Bahia, Brazil: Human Trafficking Complaints Increase in State

tribunadabahia.com.br reported on September 20, 2013 that national and international trafficking in Bahia has raised concern in the state as the number of complaints have increased. The secretary of the Committee for Preventing and Combating Trafficking in persons states that 80% of trafficked people are women forced into sexual acts or labor between 18 and 19-years old. The recipient cities of interstate trafficking are Feira de Santana , Ilheus , Porto Seguro , Juazeiro , Salvador, Petrolina and Ipiaú while Salvador is the number one location for sending people to Europe. Read Article

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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Owner of Nightclub Detained for Human Trafficking Activity

midianews.com.br reported on August 189, 2013 that the owner of a night club in Mato Grosso do Sul was detained by the military police for human trafficking and prostitution charges. Police received information of such activity from a victim of the nightclub who was promised work. The girl was then forced into prostitution as was […]

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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Teenager Detained for Human Trafficking Activity

Globo reported on August 7, 2013 that a 19-year old female was arrested in Mato Grosso do Sul for human trafficking and prostitution activity. Police report that the house of the female functioned as a prostitution site in which four women were lured into the activity with promises of pay. The women were not allowed […]

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Pernambuco, Brazil: Owner of Travel Agency Detained for Trafficking Women to Europe

On July 25, 2013 Globo reported that the Federal Police arrested the owner of a travel agency, Claudette Birth Banner in Olinda, Pernambuco, for human trafficking. According to police, the woman was sexually exploiting women with low education and no experience in tourism, to Europe, where they were harassed and forced into the prostitution sector. […]

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Brazil and Spain Conduct Joint-Operation Against Human Trafficking

Terra reported on July 7, 2013 that the Federal Police with the help of the Spanish police conducted “Operation Nymphs” both in Brazil and Spain against a gang suspected of trafficking woman. The gang is responsible for exploiting Brazilian women in Spain by promising work and instead forcing prostitution. Nine arrests were made in two […]

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U.S. State Department Assessment on Brazil’s Effort to Combat Human Trafficking

Terra reported on June 19, 2013 that an assessment report by the U.S. State Department announced that although Brazil does not abide by the minimum standards necessary to combat human trafficking, it is making effort for improvement. The U.S. State Department claims that Brazilian law to prohibit trafficking is vaguely defined. Aside from human trafficking, […]

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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Ranked 3rd for Highest Rates of Human Trafficking Activity

correiodoestado.com.br reported that on June 11, 2013 that the state of Mato Grosso do Sul is the third state in Brazil; behind Bahia and Pernambuco, with the highest number of victims of human trafficking. According to a survey by the Federal Region Courts, many of the victims are natives who live along the border regions […]

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Brazil and Haiti Partnership to Reduce Human Trafficking Activity

On May 21, 2013, Terra reported that there is a collaborative effort between the Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe, and Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Patriota, to combat human trafficking activity in Haiti. The Brazilian Embassy in Haiti will help make aware and combat human trafficking efforts by “coyote” networks that transport Haitians […]

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Brazil: Launch of Operation Ágata 7 to Patrol Entire Border

capitalnews.com.br reported on May 20, 2103, Operation Ágata 7; consisting of 25,000 militants to patrol the entire Brazilian border. Numerous government agencies such as the Federal Highway Police, Internal Revenue Service, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, will work together in this operation to patrol and combat cross-border crimes such as arms and ammunition trafficking, drug […]

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Brazil and Bolivia Partnership to Increase Border Security

Terra reported on May 14, 2013, that Brazilian and Bolivian officials met in Santa Cruz to discuss border security concerns. Issues discussed included drug trafficking, human trafficking, and illegal immigrants traveling across the border. Bolivia has become a critical player to Brazil as 60% of the cocaine in Brazil comes from Bolivia. Bolivia is one […]

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Brazil: Bengali Group Responsible for Human Trafficking Activity

On May 15, 2013 http://coletivo.maiscomunidade.com reported that the Federal Police launched ‘Operation Freedom’ to take down a gang in the Federal District responsible for trafficking immigrants to Brazil to work in slavery-like conditions. Members of the gang were from Bangladesh and promised high-paid salaries for illegal immigration to Brazil. The police investigation identified many routes […]

