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Human Service Ministry investigates six confirmed cases of Trafficking in persons – 7th Jan 2013

Six confirmed cases of Trafficking in Persons, reported last year, are being investigated by the Human Services Ministry.

This was reported today by Minister Jennifer Webster. But her report is different, when compared to what the Amerindian Affairs Minister, Paul Sukhai, said last week.

According to Sukhia, her Ministry had not recorded any case of trafficking in persons among Amerindians for 2012. Human Services Minister, Jennifer Webster during a press briefing on Monday said the six cases are currently before the courts.

Several reports conducted by the US State Department have shown that young Amerindian girls are seen as one of the most vulnerable groups for traffickers.

Last year Guyana was ranked in the annual trafficking in persons report at Tier 2 and the Government came under heavy criticism by sections of society for not doing enough to confront the issue.

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