Human Traffic Watch

Harsher Laws against Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children

In Awareness, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm

The National Assembly of Belize passed eight pieces of legislation in its last sitting on Friday, December 14th, in the House of Representatives and Wednesday, December 19th, in the Senate. For human rights activists, two of those bills were of paramount importance- the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Bill, 2012 and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (Prohibition) Bill, 2012.

On Wednesday, October 5th, the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Mrs. Kim Simplis-Barrow hosted a workshop on the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in Belize. The topic of sex crimes involving children has been a main focus of formal and informal news in Belize recently. Mrs. Barrow famously asked, “When you look into the eyes of some of our Belizean children, will you feel their pain? Will you feel their shame and guilt for the things that have happened to them for which they had no control?” She continued, “The commercial sexual exploitation and other forms of sexual violence that continues to be perpetrated on our children is inexcusable.”

Source: Belize

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