Guyana to target female trafficking in rural mines

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Associated Press

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 1:37 PM

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana is establishing a task force to help eradicate trafficking of underage girls in mining camps in the South American country's interior.

National Security Minister Clement Rohee said Friday that the government has identified 14 locations that it will target in upcoming weeks.

The announcement comes after opposition leaders demanded an official probe into trafficking and forced labor in Guyana. The Women Miners Association also has pushed for a crackdown on trafficking, having recently raided mining camps to rescue about a dozen mostly underage girls who were forced to work as prostitutes.

Guyana is on a U.S. list of countries that could face sanctions for failing to fight human and child trafficking.

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