IN keeping with Guyana’s commitment to combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP), the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, on Friday, launched the 592STOP (Stop the Trafficking in Persons) campaign and its 24-hour Spanish hotline.
The hotline will allow Spanish/ Portuguese speaking persons to make TIP reports.
Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr. Vindhya Persaud, who spearheaded the launch during her outreach to Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni), emphasised government’s zero tolerance approach to TIP.
She encouraged persons to use the TIP hotlines to report all cases of trafficking which complements the existing hotline that caters for English-speaking persons.
Noting that TIP remains a heinous crime against humanity, she encouraged persons to be vigilant and to recognise trafficking in all its forms. She highlighted that persons must ensure that they listen to the stories of others so as to understand the various experiences that are a part of this social ill.
During this month, the ministry will facilitate a “Through My Lens” initiative which will provide a platform for survivors to tell their stories and the devastating impact of trafficking on their lives.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department, last Thursday, disclosed that the Government of Guyana has fully met the minimum standards for the elimination of TIP. In a comprehensive document, it was acknowledged that the government demonstrated serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period. As a result, Guyana has remained on Tier 1 of the TIP index.
Members of the public are encouraged to report all suspicious TIP activities to the ministry’s TIP hotline numbers: 227-4083, 623-5030 or 624-0079 (Spanish hotline). Persons can also visit the TIP Guyana Facebook page.