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More than 9,000 people rescued since 2008, according to government

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Human trafficking remains pervasive, non-profit groups warn

Argentina is a country of origin, transit and destination for victims of human trafficking according to a new report released by non-profit groups yesterday to coincide with the International Day Against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking.

“Until 2006, Argentina was considered a destination. Today it is a country of origin, transit and destination for victims of trafficking networks,” said Raquel Vivanco, national director in Argentina of the NGO Women of the Latin American Motherland (MuMaLá), one of the organizations that helped produce the report.

The review of how human trafficking affects Argentina also

included strong criticism of the national government in failing to do enough to stop the crimes.

“More than 85 percent of the victims of this scourge are women, adolescents and children who are trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced into prostitution,” Vivanco said.

SAVING THOUSANDS

A government-commissioned report conducted by the National Program of Rescue and Support for Victims of People Trafficking along with the Ministry for Human Rights, said that thousands of trafficking victims had been rescued as a result of direct government action against people smuggling.

The government report said that at least 9,025 victims of human trafficking had been rescued since 2008, a slim majority of them (51 percent) having been victims of sexual exploitation during that period. Of this total, 1,148 people had been rescued so far this year.

Data analysis in the report also showed how the crime affects women disproportionately — 71 percent of those rescued were women — while non-Argentines were also in a majority of the people rescued by the government, 61 percent being foreigners from neighbouring countries including Bolivia and Paraguay.

Speaking yesterday on the topic of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, Human Rights Secretary Martín Fresneda said that the issue remained serious but that government action was having a positive effect.

“We’re seeing human rights begin to become mainstream in terms of the implementation of public policies,” Fresneda said. “Today is not a day to celebrate, but to show the progress that has been made.”

NEWSPAPER ADS

A report published by the Ministry of Human Rights regarding illegal advertisements for sexual services revealed that Clarín newspaper published more of these types of adverts than any other publication over the last four years, some 188,431 in total.

According to the the Monitoring Office for Publication of Sex Trade Advertisements, an affiliate of the Human Rights Ministry established in 2011, Clarín’s publication was followed by La Capital of Rosario, with 122,917, and La Voz del Interior (a Córdoba-based newspaper also of Clarín Group), with 68,653.

“While we have achieved the situation in which more than 85 percent of the media are not publishing these ads, Clarín Group continues to resist. Despite the fine of 362,000 pesos we charged them in 2012, the practice continues amid legal loopholes,” said Chantal Stevens, head of the Monitoring Office.

—Herald Staff with online media

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