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The impacts of COVID-19 increase the risks of exploitation and trafficking of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, especially the most vulnerable such as women, children, adolescents, and LGBTI+ people.
If you are in an exploitative situation or know someone who may be, here’s where to look for help:
Dial human rights 100, denunciation of violence against women dial 180.
Calling 100 or 180
These work 21 hours a day of the week. They receive reports of situations of violation of human rights, violence against women, violence against boys and girls, as well as adolescents and people in general. It’s free and it’s also available in Spanish.
Public Ministry of Labor (MPT)
If you suspect any labor irregularities, you can file a complaint online at https://mpt.mp.br/ or through the MPT Pardal application, available for Android and IOS cell phones.
Always carry the numbers of support organizations with you!
Share contact lists with your family and friends!
Human Rights Brazil
The application is a digital platform that receives calls from 100 or 180 and receives complaints and requests for information on topics related to Human Rights.
Working Group on Assistance and Protection for Victims of Trafficking in Persons.
Complaints or suspicions of trafficking in persons, contact: [email protected]
Federal Public Defender’s Office (DPU)
Reporting channel through the electronic form:
Prevention of human trafficking and labor exploitation for Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the context of COVID-19.
Trafficking in persons is an offense aimed at sexual exploitation, working under conditions of slavery, servitude, organ harvesting, and illegal adoption of children.
Anyone can be a victim of trafficking: Men, women, children, teenagers, and LGBTI+ people.
If you are in a similar situation or know someone who may be, call the number 100 or report it through the DIREITOS HUMANOS BRASIL app. It’s free, anonymous, and available in Spanish. Always carry the numbers of support organizations with you.
In an emergency context, with measures to restrict movement, traffickers take the opportunity to attract and exploit refugees and migrants at greater risk, such as women, children, adolescents, and LGBTI+ people.
If you decide to migrate, always carry with you the numbers of support organizations in the countries of transit and destination.
Refugees, refugees, and migrants working in the informal sector may be more susceptible to Covid-19 due to poor working conditions, without sufficient protection measures. Furthermore, with the loss of income, they are more vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking in people, particularly those in an irregular and precarious situation.
With the decrease in family income, traffickers can take the opportunity to make offers to buy or sell children and teenagers. Parents must remain vigilant and report this type of situation.
Current movement restrictions do not prevent human trafficking from taking place. Be careful with job offers online. Try to get as much information about the job and location as possible. Do not give your passport and personal documents to someone else! Leave the location and telephone number of the place where you will be working with your family. Keep in touch with your family and friends.
It is a UNHCR campaign in partnership with R4V, MPT, DPU, and the Ministry of Women, Family, and Human Rights.