Trinidad and Tobago
Slaves in Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago faces a significant challenge in combatting modern slavery. The Global Slavery Index 2022, estimated around 7,000 slaves among its 1,399,000 population. This translates to approximately 4.7 victims per 1,000 people. Although the government’s response to modern slavery is rated as B (2018), the country has been placed on the Tier 2 Watch List in the annual US Department of State’s Trafficking In Persons Report for three consecutive years, signifying ongoing concerns.
Various factors contribute to the existence of modern slavery in the country. These include a high demand for commercial sex, a geographical location near South America, and a history of being a drug transshipment point with established smuggling routes. Allegations of senior government officials’ involvement in criminal activities, including the sex trade, further exacerbate the issue. Additionally, the presence of tens of thousands of vulnerable migrants facing exploitation, unequal treatment, and marginalization compounds the challenges faced in tackling modern slavery in Trinidad and Tobago.
Year FTS started working in Trinidad and Tobago
Caribbean Regional Freedom From Slavery Forum
The first Caribbean Regional Freedom From Slavery Forum was held in Trinidad and Tobago in February 2023 and brought together regional stakeholders from State, judicial, civil society and academia. Together, stakeholders from around the Caribbean to discussed the most pressing issues of modern slavery and developed effective solutions. Over three days, the Caribbean Forum focused on the inclusion of survivors and indigenous people, as well as accessibility for people with disabilities in programs and policies targeting the factors that allow modern slavery to flourish in the region. Participants also discussed how to increase the number of perpetrators who are prosecuted, best practices for protecting survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking, and ensuring trauma-informed survivor engagement practices are used to create meaningful opportunities for survivors to contribute their expertise to the anti-modern slavery movement.
FTS Strategy for Trinidad and Tobago
Policy and Advocacy
Partnerships and services
Training and Capacity Building
We will offer training in the Community Liberation Initiative (CLI) Toolkit for stakeholders, covering prevention, prosecution, and protection, led by subject matter experts.
US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report for Trinidad and Tobago – 2023
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2022
Laws of Trinidad and Tobago