Thursday, December 01, 2022

Peru: 589 Venezuelan trafficking victims rescued

LIMA ( Associated Press) – Peru police said on Wednesday that so far this year they have rescued more than half a thousand Venezuelan women, some minors, in various campaigns against human trafficking.

General Ulysses Guillén, head of the Police Directorate against Human Trafficking and Migrant Trafficking, told The Associated Press that from January to early October, police crackdowns found more Venezuelan women than Peruvian victims.

According to data sent to the Associated Press, 589 Venezuelans were rescued, 28 of whom were minors. Police also rescued 221 Peruvians, 100 Ecuadorians, 14 Colombians, three Bolivians, one Dominican and one Argentine.

According to a statement from the Ministry of the Interior, the highest incidence of this crime occurs in Lima, but also in the south, where illegal gold mining has spread, such as the areas of Madre de Dios and Puno near Bolivia, and Cusco and Arequipa. In.

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Bars abound near informal mining camps where trafficked women often serve customers. According to officials, in most cases, the owners of these businesses force women to drink alcohol and have sex with customers for money.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported in April that Peru accounts for about 3.5% of the total population of Venezuelans with 33 million inhabitants and that Lima—where there are 1.1 million Venezuelans—is the largest city in the world. displaced Venezuelans.

UNHCR’s representative in Peru, Federico Augusti, then argued that “if Lima was in Venezuela, it would be the third city in Venezuela with the largest number of Venezuelans.”

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