Guatemala chairs the OAS Trafficking in Persons Working Group

The country will lead the 8th National Authorities Meeting on human trafficking.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Yuliza Muñoz -AGN-. Guatemala was introduced as the new chair of the Trafficking in Persons Working Group of the Organization of American States -OAS-. The Secretary against Sexual Violence, Exploitation, and Trafficking in Persons -SVET-, Danissa Ramirez, represents Guatemala in this international event to present regional work plans, recommendations, and documents focused on fighting human trafficking.

According to the OAS, Guatemala will lead the 8th National Authorities Meeting on human trafficking. 

Guatemala’s actions against human trafficking and other crimes

At the recent meeting, Guatemalan authorities presented to the participants the interventions carried out in the country to prevent and combat criminal activities by international organizations linked to the commission of crimes such as the smuggling of migrants and money laundering.

The presentation was part of the panel “Connections between human trafficking and other forms of transnational organized crime.”

During its participation, Guatemala also shared the best practices implemented to combat all illegal profits resulting from illicit practices with people against their will.

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During the meeting, international experts analyzed different topics focused on reducing trafficking. The participating nations discussed the use of technology to capture and exploit victims and presented actions to eradicate trafficking in these digital spaces.

Other topics included the impact of environmental changes on the vulnerability of people, money laundering as a vector of human trafficking, and the links between different social problems.

Finally, the participating nations shared their progress in prevention, investigation, prosecution, assistance, and protection for victims and survivors.

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