Study on trafficking in women, children & adolescents for commercial sexual exploitation in Brazil. National Report

International trafficking in women and children is probably one of the worst human rights violations of our time and affects virtually every country in the world. It is estimated that some 2 million women and children are held in sexual bondage around the world. Trafficking occurs sometimes nationally, as in the case of Brazil, which, because of its size, offers opportunities for trafficking from one region to the other. This study considers the trafficking in women, children and adolescents for commercial sexual exploitation in Brazil to be a result of social contradictions, which have been intensified by globalization and weak government structures, further deepening gender, race and ethnic inequalities.
The goals of this study are to encourage social participation, to produce specialised knowledge on this subject and to guide the definition of actions to combat this phenomenon, based on human rights concepts and on a multidisciplinary focus of trafficking. This study was a strategic investigation of the development of new political practices that support the process of solving this problem, not only in Brazil, but also in other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Its results are expected to provide some elements to the creation of a possible Inter-American Convention that allows for cooperation among countries that have been conducting research on this subject with a view to end trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation.
This report includes the research methodology, the conceptual aspects and configuration of the trafficking in women, children and adolescents, as well as case studies and recommendations to socially and legally combat this phenomenon in Brazil.

Published 2013-04-17

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