Caribbean 360 reports that Guyana is implementing a multi-pronged multi-million dollar program—the 2017-2018 National Plan of Action for the Prevention and Response to Trafficking in Persons—to fight human trafficking in the country, which saw a 145 percent increase in trafficking in 2016:
People involved in human trafficking in Guyana have been put on notice: “Authorities are coming after you and will not stop until you are brought to justice.”
The government has rolled out a new multi-million dollar strategy which it expects will lead to a dramatic decline in cases over the next two years.
Against the backdrop of an increase in reported incidents, coordinator of the Counter-Trafficking Unit Tanisha Williams-Corbin told the launch of the 2017-2018 National Plan of Action for the Prevention and Response to Trafficking in Persons: “We will increase the number of arrests, charges and convictions of alleged TIP (Trafficking in Persons) perpetrators by 300 per cent.”
Demerara Waves online reported that Guyana recorded 40 TIP cases in 2014; a 47 per cent increase in 2015 and a 145 per cent increase in 2016. Of the 197 persons trafficked during the 2014-2016 period, 89 per cent were females and 89 percent were 32 years and younger.
The majority of the victims were Guyanese, with non-nationals accounting for 41 per cent. Williams-Corbin told the gathering that 44.2 per cent of TIP occurred during the period under review in Region Four and 22.3 percent in Region 7. “The analytical data is clear. There is an increase in the number of reported cases reaching authorities. It reflects that the number of identified victims is on the increase,” the TIP official said.
Under the GUY$22 million (US$105,683) plan, law enforcers will boost their surveillance – monitoring the operations of suspected hotspots including bars, night clubs, massage rooms, modelling/art agencies, mining camps and other businesses. [. . .]
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