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Two Police Officers linked to trafficking in persons case are yet to be charged

shot0008The Director of Public Prosecutions is yet to recommend charges against the identified Police Officers who were implicated in the trafficking in persons case. They were accused of raping two victims before they were trafficked into the mining community of Issano, region seven.

The 26 and 16-year-old girls both gave reports about their encounters with the officers and have since participated in an Identification Parade at the Criminal Investigations Department, Eve Leary.

The 16-year-old was unable to pinpoint her alleged rapist but the two girls did identify a businesswoman as their trafficker. Human Services Minister, Jennifer Webster during an invited comment told this Newscast that charges will not be laid against those found guilty of the crime until the Director of Public Prosecutions finishes her job.

The girls were along with three others who were rescued by the Guyana Women Miners Organizations early last month.

The Organization has voiced its concerns saying that it wants to see stronger action taken against persons found guilty of trafficking in persons. GWMO President Simona Broomes said trafficking in persons remains a serious issue and more should be done to address the problem.

Broomes is of that opinion that she is all alone in the struggle against trafficking in persons.  She said she is shocked over the criticisms she now faces. She is also disturbed by the reaction towards the victims when they come forward to tell their stories.


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