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More enforcement on the cards to address Trafficking In Persons – Minister Persaud

Screen shot 2013-07-10 at 8.32.29 PMDespite being frequently embarrassed with revelations of Trafficking in Persons the Natural Resources Minister Robert Persaud is pledging his Government’s commitment to tackle the sore issue.

Persaud said awareness has been heightened and the challenge is now the enforcement aspect.

Recently the Guyana Women Miners Organization has uncovered several cases of trafficking in persons and prostitution of young girls. The organization’s Head, Simona Broomes said despite the lack of support, she is determined to fight the issue head on.

Persaud said the first line in preventing trafficking in persons and prostitution starts with the miners, but noted the important role the law enforcement agencies can play in its prevention.

A Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons (MTFTIP), which is chaired by Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee, recently expressed concern about the latest US report on Trafficking in Persons, claiming that the report contains several inaccuracies and misrepresentations with regard to the scope of trafficking in persons in Guyana.

The US Report pointed out that the Government failed to demonstrate evidence of increasing efforts to hold trafficking offenders accountable with jail time over the previous reporting period.

But Persaud said his Ministry is actively involved in raising awareness within the mining sector.

The Guyana Women Miners Orgnaisation has been actively going into the country’s mining areas rescuing girls who are being held against their will and being forced into prostitution.

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