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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 This law repealed and replaced the government’s previous anti-trafficking law.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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BtoBet and Spinomenal become iGaming partners

first_imgShare BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 Spinomenal, the cross platform games supplier, has become a partner of iGaming and sportsbook platform BtoBet, winners of Rising Star in Sports Betting Innovation at the SBC Awards 2017.Commenting on the partnership, Lior Shvartz, Spinomenal CEO, stated: “We constantly strive to reach the perfect balance of amazing graphics, fun game flow and easy access for worldwide clients. “Since its foundation, Spinomenal has created more than 85 original cross-platform games and we are just getting warmed up. “We are very excited about the integration with BtoBet and are always happy to work with such a responsive and professional team of experts who are able to make the process easy and fast”.Kostandina Zafirovska, BtoBet CEO, added: “Spinomenal has an interesting set of games and we’re enthusiastic about integrating their content onto BtoBet’s platform, ready for any regulated market. “I firmly believe the combination of Spinomenal’s games proposal and BtoBet’s platform will definitely provide operators with the possibility to elaborate unique offers, tailored for every single market, offering more than 3,000 exciting games. “Additionally, with our sophisticated recommendation engine, operators can suggest to players their preferred games, at the ideal time and on their preferred device.”This follows news that Editec has chosen BtoBet as the technological partner to drive its online brands towards sustained growth within Africa.The London headquartered firm, which already boasts a strong presence across several of the continents regions, operates under the Premier Bet, SBA, Guinee Games, and R&S Betting brands.last_img read more

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