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• Social and cultural norms perpetuated violence against women.

• Source, transit, and destination country for adults and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. NGOs report that the most common form of trafficking in Jamaica is sex trafficking through nightclubs, bars, and private homes.

• NGOs reported child sex tourism is a problem in Jamaica’s resort areas.

• Massage parlors reportedly lure women into prostitution under the false pretense of employment as massage therapists.

• Foreign victims have been identified in forced prostitution

• Jamaican women, men, and girls have been subjected to forced labor or sex trafficking in Canada, the United States, the UK, countries throughout the Caribbean, and elsewhere.

• During the period 1970 to 2009, the average police clearance rate for cases of rape and carnal abuse in Jamaica was 48%.


Sources: UN Development Program’s Caribbean Human Development Report 2012; U.S. Department of State 2010 Human Rights Report; U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2011