Human trafficking is a serious violation of human rights, a crime that each year subjects thousands of men, women and children who fall into the hands of traffickers, both at home and abroad.
“Unfortunately today we see dozens of Venezuelan faces in this long list of victims, as a result of Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship that pushes them into a forced exodus, lacking the basic conditions to go through a legal and orderly migration process,” so stated the Venezuelan Ambassador to Costa Rica, María Faria, on World’s Day Against Human Trafficking.
The diplomatic representative of the Legitimate Government of Venezuela reiterated that “as long as an authoritarian regime persists in Venezuela and democracy is not restored, the migratory crisis will continue and with it all the dangers that migrants face.”
Faria draws special attention to the case of migrant women and girls who, because they do not have up to date documentation or identification documents, live without any type of regular residence permit in the host countries, “and therefore do not have access to formal rights and basic services. This makes them particularly vulnerable to labor and sexual exploitation, human trafficking, violence, discrimination and xenophobia.”
The Deep Humanitarian Crisis on the Rise
The ambassador also highlighted important data provided this week by the Working Group of the Organization of American States (OAS) for the Crisis of Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees in the Region, in which the international community is warned of the repercussions that an eventual opening of borders and a deepening of the economic crisis would have for the Venezuelan exodus. It could reach seven million people in the first quarter of 2022, above Syria and the largest in the world.
According to this report, the population of Venezuelan migrants and refugees is higher than the total population of countries such as Costa Rica, Panama, Norway or Ireland.
“Regaining institutionality and democracy in Venezuela is not only a political action, it is a humanitarian need that hundreds of thousands of families desperately yearn for,” insisted Amb. María Faria.