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Women Miners rescue a 14-year-old girl being held against her will in the Interior

shot0025The gold rush into the interior regions of Guyana has seen the mushrooming of illegal activities from violent crimes to trafficking in persons.

In fact, the US State Department’s report on Trafficking in Persons identified interior regions as locations for human trafficking.

A 14-year-old girl was among some other girls who were rescued over the weekend by the Trafficking in Persons Unit of the Guyana Women Miners Association.

Poverty was one of the issues that led to the young girl being in the area of 14 Mile Issano in Region Seven just a few hours away from the Bartica Community.

Just over a month ago it was when she first went into the mining camp with her brother to assist their mother who has a business in the area.

According to the 14-year-old while she was not there to have sex for money, she did eventually found herself sleeping with a boy in the area, but not in exchange for anything. She claimed they started out as friends and the feelings grew among the two of them.

The teenager said she did not like the life in the Interior and would rather be at home with her grandmother even if it means missing a few meals. The lack of money even forced her to drop out of school.

The case of the 14-year-old is being reviewed with the possibility of her being given a second chance at an education.

Young women are usually taken into the mining areas with the promise of domestic jobs but would eventually find themselves selling their bodies to miners.

The Guyana Women Miners Association has pledged to continue its work in the interior to save as many girls who are being held against their own free will.

The United States in its 2013 Human Trafficking report has listed Guyana as a country where enough action is not being taken to address human trafficking. As a result, the country was this year downgraded to the Tier 2 watch list in the US report.

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