Mexico and Belize consider human trafficking treaty

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Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017. 1:31 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Following the rescue of a Belizean teen captured in Chetumal by suspected human traffickers, the government of Belize and Mexico are considering signing a treaty to improve collaboration on combating human trafficking.

Hugo Juarez Carrillo, Press and Legal Affairs officer for the Mexican Embassy in Belize, explained that the countries have already begun discussing what the treaty would entail, given the serious threat human trafficking poses to citizen security in both countries.

Mexico and Belize are working on a treaty to in order to have closer judicial collaboration, to have very clear rules, and I hope that quite soon we will have an understanding about these matters,” Carrillo explained.

He added also commended Belizean authorities, including Senator Osmany Salas, for their role in the rescue. Salas, being made aware of the situation, contacted the Mexican embassy, who then contacted the Mexican ministry of Foreign Affairs on the issue.

Last week, Salas had posted a scenario on his Facebook account, recounting the events where a mother from Orange Walk had contacted him about her child running away from home and traveling to Mexico with an unknown female and male escort. Salas explained that he contacted the Mexican authorities who set up an operation to bring the girl in and detain her abductors.

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