Security Minister says there are signs that human traffickers are involved in the attacks on young girls

by May 15th, 2019

National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang says there are signs that human traffickers are involved in the attacks on young girls.

According Dr. Chang, human trafficking has taken root in the Caribbean and is growing.

Three school girls have been killed in recent weeks and several others reported missing.

Seventeen-year-old Stefika Smith, a student of May Pen High in Clarendon is the latest victim. Her body was found with several bruises and the throat slashed on Monday (May 13).

On April 16, the body of eight-year-old Shantae Skyers was found in Sterling Castle, St. Andrew, while 11-year-old Tricia Morris of Watford Hill Primary in Hanover was killed on April 30.

They were all reported missing and later found dead.

Dr. Chang says while he cannot confirm that these three schoolgirls and others before them are victims of human trafficking, this issue is cause for concern.

 

The National Security Minister says young women and children are at high risk, as a result of a new wave of violence being targeted towards the nation’s young women.

 

He says several state agencies will have to begin a process toward dealing with this problem and to prosecute the perpetrators of these crimes.