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Human Trafficking Still An Issue

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua – Just under the surface of Antiguan & Barbudan society lies a seedy underside of human trafficking that includes forced prostitution, according to regional experts on the issues of sex trade and the recent United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Caribbean Human Development Report on Citizen Security.The UNDP Report released early February states that criminal networks in the twin-island state were increasingly becoming involved in human trafficking.It was found that “a majority of prostitutes in the country were immigrant women forced into the sex trade.”The women interviewed, who were mainly from Guyana, Jamaica and St Lucia, said they were recruited with the promise of employment opportunities as bartenders, masseuses, hotel workers or dancers. However, upon arrival they were forced into prostitution.Janielle Matthews, writer of the Antigua & Barbuda section of the UNDP report, said, “It is not surprising that places that experience very high influx of people and high immigration also correspondently have high rates of human trafficking.”UNDP investigations found that organised crime groups obtained the co-operation of Antiguan & Barbudan immigration officers and senior officials, who were bribed to allow the women into the country.OBSERVER spoke to Lieutenant Colonel Ivor Walker, chief immigration officer, who admitted that immigration “has its problems,” but he was not aware of the UNDP report.However, Walker agreed to speak to OBSERVER once he reviewed the document.Sheila Roseau, executive director of Gender Affairs Directorate, says that human trafficking is a crime “with many faces” and that its operations are often disguised.Roseau also said the national task force that was formed in accordance with the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention) Act of 2010 has begun the implementation process.Meetings have been held with key agencies including Gender Affairs and immigration and police officers to provide training.Gender Affair urges those affected by trafficking or know of anyone being trafficked to contact their 24-hour crisis hotline at 463-5555.By Alicia SimonAntigua Observer Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img NewsRegional Human Trafficking Still An Issue by: – March 2, 2012 Share 52 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Steelers show support for Antonio Brown from Pro Bowl

first_img Antonio Brown sends heartfelt message to Steelers fans, but says this isn’t goodbye “We’re a band of brothers. We’ve been together a long time,” Pouncey said, via ESPN. “You can’t tell me a great phone conversation or a sit-down can’t get things right.”Fellow wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, who replaced Brown in the Pro Bowl due to injury, echoed Pouncey’s thoughts, saying he doesn’t want to see Brown end up on a different roster. Related News Steelers WR Antonio Brown working out with Kyler Murray Antonio Brown has the support of his teammates from afar.While preparing for Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Orlando, Steelers center and captain Maurkice Pouncey said he believes the ongoing issue between the disgruntled wide receiver and the team will eventually work itself out. “He helps out the team a lot — not only myself, he makes the team better,” Smith-Schuster said. “Obviously I don’t control the situation, but if I could, I wouldn’t like for that to happen.”Tensions between Brown and the team, specifically quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, have grown this season in the aftermath of Le’Veon Bell’s ugly contract dispute. Brown sat out the team’s regular-season finale against the Bengals after a reported blowup with Roethlisberger, and Pittsburgh missed the playoffs for the first time in five years despite a win over Cincinnati.Steelers president Art Rooney II released a statement earlier this month insisting the franchise is open to every option this offseason except for releasing Brown.Nonetheless, Pouncey thinks a little time and patience will help everyone move on and toward a solution eventually.”The simple fact it’s two Hall of Fame players, there’s a reason it’s being brought up so much,” Pouncey said of Brown and Roethlisberger. “Rightfully so. I agree everyone has opinions and everybody can talk about things.”But I honestly think, and I’ve been playing football a long time, things will get worked out. They are the best duo in Steeler history. If you don’t want to talk to two Hall of Famers who have played with each other and did so much together, I just don’t understand what ‘team’ is anymore.”last_img read more

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