20 mines officers benefited from TIP training

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Twenty mines officers, engineers and others today concluded a two-day training course that will help them to identify and refer Trafficking In Persons (TIP) victims.

The training was facilitated by the Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons in collaboration with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) at the Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) Training Centre, Camp Street.

The course concluded with the miners demonstrating, through skits, the various trafficking in persons scenarios, including labour and sexual abuse, in the mining regions of Guyana.

The 20 participants were presented with certificates at the end of the course.

Courtney Samuels, Acting Head of the Policy and Research Unit and Observatory Officer, Ministry of Public Security noted: “While training is of great importance, there are many other interventions necessary to create a comprehensive framework to combat TIP in and across tertiaries as such this course succeed a needs assessment carryout on local stakeholders.”

Samuels also indicated that other training programmes are planned.

Since 2016, the government has been conducting training programmes for a variety of frontline officials.

The country has recorded 68 cases of alleged TIP for this year, 41 in 2014, 51 in 2015, 98 in 2016, and 50 in 2017.

By: Neola Damon and Kimberly Ferreira.

Image: Keno George.

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