humantraffic4It’s no secret; Belize is among the countries with the highest rates of Human Trafficking in the region. While this paints a negative image for a small country like Belize, the U.S. Government's Department of State has taken aim at the Belize Government for not doing enough to combat human trafficking in its official 2014 Report on Human Trafficking released on Saturday 21 June 2014.

 

The document says Belize has been punished by being elevated to "Tier 2" level, citing continuing irregularities in the Belize government's justice and prosecution system including a failure to prosecute corrupt politicians and high ranking government officials involved in the illegal human trafficking trade: "Trafficking-related complicity by government officials, including allegations of involvement of high-level officials, continued.", says the report summary.


The U.S. State Department further indicts the Belize Government and the Belize Police Department: "The government has yet to report any additional steps taken to prosecute a government official, noted in the 2011 Report, who allegedly raped a victim in the course of a trafficking investigation. Many off-duty police officers provide security for sex trade establishments, which risks inhibiting victims from coming forward and law enforcement’s willingness to investigate allegations of human trafficking in the sex trade."

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