Entry into force of the law amending the fight against trafficking
The Government of Saint Lucia continues to intensify its efforts to crack down on the crime of human trafficking by recently strengthening the anti-trafficking law.
The new amended law is now referred to as the Anti-Trafficking Amendment Act 2021.
This legislation first entered into force in 2010 and aims to protect victims and prosecute traffickers. The Anti-Trafficking Act also applies to anyone involved in aiding and abetting the commission of crimes of exploitation against human beings.
Home Affairs and National Security Permanent Secretary Elizabeth Bailey says the amendment is in fact a very important step in ensuring that the legislation sends a strong message about how seriously the law takes the law. exploitation of human beings.
“The purpose of the amendments to the Anti-Trafficking Law was to remove certain sentencing provisions that allowed fines instead of jail time for sex trafficking offenses. We thank the Office of the Attorney General and the Cabinet of Saint Lucia for their support in this process.
The Anti-Trafficking Act Amendment Act was assented to by the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Neville Cenac, on May 12, 2021.