Health Workers Join Fight Against Human Trafficking


At least 800 health workers in the public and private sectors will, this year, undergo training to identify victims of human trafficking, even as the Government steps up the fight against this scourge.

Sancia Bennett Templer, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, encouraged health-sector workers to join in the fight to break the cycle of violence, noting that as many as 88 per cent of sex-trafficking victims ended up at health facilities.

"Health plays an important role because oftentimes these persons may present at health facilities because of any health crisis that may arise while they are here in Jamaica or while they are held in these kinds of circumstances," said Bennett Templer. She asserted that it was important for health-care workers engaged in primary care, emergency care, mental health and paediatrics to be positioned to identify victims of human trafficking.

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