Caricom’s Free Movement Could Be Ading Human Trafficking In The Caribbean
The Organization of American States believes Caricom’s free movement could be unknowingly lending support to trafficking in persons.
This concern was raised as a two day training program was opened which aims to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement officials, Judges and Prosecutors in the Caribbean to identify and combat Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children.
Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit Department of Public Security, Coordinator, Fernando Garcia-Robles said human trafficking exists in many of the Caribbean member states and many other countries interconnected with the Caribbean which in some cases may be used as a source of transit or destination countries.
Meanwhile, Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee who welcomed the training said while Guyana does not have an alarming number of Trafficking in Persons cases efforts are being made to address this growing concern.
He noted that persons who are found guilty of this crime are charged and placed before the Judicial System.
The two day training session is a collaboration between the Organization of American States and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The US Government in its Trafficking in Persons 2010 report has placed Guyana on the Tier 2 Watch List for the fourth consecutive year since it believes the Government does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.