From June 2011 to June 2013, security agencies in Peru identified and rescued around 2,000 people who were victims of human trafficking in the country. 42 percent of the victims identified were minors.
During the two year period, criminal sentences were handed out to 26 people.
Criminal justice officials state that one of the mining industry contributes to the human trafficking problem in Peru. In the mining town of La Rinconada on the border of Bolivia, an estimated 4,000 underage girls are forced to work as prostitutes.
Source: Marguerite Cawley, “Peru Rescues 2,000 Human Trafficking Victims in 2 Year,” Insight Crime, September 24, 2013.