Fourth Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons

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Fourth Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons

A) Current state of actions to prevent and combat trafficking in persons

  1. Which of the different forms of trafficking in persons does your organization address?
  1. Describe the strategies and/or policies in place in your country of operation to prevent trafficking, prosecute traffickers, and protect victims of trafficking in persons. Have these strategies been effective?
  1. How does your organization cooperate with the government in your country of operation and/or with other social actors regarding trafficking?
  1. What mechanisms have civil society organizations in your country of operation put in place to assist and protect victims of trafficking in persons?

B) Additional action needed to prevent and combat trafficking in persons

  1. In your opinion, which topics should be included in the Work Plan, and why?
  1. Which specific groups should be referenced in the Work Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons in the Western Hemisphere, and why?
  1. What role do you believe regional and international organizations should play to help prevent and combat trafficking in persons?
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cesamar
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Saludos

¡Hola! mi cordial saludo ante todo desde Piura-Perú.

Atentamente,

César Agurto

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Dear Cesar, thank you for

Dear Cesar, thank you for your message!

The Forum will be open on Monday, October 13. Please, feel free to post your comments and information from Monday onwards until October 31.

If you prefer you can visit the Forum in Spanish. Just click on the button Español on the top of the page.

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Estimado Cesar, gracias por su mensaje! 
 

El Foro será abierto el lunes 13 de octubre. Por favor, no dude en enviar sus comentarios e información a partir del próximo lunes y hasta el 31 de octubre. 

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Luciana Campello
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Welcome!

Welcome to the Forum on trafficking in persons!

My name is Luciana and I will be the moderator of this virtual forum from Monday, the 13th until the 31st of October. I will then organize all that was discussed here and report it to the Fourth Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons. So, please, share your experiences related to actions against trafficking in persons and opinions and suggestions regarding the Work Plan Against Trafficking in Persons in the Western Hemisphere.  

Before we start, I’d like to introduce myself. I come from Brazil where I have been working on issues related to trafficking in persons, violence prevention and migration since 2004. I had also worked in Australia, where I did my MA research project on trafficking in persons in Southeast Asia. Back in Brazil, I am currently the Program Manager at ELAS Social Investment Fund and member of the Editorial Board of the Anti-trafficking Review Journal published by GAATW. 

Please, tell us about your work, the experience of your organization and the current state of actions against trafficking in your country. 

Have a look at the guiding questions above and let’s begin with those from Part A. 

I look forward to your contribution and should you need further information, do not hesitate to contact me. 

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Teresa, thank you very much

Teresa, thank you very much for sharing the report.

Could you also tell us your opinion about the Work Plan?

  1. In your opinion, which topics should be included in the Work Plan, and why?
  1. Which specific groups should be referenced in the Work Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons in the Western Hemisphere, and why?
  1. What role do you believe regional and international organizations should play to help prevent and combat trafficking in persons?
 
bevoncurrie
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Given our limited resources

Given our limited resources we work along with government agencies and other NGOs to disseminate information about Human Trafficking he also help to facilitate training programmes to sensitize community leaders on signs and type of Human trafficking

In Guyana most of the instances of Human Trafficking is among young firls expecially girls from the indeginous communities.

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Bevon, what are the main

Bevon, what are the main strategies and policies in place in Guyana to prosecute traffickers, and protect victims of trafficking in persons? 

bevoncurrie
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The strategy to fight Human

The strategy to fight Human Trafficking in Guyana is largely led by the NGO community like the Guyana Women Miners Association who is policing the Mining Community in search of victims. At present they are building a safe house to place victims when rescues

The Government on the other hand confine their fight to educational campaigns, training of Hinterland community leaders and periodic prosecution of perpetrators

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Have these strategies been

Bevon, have these strategies been effective?

In regards to the  Work Plan against Trafficking in Persons in the Western Hemisphere – AG/RES. 2551 (XL-O/10)is there any specific topic you think should be included? And which specific groups should be referenced in the Work Plan?

bevoncurrie
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To a large extent these

To a large extent these strategies are ineffective for a variety of reasons some of which are

  1. The government of the day do not see the issue of Trafficking in person as a problem and there in in denial resulting in lukewarm policy approaches.
  2. the policy do not create a safety net in terms of capacity building for victims of human trafficking so they can find alternative means of supporting themselves and family
  3. The perpetrators of Human Trafficking most times be people of influence and can directly or though their friend intimidate victims not to testify if they are prosecuted
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Bevon, do you think these 3

Bevon, do you think these 3 points you've mentioned should be the centre of the anti-trafficking strategies?

