An opposition lawmaker used the floor of Parliament yesterday to charge that the State has not been doing enough for sports persons.Everald Warmington claimed that young athletes are only recognised by the Government at the time of their performance or when they return to Jamaica, and are then forgotten.He said that in recognition of the performance of our young athletes, the Government is to establish a special programme geared at providing for the further education and welfare of young athletes.He said in Parliament yesterday that very often, the State only concerns itself with having motorcades and having special holidays for athletes after they have performed well.”Very little is done for them by the Government to help their welfare and education,” he said.The South West St Catherine MP said that if the Government stepped up to the plate, “they would no longer have to be on the streetside selling bananas after they performed exceptionally well for this country”.Cabinet in December approved the establishment of the Jamaican Athletes Insurance Plan to provide group health and life and personal accident insurance for 1,323 athletes.Guardian Life Insurance and Allied Insurance Brokers have been selected to provide coverage for the athletes. The Jamaica Athletes Insurance Plan has received funding from the Sports Development Foundation, the Tourism Enhancement Fund, the National Health Fund, and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.Natalie Neita Headley, minister with responsibility for sports, said at a Jamaica House press briefing last November that the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association and the Sports Development Foundation had been supportive of the athletes’ welfare, and since 2001, the amount spent for the development and welfare of the athletes increased from $670,000 to $9 million in 2013.
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Share Photo via PexelsAccording to the lawyers, the plaintiff was born and raised in Houston and the lawsuit contends that around early 2014, right before her 16th birthday, she “was sexually exploited through the use of www.backpage.com.”Two Texas lawyers filed a pioneering civil lawsuit in Houston this week related to human trafficking and sexual exploitation. It targets a multitude of companies and businesses as defendants, several of them with highly recognizable names.Annie McAdams and David Harris filed the lawsuit on behalf of a 19 year-old woman who remains anonymous at Judge Brent Gamble’s 270th Civil Court in Harris County on Tuesday.Harris noted that the lawsuit is the first of its kind because it is based on Chapter 98 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, which establishes that a company can be held civilly liable for human trafficking if it benefits from it intentionally or knowingly.“We haven’t seen any other civil lawsuits of this magnitude brought under Chapter 98,” Harris underlined during an interview with Houston Public Media. McAdams and Harris explained they met the plaintiff, who is referred to as “Jane Doe # 1” in the lawsuit, when they were working on a project about human trafficking.According to the lawyers, the plaintiff was born and raised in Houston and the lawsuit contends that around early 2014, right before her 16th birthday, she “was sexually exploited through the use of www.backpage.com.”Online facilitatorBackpage.com –which is one of the defendants— served as a facilitator between the people who forced the plaintiff to engage in prostitution and her clients, the lawsuit contends.One section of the lawsuit asserts that “(…) many men used www.backpage.com to gain access to Jane Doe #1 and sexually exploit her.”The lawsuit also says Backpage.com is the leading online marketplace for human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors and commercial sex.Backpage.com did not respond to a request for comment from Houston Public Media.As for the other defendants, there are more than 20, including well-known names in the hospitality industry such as Hyatt Hotels Corporation, along with Palace Inn and Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores.The lawsuit contends the plaintiff, while being a minor, was repeatedly exploited at truck stops, motels and hotels located in the greater Houston area from 2014 to 2015.Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaAnnie McAdams (left) and David Harris (right) are the lawyers representing a young woman who was the victim of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Houston area.The lawsuit also says there was a “constant flow of male customers” at the rooms where the plaintiff was staying and, yet, the establishments “refused to take any steps to alert the authorities, properly intervene in the situation, or take reasonable security steps to improve awareness of sex trafficking and/or prevent the sexual exploitation of minors at their properties.”The lawsuit adds that failure to act on the part of the motels and hotels listed as defendants led to Jane Doe # 1’s continued exploitation while the establishments “turned a blind eye to the plague of human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors at their locations.”Moreover, that turning a blind eye was done, according to the lawsuit, with the goal of maximizing profits by “not refusing room rentals in order to fill vacant rooms, even if those rentals were to minors who were being exploited by human traffickers, including Jane Doe #1.”Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/24172628/HPM-Red-2018-01-24-at-4.53pm.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As for the truck stops that are listed as defendants, the lawsuit makes similar arguments as to those made against the hotels and motels and adds that they “knowingly benefit from human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors by allowing human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of minors to occur on their premise in order to secure the loyalty of truck stop customers who routinely seek to pay for sex.”Hyatt Hotels Corporation said in an email sent to Houston Public Media that they don’t comment on pending litigation, while Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores also communicated via email saying the company takes “these matters seriously” and is “looking into it.”McAdams detailed that the plaintiff is currently involved in “active recovery” but was a minor when the events mentioned in the lawsuit happened. Harris noted that they are in contact with other victims.“We have a lot of other girls who’ve come forward that have expressed similar stories, horrific stories,” asserted the attorney.See a copy of the lawsuit below:
In its continuing endeavour to deliver the best possible education, Chanderprabhu Jain College of Higher Studies and School of Law has been organizing various academic and allied events that expose the students to practical learning in the legal field. In pursuance of this tradition, CPJ College successfully accomplished its third National Law Festival (LOI FIESTA-2018), which was organized on March 16-17. The main theme of the national conference was “International Humanitarian Law”. During the festival, there were mainly five national events i.e. national seminar, national moot court competition, national quiz, national legal drafting and national client counselling competition. A large number of students’ teams, faculty members, and research scholars belonging to more than two dozen law institutes, colleges and universities from all over India, took part in the competitions with enthusiasm and vigour. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe festival witnessed its ceremonial beginning with the National Anthem and lightening of the auspicious lamp by dignitaries. The chief guest, Prof. (Dr) Ranbir Singh, Vice Chancellor, National Law University, Delhi, in his inaugural address emphasized on the importance of International Humanitarian Law and its impact on the states in the present day scenario.On this occasion, the guest of honour, Prof. (Dr.) Afzal Wani, GGSIP University, Delhi and Dr Anuradha Sahibaba, Legal Associate, ICRC, New Delhi also addressed the gathering. During the interactions, they highlighted the advantages and relevance of the IHL to the states and the people during conflicts, warfare and terrorist activities. They also focused on the dynamics of International Humanitarian Law and highlighted the recent trends in the classification of armed conflicts, IHL, peace operations and challenges of the detention-related issues. During this festival, the distinguished guests appreciated the endeavours of the management, especially Subhash Chand Jain, Chairman and Abhishek Jain, General secretary whose valuable guidance and close supervision have made the Law Festival a grand success.