Education officer wants anti-human trafficking clubs in schools

Citing the need to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking and enlighten students on the worrying matter, Cecelia Jackson, an education officer of the education’s ministry region four, is recommending that anti-human trafficking clubs be established in schools across the region.

Region four encompasses the parishes of St James, Hanover and Westmoreland.

If implemented, the move would follow similar action taken by Port Antonio High School in Portland, which announced two months ago that it is taking steps to establish such a club at the institution — the first of its kind at a school in the island.

“I want, through the ministry in our region, to encourage principals to let this club be a part of their institutions,” Jackson told the Jamaica Observer following a human trafficking presentation held at Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay, St James last week.

The presentation, which featured Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Carl Berry of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Cime Investigation branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force as its main presenter, was put on by the Calvary Baptist Family Life and Fellowship Committee.

It was held under the theme ‘Human Trafficking — violating human dignity’.

Jackson pointed to the role such a club could play in tackling human trafficking.