Is there any other topic you think should be included in the Work Plan? And how about specific groups? Preventive and protective actions should cover which specific groups?

bevoncurrie
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Most of the victims of Human

Most of the victims of Human Trafficking are people with little or no skills and from poor community they are most time fooled into believing that they will have a better life by their traffickers. so when they are rescued, the humiliation the trauma and uncertainties generate greater vulnerability. Additionally the traffickers are most time powerful people or have powerful and influential friend that can intimidate and frustrate victims causing them to loose faith in the judicial system there I will recommend that the three point put forward earlier be placed at the centre of the anti trafficking strategies as well as the Emerging Transnational nature of Human Trafficking especially in the Caribbean and Latin America

Thaddeus Gregor...
Trafficking in Brazil

Hi! I work with the Davida prostitutes' rights groups and am on the Rio deJaneiro State and Brazilian anti-trafficking committees.

I would say that the three most important things that need to be done in Brazil on this issue today are...

1) Cleanly distinguish trafficking from sex work, except in those cases where there is clear sexual exploitation, involving coercion (etc.) and work conditions analogous to slavery. Anti-trafficking should NOT be turned into a prohibitionist anti-vice campaign. If we allow this to occur, the money that should be spent on fighting slavery will be spent on fighting prostitution.

2) Trafficking should not, likewise, be confused with illegal or irregular immigration (i.e. immigrant smuggling). Again, the clear thrust of the Palemro Protocol is to PROTECT human rights and fight slavery, not to use the m oney and resources dedicated to these causes to help police immigration.

3) We urgently need to recognize that all the dat collected so far points to rural slavery and slavery in things like the construction indutry as a primary locus for trafficking in Brazil, not sex work. Over the last 20 years, Brazilian authorities have processed some 800 cases of sex-related trafficking, while simultaneouyl freeing over 40,000 slaves in agriculture and other productive activities.

As a corrollary to the above, we need to modify Brazil's anti-trafficking laws. Currently, Article 231 of the Brazilian penal code defines as "trafficking" - exclusively - the assisted migration of prostitutes. If you pay a taxi to take your prostitute frioend to work, you are, under Brazilian law, a trafficker.

We need a law that is in harmony with the stipulations of the Palermo Protocol, which defines trafficking as the recruitment (etc.) through coercion (etc.) of people for slave labor, including sexual exploitation. We also need to define "sexual exploitation". We think that the definition recently proposed by a Congressional jurist committee nicely fits that bill: "Force someone to practice prostitution or impede their leaving prostitution".

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Thaddeus, thanks a lot for

Thaddeus, thanks a lot for your comments. In your opinion, what would be the main achievements in terms of strategies / policies to prevent trafficking, prosecute traffickers and protect victims in place in Brazil? 

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FORO

 

  1. ¿Cual de las Diferentes Formas de la Trata de Personas Aborda do organization?  Mi institucion es educativaa de formacion en Salud, formacion Universitaria, he aquí Por Cual do de trabajo es en el área informativa y educativa de Conocimiento a los Futuros Profesionales párrafo Prevenir la Trata de personajes. 
  2. Describa las Estrategias y / o Políticas Vigentes en do País de Operación párrafo Prevenir la Trata, enjuiciar a los Traficantes y Proteger a las Víctimas de la Trata de Personas. ¿Estás Sido Estrategias Efectivo? En el Perú de Tenemos Zonas de Extrema Pobreza Por Lo Que Las Mujeres y los Niños Muchas Veces hijo presas de Gente inescrupolosa Que los obli un Prostitución o Empleo Tipo secuestro Por Un Bajo o ningun sueldo. Uno de los Grandes Problemas Es El ACCESO Geográfico de Nuestro Pais q es MUY especial. el Gobierno this Trabajando párr lograr la identificacion estafa DNI de las Personas del hasta cuarto del los Lugares mas alejados. ja q papá dispocisiones Los Menores de EDAD solo pueden Viajar Con DNI y estafa Padres del SUS. Creo q ESA accion ha REDUCIDO Mucho ESTOS Casos Pero Aun Falta Trabajar mas. sí realizan itervenciones en Lugares sospechoosos y sí de han Rescatado Menores en explotacion. ademas SE ESTA Dando Mucho Apoyo Por instancia de parte del ministerio de la mujer.
  3. ¿CoMo do organization COOPERAR Con El Gobierno en do País de Operación y / o estafa Otros Actores Sociales en Relación Con El Tráfico? Nuestra mano de obra consiste en Informar a los Estudiantes y Futuros Profesionales Para Que conoscan la situacion real, y Hagan el trabajo de educacion y prevencion respecto a Los Derechos. ESTOS jovenes al Terminar do Carrera van a los Lugares mas alejados del pais y Deben ESTAR Preparados párr Ello.
  1. ¿Qué Mecanismos Tienen las Organizaciones de la sociedad civil en do País de la Operación Puso en Marcha párrafo Ayudar y Proteger a Las Víctimas De La Trata de Personas? publicidad y SENSIBILIZACION. Ademas de Redes de consejeria. líneas de Apoyo.
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Your opinion

Hi!

