On September 24, 2010 the U.S. Embassy hosted a teleconference with the State Department Office to Combat and Monitor Trafficking in Persons, the Department of Homeland Security and the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to discuss efforts to combat trafficking in persons.
Bahamian government representatives from The Office of the Attorney General, Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Immigration, and the Royal Bahamas Police Force attended the dialogue and explored ideas and efforts to address this scourge of modern slavery.
The purpose of the teleconference was to share information and best practices in a spirit of cooperation and partnership.
U.S. and Bahamian colleagues discussed concrete ways of strengthening bilateral engagement to best combat human trafficking, whether it be forced labor or forced prostitution.
The U.S. Embassy would like to commend the Government of the Bahamas for their strong commitment and proactive efforts to address this important human rights issue.
The Embassy looks forward to exploring joint training opportunities and technical assistance to increase civil society awareness and enhance the Bahamian government’s ability to identify victims and prosecute traffickers.