77 alleged victims of human trafficking rescued for 2018

– 66 placed in protective care

– victims provided with necessary psychosocial support by Social Protection Ministry

– Guyana observes World Trafficking In Persons Day 2018 with ‘Freedom Fest’

– “I can assure that your government will, by all means necessary, do what it can to curb this illicit activity” – Min. Ally

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, July 28, 2018

A total of seventy-seven (77) alleged victims of Trafficking In Persons (TIP) were rescued for the period January 05 – July 03, 2018. These victims were provided with the necessary psychosocial support by the Ministry of Social Protection.

Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally

This was disclosed by Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally, today at the launch of the ministry’s Freedom Fest’ at the Durban Park, Georgetown in observance of World Trafficking In Persons Day 2018.

According to Minister Ally, 60 of the 77 victims were placed in protective care, while some were assisted with job placements, educational and training opportunities along with judicial support when necessary.

In May alone, eight of sixteen young ladies (14 Venezuelans, one Cuban and one from the Dominican Republic) were rescued during a raid executed by the Guyana Police Force (GPF).

Guyana has maintained its Tier 1 ranking, according to a US State Department report; which means that the country continues to fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of TIP.

Minister Ally noted that the protection of human rights and dignity of all the citizens of Guyana is an essential component of good governance, and so “I can assure that your government will, by all means necessary, do what it can to curb this illicit activity.”

Synieka Thorne
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