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Her mother testified in court on February 15, describing her search for her daughter over the years. Some of the women whom Trimarco rescued from the sex trade have reportedly said that Marita may be in Spain, according to an IPS report. The exchange of sex for money is legal in Argentina, but organized prostitution, including brothels, is not.
And while Argentina has effectively outlawed all forms of human trafficking, under current legislation many cases end up being dismissed if the victims initially gave their consent. The Veron case calls attention to one form of human trafficking inside Argentina: the abduction of women to work in the sex trade.
The victims are then assaulted in the street, forced into a car, and taken to a hide-out, as reportedly happened to Veron when she disappeared in Afterwards, the women are sold to brothels, or are forced to work rotating shifts at multiple sex dens. This type of sexual exploitation is most common in northwestern provinces like La Rioja where Veron reportedly ended up and Tucuman, as well as north-central regions like Mendoza and Cordoba.
The phenomenon has also been reported in southern Argentina, where many areas have a low population of women. Women may be promised work in legitimate trades, and, if they live overseas, recruiters to make the travel arrangements. The women then arrive and are forced to work in the sex trade in order to pay off the travel debt they have supposedly incurred. According to the US State Department , in Argentina obtained just 15 convictions on sex trafficking offenders, up from three in For many in Argentina, Veron and Trimarco have already become the public faces of forced prostitution.
A victory for them, while highly symbolic, should not obscure the fact that Argentina has a long way to go in fighting sexual exploitation. Investigation and Analysis of Organized Crime. The most extensive database on organized crime in the Americas. InSight Crime.