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Guatemala to make DNA tests to migrants to fight child trafficking

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 19, 2019
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Rapid DNA testing on migrant children traveling without their parents is one of the measures analyzed by the government of Guatemala to prevent human trafficking when the caravans pass through this country.

Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart said that this measure will be used so that 'minors are not stolen, kidnapped or rented on a so dangerous route such as the migratory route.'

During an open budget workshop established in Guatemala, in the presence of President Jimmy Morales, the minister explained that the examination would also be carried out in the face of doubts about the paternity of those accompanying the children.

According to Degenhart, the initiative is part of the agreements signed by Guatemala with the Washington government to fight crime and human trafficking, which provide a legal platform.

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests are used by the United States, hence the interior minister will visit that country in the coming weeks to learn about the process and be capable of applying it in Guatemala in the future.

There are cases of children who have traveled up to eight times to the United States and then returned to their countries of origin, which implies they use elders to reach US soil illegally, Degenhart stated.

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