Story Highlights The National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) will be ramping up its public education campaign as it works to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking.Members gave the commitment at a meeting held on Wednesday (Sept. 4) at the Ministry of National Security in Kingston.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who addressed the stakeholders, said that increased focus must be placed on the youth, including school children.“They are the victims of human trafficking and the children often know what is happening to their friends and they will report it if they understand more about human trafficking,” he said.Dr. Chang said that churches and the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica have also been identified as groups that should be targeted as part of the island-wide campaign.He noted that work in already underway in the public sector.“The education of the public sector, such as the (Child Protection and Family Services Agency), the police, and social workers in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, has been going fairly well,” he said.A four-day training workshop commenced on September 5 at the Ministry of Tourism involving trainers under the Team Jamaica programme.Manager of the Trafficking in Persons Secretariat, Chenee Russell, said that the public education campaign is critical in sensitising citizens about how and where they can report the crime and suspicious activities.“It is very important in assisting Jamaicans to understand the nature of human trafficking as, if they are knowledgeable about the indicators or red flags, they will be protecting themselves from becoming victims,” she noted. Dr. Chang said that churches and the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica have also been identified as groups that should be targeted as part of the island-wide campaign. “They are the victims of human trafficking and the children often know what is happening to their friends and they will report it if they understand more about human trafficking,” he said. Manager of the Trafficking in Persons Secretariat, Chenee Russell, said that the public education campaign is critical in sensitising citizens about how and where they can report the crime and suspicious activities.
State-owned mining company Terrafame is a step closer to building a $200 million battery chemicals plant in Sotkamo, Finland, after the local government signed off on construction.The municipality’s building authorities have granted the permit for two buildings in accordance with the application submitted in May.The project involves a 7,750 m² building for the “crystallisation phase” of the production process and a 10,540 m² building for the extraction phase, according to Terrafame.Terrafame CEO Joni Lukkaroinen said: “Obtaining a building permit is one important milestone in this project. We are now proceeding to the earthwork construction and continuing with the detailed designing of the plant.”The buildings are intended to be located on the opposite side of the railway line to Terrafame’s current metals production plant in Sotkamo (pictured). Here, the company processes the nickel-, cobalt- and zinc-rich pregnant leach solution that comes from mining and bioleaching ore at the nearby mine.Terrafame has been investigating the production of battery chemicals since the beginning of 2017 and, over the past months, has progressed the project from feasibility to the detailed engineering.The company is also carrying out an environmental impact assessment, for which a report is currently being prepared.The new production plant under consideration would have a capacity of approximately 150,000 tonnes of nickel sulphate and 5,000 t of cobalt sulphate per year, making Terrafame one of the largest nickel sulphate producers globally. In addition to the sulphates used in electric vehicle batteries, the plant would produce ammonium sulphate.Last year, a cooperation network was set up specifically to obtain international investment in a “battery cluster” in Finland.