Argentina: A white slave traffic trial to set a precedent



 By Norma Loto

 Buenos Aires, November (SEMlac Special). – The story of Alika Kinan (40) is
 like an X-ray of white slave traffic linkage with State powers. She is not
 the defendant, but the plaintiff at a judicial process to be undertaken in
 Ushuaia (Argentina) on November 7.

 “Being a prostitute was a source of pride because we were taken there to
 sate gendarmes, military and police officers,” she wrote in a public letter
 last year.

 She was forced into prostitution for 20 years until October 2012, when there
 was a police raid at the bar she was working in. She had never thought of
 herself as a victim. Her fate had been written long before because her
 mother, aunts and grandmothers had all been sexually exploited by her
 father.

 Marcela d’Angelo, a member of the Campaign “No more women victims of
 prostitution networks,” told SEMlac that Kinan is opening a door to demand
 the State to take action against the violation of fundamental rights.

 “I have survived white slave traffic and continue to be a victim of many
 forms of violence: I was raped at 14. I am the daughter and niece of women
 who were prostituted under the patriarchal system. My parents abandoned me
 when I was 16 and I had to take care of my 10-year-old sister ever since,”
 she recalled.

 “I arrived in Ushuaia when I was 18 and had no identity document whatsoever.
 I was considered to become a ´good prostitute´ because I had no criminal
 record. And the local government issued a health booklet for me,” she
 remarked.

 It was in this city where she met her former husband, a prostitution
 consumer. They both settled down in Spain and formed a family. She became a
 violence victim and decided to get back to Ushuaia with her daughters and
 start working for traffickers.

 Her trial involves another six victims, but she is the only plaintiff. The
 defendants are Pedro Montoya and Ivana García (owners of the place), and
 Lucy A. Campos (manager).

 As she has often been threatened to death, such acts have merited unreserved
 condemnation at #AlikaNoEstáSola (Alika is not alone).

 D’Angelo told SEMlac that these threats are due to sensitive interests of
 international sex trafficking networks.

 She added that, in Argentina, there have been attempts at regulating
 prostitution and using it to reduce unemployment among transvestites and
 transsexual people.

 Against this background, the Attorney General’s Office on Human Trafficking
 and Exploitation, which is led by Marcelo Colombo and Alejandra Mángano,
 issued an official communiqué right after the trial began.

 “We will defend not only Alika Kinan, but also over 1,000 victims who are
 being exploited in silence,” it indicated.

 “There is an urgent need for the State to provide victims with protection
 and guarantee fundamental rights,” it concluded.

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