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Shame Silences Ecuador's Indigenous People Trafficked for Sex

Shame Silences Ecuador's Indigenous People Trafficked for Sex

Hundreds of indigenous people, including children, across Ecuador are being trafficked each year but few victims come forward because of shame and fear and little is known about the true scale of the problem, campaigners say.

Nearly 50 Groups Active in Human Trafficking in Mexico: Report

Nearly 50 Groups Active in Human Trafficking in Mexico: Report

A recent report offers new insight into human trafficking in Mexico, and reinforces concerns about the role of organized groups in this criminal industry.

Human Trafficking Network Dismantled in Panama

Human Trafficking Network Dismantled in Panama

A Panama court has convicted and sentenced three members of a Nicaraguan-led human trafficking network focused on exploiting people for manual labor, a promising sign for a region still struggling to combat the illicit industry.

Latin America Still Falling Short in Combating Human Trafficking: Report

Latin America Still Falling Short in Combating Human Trafficking: Report

An annual report on the global state of human trafficking suggests that the majority of Latin American countries still do not fully comply with US standards for combatting the crime.

Smuggling of Drugs, People Spurs Violence in Argentina Contraband Hotbed

Smuggling of Drugs, People Spurs Violence in Argentina Contraband Hotbed

Recent media reports point to the rise of drug and human trafficking on the Bolivia-Argentina border as the cause of spiking violence among local smugglers.

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and travelers. Migrants crossing the region are especially vulnerable as they move north through what is a veritable gauntlet of gangs, large criminal groups and corrupt officials.