Human Trafficking Bureau meets with local minority groups

POSTED: 01/11/16 5:14 PM

St. Maarten News – The National Reporting Bureau (NRB) for Human Trafficking recently met with representatives of the Guyanese and Jamaican community and representatives who provide consular services, to maintain an ongoing partnership with community groups.

The reporting bureau conveyed the need to continuously strengthen ties with minority groups in the community, because their representatives may have a closer relationship with their fellow-countrymen. In turn they can provide information to their membership about the NRB and also how they could assist in combatting human trafficking by being informed about the mechanism that is in place.

The main task of the reporting bureau is to provide information about the risks of human trafficking and smuggling; handling the intake of trafficking victims and providing them with protection like temporary residence permits and conducting a public campaign aimed at increasing public awareness. The bureau furthermore guides victims to health authorities

Victims of human trafficking can contact the authorities who will in turn issue the relevant temporary residence permit allowing them to remain in the country during a criminal investigation and ensuring legal proceedings.

To report suspected cases of human trafficking, call (721) 542-1553 or email naticotip@gmail.com

All calls and emails are kept confidential. The NRB office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The office is located at the A.Th. Illidge Road #6, Phillipsburg.

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