US Report: Guyana not doing enough to combat Human Trafficking.
The US State Department released its latest report on the trafficking in persons and has stated that the Government of Guyana made no noticeable progress in holding human t raf ic king of fenders in Guyana accountable during the reporting period.
The Combating Traficking of Persons Act of 2005 prohibits all forms of traficking and prescribes suficiently stringent penalties, ranging from three years’ to life imprisonment. The penalties are commensurate with penalties prescribed for other serious crimes, such as rape. Accoridng to the report the Guyana government reported 13 traficking reports during the year but reported initiating only two new traficking investigations. Guyana is a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex traficking and forced labor.
The report has also found that Guyanese nationals have been subjected to human traficking in other countries in the Caribbean region. Cases of human traficking reported in the media generally involved women and girls in forced prostitution. Country experts expressed concern that exploitative child labor practices occur within the mining industry, agriculture, and forestry sector.
The report said limited Government control of Guyana’s vast interior regions, combined with profit s from gold mining and the prostitution that accompanies the industry provide conditions conducive for traficking.