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El Salvador: Fugitive human trafficker caught in San Miguel

Alvaro Enrique Reyes Reyes (36) was arrested in San Miguel, El Salvador, wanted for the crime of human trafficking. He was carrying three thousand dollars in cash at the time of the arrest, according to the National Police of El Salvador website. He also carried two cell phones. Details about his crimes were not reported. […]

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Bars in Chiapas, Mexico receive certificates for human trafficking non-engagement

Bars in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, along with other similar locations, such as nightclubs, have been rewarded for not engaging in human trafficking. The state government has given these businesses certificates to affirm that they do not participate in any form of human trafficking, such as prostitution. 16 certificates have so far been distributed, […]

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Ecuador: Three Colombian women caught in prostitution ring

Two Colombian women, 19 and 14, were arrested after officials caught them in a prostitution operation in Ecuador. They were travelling to a nightclub in the north of Ibarra to work, El Norte reports. The women were discovered during a routine traffic check after displaying suspicious behavior. Officials also noticed their Colombian accents. The two […]

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Four arrested in Argentina after illegally trafficking 10 Chinese; Entered through Bolivia

Four people were arrested in Argentina after officials found 10 Chinese individuals being transported in two cars near Las Lajitas. Two women and eight men between 18 and 42 years of age were found in a Chevrolet Astra and a Toyota Corolla, El Diario 24 reports.  Authorities believed the Chinese citizens entered Argentina illegally through […]

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Panama a transit country for human trafficking; Many come from Africa

Experts estimate that over 80,000 individuals are trafficked each year, and that Panama has become a major transit country. According to TVN Noticias, many individuals involved in these operations pay high sums to be taken to a new country. Many of those trafficked in Panama come from Africa via the Atlantic Ocean. Security forces in […]

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Mexico: Authorities tighten control after infant is caught in human trafficking scheme

Authorities in Mexico are cracking down on the movement of minors after an infant was found in a truck bearing signs of being trafficking. Now, the National Migration Institute will not permit minors to travel without documentation. Even if travelling with parents, immigration documents must be produced for all children, Norte Digital reports. Inspections occur […]

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Buenos Aires, Argentina known as “City of a Thousand Brothels”

At least 6,000 women are kept as prisoners in Buenos Aires, Argentina, working as prostitutes. They are the victims of human trafficking, which is prominent in this city. They can be found working in saunas, bars, and luxury clubs, among other locations in which they would not be suspected, Diario Z reports. Girls engaged in […]

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Two Bolivian girls rescued from human trafficking in Argentina

Two Bolivian girls were rescued by officials in Argentina after discovering they were the victims of human trafficking. One, who was forced to do menial jobs, was found in fragile health. She had been abused and subjected to violence. She was found inside a hospital in the Patagonia after an extensive search, El Siglo reports. […]

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Human trafficking networks cover six countries; Reports of electric torture in Bolivia

Networks of human trafficking appear to operate in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Spain and the United States, according to Opinion. They recruit by using publications in the media, in social networks, employment agencies, with advertisements, or by kidnapping and abduction. Among the uses of trafficked persons, who are mostly women and girls, are labor exploitation, […]

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Mexican cartels coerce undocumented laborers to cultivate marijuana plantations

Cartels in Mexico have discovered that using undocumented laborers to cultivate marijuana plantations helps them avoid detection and arrest. By monitoring plantations in forested areas along the border, especially in California, cartel members working in areas such as Los Angeles, Sinaloa, and Tijuana are able to evade capture. According to Univision Noticias, many undocumented individuals […]

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Hotel in Apizaco, Mexico closed for human trafficking

Six prostitutes, two managers, two workers, and an eyewitness were arrested at a hotel in Apizaco for crimes of human trafficking. The hotel, located near the bus station, also lacked health and safety measures, Milenio reports. Vermin were found on the location. The hotel also violated a non-smoking law in the state. The names of […]

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Increased human trafficking in Mexico

Mexico ranks second in Latin American, after Brazil, as the country with the largest number of children sexually exploited and second in the world, after Thailand, in regards to most victims sent to the United States, El Occidental reports. According to a report by the Centre Against Trafficking, the worsening of poverty, unemployment, health, education, […]

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Mexico: Criminal Organizations Prey on Minors through Internet

