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            [post_content] => Jamaicans are being urged to be on the alert for signs of human trafficking and report known or suspected cases to police by the chairman of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Person (NATFATIP), Carol Palmer. She makes the plea in response to knowing that the local authorities will be working to take the profit out of illegal deed.

"Persons may identify victims by bruises or any other signs of physical abuse. Victims are often not in control of themselves and appear to be under someone else’s control and are unable to move around any location freely," Palmer told a recent JIS Think Tank.

She highlights that these persons affected will normally lack identification or immigration documents and live with many persons, usually in a small space.
"They can be found at the massage parlours, bars, escort services, strip and nightclubs, resort and hotel areas, some homes, hair and nail shops, drug sale, restaurants, commercial sex areas, engaged in pornography and forced begging," she noted. Palmer advises that if a case is suspected, the witness should immediately report the matter to authorities and avert from trying to deal with the matter on their own. Tips on how to protect yourself from being a victim of human trafficking was also offered. "Are you being promised lots of money, a great life and many other tempting gifts? Are you being chosen because you are young, good looking and of a particular gender? Will someone get travel identification and documents for you? Are you being urged to lie? These are the warning signs," Palmer noted. In the meantime, Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Lisa Palmer-Hamilton, shares that authorities are working to ensure human traffickers don’t benefit from their crime. It is said that they intent to pursue this through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) which provides for the investigation, identification and recovery of assets garnered through criminal activity. Palmer-Hamilton informs that once a person is convicted, an application can be made under the Act for them to forfeit their assets. The trafficking of persons is the second largest organised criminal industry in the world, proceeding behind drug dealing. The International Labour Organization says that human trafficking has an estimated 21 million victims and the illicit activity earns approximately US$150 billion in profits each year.
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Human Trafficking On Rise In Jamaica As Authorities Urge Residents To Be On The Alert

July 31, 2015
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Jamaicans are being urged to be on the alert for signs of human trafficking and report known or suspected cases to police by the chairman of the National Task Force Against Traffic...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Following the bank's closure 30 years ago, customers and creditors of the Bank of Commerce who lost money are to receive a payout of EC$15 million (US$5.5 million). The Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis, Dr. Timothy Harris, announced that a court settlement had been reached after three decades of the bank being in liquidation, and payments to those who have lost would be made "in the not too distant future".

During the sitting of Parliament on Tuesday, the prime minister disclosed that he acknowledged that the 30 years it took to reach this stage was an "entirely unsatisfactory period of time" but said that the settlement would however still bring "tremendous relief to the many suffering depositors in the Bank of Commerce".

On the 9th of May, 1985, the bank was put into liquidation by order of the court, in response to a petition that was filed on the 2nd of February, 1985 by one of the financial institution's creditors, the Social Security Board (SSB).

The Social Security Board is expected to receive about EC$1.4 million (US$518,518) while the government which had substantial investment in the bank, would receive about EC$1.2 million (US$444,444). The Nevis Philatelic Bureau is also in line for just over EC$250,000 (US$92,592).
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St. Kitts' Bank Of Commerce Expected To Make A Payout Of US$15M To Depositors

July 30, 2015
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Following the bank's closure 30 years ago, customers and creditors of the Bank of Commerce who lost money are to receive a payout ofEC$15 million (US$5.5 million). The Prime Minist...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => In just over a year, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) was said to have confiscated more than J$250 million (US$2.1 million) worth of counterfeit goods at the island’s ports of entry.

Major Richard Reese, Commissioner of Customs and the JCA’s chief executive officer, shared that some of teh confiscated items included cigarettes, clothing, footwear, handbags, belts and hats, some intended for the local market, others destined for other countries.

Addressing the JCA's five-day intellectual property rights seminar for custom officers yesterday, he made the disclosure alongside, Kalista Powell, a director in the agency's Border Protection Unit, who also disclosed that the containers bearing the counterfeit products were intercepted between January 2014 and April 2015, following intelligence and joint inter-agency operations that involved local and overseas law enforcement entities.

She said that in April, a significant portion of the items forfeited by the owners. Investigations are underway in relation to the other items.

"Persons have been charged and court proceedings are ongoing," Powell said at the seminar staged in collaboration with the World Customs Organization.

Commending the success of the operations, Major Reese said that counterfeiting and piracy of authentic products were "illicit businesses on which criminal networks thrive".

"This is one of the means by which organised crime criminal networks also fund their illegal activities. The Jamaica Customs Agency will continue to collaborate with our partners, local and international, as we make every effort to remove the profit from organised crime and facilitate legitimate trade," he assured.

Powell also emphasized the need for joint efforts to curb counterfeiting.The Jamaican laws states that the penalties for counterfeiting products, whether for manufacturing or trade, include forfeiture of goods, fines, or imprisonment.
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Millions Seized In Counterfeit Goods By Jamaica's Customs Agency

July 29, 2015
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