Argentinian authorities highlight measures taken against human trafficking — MercoPress

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Argentinian authorities highlight measures taken against human trafficking

Saturday July 30, 2022 – 10:18 UTC


At least 216 children and teenagers have been rescued in recent years from what Cafiero called “21st century slavery”.

Argentine Ministers Santiago Cafiero (Foreign Affairs) and Martín Soria (Justice and Human Rights) highlighted Friday the implementation of the Fund for Direct Assistance to Victims of Trafficking, during a series of round tables at the Palace San Martín marking World Day Against Human Trafficking.

The officials also pointed to the innovative mechanism existing in the country that “allows the assets and money of criminal gangs to be used to directly assist victims” in order to economically repair the harm suffered. They also stressed that such a program was “unique in the region”.

The event, organized to raise awareness of the issue, focused on prevention, victim assistance and regional cooperation.

“Thanks to the steps taken in 2021, before the Bank for Investment and Foreign Trade, we have succeeded in putting the Assistance Fund into operation and, after a great deal of work carried out jointly between the various agencies and powers of the state, last Tuesday, July 26, from the Department of Justice, we successfully made the first installment in history of the Direct Fund for Economic Redress for a Victim of Trafficking as part of the ‘a court case,’ Soria said.

Cafiero then addressed the work undertaken by consulates around the world to follow up on these cases: “This task is one of the axes of the consular policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We are in permanent coordination not only with the national areas in this area, but also with the entire international network to work more effectively on this issue, which represents slavery in the 21st century” and which is “one of the crimes most serious of human rights”. violation, where social, political, migratory, economic and gender issues converge. It is the third most profitable crime globally for organized crime,” he also explained.

“The National State in its three branches deploys the necessary public policies to ensure prevention, protection, reparation and access to justice for victims as well as the punishment of criminals,” Cafiero added.

Soria also highlighted the 29 actions his ministry has undertaken under the 2020-2022 Biennial Plan, which included training prosecutors, law enforcement officers and court clerks in virtual and face-to-face formats.

The initiative also included delegations from Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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