“The mi­ni­stry needs mo­re mo­ney”

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

A unit from the Traf­fic­king in Per­sons (TIP) unit of the Po­li­ce For­ce Su­ri­na­me (KPS) will set up shop at the Johan Adolf Pen­gel (JAP) In­ter­na­ti­o­nal Air­port to keep an eye on the flow of Hai­tians to Su­ri­na­me. Re­ports in­di­ca­te that about 11,000 Hai­tians ha­ve tra­ve­led to Su­ri­na­me with a tou­rist card sin­ce March. The tou­rist cards ha­ve al­rea­dy ex­pi­red but the Hai­tians ne­ver check­ed out. Ac­cor­ding to the jus­ti­ce of­fi­ci­als, about 2,000 Hai­tians ha­ve left for neigh­bo­ring Gu­y­a­na and French Gui­a­na which means that the­re are still about 9,000 Hai­tians in Su­ri­na­me. Jus­ti­ce and Po­li­ce Mi­nis­ter van Dijk-Si­los poin­ted out that she has re­cei­ved in­for­ma­ti­on which sug­gests that Hai­tians who re­cent­ly ar­ri­ved in Su­ri­na­me pro­ba­bly en­ded up in the hands of hu­man traf­fic­kers. Of­fi­ci­als are the­re­fo­re trying to track down their whe­re­a­bouts. They al­so want to know exact­ly how ma­ny Hai­tians ha­ve left Su­ri­na­me for Gu­y­a­na and French Gui­a­na. Just li­ke other mi­ni­s­tries, the Jus­ti­ce and Po­li­ce Mi­ni­stry is al­so in need of mo­ney. The lack of funds to fi­nan­ce ope­ra­ti­ons is ham­pe­ring ope­ra­ti­o­nal pro­grams. “The mi­ni­stry needs mo­re mo­ney,” said the mi­nis­ter. MP Chan­dri­ka­persad San­tok­hi (VHP) ex­pres­sed con­cerns re­gar­ding the fa­te of the­se pe­o­p­le who are at risk of en­ding up in the hands of hu­man traf­fic­kers be­cau­se of their il­legal sta­tus. MP San­tok­hi wants mi­nis­ter Jen­ni­fer van Dijk-Si­los to find out what has hap­pe­ned to the­se pe­o­p­le “be­cau­se their tem­po­ra­ry stay of 30 days has al­rea­dy ex­pi­red.” “What has hap­pe­ned to them?”

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