The Commissioner of the OAS General Secretariat for the Venezuelan Migrant and Refugee Crisis, David Smolansky, warned during an exclusive interview for CCN Radio, that in recent months human trafficking groups have proliferated in the east of the country in complicity with Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship.
Smolansky assured that several boats depart from Venezuelan territory every week to Trinidad and Tobago full of people seeking a better future away from the crisis in Venezuela.
However, he indicated that in many of these migrations there are victims who were captured by human trafficking networks.
“Mostly women, many minors, who are literally sold to the Caribbean where they are sexually exploited,” he lamented.
Furthermore, he cited an investigation by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) that reveals that at least 21,000 Venezuelans have been victims of trafficking in recent years.
“There is complicity on the part of the security forces of the regime that allow these organized gangs to act with impunity, capture innocent women that then have this dramatic end,” he said.
In addition, he emphasized that just as within the regime there are groups that profit from drug trafficking, mining and smuggling, there is also a sector that is profiting from human trafficking.