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Specialized Anti-Human Trafficking Unit Inaugurated in Guatemala

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On 11 December 2013, the Minister of Governance, His Excellency López Bonilla, and the Secretary of Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking (Svet), Mrs. Zulma Subillaga, in collaboration with the UNODC Regional Representaitve for Central America and the Caribbean, Mr. Amado de Andrés, inaugurated the Specialized Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Office of Criminalistics Investigations of the National Civil Police. 

UNODC supported the Unit in the acquisition of physical space and furniture, and also facilitated specialized training in criminal investigation, trafficking in personas and specific legal procedures.

This unit is the first of its kind in the region and sets a precedent and an example to follow in Latin America. This unit has 56 investigators divided into 3 brigades oriented around the various forms of these crime: sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and illegal adoptions. According to statements by the Minister of Governance, since its inception, the Unit has dismantled seven criminal organizations and has made 60 arrests. These results, combined with the number of judgments on the subject, make Guatemala a country at the forefront in the region in the prosecution of this scourge.