Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Hoteliers donate $1m to CISOCA, CTOC to help fight human trafficking

Omar Robinson (2nd right), President of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) presents Carol Palmer (3rd left), Chair, National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons with the two cheques.  Joining in (l-r) were Vana Taylor, 1st Vice President, JHTA; Camille Needham, Executive Director, JHTA and Chenee Russell, Manager, Trafficking in Persons Secretariat, Ministry of Justice.

Omar Robinson (2nd right), President of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) presents Carol Palmer (3rd left), Chair, National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons with the two cheques. Joining in (l-r) were Vana Taylor, 1st Vice President, JHTA; Camille Needham, Executive Director, JHTA and Chenee Russell, Manager, Trafficking in Persons Secretariat, Ministry of Justice.

The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) on Wednesday handed over cheques valued at $1 million to the Centre for the Investigations of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) and the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (CTOC) at its Ardenne Road, St Andrew offices.

The donation is being made for the third straight year, as the JHTA seeks to assist with the island's fight against human trafficking, particularly involving children.

President of the JHTA, Omar Robinson, said, "we just want to show our support for these two ventures. The JHTA strongly supports ventures like these and we would just like anybody to come forward and give us information that can help us in the cause,” Robinson said.

Carol Palmer, who heads the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) said the money will help the two arms of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to continue their fight to rid the island of human trafficking.

"We are very appreciative to the JHTA for finding this to be a worthy cause to support. We need all the support we can get for the prevention of the crime as well as for law enforcement to do their work to catch the perpetrators of the crime,” Palmer said.

"What we need now is to be more armed to protect and secure children that we see in our space so that we prevent these terrible situations from happening to them," Palmer said.

Both Robinson and Palmer mentioned the recent abduction and killing of seven-year-old Shante Skyers, from the Sterling Castle Heights of St Andrew. Her body was found in an area known as 'Blue Hole' also in St Andrew on Tuesday.

Robinson and Palmer said the money will help to prevent situations like these from happening to the island's children.
 

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