Mar 17, 2012

Human Rights Abuses: At least 16,000 children in Mexico affected by human trafficking

CNN Mexico: "The Mexico Chamber of Deputies, on Thursday, approved the General Law to prevent, punish and eradicate crimes relating to trafficking of humans and to protect and assist victims of this crime. The law provides for penalties for anyone who captures or transfer persons in situations of trafficking. This law will be now be considered by the Senate.

... Human trafficking is the third most lucrative crime in the world, behind only drugs and arms, according to the United Nations. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) estimates that each year around the world it generates revenue of close to 32 billion dollars.

The third article of the UN Protocol Against Trafficking in Persons defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by any means, for forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.

While there are no exact figures, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that in Mexico at least 16,000 boys and girls are affected by this offense." Spanish original

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