Police in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are cautioning residents of the country, especially young females, about responding to “job opportunities” being advertised on social media.
“The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit (ATIPU) of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) are cautioning members of the general public (specifically young females) about responding to a “Job Opportunity” advert that is making the rounds on social media (especially Facebook) purporting to offer work to interested persons in the field of ‘dancing’ and ‘modelling’,” the unit said in a press statement published on Facebook this week.
The unit said that the name of the organization that is marketing this job offer is “King of Diamondz Entertainment Agency” which is “purportedly headed by one ‘Christopher Thomas’”.
The advert is specifically targeting young ladies to “dance and model” from the comfort of their homes online for a monthly starting salary of US$900.
“The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit is advising everyone who may be tempted to respond to and or apply for the job positions that are being offered by King of Diamondz Entertainment Agency to be very circumspect and to carry out your own due diligence checks on the organisation and its owner.
“This seemingly lucrative job opportunity, if taken, can very well turn out to be an experience that can negatively affect your well-being and character for the rest of your life.
“Always remember ‘if something seems too good to be true, it probably is’. Be careful, be wise, be assertive; do not be deceived by ‘human traffickers’ or would be ‘exploiters’,” the unit said.
The statement urged anyone who is a victim or potential victim of human trafficking to contact the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit at telephone number 1-784-456-1750/457-1211 or by email at [email protected].