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Music

Earth Warrior tackles serious issue

By Howard Campbell
Observer senior writer

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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For over 15 years, Jamaica has been under the microscope of the United Nations' human trafficking department. It is also a big issue for Earth Warrior.

The singjay's latest song, Time To Act, addresses one of the world's disturbing topics. The track also features singer Winston McAnuff.

“It was my idea to write the song. The topic came about because of my knowledge of history and research. I follow this topic very closely as slavery and human trafficking are real issues in the 21st century, as was in the days of my foreparents,” Earth Warrior told the Jamaica Observer. “The question should really be asked: 'what or whom the United Nations was created to protect?'”

Jamaica is not exempt from human trafficking. In April, Interpol disclosed that it was among 13 countries in which nearly 350 people were freed from human trafficking networks. Twenty-two individuals were arrested by police in the Caribbean and South America for their roles in placing children and adults in nightclubs, gold mines, factories, open-air markets, and farms.

Early this year, Carl Berry, deputy superintendent of police, reported that the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit had rescued 76 victims since it was established in 2005. Four individuals were convicted for human-trafficking and related crimes.

Two years ago, Bruno Pouzeat, the UN's co-ordinator in Jamaica, commended the government for its work in reducing human trafficking. He said that influenced the United States Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report to upgrade Jamaica to Tier 2 on its watch list.

Earth Warrior (given name Dino Pinnock) is aware of the worrying trends in Jamaica.

“I'm concerned that this is a major issue in Jamaica...babies' bodies have gone unaccounted for at our major hospitals, etc. People being harvested is a big thing...just like the cash for gold saga which goes to fund a bigger network,” he said.

To help get Time To Act's message across, Earth Warrior and McAnuff shot a graphic video that was recently released.

Earth Warrior has been recording for over a decade. Some of his previous songs include Happy Song and In The City.

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