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Tobago police are looking into allegations of human
trafficking taking place in Tobago.
This after a voice note surfaced recently alleging that, in
two separate incidents, men in a panel van attempted to
kidnap persons on the eastern and western ends of the island.
According to the one voice note, a man was jogging on
the Claude Noel Highway when two men alighted from a
panel van, injected a substance into his neck and attempted
to bundle him into a waiting vehicle. The victim was alleged-
ly saved by the occupants of a passing vehicle.
Speaking at an anti- human trafficking conference organ-
ised by the National Bar Association --Judicial Council of
Judges of the USA, at the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf
Resort, last Tuesday, WPC Dane Marie Marshall attached to
the Counter Trafficking Unit said the police are aware of the
"Investigations are being carried out by the particular
units of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Force to determine
the origin of these messages to determine their veracity."
She noted that while the police carry out their investiga-
tions she wanted people to be aware that it can happen in
Tobago because trafficking in humans is a global concern.
She said the problem already exists in Trinidad as well
as in Tobago. "We would have prosecuted two men from
Tobago already for trafficking in persons for having exploit-
ed two Venezuelan women here in 2013 and the matters are
still before the court so it's not to say that it's prevalent but
Marshall also urged persons to be vigilant and contact
the police if they observe persons in the community whom
they feel are involved in human trafficking.
Meanwhile, parents are being advised to pay close atten-
tion to their children's online activities as human traffickers
use the internet to bait their victims.
This warning came from Superintendent of Police -Jamai-
can Constabulary Force, Counter-Terrorism and Organized
Crime Branch, Carl Berry.
He said parents may be familiar with common social
network sites such as Facebook and Twitter but research has
shown that there are thirty thousand similar sites frequent-
ed by young persons.
He noted that paedophiles and human traffickers frequent
these sites. "The kids have gone through all of them and
they have left footprints in them many of them naked pho-
A lot of the kids are doing what they call "sexting" with
persons online and these persons are not who they say they
He added: Some people put everything about themselves
on social media ...where they live, where they go to school
sometimes even if it's just in their uniforms and that makes
them are easy to locate."
Warning that parents must be more aware of what is
known as the dark side of the internet he said: Sometimes
you ask your children how many friends they have on Face-
book they say 1000 but how many of them do you know?"
He added: All I have to do is go on the internet and type
in the words seeking a twelve-year-old for immoral acts and
you will be bombarded by offers."
The Jamaican officer said the problem of human traf-
ficking has been a growing concern in the Caribbean but
the security forces in the region have experienced some
success because of their joint efforts. "I have been a law
enforcement officer fighting human trafficking crimes since
2005 and that has been constant and I have the pleasure ...
of rescuing several victims."
for cow itch
It's the dry season, and that also means the season
for cow itch.
The Department of Natural Resources and the Envi-
ronment has issued an advisory to the public on the
dangers of cow itch, and how to lessen its effects.
The cow itch plant (also known as Mucuna Pruriens)
is a member of the legume family, and bears reddish or
blackish pods. The pods are covered in bristle-like hairs
that are extremely irritating to the skin, and can cause
intense itching, hence the name.
The Department recommends keeping the vines under
control by diligent removal during the rainy season, and
constant monitoring in locations where they are found;
cutting seedlings continuously during the rainy season;
using a broadleaf herbicide to spray the shrub; and
careful removal of soil from affected areas, so that fur-
ther dispersal is minimised.
No one should burn cow itch during the dry season
without a permit from the Fire Service. Anyone seeking
further information can contact the Department of
Natural Resources and Environment at 660-2079.
Information courtesy: Department of Natural Resources
and the Environment
Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly Kelvin Charles, right, addresses the luncheon meeting of the US National
Bar Association at the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort on Tuesday (January 31). Seated from left are NBA Judicial
Council member Judge Yvette Mansfield Alexander, NBA executive director Keith Perry, and chairman elect Judge Anne-
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