Trinidad and Tobago has remained on the Tier 2 Watch List for trafficking in persons for a second consecutive year.
On Tuesday, the US Department of State released the 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report and advised, “The Government of Trinidad and Tobago does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so.”
There are now concerns that if immediate measures are not taken to improve this urgently, T&T could find itself being blacklisted by the US.
The report was released just days after police officers and a Venezuelan activist rescued six girls and one man from a prostitution ring in Chaguanas.
The 634-page report acknowledged that efforts included increasing investigations and prosecutions; identifying more victims; and expanding training to a broader range of stakeholders.