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Added: Oct. 26, 2011

Latin America

Participants from the Second Ibero-American Summit against the Human Trafficking

Latin America fights human trafficking

The number is staggering

…There are an estimated 2.5 million people being trafficked at any given time throughout the world, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

“In Latin America alone, the number of human trafficking victims is around 700,000. I am talking about estimates because we know data, in most countries, are imprecise,” said Bo Mathiesen, UNODC’s regional representative for Brazil and the Southern Cone, during the Second Ibero-American Summit Against Trafficking of Human Beings, held recently in Santiago, Chile.

Women, girls and boys represent 90% of human trafficking victims worldwide, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO)…

Human trafficking victims are often taken from Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and the Antilles, but Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Peru are emerging as hotbeds for the crime, according to the Organization of American States (OAS).

“It is estimated that, yearly, close to 100,000 women and adolescents from these countries are led by deception and false promises of work in the United States, Spain, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Israel, Japan and other Asian countries,” wrote Fernanda Ezeta, with the Mexican office of the International Migration Organization (IMO) in the “Trafficking in Persons: Basic Aspects” report.

“The regions of Central America and the Caribbean are experiencing increased rates of trafficking and slavery of women, girls and boys for sexual exploitation, with different characteristics and challenges which must be considered when designing public strategies,” the report read. “In addition to this, the region suffers from a lack of strategies for prevention, protection and bringing the traffickers before the courts.”

The General Directorate of the Spanish Civil Guard reported “around 70 percent of the victims of human trafficking in that country are women from Latin America.”

In Latin America alone, the number of human trafficking victims is around 700,000…

Attorney generals and officials from throughout Latin America, the United States and Spain recently met at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile, creating an initiative where their nations will work together to curtail the crime.

The initiative calls for the strengthening of prosecution and provide better protection to victims and witnesses of the crime. It also mandates countries exchange information regarding missing persons who are suspected of being victims of human trafficking and notifying officials when a suspect has been arrested on human-trafficking charges.

“The members of the Ibero-American Association of Public Ministries, as well as the Public Ministries within MERCOSUR, sent the Public Ministry of Chile their profound interest in taking a new step in the fight against human trafficking,” said Chilean Attorney General Sabas Chahuán during the closing ceremonies of the Second Ibero-American Summit against the Trafficking of Human Beings.

The initiative also empowers officials throughout the region to freeze or seize assets that derived from human trafficking.

“[We are] convinced that to advance our fight in the crime of human trafficking, international cooperation is necessary,” the initiative stated. “[There must be] cooperation between organizations in charge of criminal prosecutions, which includes the area of investigations as well as the attention and protection of victims and witnesses, according to the role carried out by the respective legal systems.”

Adrián Martínez

Oct. 23, 2011

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Added: Oct. 26, 2011

Latin America

Fiscales Generales crearán red iberoamericana sobre trata de personas

Fiscales Generales de Iberoamérica crearán una red regional de Fiscales Especializados contra la Trata de Personas. La red es parte del protocolo de cooperación firmado durante la II Cumbre Iberoamericana contra la Trata de Seres Humanos, desarrollada en Santiago de Chile, entre el 21 y el 23 de septiembre. El objetivo es el de fortalecer la persecución penal, y la atención y protección a víctimas y testigos de la trata de personas, delito que afecta a millones de personas en todo el mundo…

Attorneys General will create Ibero-American network on human trafficking

Attorneys General of Latin America will create a regional network of specialized prosecutors against Trafficking in Persons. The network is part of the cooperation protocol signed during the Second Ibero-American Summit against the Human Trafficking held in Santiago, Chile, from 21 to 23 September 2011. The aim is to strengthen the prosecution of traffickers, the assistance and protection provided to victims and witnesses of human trafficking, a crime that affects millions of people around the world…

Procuradores-Gerais criarão Rede Ibero-Americana sobre o tráfico de pessoas

Procuradores-Gerais da América Latina irão criar uma rede regional de procuradores especializados contra o Tráfico de Pessoas. A rede faz parte do protocolo de cooperação assinado durante a segunda Cúpula Ibero-americana contra o Tráfico de Seres Humanos, realizada em Santiago, Chile, entre 21 e 23 de Setembro. O objetivo é fortalecer a perseguição penal, os cuidados e a proteção às vítimas e às testemunhas do tráfico de seres humanos, um crime que afeta milhões de pessoas em todo o mundo.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Office for Brazil and the Southern Cone of Latin America

Sep. 26, 2011