Over $3M expended to combat Human Trafficking; 23 victims rescued

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Webster[www.inewsguyana.com] – To date, the Ministry of Human Services has expended over $3.1 million to support victims of Trafficking in Persons (TIP). This is according to Subject Minister, Jennifer Webster, who told reporters at a press conference on Monday, December 30 that a total of 23 persons were rescued for 2013.

Webster explained that the Ministry received eleven reports of TIP, and of that number four matters are currently engaging the Court’s attention while there have been four convictions.

The Human Services Minister told reporters that government will continue to tackle the scourge as 38 persons were recently trained in dealing with the issue of TIP.

The persons were trained under a programme by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and will be based in the ten administrative regions in Guyana.

Webster stressed the need to continue sensitization of community members so that they can be able to identify ‘at risk persons.’

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