Underaged users of the Internet and social networks can fall victim to pedophiles, human traffickers and child pornographers, who find the potential anonymity of social networking very attractive, Proceso reports. According to data from the Alliance for Internet Security (ASI), 32.8 million users between the ages of six and 11 used the Internet in some […]

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Mexico: DIF Director Urges Teens to Stay in Hometowns

The director of Mexico’s Integral Family Development (DIF) institute, Cecilia Landerreche, urged Mexico’s young people to stay in their hometowns with their families during a visit to a migratory station in Chiapas, La Crónica de Hoy reports. She also said that adolescents should receive education about the risks of human trafficking and sexual exploitation that […]

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Lima, Peru: New Point of Human Trafficking Networks

Peru21.pe reports that Lima has become a new haven for networks of human trafficking. Police say in the last couple of weeks they have raided about 71 nightclubs where women, including minors, have been sexually exploited. Police add the raids were in the Cercado area of Lima. Officials of the Official Registry System of Human […]

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Lima, Peru: Police Raid Human Trafficking Network Using Foreigner Prostitutes

According to ElComercio.pe Peruvian National Police raided a club in Lima on Saturday July 9th, finding 62 women being sexually exploited as prostitutes after being lured to Peru via the Internet. Police report the majority of women were from Ecuador and the Dominican Republic, while a group of them were from the Peruvian jungle. The […]

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Bolivia: Between 2008 and 2010 At Least 1,299 Minors Disappear

According to BolPress.com the defender for the Ombudsman Rolando Villena says at least 1,299 Bolivian minors were reported missing between 2008 and 2010, detailed in the report by the Special Force to Fight Crime (FELCC). The Network of Attention to Human Trade and Trafficking (RATT) of Person of MERCOSUR and other government and private institutions […]

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Mexico: 20 Exploited Minors Rescued in Ciudad Juárez

The Mexican Federal Police conducted Operation Alba on July 22, resulting in the capture of 1030 people presumed to be involved in human trafficking, HispanTV reports. According to a report by the Department of Public Safety, the nine-hour operation resulted in the rescue of 20 female minors after searching several establishments in the center of […]

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Ecuador: Human Trafficking by Russian Mafia

According to ElComercio.com human trafficking rings in Ecuador have links to the Russian mafia, which is confirmed by an undercover agent of the Ecuadorian Police. Officials add the Chinese mafia is also involved. A court-case is underway involving the company, Single Register of Taxpayers (RUC) that in 2009 offered a Russian citizen false identification papers […]

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Calderon signs legal reform against human trafficking and organized crime

Felipe Calderon, president of Mexico, signed a decree that strengthens laws against human trafficking to halt the abuse of organized criminals reported El Punto Critico. Calderon is confident that the reform will help fight violence and save innocent people from the hell power of organized crime. The president also encouraged citizens to be weary of […]

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Mexico: Criminal Organizations Cloning Red Cross Vehicles for Human Trafficking

Criminal organizations in Mexico are using fake Red Cross ambulances and trucks for unlawful purposes, primarily for human trafficking, Univision reports. Last week, the Federal Police detained a trailer in Oaxaca with Red Cross symbols on it that was carrying at least 100 undocumented immigrants, mostly from Central America. This type of disguise is nothing […]

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Argentina bans prostitution advertising

Put into effect today, the federal government of Argentina has banned public advertising of prostitution, according to infobae.com. The command was published this morning in the Official Gazette. In an announcement at the Casa Rosada last night, President Kirchner said the new legislation is part of Argentina’s effort to combat sex trafficking. The law also […]

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Apple Orchard Alley – Center of Sexual Slavery in Mexico City

An alley in the center of Mexico City was the successful center of a network of human trafficking and sexual slavery, CNN Mexico reports. An operation conducted on May 21, 2011 saw the arrest of Manuel and Armando Rodríguez Mejía, brothers who have overseen a successful prostitution and human trafficking ring for over 30 years, […]

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Mexico: Human Trafficking Now a Felony

The Standing Committee of Congress in Mexico has approved constitutional reform that will make human trafficking a felony nationwide, El Informador reports. More than 20 state congresses approved the measure before it was taken before the Standing Committee, which makes decisions while Congress is in recess. The measure is being hailed as an “important step” […]

