JAMAICA-MIGRATION-Jamaica authorities conduct various raids to uncover trafficking in persons.

KINGSTON -- Police say they have so far conducted over 32 raids and launched 37 investigations this year as Jamaica deals with the issue of human trafficking.

"Last year, we had over 21 raids, this year we did over 32 raids and we have launched 37 investigations which resulted in the interviewing of 185 persons. These investigations have led to other operations for which we really need resources to effectively carry out those tasks," said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and Commanding Officer for the Organized Crime Investigation Division (OCID), Clifford Chambers.

Chambers, said equipment from the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) would assist in the public education, intelligence gathering and general operations of the AntiTrafficking in Persons/Intellectual Property Vice Squad.

"I can see how the equipment will immediately be brought into operational policing to deal with trafficking in persons and other offences akin to trafficking in persons," he noted.

The NATFATIP handed over a range of computers and electronic equipment, including tablets, laptops, camcorders, digital cameras, laptop and tablet cases, as well as a projector and a screen.

Chambers said he remains hopeful that Jamaica's next rating for human trafficking will improve, given the initiatives and...

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