Belize government committed to deal severely with trafficking in persons
The Belize government said it is committed to deal severely with those who engage in trafficking in persons.
The government on Wednesday afternoon issued a press release stating that it is committed to introduce and pass anti-trafficking in persons legislation, and to this end the Solicitor General's Chambers, the Ministry of Human Development and Social Transformation and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Committee have acknowledged the broadening and deepening of co-operation between the governments of Belize and the United States.
The country's Solicitor General, Oscar Ramjeet, Ambassador Nestor Mendez and other officials of Belize's Embassy in Washington met with Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-large, Office to Monitor and Combat trafficking in Persons of the US Department of State last Wednesday to discuss concrete ways in which CdeBaca's office could collaborate with Belize in its legal reform efforts in the area of human trafficking.
Belize is currently in the process of amending its Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Act as part of the governmentís ongoing efforts to combat this form of modern day slavery.
The proposed amendments seek to more clearly define and increase the offences that can be prosecuted under the Act and to provide for stiffer penalties for existing offences. Caribbean News Now!