The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force says it is very pleased to have learnt that this country has been upgraded to Tier 2 in the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report.

Inspector Junior Simmons, Deputy Head of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit and Inspector in charge of the Questelles Police Station told WEFM News that for the past two years St. Vincent and the Grenadines was placed on the Tier 2 Watch List of the TIP report, but due to the hard work and commitment of the Unit in combating the scourge of human trafficking, this upgrade has been achieved.

Inspector Simmons said that since 2011, the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been doing tremendous work in combating human trafficking, including the enactment of the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act.

The Deputy Head of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit says their efforts will now be focused on trying to have this country elevated to a Tier 1 ranking, of fully meeting the minimum standards in combating the crime.

Inspector Simmons expressed gratitude to all the stakeholders and the general public who have worked along with the Unit over the past years.

He is also encouraging persons who may hear or know of any cases of human trafficking to contact the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit located at the Questelles Police Station by calling 456-1750, or email the Unit at svgantitraffickingunit@gmail.com.

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