Guyana rejects US Human Trafficking Report
Guyana has rejected yet another US report on the trafficking in persons in this country. In the report released by the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, it states that Guyana has not made any noticeable improvements in its efforts to combat the problem. The report pointed too to the growing gold industry here and the increase in prostitution in those areas. Many women and young girls find themselves trafficked to those communities. As far as the Guyana government is concerned, the US is not telling the real story and may not be giving the administration enough credit for the work it has been doing.
The Cabinet Secretary Dr Roger Luncheon said there continues to be the tit for tat when it comes to the trafficking in persons report. The US reports and Guyana objects. That has been going on for the past few years.
Guyana was listed as a Tier 2 country when it comes to the trafficking in persons. It’s the same level that the country found itself at last year with the US recommending that new and improved systems be put in place to target the problem.
The US Ambassador to Guyana Brent Hardt in a statement said the us government’s goal is not to criticize others, but to call attention to a global threat to vulnerable groups of people in order to stimulate global action to protect victims, prevent future abuses, and investigate and prosecute perpetrators of this modern-day slavery.
He said Over the past year, the United States Embassy in Georgetown and the Government of Guyana have forged an active and productive dialogue on Trafficking in Persons aimed at strengthening Guyana’s ability to prosecute offenders, protect victims, and prevent future cases of TIP.
This year’s report he continued, observes that Guyana is both a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor.