October 5th, 2011
05:07 PM ET

Underage prostitutes rescued in Peru

Peruvian police have rescued 244 women, including 10 underage girls, who were being forced to work as prostitutes in a remote gold mining camp.

During one of the raids last weekend, authorities found a 13-year-old girl, according to Peruvian Security Assistant Secretary Luis Alberto Otarola.

“I personally witnessed the situation she was in,” he said. “They are all forced into cruel practices of sexual exploitation.”

Four men were arrested and face charges of human trafficking and forced prostitution. Trucks with contraband were also seized in the raid, officials said.

Prostitution is legal for women over the age of 18 in Peru. Authorities are investigating whether more than 10 girls were underage among the hundreds they found Friday because several might have initially lied to police and said they were older. All the women and girls are now at shelters.

Poverty is entrenched in the remote Amazonian jungle where the raid occurred. Many women and girls, desperate to survive, end up working at brothels in the areas, according to the international U.S.-based charity Save the Children.

“It’s true some of them don’t want to leave prostitution because, for the first time, they are making money,” said Teresa Carpio, the director of Save the Children in Peru. “Right outside the brothels, they sell dresses and make-up that they had never been able to buy before.”

The women often send the money they make to their families, she said.

Carpio said that the “mafias” control the camps.

Child prostitution carries a sentence of five to 12 years in prison, according to the U.S. State Department which published a 2010 human rights overview of Peru. The report noted that Peru was “a destination for child sex tourism, with Cusco and Iquitos as the principal locations.”


soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. k

    I will sleep a little bit easier tonight.

    October 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • f

      i wish someone would rescue me from corrupt wall street

      October 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Reply
      • m

        dont be a coward and fight yourself...!!! this article are about women that do not have money at all and are just kids... not some coward behind a computer that can not get out and fight his/her own fights...!!!

        October 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
      • Db

        Let me guess you own a car, computer, iPhone or android? Live in a house or apartment and have taken vacations before? You help with the corp greed then whine about it? If you want to stand up to it do not by their goods!

        October 23, 2011 at 4:16 am |
      • M

        Shut up, TARD

        October 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
      • Nowthatwasstupid

        Oh...an academic...

        November 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  2. salih

    One of the main problem for human trafficking is that the countries let them to legalization. We will probably see lots of these kind of example in the future. Most responsible of this crime is the countries which let them.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:18 am | Reply
    • Mexican Products

      You are right. The governments have a major role in this. However the problem is that even if you had the proof, there are governments that will do nothing about it and the criminals are releases very quickly or simply they do not see any jail time. I know women that are victim to this in Mexico and parts of latin america, but it is safer for them to run away and do nothing. If we try to report them, many people end up dead. A sad reality of corrupt politicians and officials.

      July 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  3. balex

    one of the reasons that these things thrive is because of the demand. now any pervert who has just been focusing on thailand will now come to know that this is happening in peru also. so basically this is a marketing push..doesn't it look like that?

    October 7, 2011 at 10:33 am | Reply
  4. Suzanne

    End suffering of all God

    October 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  5. Suzanne

    End suffering of all? God

    October 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • miss tang

      despite being all powerful, God chooses to remain silent

      October 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
      • lakshman

        or... mots probably... god does not exist– and the Bible is the biggest con story of all times.

        October 18, 2011 at 6:03 am |
      • T00manysecrets

        It amazes me how archaic remains the thinking of most people. We will destroy ourselves as we will never evolve quickly enough as a species..

        It has nothing to do with "GOD". The choices and actions are HUMAN.

        Do you expect some diety to swoop down from the sky to save humanity? Give me a break.

        Likewise, atheism is also ignorance and arrogance. It is also a religion as it cannot be proven or disproven.

        Creation exists. The man made belief systems we have created for ourselves are archaic nonsense.
        Stand in awe and wonder at the beauty of creation with the very little we know and can understand or appreciate with our little brains...nothing more.

        October 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
      • tambria

        Its not God that remains silent, its free will He gave us. If all were forced to not have a choice how do you think that would go....

        October 23, 2011 at 8:32 am |
      • Bianca

        Why do you say God chooses to be quiet? He gives everyone their free choice...good or bad ones...It's sad to see the ones who suffer because of other peoples bad choices but he does reserve a judgment day for everyone when he returns. Toses disgusting people are not going to get away with their actions.

        @lakshman
        God does exist...because you don't believe doesnt make it any less true :)

        October 24, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • Mexican Products

      More amazing i think is that not many commented on the subject.
      Yet one mentions God, everyone jumps in to criticize.
      Apathy and individualism seems to plague our human condition.
      I refuse to live up to this. I am hopeful that humanity will begin to work for the community and leave the individualism aside.

      July 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  6. Mindful

    Authorities over these type of cases should view the sick criminals as drug dealers, giving them life sentences due to the fact that they ruin peoples lives and most likely killed or would kill if that meant a money lost to their illegal operations! 5-12 years sickens me!!!!!

    October 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  7. Billy

    Why does this story not mention the operators of the mine? Is CNN worried it may ruffle some feathers with large mining corporations?

    October 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • Christy

      Wow, good point what gives CNN?

      October 11, 2011 at 11:03 am | Reply
  8. KRM1007

    ARE INDIANS UBER TERRORISTS OR WHAT????

    In India, at least 1,370 girls are aborted every day. As a comparison, some 250 Indians die every day in road accidents. Terrorists killed about six people, on an average, every day in 2009. In the last two decades of economic progress, 10 million girls have died before being born.
    More are strangled, slowly starved or simply tossed in the trash in India.

    SHAME ON INDIA AND ITS BARBARIC AND MEDIEVAL CULTURE !!!
    Indians have killed more human beings (girls particularly) than Al Qaeda and Talibans put together.

    October 10, 2011 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • Anakaraya

      your on the wrong article. these girls are from Peru. :/

      October 11, 2011 at 8:16 am | Reply
      • KRM1007

        I am on the right side of morality and underage girls are not only in Peru. This is a universal problem, particulalry in India, and we need to address it irrespective of the article. This is a public policy issue. I hope that answers your query.

        October 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • DronePak

      KRM1007
      Karim bhai living in Europe or American finds time to critize India. How about exploitation in Islamic countries of children. Crawl under that cave....KRM1007

      This is excatly the same thing that happens in all Islamic cultures, but try saying that in Saudi where you Paks are treated as slaves and second class muslims.

      October 17, 2011 at 7:10 am | Reply
    • DronePak

      http://gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Pakistan.htm

      http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1215/p08s01-wosc.html – Read about Pakistans slavery on the Christian Science Monitor

      India has Slavery problem so does most of the countries. Get off the hate wagon Karim, else you are going to die from a thing in the sky.

      Practice hate will get you hate.

      October 17, 2011 at 7:15 am | Reply
    • Christianity for Paks

      KRM1007.....ISI Karim, we know you have family in Pakistan,

      About India being Uber Terr....'N' Please

      1. where was Osama found....living in Pak
      2. where are all the Terrorists holed up...Pak
      3. which is the souce of all Terrorism when you watch any news related with Terrorism...Pak

      And you are practicing hate here...Have guts then fight some real soldiers, they are close to your ancestral village in Pak

      October 17, 2011 at 8:01 am | Reply
  9. tko

    why are these pll braggin about stopping one raid? they should be sayin waht there doin as a whole what there trying to accomplish not look i save 200 ppl in a raid yesterday and theres still 100's of 1'000's left

    October 11, 2011 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • Johan S

      They still rescued 200 times more people than you will ever rescue in your lifetime.

      October 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  10. Apul M'Deek-AOud

    Funny stuff...

    October 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • Name*fmfdoc

      What's so funny, mofo?

      October 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Reply
      • miss tang

        the world is a very sick place

        October 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  11. Name*fmfdoc

    I will personally relish kicking down doors and putting a stop to this.

    October 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  12. Johnny Chimpo

    Hold on here, the under age women sure not allowable however it said these women were forced and it also says some didnt want to leave so how is that by force sounds like choice to me. T

    October 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  13. cynicalme

    This happens every day in ghettos across the U.S. Any cab driver can take you there.

    October 14, 2011 at 7:39 am | Reply
  14. Barney

    Prove it cynicalme....your opinionated idea is far from reality.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:44 am | Reply
  15. Robin

    My heart goes out to these young girls. For all the negative people complaining here, think if it was your daughter, sister, cousin, friend. They are babies at just 13 years old in the arms of these monsters. This is human trafficking and hello, its right here in the U.S. I hope all countries put a stop to this tragedy once and for all.

    October 18, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Reply
    • Mexican Products

      Finally a voice of reason. :)

      Thing is that in order to help the trafficking in the USA, one must also help trafficking in other countries since most of the girls in the USA come from these countries.

      July 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  16. Gideon

    i will suggest that they should creat more jobs opportunity and try making the currency more circulating. Am sure that will help.

    October 19, 2011 at 8:16 am | Reply
  17. SERENADA

    WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES NOW !!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGfYOAydjw OR http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec <== OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009. These are hard facts about lunatic Obama/Bush's twilight zone administrations(HORROR) or genocide against white population

    Ask your local newspaper/media why do they keep silent about crime/genocide !!? Ask them why do they KNOWINGLY participate in crime/genocide !!! BECAUSE SILENCE = CRIME !!!

    ANTI WALL STREET PROTESTS = TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP = COMMUNISM

    WALL STREET PROTESTS...NOT ANTI WALL-STREET AT ALL, BUT INSTEAD RACIALLY MOTIVATED VIOLENCE AGAINST WHITES !!!

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTESTS ARE ALSO KNOWN UNDER ZIONIST "TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP" IN AMERICA !!! TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP FROM HANDS OF WHITE AMERICANS TO SO CALLED "MINORITIES"(COMMUNISM) http://multiculturalismisterrorism.blogspot.com/

    THEY WERE MURDERING YOU WITH AND INSIDE OF THEIR CORPORATIONS FOR OVER 66 YEARS !!! THEY HAVE CLOSED DOWN ALMOST EVERY SMALL COMPANY(FARMS) IN UNITES STATES OF AMERICA AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO GO OUT THERE AND PROTEST FOR THEM AGAINST WALL STREET(because corporations = Wall-street) !!!

    THEY CRIME CONTEMPLATED AGAINST US PER EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION FOR OVER 66 YEARS AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO RAISE COMMUNIST FLAG UNDER AMERICAN SKY !!! ONE RACE; RAT RACE(Wall street protesters are Obama's raise of the planet Apes army which spread from London per Zionist Washington DC and communist Moscow where new Stalin is in place – PUTIN) !!!

    IF YOU PROTEST(YOU SHOULD), MAKE SURE TO RAISE SIGN WHERE DISPLAYED I CITE "66 YEARS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE" OR GET LOST HOME IF NOT ALREADY HOMELESS(I despise people who starve to death out there and are afraid to say out loud what is truth...I despise people who only see themselves and do NOT care even about children of their own...children who will be turned one day in white refugees as seen on above video thanks to their parents who are awaiting...awaiting in fear to become homeless and what is inevitable at any given moment) !!!

    CREATE AWARENESS AND POST THIS VERY SAME VIDEO ON YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

    WAKE UP YOUR FRIENDS AND SAVE YOURSELF FROM AGONY(did you know that over one hundred million of so called minorities lives already in United States very today and as a result, over 450 million whites worldwide were murdered with economic genocide/oppression since WWII just as seen and proven in above video !!?)...

    THERE IS ESTIMATED THAT ONGOING GENOCIDE TREND WILL CONTINUE TO GO ON FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER 50 YEARS IF NOT DESTROYED(is completed only 30% so far) AND IS ONLY MATTER OF TIME WHEN YOU ARE NEXT IN LINE FOR THE SAKE OF MULTICULTURALISM(TERRORISM)...

    911 WAS CREATED FOR PEOPLE TO WAKE UP(deliberately by CIA)....HOWEVER, WAKE UP EITHER WHAT IS TRUTH(sanity) OR WAKE UP TO LIES(insanity = with what your self elected governments have brainwashed you when forcefully jobless/persecuted....therefor­­e, I want you to think about "WAKE UP" when watching next time ALEX JONES = CIA)

    WHEN YOU WAKE UP, I WANT YOU TO WAKE TO YOURSELF AND NOT TO SOMEONE ELSE'S DREAM (ZIONIST/COMMUNIST/LIBERAL DREAM CATCHERS/THIEFS, WHO PLOTTED 911 TO WAKE YOU AFTERWARDS WITH ECONOMIC OPPRESSION IN A WORLD OF LIES !!!)

    HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT TRUTH IS !!? WHATEVER YOU WERE BORN IS WHAT YOU ARE(truth therefore) AND FOR WHATEVER REASONS YOU HAVE CHANGED(distorted yourself) SINCE 9/11 IS WHAT YOU ARE NOT !!!

    IS IT INDEPENDENCE THAT WE CELEBRATE OR DEPENDENCE (what are your credit card bills or alimony saying about it) !!? HOW IS YOUR DIABETES AND LOST MARRIAGES !!? FORECLOSURES AND JOB SEARCH !!? THAT IS THE QUESTION TO BE OR NOT TO BE !!! IS IT LAND OF THE FREE OR STATE OF TERROR AGAINST OWN WHITE POPULATION !!? IT IS TIME TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT COLOR ARE THE STRIPES ON OUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who wants to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!! IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHOM WE ADDRESS WITH "PRESIDENT" (STOP HUMILIATING YOURSELF) !!!

    YES , WE CAN..YES , WE CAN..WE WILL WIN IN WAR ON TERROR (30 whities or what are terrorists will never come back alive due to Afghanistan helicopter crash...thank you lord..aamen).

    Whitie is fighting war on terrorism just to come home and be pronounced as terrorist...turned in Timothy, jobless, homeless ..YESSS, WE CAN....FISH CAN & TENT CITY USA CAN...GABBY OPENED HER EYES CAN(psycho Tucson)

    OS(B)AMA IS MOVING OUT OF AFGHAN FEW DAYS AFTER MY POSTING ONLINE(out of Iraq few months before elections) AND IS WILLING TO IMPROVE ECONOMY(genocide against whites) FEW MONTHS AHEAD OF ELECTIONS(what is the difference between temporary and permanent jobs in USA!!?) !!

    ALL THESE JUST SO YOU CAN CLICK AGAIN ON ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES WHICH CAN BE ALL CONTROLLED(AND ARE CONTROLLED OR COMPUTER OPERATED) FROM A SINGLE CELLULAR PHONE(for entire USA)...JUST SO YOU CAN CHOSE AGAIN BETWEEN WHATEVER WAS ALREADY CHOSEN FOR YOU TO CHOOSE FROM BY ZIONIST/JEWISH LOBBY IN WASHINGTON DC.

    Don't worry O(s)bama, you have just saved lots of Dollars in your DEBT DEALS(DEAD & ILL) as those America best (Navy Seals) would also grew older and then you already know how it goes !!!

    WAKE-UP !!! WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE IT GETS ALL TO LATE ON PLANET APE !!! TEARS WON'T DO YOU ANY GOOD !!! AS BUSH STATED "THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE PAID FOR"(to die ) !! STOP THE GOVERNMENT TERRORISM AND TERROR AGAINST WHITES WORLDWIDE IN THE NAME OF MULTYCULTURALISM OR NWO !!

    EVEN IF IRAQ WOULD BE WAR FOR OIL, VETERANS WOULDN'T NEVER EVER HAVE TO BE HOMELESS PEOPLE THE WAY THEY ARE AND NOR WOULD OUR PEOPLE DIE ALLOVER THE PLACE THEY DO AND TO VERY TODAY(never ending war story)...BECAUSE EVEN IF WAR WAS FOR THE SAKE OF MONEY, MONEY SHOULD BE USED FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS AND NOT WHAT THE CASE IS OR AGAINST WHITES(66 YEARS AFTER WWII, THEY HAVE EATEN YOU IN AND OUT LIKE IN GERMANY PRIOR TO WWII...all your sacrifice during WWII was for nothing and the worse is yet to come in America)...

    October 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • diva

      u r crazy

      November 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  18. brother from the hood

    @ SERENADA – you are insane and i hope i never meet or speak to you in person.

    October 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  19. Lost

    RACISM kills.

    October 30, 2011 at 2:24 am | Reply
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