Organisation Internationale de Droit du Développement

Equipping Paraguay to Prosecute Trafficking

Paraguay is both a point of origin and transit for human trafficking, especially of women. Children and indigenous groups are also extremely vulnerable. Most of the victims are trafficked to Argentina, Spain and Bolivia. This crime particularly affects populations living in situations of violence, discrimination or poverty. In collaboration with the Paraguayan government and other partners, IDLO has worked on criminal law and justice enforcement in the country, as well as legal protection for victims. We have offered technical assistance to review procedural and criminal law on human trafficking and align it with international standards. We have also helped strengthen the capacity of Paraguayan public officials to investigate and prosecute trafficking cases, and facilitated exchanges of information with officials elsewhere in the region.