Spain The Prosecutor's Office warns that the number of minors victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation almost tripled in 2022

The Report of the State Attorney General's Office warns that the number of minors who are victims of trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation almost tripled in 2022

Spain The Prosecutor's Office warns that the number of minors victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation almost tripled in 2022

The Report of the State Attorney General's Office warns that the number of minors who are victims of trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation almost tripled in 2022. This organization estimates that 13 minors were identified last year. "It represents a significant increase compared to the previous year," he warns on the International Day against Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking.

Specifically, the Madrid prosecutor highlights that the increasing trend has continued in the number of procedures in which the victims of exploitation in prostitution are minors, both women and men, often coming from families with difficulties, some in situations helpless, with weak family or social support, who are attracted to an activity such as prostitution as a means of obtaining immediate economic gain.

In the Madrid prosecutor's office alone, eight of the new procedures for 2022 are cases of minor prostitution. "This implies intensifying coordination efforts, both with the prosecutor's office for the protection and guardianship of crime victims, as well as with the minor protection section, with the administrative entity responsible for minors and with the directors of the centers in which some are residing," he warns.

In total, victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation identified in 2022 amount to 231, of which five were men, so 97.8% of these victims were women. To the identified victims we must add another seven people at serious risk.

The women come mainly from South American countries: Colombia (60), Paraguay (29), Brazil (25), Romania (15), Venezuela (11), Honduras (7), Dominican Republic (6), El Salvador, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama and Peru. And in the case of the 24 victims whose specific nationality is not stated, it is known that they are mainly from South America. There are also victims from Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria, China, France, Ukraine, and Albania. 4 Spanish victims have also been detected.

The Prosecutor's Office highlights the "notable" increase in victims from Colombia, since the 39 identified in 2021 have increased to 60 in 2022. "This significant increase is associated with the parallel growth of the migratory flow and of asylum and protection petitioners international from that country," he concluded.

Furthermore, it points out that trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation has moved massively and definitively from hostess clubs to private apartments. According to the data, in 35 cases it is known that sexual exploitation has taken place in apartments, compared to 11 in clubs or establishments and 3 on the street.

In this sense, the memory of Valencia echoes the importance of the collaboration of neighbors and the surveillance of the Local Police in these cases. "It is necessary to address research and access to these places while maintaining respect for fundamental rights," he highlights.