5 Guyana men report escaping trafficking ring
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Officials say five men from Guyana were lured to neighboring Suriname with promises of good wages, but ended up working in slave-like conditions.
Guyana’s foreign affairs ministry says the five were recruited to work as farm laborers in Suriname’s remote interior. But when they got there they were forced into unpaid labor.
Thursday’s statement from the ministry says the men escaped to Suriname’s coastal capital and alerted police. Suriname authorities contacted their Guyana counterparts. Investigators in both countries have launched a human trafficking probe.
Officials are urging citizens to be wary of “too lucrative to be true job offers” outside of Guyana, especially when work permits are not secured in advance.
Guyana is also grappling with the trafficking of underage girls to mining camps in its own rural interior.