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TRAFFICKING OF PERSONS

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.

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“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.”

US Department of State

With approximately 60% of the women on La Linea having been victims of trafficking, MuJER seeks to support and educate on the issue.  Senior members of our staff attend conferences and workshops on Trafficking in Persons in order to pass on advice to sex workers who are vulnerable to organized gangs of traffickers and help provide support for victims who wish to seek legal proceedings.  We work closely with Casa del Migrante who provide assistance to migrants and victims of trafficking in the northern border regions of Guatemala and Mexico, a major route for traffickers.

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The Palermo Protocol

United Nations Agreement on the Definition of Trafficking in Persons

PBS News Hour

UNHCR – United Nations Refugee Agency

UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

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MuJER is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status. Our Internal Revenue Code-Federal ID # is 26-2651100.