U.S.-Peru trafficking activity arrests three people, rescues four victims

Three people were arrested and four victims of sexual trafficking were rescued in a trafficking activity between the United States and Peru in the Peruvian town of La Pampa in Madre de Dios.

On February 5, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Office (ICE) Department of Homeland Security (HSI) and the Peruvian National Police (PNP) Trafficking Investigation Division reported to police allegations of trafficking involving a mother’s daughter. , I was warned about the incident. regional.

The victims fled to the city of Puerto Maldonado the next day, warning HSI, PNP, and Peruvian prosecutors during an interview about other potential victims.

A trafficking sting operation coordinated by the group on February 7 rescued two additional victims and arrested Monica Bacamnos, Gisera Bacamnos, and a third individual.

Two of the individuals were arrested for trafficking / sexual exploitation under Peruvian law, ICE Said in a news release..

“Trafficking is a vicious crime that kills millions of innocent people around the world,” HSI Lima Assistant Attaché Paul Salamon said in a statement. “This successful operation demonstrates the importance of international cooperation when it comes to disrupting criminal organizations.

“Our hope is that we can help more victims come forward, remove them from harm and put the perpetrators behind the bar.”

According to a non-profit organization Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Peru is the departure, destination and transit country of men, women and children subject to forced labor and sexual trafficking.

The CRS, which works to prevent trafficking and protect victims, has mis-employed women and girls in Peru for sexual trafficking in the country, especially felling, agriculture, brickwork and illegal gold mining. It states that it is often adopted through.

Women and girls exploited near the mining community are often unable to leave due to high transportation costs and remote camps.

Rights groups say that it is often parents and relatives who are driven by poverty to market their children into sexual transactions.

In some cases, women and girls throughout Peru travel along the Amazon River and arrive in Madelederios in search of work and a better life.

Poor, uneducated and unemployed women and girls are vulnerable to the false promises of employers as cooks, cleaners and waitresses. They are often forced into commercial sex work.

According to the Peruvian anti-trafficking group CHS Alternativo, Madrededios alone has at least 400 bars where children are sexually exploited and girls work 13 hours a day.

Teenage girls and women are also in debt shackles. Upon arriving at the mining camp, traffickers tell them they have to pay for transportation, food and accommodation.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Isabelle van Brugen


Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter for The Epoch Times. She holds a Master’s degree in Newspaper Journalism from City University of London.

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