Organization: Red Thread
Location: Georgetown, Guyana
A Decade (2004/2005-2015) of Human Trafficking Discourses and the Implications for the Human Development of Guyanese People
Among the dominant global discourses on human trafficking in Guyana, and the contention among a range of organizations about the existence and scale of human trafficking, the government of Guyana is still strongly encouraged to execute efforts to combat trafficking albeit without a full grasp of the nature of human trafficking in Guyana and evaluations of anti-trafficking efforts. This Major Research Paper (MRP) explores the relevance and implications of the U.N. and the U.S. anti-trafficking interventions and their associated discourses in Guyana in relation to facilitating the human development of Guyanese people. Using a qualitative feminist theoretical framework, interviews in two locations in Guyana were conducted with private citizens and organizational representatives, supported by non-participant observation and secondary data sources. It was found that two human trafficking discourses predominate in Guyana—human trafficking as forced prostitution or sexual exploitation and as forced labour—both being the result of power relations between the U.S., international organizations and the government of Guyana, influencing significantly how human trafficking is discussed and acted upon. In light of these findings, it is recommended that local organizations, especially Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) are involved in the framing of agendas to combat human trafficking, and that action plans should take into consideration the socio-economic and political structures of Guyana within the context of the global political economy.