Jamaica sex profiles
There were no reports of the government referring victims to NGO-run shelter facilities; some stakeholders were not aware of, or did not fully utilize the JCF's anti-trafficking unit services when interacting with potential trafficking victims.
The JCF anti-trafficking unit could arrange for the transportation and transfer of victims to a shelter, a CPFSA facility, or private short-term accommodation, regardless of whether or not the victim cooperated with law enforcement.
The National Task Force against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) continued leading the government's anti-trafficking efforts, while the Ministry of Justice housed the NATFATIP's Secretariat and hosted monthly NATFATIP meetings.
The Ministry of Justice allocated 34.8 million Jamaican dollars (2,470) for anti-trafficking efforts in fiscal year 2017-2018.
Authorities identified 13 confirmed trafficking victims – 12 exploited in labor trafficking and one exploited in sex trafficking – during the reporting period, compared to eight confirmed victims in 2016. The government published victim identification SOPs for both health care officials and labor officials, and continued work on a protocol for child welfare officials, though these agencies did not report identifying any victims during the year.
At least one victim identified during the reporting period remained in a long-term shelter arrangement.
An NGO-run trafficking shelter offered educational and training services funded by the government to victims older than 16 and was capable of housing six women; the government did not refer any victims to this shelter during the reporting period.
JAMAICA: TIER 2 The Government of Jamaica does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.
The government demonstrated increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Jamaica remained on Tier 2.