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Around 863,000 Venezuelans fled their country and entered Peru in order to seek refuge. Peruvian
traffickers exploit refugees when traveling to Peru or shortly after their arrival. In 2019, 301
Venezuelan adults and children worked as prostitutes or engaged in forced labor.
Traffickers exploit adolescents due to their eagerness to work. When Peruvian schools close down
from December to February for the holidays, many students seek employment to obtain extra pocket
money. However, traffickers lure these individuals in with false promises of work and high
financial compensation. Exploiters take the adolescent males to remote areas of the Amazon
rainforest, like the Madre de Dios region, to engage in forced labor in the illegal extraction
of gold. Additionally, traffickers obligate female teenagers to offer sex services to the adult
miners in the area.
Lastly, exploiters target children due to their willingness to follow directions. However, some
Peruvians living in poverty willingly sell their children to human traffickers to receive financial
compensation. The infamous terrorist group called The Shining Path steals children and trains them
to become soldiers for its organization. Also, some children work as farmers, housekeepers,
produce and transport drugs or engage in terrorism. Traffickers who do not belong to the terrorist
group force young individuals to engage in panhandling, sell products in the streets, become
housekeepers, produce and sell cocaine or other illegal activities.
While Peruvian infrastructure continues to improve, unequal access to safe drinking water remains a
prominent issue. Peru’s water crisis affects up to 5 million citizens—15% of the country’s
population. The government recognizes that to properly tackle this pressing issue, the country’s
water scarcity crisis must be addressed. This matter is particularly important in the country’s
capital, Lima. Lima is one of the world’s largest desert cities,and only receives nine millimeters
of rain a year. Nearly 1.5 million citizens of the Greater Lima area lack running water.
HOW WE HELP
With the in-kind support of the government, Friends of Hope provided adequate training to 126
members of the judicial system on human trafficking, 410 lawyers and almost 500 shelters on how
to deal with trafficking victims. They also taught classes to members of law enforcement on how
to approach victims.
Friends of Hope has developed a goal to offer public drinking services to all such marginalized
urban hotspots in need of water by 2021. Significant strides have been made since 2016 under the
Kuczynski and Vizcarra administrations.
Peru’s water crisis remains a security issue that could impact the economic and personal
development of millions of citizens. organizations such as Friends of Hope play a pivotal role in
ensuring improved water access for marginalized populations. Friends of Hope's international
efforts, ranging from improved infrastructure throughout Latin America to restoring wetlands in
Uganda, symbolize a greater effort toward water justice among powerful non-state parties.
Please help us continue to help the people of Peru by making a donation today.
Friends of Hope International, Inc.
9994 Nob Hill Place
Sunrise, FL 33351
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