to say an agency of Government or an NGO for that matter is to go out there and actually document cases of trafficking, that does not currently occur in Barbados. So we cannot even say what the numbers are, that we anticipate an increase or even categorically that there is human trafficking in Barbados,” he noted.

Hollingsworth however remarked that the Coalition Against Trafficking, is seeking to develop ways and means to combat the issue of human trafficking in Barbados and part and parcel of the Coalition’s deliberations, he said, is to determine to what extent there is a need for legislation to address the issue, what other types of mechanisms may be needed, based on incidences or perceived incidences and based on any anticipated influx of persons, as a result of the Cricket World Cup in 2007.

“I cannot say specifically that there will be new legislation, what the type of mechanisms (to) be put in place (will be) or for that matter, whether there will be an influx. We can only say that it is the normal trend in mass sporting and cultural events, that there is normally an increase, as indicated by the trends internationally, but we are currently discussing these things, to see what is the best way of dealing with them,” Hollingsworth concluded.

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