Human Trafficking Legislation Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 March 2011 00:00

Belmopan. March 30, 2011.

The Government of Belize is committed to introduce and pass legislation to deal with Anti-Trafficking in Persons, and to this end the Solicitor General’s Chambers, the Ministry of Human Development and Social Transformation and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Committee are pleased to acknowledge the broadening and deepening of cooperation between the Government of Belize and the Government of the United States of America.

Solicitor General, Mr. Oscar Ramjeet, Ambassador Nestor Mendez and other officials of Belize’s Embassy in Washington met with H.E. Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons of the US Department of State on March 23, 2010 to discuss concrete ways in which Ambassador 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 a part of the government’s ongoing efforts to combat this form of modern day slavery.

The proposed amendments seek to more clearly define and increase the offenses that can be prosecuted under the Act and to provide for stiffer penalties for existing offenses.