Migrant children fleeing alone from Venezuela’s economic and political crises, along with destitute Venezuelan migrants arriving without documents both make easy prey for human traffickers in Peru, anti-slavery experts said on Tuesday.
About one in 10 Venezuelans – 3.4 million people – have fled their homeland in recent years.
After Colombia, Peru is home to the second-largest number of Venezuelan migrants, with more than a half a million having settled there, searching for food and a better life.
From 2017 to 2018, authorities in Peru recorded more than 1,700 victims of human trafficking, of which about 10 percent were Venezuelan, said Jose Ivan Davalos, head of mission for the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Peru.
“This figure could increase because of the vulnerable condition in which this population (of migrants) arrives in the country,” Davalos said in the capital Lima during an anti-trafficking event.
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