A Jamaican female made history in the Bahamas by becoming the first person to be charged with human trafficking for the purpose of prostitution under the Bahamas’ Trafficking In Persons (Prevention and Suppression) Act of 2008. The offences are alleged to have taken place in the month of January 2013 and involved the victimisation of 2 Jamaican females.
The 2012 Trafficking In Persons Report indicated that the Bahamas is a destination, source, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. It was placed on Tier 2 Watch List for the second consecutive year due to the slow pace of the Government of identifying human trafficking victims and prosecuting related cases.
Undocumented migrants, particularly the estimated 30,000 Haitians who largely arrive in The Bahamas voluntarily, are vulnerable to forced labor, especially in domestic servitude and in the agriculture sector. Experts also have raised concerns that some workers from Jamaica could be vulnerable to involuntary servitude. Media outlets have reported that Chinese workers in a large-scale Chinese construction project in The Bahamas do not have freedom of movement – a human trafficking indicator. Groups especially vulnerable to sex trafficking in The Bahamas include foreign citizens in prostitution and local children engaging in sex with men for basics such as food, transportation, or material goods.
Please see the link below for details on the recent human trafficking arrests from the Jamaican Star.