The illegal trafficking of women for purposes of labor and/or sexual exploitation is a continuing problem in Guatemala. Women from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and other neighboring countries are trafficked across international borders with the promise of a better life but soon find themselves in horrendous living conditions and enslaved by either their handler or someone to whom they were sold. MuJER works diligently to fight against the trafficking of women both through the legal system and through social awareness. MuJER also works closely with the women to make sure they have the necessary resources in order to escape their captors and live the life they envision for themselves.
“Guatemala is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically sexual servitude and forced labor. Guatemalan women and children are found in forced prostitution within the country, as well as in Mexico and the United States.”