Press Esc to close
Wednesday 24 May 2017
News updated at 2:06 AM IST

1,100 girls sexually exploited in Peru mining camps

Last updated: 20 September, 2011
Lima, Sep 20 (IANS/EFE) 9:49 IST

More than 1,100 teenaged girls have been sexually exploited at illegal mining camps in the jungles of southeastern Peru, a daily newspaper said Monday, citing information from the Save the Children organization.

Illegal gold mining is at its height in the Madre de Dios region, and mining camps set up on various stretches of the Interoceanica Highway have attracted other activities as well, including the so-called "prostibars" where police found 20 teenaged girls in a recent sweep, El Comercio reported.

Bars promoting the prostitution of underage girls mostly brought from the Cuzco and Puno regions "operate as franchises, where the female owners and administrators are almost always related", Madre de Dios Police Chief Miguel Fernando Navarrete said.

Girls are usually recruited near home by women who drop into their communities and tempt them with offers of work in stores or as domestics, but they end up forced to work as prostitutes in bars in the Inambari and Huepetuhe districts.

The director of Save the Children in Peru, Teresa Carpio, visited some of these mining camps last week and was surprised to find that the administrators, some of whom are wanted for kidnapping and human trafficking, consider it totally normal for underage girls to do this kind of work.

Only 32 cases of human trafficking have been brought before prosecutors in Mazuco, capital of the Inambari district, the nearest to the mining-camp area, and only three people have been sentenced for this crime in all Madre de Dios, the daily said.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Helpers attend to injured people inside the Manchester Arena...

Helpers attend to injured people inside the Manchester Arena...

South Korean army's K-55 self-propelled howitzer fires during the annual exercise in Paju

South Korean army's K-55 self-propelled howitzer fires during the annual exercise in Paju

President Donald Trump pauses as he makes a statement...

President Donald Trump pauses as he makes a statement...

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at an interaction with...

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at an interaction with...

A shopkeeper looks for valuables and documents in the debris...

A shopkeeper looks for valuables and documents in the debris...

HP State Electricity Board Employees Union members shout slogans...

HP State Electricity Board Employees Union members shout slogans...

Congress and CPM leaders, activists raise slogans against the West Bengal...

Congress and CPM leaders, activists raise slogans against the West Bengal...

Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar with Center for Peace...

Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar with Center for Peace...

In this NASA provided frame from video, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer...

In this NASA provided frame from video, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer...

Actor Brad Pitt gives his autographs for fans...

Actor Brad Pitt gives his autographs for fans...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.