Barrow refutes US claim on GOB being complicit in Human Trafficking

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Posted: Saturday, July 1, 2017. 2:24 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:Prime Minister Dean Barrow, this week, refused to accept claims made by the U.S. State Department, that the Government of Belize has been complicit in human trafficking activities in the country.

Belize ranked the worst among all Central American nations in the State Department’s 2017 Human trafficking report, alleging that trafficking was facilitated by those in the highest echelons of society including government officials.

I certainly reject that. I don’t know that the report offers any evidence to substantiate that claim, but that is not something that I would accept,” Barrow said.

Belize, which ranked tier two on the report in 2014, now ranks the lowest in tier three, as the department cites that “the Government of Belize does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so.”

The report also cited Belize as being a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor; adding that sex trafficking and forced labor of Belizean and foreign women and girls, primarily from Central America, occur in bars, nightclubs, brothels, and domestic service.

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