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Video: Investigation into the trafficking of women in Paraguay

A special report from cuatro.com television in Spain invertigats the business of trafficking women for sex from Paraguay to Europe, per abc.com.py. The interviewers talk with prosecutors, members of the business who have been arrested, reveal details of the business and visit Alto Paraná, Paraguay, one of the most dangerous places in the world. The […]

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Honduran consul in Chiapas, Mexico threatened by Los Zetas

The Honduran Minister of External Affairs confirmed the removal of the Honduran Consul Patricia Villamil in Chiapas, Mexico, due to concerns for Villamil’s personal safety after she received death threats by the terrorist group Los Zetas. According to El Heraldo newspaper, sources have revealed that the Mexican government is prepared to designate the consul as […]

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Buenos Aires commissions to eliminate human trafficking

A government committee met in Buenos Aires yesterday to present the Provincial Commission for the Prevention and Eradication of Human Trafficking, according to lavozdetandil.com. The main objective of the new Commission is that Buenos Aires government will make it their priority to persecute networks in the province that traffic and sexually exploit men, women and […]

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Mexican State of Querétaro Toughens Penalties for Rapists and Human Traffickers

In response to growing problems of sexual violence and human trafficking, El Economista reports that the Congress of the state of Querétaro approved reforms to the Penal Code to enforce a sentence of seven to 38 years in prison for persons convicted of human trafficking or sexual misconduct. Children and women in the poorest conditions […]

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Argentina, Call for change in judicial system after 2 human traffickers set free

Director of the Department of Human Trafficking, Daniela Acosta, calls for a change in the Argentine judicial system after two men from Entre Ríos were released today and acquitted of charges of sexual exploitation of minors and running a brothel. The Federal Court absolved the charges even after one of their young victims testified against […]

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Argentine Police investigate enslavement and sexual abuse of Bolivian girl

Local police of Comodoro Rivadavia are investigating a possible case of enslavement and sexual abuse involving a 12-year-old Bolivian girl, according to la-razon.com. The girl was brought to the country by a couple who promised her family she would begin studying at a local school. Police discovered the girl wasn’t in school and was being […]

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Argentina, Rescue 13 women forced into prostitution

Operations in Santa Fe and Córdoba over the weekend led to the rescue of 13 women who had been forced into prostitution at whiskey bars in Isla Verde, Monte Maíz and Santo Tomé. Of the 13 women, 3 were from Paraguay, 4 from the Dominican Republic and the other 6 from Argentina, according to lanacion.com.py. […]

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Argentina, Raid uncovers 30 undocumented workers, including minors, in Parque Avellaneda sweatshop

Argentine Federal Police rescued 2 minors and 30 undocumented Bolivian citizens working at an underground sweatshop today in Parque Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, per eltribuno.com.ar. Three people were arrested during the raids that found the Bolivians living and working in inhumane conditions. The workers, including two women ages 15 and 17, were brought into Argentina under […]

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Argentina, A leading destination, origin and transit for human trafficking

A report released in May by the U.S. State Department shows that Argentina plays a prominent role in the trafficking of women and children for the sex slave industry, according to infobae.com. The report shows Argentina is still a popular destination for sex tourism, and a country of origin, transit and destination for human trafficking […]

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Argentina, 80 thousand sex workers in 5 provinces

A report from the Association of Argentine Prostitutes (Ammar), a member of the Headquarters of Argentine Workers, shows that there are 80 thousand sexual workers in the 5 most important provinces in the country: the Federal Capital, Buenos Aires province, Córdoba, Mendoza and Santa Fe. Sixty-thousand of those come from the poorest areas of the […]

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Paraguay, A documentary of sexual slavery

With more that 2 million women subjected to sexual slavery, it has become the third most profitable illegal business behind drugs and arms trafficking. In Focus has created a documentary centered on the “Triple Frontier.” This tri-border between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil is one of the most prominent for the sex slave industry because of […]

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Argentine Senate bans human trafficking

The fourteen voting members of the Senate met yesterday and passed a law banning human trafficking in Argentina, according to diarioelargentino.com. The “Trafficking Act” was pushed through by the CTA and Red Alerta who also proposed the creation of a program for the Prevention, Assistance and Protection of Human Trafficking. The new law requires the […]

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