Peru: Majority of Trafficking Cases in Southern and Amazonian Regions

Posted on June 13, 2013 • Filed under: Crime, Human Smuggling, Peru, Police/Military Activity

On June 11, 2013 Perú21 reported figures from Peru’s Public Ministry indicating that, between 2009 and 2012, 59% of registered crimes dealing with trafficking in minors came from the Southern and Amazonian regions of the country. During the time period in question there were 1,276 registered complaints, with the highest percentage of victims being females between 13 and 17 years old.

The director of the Public Ministry’s Criminal Observatory, Juan Huambachano, explained that 36% of the complaints were recorded in the regions of Madre de Dios, Apurimac, Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna. Meanwhile, 23% were recorded in Loreto, Ucayali, San Martín, Amazonas and Huánuco. Huambachano also stated that child labor has been increasing in the country, despite the authorities conducting campaigns to eradicate it. Read Article

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