Susana Trimarco attends conferenceThursday, April 17, 2014
Aerolíneas vows to boost human trafficking detection
State-owned airline Aerolíneas Argentinas and the Justice Ministry sealed an agreement yesterday to boost detection and prevention strategies to combat human trafficking.
At the news conference, it was revealed that in May and September last year, three women were rescued and prevented from reaching a prostitution ring on two separate Aeorlíneas flights to Ushuaia and Río Grande.
“I want to thank so many sectors for their commitment in this fight that is represented by our beloved Susana Trimarco,” said Aerolíneas CEO Mariano Recalde, referring to the well-known activist and mother of Marita Verón, a disappeared victim of human trafficking.
Also present to sign the accord at the Casa Nacional del Bicentenario cultural centre in Recoleta was Justice Secretary Julián Álvarez, as well as the head of the FAPA airline workers’ union head, Edgardo Llanos.
Recalde thanked the Aerolíneas staff onboard flights AR1844 and AR1854, who last year detected suspicious conversations by the women who were being trafficked and proceeded to contact airport police to rescue them.
“Their work made possible the detection and frustration of three cases of young girls who had been captured,” Recalde said, adding: “This is why we will be training pilots, crew and land crew to know about these sort of cases.”
Álvarez referred to the National Programme for the Rescue and Support of Persons Affected by Human Trafficking Crimes, implemented as part of Law 26,364 in 2008 as a step forward, and claimed to have been “working a lot with Susana on this global problem.”
“Fortunately, we have been able to raise awareness,” he added, emphasizing that 6,431 victims have been rescued from trafficking since the law was passed.
On April 9, a court in Tucumán province handed down sentences of between 10 and 22 years to the 10 people involved in the disappearance and forced prostitution of María de los Angeles Verón.
After the sentences were read, Trimarco said: “We’re happy; we’ve achieved some form of justice for Marita and all the girls.” She later added: “I had hoped for more, but I’m satisfied.”
Yesterday, Trimarco remarked that “training airline staff is a very important step, because they will be able to detect people who have been trapped in the (trafficking) network, who are drugged so they cannot talk to anyone.”
In the two cases last year, the women rescued travelled with no luggage, and when asked where they were going, they were unable to answer.
After the two women who flew to Tierra del Fuego were detained, a man claiming to be their uncle said the two had travelled to live with him for two months, but no further details were given regarding whether or not he was arrested.
Herald with Télam