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OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND ELECTIONS 2016
The Annual General Meeting and Elections for officers for the Committee of Management for
the Agricultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago for 2016 - 2017 will be held on Sunday 17th
January 2016 at the St. Augustine Secondary School, Warren Street, off Eastern Main Road,
Members are requested to attach a resume, a passport size photograph and a election sym-
bol to their nomination forms.
Positions to be contested are:
(1) Vice President
(8) Cocoa Representatives
(8) Sugar Representatives
(8) Representatives of other Industries
The following is a list of important activities of officers and dates related to the AGM and
Elections. All activities mentioned below will take place at TTABA Building, Unit 13, Freeport
Warehouse Complex, Eagle Crescent, Mission Road, Freeport (next to Unipet).
1 Payment of subscription fees for renewal of existing
membership. Renewal forms, new applications forms
and nomination forms will be available.
2 Deadline of applications for new membership.
3 Deadline of membership fees for approved new members.
4 Deadline for submitting nomination forms for candidates
5 Deadline for withdrawal of a Candidate or a change in
the nomination position.
6 Posting of the final list of all candidates and their
nomination positions and their symbols
7 Posting of list of Financial Members 2016 - 2017
Committee of Management / Agricultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago
Contact: 310-0160 / 495-7010 / 399-7058
From Wednesday 11th
Nov. 2015 to Friday 11th
Dec. 2015 between the
hours of 9am to 2pm,
Mondays to Fridays only.
Monday 23rd Nov. 2015
Friday 11th Dec. 2015 at
11th Dec. 2015 at 2pm
Mon. 4th Jan. 2016 at 2pm
Tuesday 5th Jan. 2016
Tuesday 5th Jan. 2016
Association (TTUTA) joins with the Hindu
Community in observing Divali 2015.
We extend sincere greetings and best wishes
to all on this occasion.
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female was trafficked for domestic
servitude, two males for labour
and ten females for sexual exploita-
Up to September of this year,
six females were reported to have
been sexually exploited, while the
T&T Police Service (TTPS) is con-
ducting investigations involving
two females under the age of 18
who were exploited for sex.
The CTU was established in
2013 after proclamation of the
Trafficking in Persons Act, 2011.
Under that act, a child is consid-
ered anyone under the age of 18.
CTU is a specialised unit under
the Ministry of National Securi-
ty.Enacted in 2011, the act gives
effect to the United Nations pro-
tocol to prevent, suppress and pun-
ish trafficking in people, especially
women and children, supplement-
ing the United Nations Convention
Against Transnational Organised
Crime, which was signed by T&T
and ratified in 2007.
In August, Wheeler s unit part-
nered with the Victims and Wit-
ness Support Unit of the TTPS
headed by Margaret Sampson-
Browne and president of The Chil-
dren s Ark (TCA) Simone de la
Bastide, to bring awareness and
help prevent human trafficking of
children and young girls, which
has become a thriving billion dollar
global sex trade industry.
Wheeler said while they have
rescued many adult victims
between the ages of 19 and 45,
"that does not mean we do not
have child victims in Trinidad. So
far, we have not rescued any. We
have investigated child cases, but
those did not materialise into actual
human trafficking cases. In fact,
we currently have one that we are
awaiting word from the DPP with
respect to charging and that
involves a 17-year-old boy (a for-
eign national) who was possibly
trafficked for forced labour."
The 2015 Trafficking in Persons
Report on the US Embassy s T&T web-
site stated that the T&T government s
anti-trafficking unit investigated 35
possible cases of trafficking and con-
firmed four of the 35 were trafficking,
including one forced labour and three
sex trafficking cases.
"The government initiated the pros-
ecution of one suspected sex trafficker
under the 2011 anti-trafficking law, a
decrease from the initiation of prose-
cutions against 12 defendants in 2013.
The government has yet to convict a
trafficker and all prosecutions from
previous years remained pending,
though one defendant died," the report
It also stated that the Government
did not make efforts to reduce the
demand for commercial sex acts.
Wheeler said human trafficking was
not only an age issue but "a gender
issue as well."
A 2014 United Nations Office on
Drugs and Crime report, Wheeler said,
showed that one in three victims of
trafficking tended to be a child, while
two of out three child victims were
girls. She said 70 per cent of trafficking
victims were women and girls.
Globally over 1.2 million children are
trafficked each year.
Wheeler said engaging a child in
labour, pornography, commercial sex
or selling them to an adult for sexual
services to finance their education was
exploitation. Exploitation includes when
a child is used in arm conflict, sold as
a bride, illegally adopted or forced to
beg on the streets by an adult, she
Wheeler said, for example, many
girls responded to advertisements in
the newspaper to work in massage par-
lours and bars.
"Others would go for modelling jobs,
but when they go for an interview they
end up engaging in pornography. The
act is very clear on what child pornog-
raphy is. If it is any kind of pictures
being taken or videotaping for sale or
being placed on the Internet, that is
child pornography. We do have that
happening in Trinidad."
Wheeler said an MOU between the
CTU and the Children s Authority was
being developed with respect to Child
Victims of Trafficking.
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Women, girls make up
70% of trafficking victims
• Anyone found guilty of
trafficking in adults is liable to a
fine of $500,000 and 15 years
• Anyone trafficking in children
under the age of 18 is liable to a
fine of $1,000,000 and 20 years
UN Drugs and Crime report:
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