June 23, 2010

US stands by trafficking in persons report

By Oluatoyin Alleyne

The US State Department yesterday stood firmly behind its 2010 trafficking in persons (TIP) report on Guyana even as the government here has indicated its intention to take its protest against the report to the US Congress in an effort to “correct these misleading reports.”

Ambassador-at-Large Luis C de Baca of the Office to Monitor and Combat Traf-ficking in Persons speaking to reporters from Washington via a video link at the US Embassy yesterday said the information contained in the report was accurate and its sources were authentic.

Asked whether the US Government would consider withdrawing the report following strenuous objections from the Guyana Government the ambassador offered a terse, “No.”

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