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06BRIDGETOWN383
2006-03-01 20:42:00
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Embassy Bridgetown
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TIP SUBMISSION - ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Tags:   KCRM  PHUM  KWMN  ELAB  SMIG  ASEC  KFRD  PREF  VC  XL 
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2001
INFO RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE
						UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 BRIDGETOWN 000383 

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT FOR G/TIP AND WHA/CAR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KCRM PHUM KWMN ELAB SMIG ASEC KFRD PREF VC XL
SUBJECT: TIP SUBMISSION - ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

REF: STATE 3836

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 BRIDGETOWN 000383

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT FOR G/TIP AND WHA/CAR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KCRM PHUM KWMN ELAB SMIG ASEC KFRD PREF VC XL
SUBJECT: TIP SUBMISSION - ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

REF: STATE 3836


1. (U) As requested in reftel, below are Post's responses to
questions regarding St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the
annual Trafficking in Persons Report.

Paragraph 21 - Overview
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2. (SBU)

-- A) Is the country a country of origin, transit, or
destination for internationally trafficked men, women, or
children? There have been no reports that St. Vincent and
the Grenadines is a country of origin, transit or destination
for trafficked men, women, or children. However, no
investigations, studies, or surveys have been done.

-- B) Please provide a general overview of the trafficking
situation in the country and any changes since the last TIP
Report. There have been no reports that St. Vincent is a
country of destination for trafficked men, women, or
children. There were reports that women from the Dominican
Republic work in St. Vincent as prostitutes. It is unknown
whether any of these women were victims of trafficking. In
addition, St. Vincent, like other Eastern Caribbean
countries, is the destination point for Dominican Republic
and Guyanese nationals who come to work in the agriculture
and construction industries, often illegally. It is unknown
if any of these workers were trafficking victims. There have
been no changes since the last TIP Report.

-- C) What are the limitations on the government's ability to
address this problem in practice? N/A

-- D) To what extent does the government systematically
monitor its anti-trafficking efforts? The government's only
anti-trafficking activities are efforts to combat illegal
migration and labor. The government has limited resources at
its disposal to effectively monitor its airports, ports and
extensive coastline. The number of immigration officials,
police and coast guard officers is small, as is the amount of

funding that could be used to train them to identify when
trafficking may have occurred.

Paragraph 22 ) Prevention
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3. (SBU)

-- A) Does the government acknowledge that trafficking is a
problem? No.

-- B) Which government agencies are involved in
anti-trafficking efforts? The Immigration Department and
police force are involved in combating illegal migration and
labor, but no government agency is directly responsible for
anti-trafficking efforts.

-- C) Are there or have there been government-run
anti-trafficking information or education campaigns? No.

-- D) Does the government support other programs to prevent
trafficking? No.

-- E) Is the government able to support prevention programs?
No, it does not have the resources to do so.

-- F) What is the relationship between the government, NGOs,
and civil society on the trafficking issue? There is none,
as trafficking is not recognized as a problem.

-- G) Does it monitor immigration and emigration patterns for
evidence of trafficking? Do law enforcement agencies screen
for potential trafficking victims along borders? No.

-- H) Is there a mechanism for coordination and communication
between various agencies, internal, international, and
multilateral on trafficking related matters, such as a
multi-agency working group or a task force? No.

-- I) Does the government participate in multinational or
international working groups to combat trafficking? No.

-- J) Does the government have a national plan of action to
address trafficking? No.

Paragraph 23 - Investigations and Prosecution of Traffickers
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4. (SBU)

-- A) Does the country have a law specifically prohibiting
trafficking in persons--both trafficking for sexual
exploitation and trafficking for non-sexual purposes? No,
traffickers could potentially be charged with immigration
violations, labor violations, or enticement for immoral
purposes (pimping). There have been no trafficking cases
prosecuted. Current laws are inadequate to cover the full
scope of trafficking in persons.

-- B) What are the penalties for traffickers of people for
sexual or labor exploitation? There are no specific
penalties for traffickers of people for sexual or labor
exploitation. They could, however, face penalties for
immigration violations, labor violations, or enticement for
immoral purposes.

-- C) What are the penalties for rape and sexual assault?
The penalty for rape is generally 10 years to life
imprisonment.

-- D) Is prostitution legalized or decriminalized? No,
prostitution and pimping are illegal.

-- E) Has the government prosecuted any cases against
traffickers? No.

-- F) Is there any information or reports of who is behind
the trafficking? N/A

-- G) Does the government actively investigate cases of
trafficking? N/A

-- H) Does the government provide any specialized training
for government officials in how to recognize, investigate,
and prosecute instances of trafficking? No.

-- I) Does the government cooperate with other governments in
the investigation and prosecution of trafficking cases? N/A

-- J) Does the government extradite persons who are charged
with trafficking in other countries? N/A

-- K) Is there evidence of government involvement in or
tolerance of trafficking, on a local or institutional level?
No.

-- L) If government officials are involved in trafficking,
what steps has the government taken to end such
participation? N/A

-- M) If the country has an identified child sex tourism
problem, how many foreign pedophiles has the government
prosecuted? N/A

-- N) Has the government signed, ratified and/or taken steps
to implement the following international instruments:

a) ILO Convention 182 on worst forms of child labor.
Ratified.

b) ILO Convention 29 and 105 on forced or compulsory labor.
Ratified.

c) Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of
Children. Not a party to Convention.

d) The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking
in Persons, especially Women and Children, supplementing the
UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime.
Signed the Convention but not the Protocol.

Paragraph 24 - Protection and Assistance to Victims
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5. (SBU)

-- A) Does the government assist victims? St. Vincent has
had no reports of trafficking victims.

-- B) Does the government provide funding or other forms of
support to foreign and domestic NGOs for services to victims?
The government has no specific facilities to assist
trafficking victims, although local NGOs that assist women
and children who are victims of abuse could help them.

-- C) Is there a screening and referral process in place? No.

-- D) Are the rights of victims respected, or are victims

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also treated as criminals? There have been no reported
victims of trafficking. If they existed, it is likely that
they would be deported for immigration violations.

-- E) Does the government encourage victims to assist in the
investigation and prosecution of trafficking? N/A

-- F) What kind of protection is the government able to
provide for victims and witnesses? The government has a
shelter for victims of domestic violence that could
potentially be used to protect victims of trafficking. The
victim or witness could also be detained for their own
protection.

-- G) Does the government provide any specialized training
for government officials in recognizing trafficking? No.

-- H) Does the government provide assistance to its
repatriated nationals who are victims of trafficking? N/A

-- I) Which international organizations or NGOs, if any, work
with trafficking victims? N/A
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