GUATEMALA: Increase in trafficking of children

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Subject: GUATEMALA: Increase in trafficking of children
From: Bruce Harris - Casa Alianza (bruce@casa-alianza.org)
Date: Tue May 09 2000 - 08:03:40 EDT


Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA
Update #8/00
April 30, 2000

MIGRANT CENTER REPORTS INCREASE IN TRAFFICKING OF
CHILDREN 4/12/00

Mario Verzeletti, Coordinator of the Center for Attention to Migrants,
reported that in the last few months, there has been an increase in
the trafficking of Guatemalan children sold in Europe and the
United States. According to reports cited by the center, "coyotes"
(people who smuggle others across the border for a fee) sell
children for more than U.S. $25,000. He added that women are
trafficked in Guatemala as well. Many women are subjected to
slave-like living conditions where they are held in order to have
babies that will then be sold for adoption abroad.

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