U.S. Recognizes Guatemala’s Fight against Human Trafficking

By Dialogo
July 05, 2011

The United States has removed Guatemala from its human-trafficking “watch list” of countries, an act that recognizes the actions taken by the Guatemalan government against this plague, the Central American country’s foreign ministry said on 30 June.

“By removing it from the watch list, the U.S. government recognized the actions taken by the Guatemalan state in this area,” the Ministry of Foreign Relations maintained in a press release.

Those actions are reflected in police efforts to combat that offense, the implementation of the Sexual Violence, Exploitation, and Human-Trafficking Act, the official statement added.

The foreign ministry highlighted the opening of two shelters specialized in responding to the needs of both child and adult victims of human trafficking and the issuance of the Interinstitutional Protocol for the Repatriation of Victims of Human Trafficking, including boys, girls, teenagers, and adults.

“With this result, the state ratifies its commitment to creating the security conditions that will enable the comprehensive personal development of its population, promoting the prevention of and the fight against this offense and the reinsertion of victims into society, as well as effective criminal prosecution and punishment of those responsible for human trafficking,” the foreign ministry specified.