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Labour Ministry to host public forum on Child Labour

Ministry of Labour and Social Security | 2016-06-24 00:00:00

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security, as part of continuing efforts to sensitize communities on the consequences and developmental impact of child labour, will this Sunday (June 26, 2016), host a community forum on the issue.

The forum will take place at the Trench Town Multi-purpose Centre, (corner of 5th Street and Collie Smith Drive) and gets underway at 3.30 in the afternoon.

Director of the Child Labour Unit in the Ministry Mrs. Marva Ximinnies said the Trench Town Community “Reasoning”  on Child Labour forms part of the on-going effort by the Ministry to raise levels of public awareness of the issue and the need for communities to become fully engaged in eliminating this illegal practice.

UWI Lecturer and Director of the Social Entrepreneurship Centre, Dr. Kawadawe K’nife will deliver the keynote presentation at the forum. This will be followed by an Open Mic Discussion with representatives of key stakeholder organizations, including the Trafficking In Person (TIP) Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Police and the Jamaica Employers’ Federation.

The last Child Labour Survey (2002) estimated over 16,000 Jamaican children, under age 17 years, as being engaged in some form of child labour including the sale and trafficking of children, forced or compulsory recruitment into illicit activity such as drug trafficking, child pornography and prostitution.

The majority of cases of child labour were identified in areas of agriculture, the informal sector and fishing. Instances of child labour were also identified among many street children, market children who sell goods for vendors, and children working in commercial establishments as well as child sex workers.

Earlier this month, on June 12th, Jamaica joined the global community in observing World Day Against Child Labour under the theme ‘End Child Labour in Supply Chains – It’s Everyone Business’.

Sunday’s Child Labour Public Forum is an open to all members of the public with special interest to residents of Trench Town, Denham Town and adjoining communities.

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