Belize Retains Tier 2 Rank on Trafficking in Persons Report, Highlights Progress and Challenges
Belize retains the rank of Tier 2 on the 2023 Trafficking in Persons Report. According to the US Department of State, Belize has shown significant effort in tackling the issue of human trafficking, but unfortunately, the country has not convicted any traffickers nor have they initiate any new prosecutions. Additionally, the report states that Belize has not adequately overseen labor recruitment nor has it investigated allegations of labor trafficking of Indians and the People’s Republic of China nationals. While Belize lacked in those areas, the report has given praise for the country’s amnesty program which has seen four trafficking victims apply to the program. Furthermore, the TIPS Report 2023, noted that Belize has been able to identify more trafficking victims, improve on its indicators, provide training for frontline officers and training officials, and have rolled out an extensive public awareness campaign, as well as improve on its data collection. The country was also noted for the government’s collaboration in making a shelter available for trafficking victims. Data gathered for the 2023 TIPS Report is compiled from various sources including the US Embassy, government officials, nongovernmental and international organizations, published reports, news articles, and consultations with the country’s authorities.