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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

US and Peru extend two-year partnership to combat child trafficking

Officials from the United States and Peru met with civil society organizations in the South American country to share progress in a bilateral dialogue Coalition for the Protection of Children and Adolescents (CPC), signed in 2017.

During a meeting held last week, the two governments announced that the CPC Alliance would be extended for two years to continue strengthening Peru’s efforts to effectively investigate, prosecute and convict child traffickers , identify and provide comprehensive trauma-informed care for child survivors. Preventing these crimes as well as child trafficking in all its forms.

The United States government has allocated more than $11 million in foreign aid, as announced by the State Department, while the Peruvian government has invested human resources and material contributions to achieve the goals.

In pre-recorded opening remarks, Kari Johnstone, acting director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, commended the Peruvian government for its “devotion to the coalition” and calling for a national police to combat trafficking. Funds sought for implementation. Individuals in Peru, in addition to allocating budgets dedicated to this fight to member institutions of the National Multisectoral Commission.

John McNamara, deputy chief of mission of the United States of America in Peru, assured that the country maintains its commitment to the Alliance and to survivors of human trafficking. “Supporting people in shelters by ensuring they are equipped with skills such as financial literacy, entrepreneurship and technology is an important aspect of our victim-centred approach,” he added.

During the original signing of the agreement, the Peruvian government promised to provide at least 8 million sol (about $2 million) for the established effort. The CPC Agreement is implemented in the jurisdiction of Lima, Loreto Region and Cusco.

Officials pointed out that the two additional years will serve to ensure that Peru’s policies against child and adolescent trafficking continue to improve after the coalition ends.

According to a State Department report, traffickers lure Peruvian, Venezuelan and Bolivian women and girls to remote communities near mining operations with false promises of lucrative employment opportunities and then sexually abuse them upon arrival.

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