Dalila from Brazil has mentioned in the Spanish version of this forum that throughout the years, she has noted a strong link between trafficking in persons and drug trafficking. She believes it is important to further investigate this link. Which other topics do you think should be included in the Work Plan?

Please, tell us more about the current actions against trafficking in your country and your suggestion for additional acctions needed to prevent and combat trafficking in persons. 

 

landoalva
Taata de Personas

Previo saludo, me gustaria plantear mi punto de vista respecto al tema en discusion sobre la trata de personas considero que el problema es endemico y sobre todo ocurre en toda sociedad sin distincion de raza, color, o cualquier indole de costumbres

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Dear Rolando, thank you for

Dear Rolando, thank you for your message!

Please, feel free to post your comments and share your opinions about the questions mentioned at the beginning of this Forum.  

If you prefer you can visit the Forum in Spanish. Just click on the button Español on the top of the page.

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Estimado Rolando, gracias por su mensaje! 
 

Por favor, no dude en enviar sus comentarios y compartir sus opiniones sobre las preguntas mencionadas al principio de este Foro.

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Hi!

Hi!

I'd like to thank you all for posting your comments and inputs on this Forum. Please do not forget to answer the questions mentioned at the beginning. It is important to know your opinion about current actions to prevent and combat trafficking in persons in your country, the work that your organization develops and especially future actions. Look at the questions below and tell us your ideas and suggestions.

A) Current state of actions to prevent and combat trafficking in persons

  1. Which of the different forms of trafficking in persons does your organization address?
  1. Describe the strategies and/or policies in place in your country of operation to prevent trafficking, prosecute traffickers, and protect victims of trafficking in persons. Have these strategies been effective?
  1. How does your organization cooperate with the government in your country of operation and/or with other social actors regarding trafficking?
  1. What mechanisms have civil society organizations in your country of operation put in place to assist and protect victims of trafficking in persons?

B) Additional action needed to prevent and combat trafficking in persons

  1. In your opinion, which topics should be included in the Work Plan, and why?
  1. Which specific groups should be referenced in the Work Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons in the Western Hemisphere, and why?
  1. What role do you believe regional and international organizations should play to help prevent and combat trafficking in persons?
Luciana Campello
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Last days!
Hi!
 
I'd like to remind you that the forum closes on Friday, 31. 
 
It is very important that you, as experts and activists, devote more of your time to answer all questions, share your technical knowlegde and encourage other to participate in this process. 
 
Sincerely 
Luciana Campello
svc@oas.org
On behalf of Katia Dantas,

On behalf of Katia Dantas, Policy Director for Latin America & Caribbean
Diretora de Políticas Públicas para a América Latina e o Caribe
Directora de Politicas Públicas para Latinoamérica y el Caribe

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC)

Hi Luciana,

The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children is a non-profit working to protect children from abduction, abuse and exploitation. We have been working closely with governments and law enforcement in preventing, protecting and prosecuting cases of sexual exploitation of children, particularly in the context of the new information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Attached you may find a document outlining our perception of the increase in use of ICTs for sexual exploitation of children and human trafficking. This trend has been highlighted in several international forums of which ICMEC is part and is something we must pay attention to. In addition, it is very concerning that many cases of missing persons continue to be ignored and unregistered. Many countries in Latin America continue to lack effective systems and mechanisms to address missing persons, particularly missing children, and it continues to be hard to monitor or track such cases. Even though ICMEC is fully aware that not all missing persons' cases are cases of trafficking, the lack of attention to missing persons' cases poses a challenge to an immediate and prompt investigation of a potential trafficking case (many people will report a family member or friend as missing before reporting them as a trafficking victim).

We sincerely hope this helps and look forward to participating in the Brasilia meeting (if at all possible) and in supporting you in whichever means you find necessary.

Thank you and best regards,

Katia Dantas

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Thank you!

Hi!

I would like to thank you all for participating in the Forum on Trafficking in Persons. Your expertise and opinions are very important and the outcomes of this virtual forum will be compiled, distributed and presented to the OAS Member States for their consideration during the deliberation process in

preparation to the 4th Meeting of National Authorities in Brasilia.



Best regards,

Luciana Campello



 

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