Trafficking in Persons in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Citation: Seelke, Clare Ribando. “Trafficking in Persons in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Trends in Organized Crime 14, no. 2-3 (2011): 272–77.
    • Topics:
    • Human Rights
    • Keywords:
    • slavery
    • modern slavery
    • Latin America
    • the Caribbean
    • human trafficking
    • child trafficking
    • sexual exploitation
    • forced labor
    • organized crime

Countries in Latin America serve as source, transit, and destination countries for trafficking in persons (TIP). Victims are exploited within their own countries and trafficked to other countries in the region. Latin America is also a primary source region for people trafficked to the United States, including by transnational organized crime groups. In FY2015, Mexico was the primary country of origin for foreign trafficking victims certified as eligible to receive U.S. assistance. Recent victims identified in the United States also have originated in Brazil and Central America. Smaller numbers of Latin Americans are trafficked to Europe and Asia. Latin America also serves as a transit region for Asian victims.