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In this special edition of The International Reggae Poster Contest, we are highlighting the consequences of human trafficking and advocating for its prevention.

In support of the song “Shadows After Dark,” released in November 27th, 2020, VP Records, the International Reggae Poster Contest and the Ministry of National Security has partnered to raise awareness for Human Trafficking through visual art.

The song encourages persons to be very careful of whom they trust. Produced by Reggae star Alborosie and featuring performances by Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo, Dean Fraser, Duane Stephenson, Kabaka Pyramid, Etana, Taurus Riley, Kumar, Morgan Heritage, Raging Fyah and Sandy Smith, the is sure to have a far reach across the Diaspora.

About the International Poster Competition Alborosie says “visual art and sonic art are powerful together. Working together means we can save one more child or one more person from harm and that is good.”

The International Reggae Poster Contest, VP Records and several Reggae artists are all collaborating, for the first time, on the global issue of human trafficking. The Jamaica National Task Force Against Trafficking In Persons (NATFATIP) has lent its support to this timely competition. The Task Force was established in 2005 as a multi-agency enterprise with a mandate to strengthen Jamaica’s legislative, institutional and operational capacity to combat Trafficking in Persons.

The recruiting, transporting, transferring, receiving and harbouring of a person by force, coercion or other means for the purpose of exploitation are all gross violations of human rights. Human trafficking is a reality in Jamaica and worldwide. The two main forms of human trafficking in Jamaica are for sexual exploitation and forced labour. NATFATIP’s core emphases are the prevention and suppression of trafficking in persons, the prosecution of offenders, and the protection and provision of assistance to victims of trafficking.

Ted Bafaloukos endorsement

It was 40 years ago when I found myself in Jamaica for the first time, drawn to that glorious burst of musical expression emerging from that Little Big Country. The result was the film “Rockers” and with it, a deep bond with the music and what the music represented to the people who were making it. An astonishing array of talent giving expression to a new cultural awareness that was instantly recognized and understood by people the world over.

Reggae was the music that was heard far and wide because it carried with it the aspirations of a new generation determined to… Read more

The International Reggae Poster Contest Organizing Committee extends sincere thanks and appreciation to all of the sponsors, without their wonderful support for “The Art of Reggae” exhibitions, prizes, printing, shipping and other supporting contributions, the success of our contest would not be possible.