Trends in Organized Crime

, Volume 14, Issue 2–3, pp 272–277 | Cite as

Trafficking in persons in Latin America and the Caribbean


Clare Ribando Seelke

Congressional Research Service, Washington D.C.

13 July 2010

This is an excerpt from a 22-page report prepared for members and committees of the U.S. Congress. The excerpt contains the parts describing the situation of human trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean. Footnotes have been renumbered.


Human trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean

Human trafficking is a growing problem in Latin America and the Caribbean. IOM has estimated that sex trafficking in Latin America now generates some $16 billion worth of business annually. Internal trafficking for forced and child labor is widespread in many countries in the region. In addition, the U.S. State Department has identified several countries as major source, transit, and destinations for victims of transnational TIP. Those countries include:
  • Source countries: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Paraguay

  • Transit...

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