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Trafficking in Persons Report 2013: Belize

first_imgBy Dialogo August 08, 2013 In February 2013 the government enacted the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Act which prohibits all forms of trafficking and prescribes punishments of one to eight years’ imprisonment, up to 12 years’ imprisonment if the victim is a child, and up to 25 years’ imprisonment in cases involving sexual assault or other aggravating circumstances. This law repealed and replaced the government’s previous anti-trafficking law. Notably, the new law elevated the offense of trafficking from a “summary offence” tried in the lower courts to an indictable offense tried before the Supreme Court. The prescribed maximum penalty of eight years’ imprisonment, up to 25 years’ imprisonment in some cases, is sufficiently stringent and commensurate with other serious crimes. During the reporting period, the government also passed the 2013 Commercial Sexual Exploitation Children (Prohibition) Act that criminalizes the facilitation of prostitution of children under 18 years of age. Additionally, sex trafficking and forced labor of Belizean and foreign women and girls, primarily from Central America, occurs in bars, nightclubs, and brothels throughout the country. Children and adults working in the agricultural and fishing sectors in Belize are vulnerable to forced labor. Forced labor has been identified in the service sector among the South Asian and Chinese communities in Belize, primarily in restaurants and shops with owners from the same country. In terms of prevention, the government continued to coordinate Belize’s anti-trafficking programs through an anti-trafficking committee of 13 agencies and NGOs chaired by a senior Ministry of Human Development official. During the year, the committee released a 2012-2014 anti-trafficking national strategic plan, which outlined steps to guide, monitor, and evaluate the government’s anti-trafficking efforts. The recently passed anti-trafficking law institutionalized interagency cooperation on trafficking in Belize by formalizing the role and responsibilities of the anti-trafficking coordination committee. The government continued its awareness campaign in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi. The report recommends that Belize proactively implement the recently passed anti-trafficking law by aggressively investigating and prosecuting forced labor and sex trafficking offenders, including officials complicit in trafficking; take steps to ensure the effective prohibition of the commercial sexual exploitation of children; seek criminal punishment for any guilty trafficking offender; monitor human trafficking trial procedures, and ensure trafficking offenders receive sentences that are proportionate to the gravity of the crime; complete the anti-trafficking committee’s development and implementation of formal procedures to guide officials in proactively identifying victims of sex trafficking and forced labor, including among migrant laborers and people in prostitution, and refer them for care; continue to increase partnerships with NGOs to address reintegration of trafficking victims in Belize; ensure identified foreign victims are not penalized for crimes, such as immigration violations, committed as a direct result of being subjected to human trafficking; and implement a targeted campaign educating domestic and foreign communities about forced domestic service and other types of forced labor, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and other forms of human trafficking. center_img The number of traffic convictions or sentences is not included, and it’s the most important indicator. According to the Trafficking in Persons Report published in June 2013 by the U.S. Department of State, the Government of Belize does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government enacted an anti-trafficking law late in the reporting period that raised penalties for human trafficking offenses. It also enacted a law prohibiting and punishing the commercial sexual exploitation of children under the age of 18. Belize is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. A common form of human trafficking in Belize is the coerced prostitution of children, often occurring through parents pushing their children to provide sexual favors to older men in exchange for school fees, money, and gifts. Child sex tourism, involving primarily U.S. citizens, has been identified as an emerging trend in Belize. last_img read more

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Agbonlahor’s three-word message to Ollie Watkins as Aston Villa transfer nears

first_img read also:Agbonlahor confident Grealish relationship with Villa fans solid Now Agbonlahor has chimed in, telling Watkins to “sign da ting” on Instagram attaching a photo of the striker to his post. And Villa fans have reacted, with one fan saying: “He’s coming for you record Gabs.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Aston Villa hero, Gabriel Agbonlahor, has sent Ollie Watkins a message after reports emerged that the Brentford striker is nearing a £28 million move to Villa Park. The deal, which could raise an extra £5m if various add-ons are activated, would see Watkins become Villa’s record signing with the amount the club are set to pay for the former Exeter City man more than the £22m paid to Club Brugge for Wesley Moraes last summer. Villa head coach Dean Smith is set to be reunited with Watkins, whom he signed from Exeter in 2017 while in charge at Brentford. Watkins scored 26 goals last season, winning the Championship player of the year award for his efforts in helping Thomas Frank’s side to the play-off final where they were beaten by Fulham last month.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandThis Muslim Woman Belongs To World’s 10 Strongest Women11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWhat Women Find The Most Attractive In Men From The 60-sA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?What’s Up With All The Female Remakes?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The Worldlast_img read more

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