A 16-year-old girl who was forced into prostitution in a local in La Paz was rescued by the Bolivian police, after being caught through social networks with false promises of work, which is the first case of human trafficking discovered this year.
The minor "has been subjected to work and sexual exploitation," Deputy Minister of Public Safety, Wilfredo Chavez, accompanied by police chiefs, said at a press conference today.
The rescue operation was carried out Monday night in a place located in a busy area of downtown La Paz, which abound in prostitution businesses that are camouflaged in shopping arcades and bars, said the authority.
Chávez said that six other women were rescued in that operation and Luis Fernando A. M., 43, was arrested, whom he identified as the pimp who was also the business administrator.
The police showed the media a message in which the man offered work "for lady service" with hours of choice and a daily payment of between 43 to 143 dollars.
In turn, the head of the Traffic and Traffic Division of the Special Anti-Crime Force of La Paz, Gabriela Coca, explained that this promise was not fulfilled, since most of the money generated by the minor " the administrator was apprehended. "
Coca said that the adolescent was usually forced to have sexual relations between 15 to 20 times a day, with different clients, and that for each relationship a rate of 11 to 14 dollars was fixed.
The authorities also showed another message circulated by WhatsApp, in which the sexual services of a "pretty" and "young girl" were offered.
The police also arrested José Manuel M., 27, who through social network scams caught a woman and then offered sex in exchange for $ 215, for the purpose of inserting her into a commercial sex network.
Coca said that both events "are the first cases" reported in the year and that "they are related to social networks" to capture potential victims.
Both detainees will face charges of human trafficking and trafficking and prosecution before a judge who will decide if they are going to prison.
The Bolivian authorities specified that last year there were 20 cases of human trafficking and trafficking, mostly related to the sex trade, pornography and pedophilia, where the majority of victims are adolescents or girls.