Brazil Aims at Borders in Campaign Against Women Trafficking

Brazil plans to begin mapping the scheme of female trafficking in dry border regions. Before the end of this year, the Ministry of Justice will do research on this topic in conjunction with the Rio Grande do Sul state government.

This information was provided by the coordinator of the Ministry’s Global Program to Prevent Trafficking, Marina Pereira Pires de Oliveira, who participated in the 12th Special Meeting on Women in the Mercosur at the Ministry of Foreign Relations, in Brasí­lia, capital of Brazil.


“The pilot project does not operate yet along the borders, but our intention is to encompass them. The frontier is the most difficult place to work, because Brazil possesses thousands of kilometers of dry borders, and this is complicated because they are very easy to cross.


“These frontiers also show the other side of the coin, such as Bolivian women who are exploited in Brazil, mainly in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul,” she explained.


Another study will be done at São Paulo’s Guarulhos airport, an arrival point for Brazilian women who have been exploited abroad. The objective is to become familiar with the entire process involved in trafficking.


The Global Program to Prevent Human Trafficking was launched in October and is in the process of setting up state offices to look after victims of exploitation.


Agência Brasil
Translator: David Silberstein

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