Peru: Police bust human trafficking ring

Peru: Police bust human trafficking ring

October 4, 2013

By Rachel Chase

Police arrest seven accused of participating in human trafficking.

Peru: Police bust human trafficking ring
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Law enforcement officers are making headway in the fight against human trafficking in Peru.

According to Peru21, police have arrested seven people who are suspected of participating in human trafficking activities. The operation took place in several cities across the country where investigators believed human trafficking enterprises were being carried out, including Huánuco, Cusco, and Apurímac.

The traffickers’ victims were women, who were forced to work as prostitutes in Puerto Maldonado. Peru21 reports that the women were lured by false claims of legitimate employment as waitresses in Cusco, where they were told they could earn S/. 3,000 per month. Police told press that the traffickers then robbed their victims of their identification documents and forced them into prostitution. 20 people total were rescued from the human trafficking ring.

Peru21 writes that police were able to capture the traffickers with the help of a young woman who was able to escape from their grasp.

According to the US State Department, Peru is an international hub for human trafficking. Recent reports indicate that Peru is a source, transit point, and destination for victims of the trade; in many cases, victims are used for forced agricultural or mining labor, as well as forced sex work, as described above. Human trafficking is the third most profitable crime worldwide.

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About Gabriel Arriarán

Es el director de Frontera Pirata. Licenciado en antropología por la PUCP, MsC in Social Anthropology por el LSE. Trabajó como reportero en LaMula.pe, fue colaborador de la revista Frontera D, en España, y de la plataforma de periodismo de investigación Convoca.pe, en Perú. Fue uno de los periodistas que participó de la investigación de los Panama Papers. Escribe sobre la actual fiebre del oro en la Amazonía, e investiga casos de trata de personas asociados a las mafias de la minería ilegal.