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A total of seventy-seven (77) alleged victims of Trafficking In Persons (TIP) were rescued between the start of the year and earlier this month.
This was disclosed by Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally, who said that 60 of the 77 victims rescued between January 5 and July 3 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 16 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.
“I can assure that your government will, by all means necessary, do what it can to curb this illicit activity,” she said.