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U.S. Government honors Guyana female miner for fighting against trafficking in persons – 27th Jun 2013

shot0004The Guyana Women’s Mining Organization (GWMO) which was officially launched in 2012 seeks to represent the interest of women miners in Guyana, particularly those that are being exploited at several mining camps across the country.

And this is why the United States Secretary of State John Kerry had recognized Simona Broomes, President of that organisation, as one of the Heroes in the fight against Trafficking in Persons (TIP).

For Boomes the award has placed some international spotlight on the work of her organisation and this was needed, especially since the agency does not receive external funding to carry out its advocacy work.

It was about three months ago Broomes headed a team that rescued several trafficking victims near the Tiger Creek area in Region 7.

She said this was done at the risk of her own life and that of the other women who accompanied her. She said more still needs to be done to stamp out Trafficking in Persons in Guyana’s hinterland.

This year, nine people were chosen as Trafficking In Persons Report Heroes in the Fight against Modern-Day Slavery.  Guyana’s Simona Broomes was selected from among many impressive nominees from around the world.

The United States Government said she demonstrated extraordinary bravery and leadership in raising the awareness of human trafficking in Guyana.

After 25 years as a miner, she established the Guyana Women Miners Organization in 2012 to empower women miners to address unique challenges women face operating in remote areas.

In addition to the Trafficking In Persons award activities in Washington, D.C. Broomes  also participated in an International Visitors Leadership Program.

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