The First Lady of Venezuela, Fabiana Rosales, denounced that Venezuelan women are vulnerable to being victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced labor due to the complex humanitarian emergency that the country is going through.
“There are at least 4,000 women who were trafficked over the last six years from La Güiria, Venezuela, to Trinidad and Tobago,” she said.
The First Lady announced the case of Omarlys Velasquez, a Venezuelan teenager who was sold for use in the illegal market of forced prostitution and sexual slavery in the Caribbean.
“The investigation began with the girl’s father, who alleged to authorities that his daughter was sold to a trafficking and prostitution network but unfortunately drowned in the “Bocas del Dragón” strait on the night of her transpot,” she said.
Rosales reported that Omarlys and her cousin were kidnapped by one of the many cartels operating from the Valdez Municipality of Sucre State.
“From our legitimate National Assembly and the Office of the First Lady, we urge the OAS, UN Women and the IOM and the governments of the region to eradicate this crime, which mainly affects women, by adopting measures for prevention,” she said.
Como consecuencia de la emergencia humanitaria compleja las Mujeres venezolanas son vulnerables a ser víctimas de la trata de personas para ser explotadas sexualmente y sometidas a trabajo forzado #NoMásTrata pic.twitter.com/N46gHeeQU3
— Fabiana Rosales (@FabiiRosales) June 26, 2020