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Theme of the week: trafficking in persons.
Usually it's easy: you have to pay attention to people who are desperate. Someone desperate lowers defenses, trusts the impossible and asks no questions. If we get them away from their place of origin by promising them anything, it's a lot easier. When we need new blood and we have no time to convince anyone, we have no choice but the traditional method.
In 2017 (last year with data), four people were released a day from the various sexual and labour exploitation networks: 1387 rescued victims.
We wander through dark streets, at very low speeds, trying to lift the partridge as little as possible. When we see a girl who serves us, we pass her by, slow enough to see her well but not slow enough to scare her. If we confirm the idea that it will serve us, we turn in the first corner, turn in a U-turn and go next to it again. This time it's all much faster. We can't fail.
In 2018, according to data from the Ministry of Justice of the Nation, 1325 people contacted the 145 phone, which receives complaints of sexual and labour exploitation and disappearance of persons.
Once in the car, the hardest part starts. The first thing is to gag her so she won't be heard when she screams. This step is fundamental. A misplaced gag can cause the whole project to fall off. Once she can't scream anymore, we handcuffed her with some seals. If she's still too upset, we drugged her to sleep. We usually drugged them all. It's very hard for them not to make a fuss. I understand them a little bit.
Law 26.364 (on the prevention and punishment of trafficking in persons and assistance to victims) was enacted in 2008. As of 31 December 2017, 11,853 trafficked persons were rescued. Forty-six per cent were trafficking for sexual exploitation and 53 per cent were labour.
As we learned, after some mistakes, that it is not convenient for the lift to be near the reservoir, sometimes the journey is long. The ideal thing is to grab some highway: drivers go faster and are less attentive to what happens in the next car. When we get to the reservoir, we check it to see if we don't get over the sedative. If it's all right, get some sleep. We haven't removed the precinct yet. Just in case.
As crimes that are very often transnational, Governments face many obstacles in preventing them. It is estimated that in 2016, 40.3 million people have been trafficked across the globe. Minors account for 28 per cent of the victims. 71 per cent of the victims are women.
Once he woke up, we explained what happened and what's going to happen. That's where the period of softens begins, still without customers. We have to do it ourselves, to avoid any scandal. Until it breaks, we can't stop. Sometimes it's a long and difficult job. Once I remember it lasted, like, twenty days. Twenty days of ten sessions a day. At one point I was afraid we were ruining the merchandise.
Most of the time, human trafficking is related to the arms and drug business.
When it's softened, the easy and rendorous part begins. We usually send them to some branch in another province, to reduce the chances of escaping or crossing with someone you know. Lately, on the recommendation of a Mexican colleague, we are implementing a rotation system: no more than four or five months in the same place. Better prevention than cure. And keep up with the sheriff, of course.
To see the first installment of this week's theme, click here.
Publication Date: 20/01/2019
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