Girls and boys are at the center of the crime of trafficking in Honduras » Criterio.hn

“Unfortunately, it seems that in Honduras this crime is not subject to prosecution because justice has been co-opted and because it is not a matter of interest to the country’s judicial system,” Hedme Castro said.

Tegucigalpa.- 51% of girls and boys in Honduras are victims of the crime of sexual exploitation, trafficking and human trafficking, so far in the last quarter alone there have already been five cases of sexual exploitation, according to data from the Inter-Institutional Commission against Sexual, Commercial Exploitation and Trafficking of humans (CICESCT).

Among the main reasons that push this type of sexual exploitation and human trafficking crimes is the increase in sexual and commercial exploitation, added to that, cybercrime.

July 30th is marked as the World Day Against Human Trafficking and on this day (Cicesct) officially launched the Five Star Heart campaign.

In an interview with Criterio.hn, the head of (Cicesct), Sua Martinez, stated that with this campaign they intend to raise awareness among the Honduran population so that they are alert to identify the perpetrators and thus use the appeal to warning to affected people.

He announced that with this campaign, the necessary support will be provided to the people who are victims of this crime.

The global campaign is led by the United Nations (UN) and they signed a pact of the heart where there are eleven rules, Martinez informed.

The ages of the victims are between 8 and 16 years old, Martinez reported that they rescued people who were very close to becoming victims of this crime, but not yet classified as human trafficking.

According to data from (Cicesct), a total of 101 victims of human trafficking were registered by 2021, of which 14% were men, 24% were women, 51% were girls and boys, and 2% were from the population. LGTBQ+ population, 81 of these people are of Honduran nationality, of which 20 were exploited abroad.

In an interview with Criterio.hn, the director of the Association for Civic Participation (ACI-Participa), Hedme Castro, said that human trafficking in Honduras is an old problem that has recently become visible, “we see many young women who have disappeared and that in some cases later we see them in prostitution centers and that they are forced to fulfill some requests from their captors.

Castro expressed regret that this crime in Honduras still remains unpunished, questioned the normality with which many women disappear and that the prosecution of the crime by the relevant entities is not visible.

“Unfortunately, it appears that in Honduras this crime is not subject to prosecution because justice has been co-opted and because it is not a matter ‘of interest to the country’s judicial system.’

The central district, in Francisco Morazán, has 21 cases of human trafficking, this figure is due to an operation carried out in conjunction with the public ministry, in a metropolitan restaurant that kept its employees without pay and in conditions of labor exploitation.

Martinez said that in this operation, 21 women, two children and two people from the LGTBIQ+ community who were victims of slavery and exploitation were rescued, these workers were living in overcrowding in the form of slavery and servitude

Next is the Department of Cortes in the north of Honduras with seven cases of trafficking, the Department of Intibuca, located in the west of the country, there are three cases of victims of trafficking and in the Department of Colón, in the north of the country there are two cases of victims of human trafficking.

Martínez reported that as an institution they receive all the necessary support from the current authorities, who, moreover, have already authorized an increase in the budget (without giving figures) for the care of people who are victims of trafficking, he explained that under the previous government they were not had an earmarked budget to counter this scourge.

“We only have half a million lempires to take care of the victims for a whole year, a budget that is already exhausted, I found this institution at zero,” said Martinez.

According to Martinez, ((Cicesct) works with prevention, awareness, investigation, prosecution and punishment of crimes, detection, protection and care of victims.

He reported that from 2019 to 2021, a total of 60 persons were brought to criminal responsibility for the crimes of human trafficking, and 59 for the crimes of sexual exploitation, announcing that there are currently persons who are in the process of being sentenced for those same crimes.

“We are working together with the security secretary and the deputy minister, but we cannot stop child cybercrime because it is a silent crime that has grown in secret.”

Castro believes that girls and boys expose themselves too much to the streets while working, trying to earn money or while looking for takeout, it is possible for criminals to take advantage of this situation and be the focus of attention.

He explained that not much can be done with laws that were co-opted by a previous government that filled the country with blood and mourning and that continue to command many institutions. “I call on the president to introduce laws that prevent this type of crime from continuing in the country.

Trafficking is a crime that violates the human rights of its victims through its various manifestations, sexual exploitation, trade and human trafficking is a serious crime and is sanctioned in national legislation through Legislative Decree 59 -2012 of the Trafficking Law and in the Penal Code anyone who engages in one of these crimes, there will be a sentence of 10 to 15 years in prison.

In recent days, a total of thirty-two officers from different Directorates of the National Police (NP) went through the course “Investigation of sexual exploitation, human trafficking and related crimes”, the course is 80 hours long.

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