Human Traffic Watch

Peru’s Drug Trade, Human Trafficking Deeply Connected – Official

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on December 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Peru’s growing drug trade is deeply connected with the trafficking of persons in the Andean nation, according to anti-drug agency Devida.

Carmen Masias, Peru’s anti-drug chief, said that Devida aims to provide information to families to prevent young people from being forced to work in the drug trade.

This alone may be difficult, however, as much of the illicit activity occurs in areas where Devida and other state actors have little if any presence. This includes the coca-growing Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro river valleys (VRAEM) and the Upper Huallaga valley.

“Many young people in the VRAEM and the Upper Huallaga are used by drug traffickers,” she said, according toInforegion. Young people are lured with promises of better opportunities, to work in coca growing areas further away and especially to transport drugs within the country and even abroad.

“The rural farmers are victims of human trafficking, they are captured… and forced to cultivate coca.”

Source: Peruvian Times

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