Since January 2020, in the province of Buenos Aires, 43 people have been rescued through the Program of Rescue and Accompaniment to Persons Affected by the Crime of Occupational and Sex Trafficking. This was announced today in a statement by the Minister of Justice and Human Rights of Bonaerense: Julio Alak, and reported that the victims were assisted.
The statement states: «Through the Provincial Directorate of Access to Justice and Accompaniment to Victims, actions are articulated with the ministries of Women, Gender Policies and Sexual Diversity, to reduce gender-based violence; With Community Development, food assistance to rescued people, and with the Health portfolio, dealing with problematic consumption, suspected covid-19 contagion and medical and psychological care.» Victims are assisted in complaints, and the program works with specialized prosecutors and the Office of The Attorney General for Trafficking and Exploitation of Persons (PROTEX) in the referral and follow-up of cases. From Provincial Justice and Human Rights, they noted that «it is common to find underage victims, children and adolescents who are in a double situation of vulnerability» and in the face of this, they noted that «because of the seriousness of the offences and because they are minors, work is carried out with the Provincial Commission for the Prevention and Eradication of Child Labour (COPRETI) in the development of joint protocols for raids and interventions». This Program also helps victims to process their documentation free of charge before the National Registry of Persons (Renaper) and the National Directorate of Migration.Remember: line 145 receives confidential and free of charge calls and complaints anonymously 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even in pandemic context.