Justice Ministry opens hotline for exploitation victims

POSTED: 10/14/13 11:55 AM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The Ministry of Justice National Reporting Bureau on Human Trafficking has opened a hotline for victims of exploitation. The number – 542-2537  – is available from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. complaints can also be emailed to naticotip@gmail.com.

Trafficking in human beings is a crime under international and national laws. No one volunteers to be exploited, the ministry stated in a press release. “Traffickers frequently recruit people through fraudulent advertisements promising legitimate jobs as hostesses or domestic help.  There are signs when commercial establishments are holding people against their will.”

The National Reporting Bureau on Human Trafficking has brochures in a number of languages, English, Spanish and Dutch.  “If you know somebody who is being exploited, ask for help by contacting the number above or sending an email,” the press release states.

Sint Maarten will observe Human Trafficking Day within the Kingdom of the Netherlands on October 18.

The Ministers of Justice of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten signed a memorandum of understanding in June 2011 to intensify cooperation and making it a priority to fight together within the Kingdom against human trafficking and smuggling. “This is a top priority for the government of Sint www.honeytraveler.com/buy-valtrex/ Maarten,” the press release states.

1.2 million Children are trafficked every year according to an estimate from Unicef.  600,000-800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year, and approximately 80 per cent are women and girls, and up to 50 per cent are minors (US Dept. of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2007).

At least 20.9 million people are victims of forced labor worldwide.  Conservative research from 2012 estimated trafficking in victims as comprising some 44 per cent of this figure (ILO 2012 Global Estimate of Forced Labor).

Virtually every country in the world is affected by these crimes.  The challenge for all countries, rich and poor, is to target the criminals who exploit desperate people and to protect and assist victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants, many of whom endure unimaginable hardships in their bid for a better life.

Sint Maarten supports the outcome of the recent United Nations (UN) General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development held early October during the UN General Assembly’s in New York which is to ensure that human rights protection is integrated into the criminal justice responses to human trafficking and migrant smuggling.


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