Human Trafficking: U.S. Urges Guyana to Fund Specialized Victim Services

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, joined by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, presents a certificate to 2018 'TIP Report Hero' Sunita Danuwar of Nepal. Sunita Danuwar is one of ten individuals from around the world who was recognized for her efforts to fight against human trafficking, at the U.S. Department of State on June 28, 2018. (State Department photo/ Public Domain)
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, joined by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, presents a certificate to 2018 'TIP Report Hero' Sunita Danuwar of Nepal. Sunita Danuwar is one of ten individuals from around the world who was recognized for her efforts to fight against human trafficking, at the U.S. Department of State on June 28, 2018. (State Department photo/ Public Domain)

The United States has urged Guyana to fund specialized victim services outside of the capital Georgetown as the fight against human trafficking continues.

The U.S. State Department’s 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report recommended the government of Guyana to “fund specialized victim services outside the capital and for child victims and adult male victims; vigorously investigate and prosecute sex and labor trafficking cases and hold convicted traffickers, including complicit public officials, accountable by imposing strong sentences; finalize the written identification procedures to better guide law enforcement officials.”

The report, however, praised the Guyana government’s initiatives that “fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.”

The U.S. State Department added: “The government continued to demonstrate serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period; therefore, Guyana remained on Tier 1.”

The U.S. State Department publishes Trafficking in Persons Report each year “to highlight specific steps each government can take to protect victims of human trafficking, prevent trafficking crimes, and prosecute traffickers in the United States and around the world,” the U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo said in a message.

According to the Report, in spite of Guyana government’s increased efforts to identify and protect trafficking victims, victim assistance remained insufficient, especially in areas outside of Georgetown and for the child and male victims.

 “The number of trafficking investigations and new prosecutions decreased, and the number of successful convictions remained low”, the report noted.


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