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Aug 25, 2017

U.S. refuses to name trafficking suspects; police to be pulled from ‘extra duties’ at nightclubs

One finding of the report that clearly rankles the Barrow administration is the references to trafficking-related complicity by government officials, including those at high levels. Try though he might, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte said he could not get the U.S. officials he spoke to in Washington to reveal who those persons might be. But while complaining of lack of evidence to support Belize’s Tier Three designation, he concedes that it is a problem that must be addressed quickly. One example is police officers moonlighting at bars and nightclubs with female foreigners suspected to be victims of human trafficking, who watch over the premises without inquiring of what happens therein. That practice, according to Peyrefitte, will soon be stopped.

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

Michael Peyrefitte

“You’re talking about corruption, you’re talking about government officials and I am asking them who? Name them, I will take it back and we can deal with those people with the evidence. So we try to have a full and frank discussion and we express our concerns and our desire to do better and we pointed to different cases,. How can Belize have the same amount of arrests, investigation and convictions for example Barbados or another eastern Caribbean country but yet they are tier one and we are tier three. So we were searching for what is the reason for the designation, the evidence doesn’t support it by bygones are bygones and we will be graded again I think in March of 2018 and so we are taking the steps that are necessary that we deal to be within the spirit of keeping our sovereignty and pride to ensure that we are demonstrating that we are serious about human trafficking. If you are a person who is being trafficking and they work in one of those bars and you have a police officer who is innocently trying to make an extra dollar, and extra money for his family and they would see this police man working under the direction of the club owner and the club owner is doing human trafficking. It is reasonable to see that they will not see the authorities as a person or persons you could turn to for protection. So, we have been assured by the Assistant Commissioner or Police, Mr. Noel Leal who was also on the trip that t something will be done immediately to curb it. And very soon to ensure that we don’t have that sight that somehow there is a support of human trafficking whether or not it is there or not. We don’t want it to even appear that we may be supporting a system that promotes human trafficking.”

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3 Responses for “U.S. refuses to name trafficking suspects; police to be pulled from ‘extra duties’ at nightclubs”

  1. Really says:

    Really Mr. Peyrefitte? How stupid you gonna make the police look? So you gonna tell the whole world a fully trained police officer is not able to tell if there is human trafficking going on in a shady establishment? What kind of police organization does Belize have, supervisors allow trained officers to work somewhere and the officers are not able to tell that there is something wrong?

    Free Solution:
    Officers keep their second job and check the employees to see if they are ok? Maybe the police officer can save a live and stop human trafficking instead of terminating employment with their second job. Oh but wait, isn’t it their job to enforce the law and arrest their employer if their is any trafficking? Oh no, he won’t have the extra money for his family, so lets trade someone’s life and freedom so your officers can make extra money.

    Sir, your boss needs to have a talk with you prior to making public statements that incriminate your police force.

  2. carlos says:

    This guy suppose to be a lawyer. Apparently he does not look or sounds like one. He should think before he talks.

  3. asdfgh says:

    BLA! BLA !” FN” BLA!!!
    FROM TOP TO BOTTOM THEY ALL …ALL KNOW VERY “F” WELL WHAT BUSINESS IS NOT GOING BUT ARE VERY SHADY IN BELIZE!!! ALL YOU HIGH RANKING OFFICERS KNOW IT.
    BELIZE IS ABOUT TO COLLAPSE BECAUSE OF FAR TOO MUCH CORRUPTION. FAR TOO MANY GUATEMALANS TAKING OUR JOBS , OUR TRANSPORT, OUR BARS, OUR MECHANICS, WELDER ETC ETC, ALL BECAUSE IT IS A GAME OF BRIBES… YES BRIBES.
    HOPEFULLY WE FALL INTO THE POWER OF GUATEMALA AND WE ALL SUFFER EQUALLY !!!!
    EVEN THE PUP ARE QUIET AND HAPPY WITH THE GUATEMALANS HERE IN BELIZE, THEY GIVE THEM JOBS ,USE THEIR TAXIS CAUSING HAZZARD ON THE ROADS.

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