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Gov’t votes against opposition’s call to set up a Commission of Inquiry into trafficking in persons – 23rd May 2013

shot0022While the opposition controlled House passed a motion to set up a Commission of Inquiry into trafficking in Persons, it is unlikely the President will establish it.

The Government’s side of the House did not support the call by Opposition Leader David Granger for the setting up of the Commission.

The Opposition Leader, in calling for the Commission, said there have been credible reports that undetermined numbers of persons, have been trafficked, kept in involuntary servitude and required to perform forced labour, particularly in the Hinterland regions of Guyana, but also elsewhere.

The Government, while agreeing that there are cases of trafficking in persons, insisted that it has its hand on the issue and Minister of Human Services Jennifer Webster outlined several initiatives.

Former Minister Bibi Shadick sought to suggest that the opposition was mixing up Trafficking in Persons with other cases of abuse and indicated that the setting up of a Commission of Inquiry would be a waste of time and money.

Despite the Government’s objections, the opposition used its majority to pass the motion, calling for the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry to inquire into the allegations of Trafficking in Persons and to determine the extent of the problem and also to make recommendations for suppression and abolition of the unlawful trade.

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