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Title: Trafficking in Persons: Challenge in the Americas Phillip Linderman Organization of American States October 12, 2005


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Trafficking in PersonsChallenge in the
AmericasPhillip LindermanOrganization of
American StatesOctober 12, 2005
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How well is Trafficking in Persons understood in
the Western Hemisphere?
3
Mission of the OAS Anti-Trafficking in Persons
Unit
  • Increase awareness and understanding
  • Help build political consensus
  • Provide training opportunities
  • Provide better information

4
Anti-Trafficking Training Seminars
  • Argentina November 2004
  • Belize April 2005
  • Bolivia 2004-05
  • Caribbean Countries 2004-05
  • Peru April 2005
  • Ecuador August 2005
  • Venezuela January 2005

5
Special OAS Projects
  • HAITI Placement of an OAS advisor with the
    Haitian Police
  • JAPAN Report on trafficking of Latin women from
    the region to Japan for the commercial sex trade
  • EUROPE Coordination with Latin American source
    countries and Western European destination
    countries

6
What is known about Trafficking in Persons in the
Hemisphere?
  • Most victims are internally trafficked
  • Cross-border trafficking is not always linked to
    U.S.-bound migration
  • Victims are usually linked to clandestine
    activities
  • Prostitution
  • Migrant Smuggling
  • Sweatshop and Agricultural labor

7
Countries with Advanced Policies
Brazil Colombia Canada United States
8
Estimates of Victims Annually
  • 16,000 22,000 victims transported across
    borders within the Western Hemisphere
  • 9,000 12,000 victims transported from the
    Western Hemisphere to Europe
  • 5,000 8,000 victims transported from Europe to
    the Western Hemisphere
  • 12,500 16,500 victims transported from Asia to
    the Western Hemisphere

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