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Specialized Diploma Course for Judicial Operators against Trafficking in Persons in El Salvador culminates

San Salvador, September 2, 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) through the Project "Prevention and fight against smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons in El Salvador" together with the National Council of the Judiciary of El Salvador provided the Specialized Diploma against Trafficking in Persons.

This 6-month training program, which included 144 hours of classes, was recently completed, with the graduation of 25 judges and 35 judicial collaborators.

Among the topics covered in this diploma course were: the conceptual scope of human trafficking; historical background; international regulations on the subject; the criminal type of human trafficking; the protected legal right (humanity); measures for committing the crime and the unimputability of the victim of human trafficking; the importance of incorporating the evidentiary elements of the crime and its relationship with organized crime.

According to the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2020 women continue to be particularly affected by this crime. In 2018, out of every 10 victims detected worldwide, around 5 were adult women and 2 were girls.

According to the same study, traffickers look for victims who are marginalized or in difficult circumstances. Irregular migrants and people desperate for employment are particularly vulnerable to trafficking for forced labor.

It also notes that COVID-19 is likely to increase human trafficking, and that job seekers in countries experiencing a rapid decline in job vacancies are willing to take more risks and fall into the hands of traffickers.