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Jamaica: Tourism Stakeholders To Keep Eye Out For Sex Traffickers

The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has reiterated its condemnation of all forms of sexual abuse against minors on the island.

The JHTA’s position comes following the recent publication of the US Department of State’s global 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report, which charged that Jamaica has not adequately combated the issue of child sex tourism which continues to be a problem in its resort areas.

But on Saturday, at the 58th annual general meeting of the JHTA, its president, Omar Robinson, said the organisation has taken proactive steps to train and sensitise staff members to more readily recognise possible cases of exploitation.

Addressing his members at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Robinson said members have signed on to the international Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism and have also forged partnerships with local missions such as the United States Embassy and the United Kingdom High Commission.

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