Fighting Human Trafficking

Victims of human trafficking and the general public can now report possible cases related to this crime and request help from anywhere in the world

Victims of human trafficking and the general public can now report possible cases related to this crime and request help from anywhere in the world through the mobile application LibertApp.

The application was developed with the technical support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and financed by the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) of the United States Department of State. It is currently being implemented by Migración Colombia in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior.

This initiative adds to the existing strategies against this crime in Colombia, which has increased among the population of migrants and refugees. According to figures from the Ministry of the Interior and Justice, from 2013 to July 2020, 686 cases of human trafficking have been reported in the country, with women, migrants, and children being the most affected.

This tool has already had its first results. This week, a 16-year-old Venezuelan girl, a victim of sexual exploitation, was rescued in the town of Maní, Casanare, thanks to a report made through LibertApp.

According to Migración Colombia, in the operation, two Colombian citizens were arrested who were in charge of managing the establishment and controlling the 15 women who provided sexual services at this place. After her rescue, the minor was placed under the care of the Family Commissioner's Office of the municipality of Maní for the restitution of her rights.

How LibertApp WorksThe application has a panic button that immediately sends the basic data of the complainant and their real-time location to the Anti-Human Trafficking Operational Center -COAT-.

In addition to being able to report and ask for help, the user will be able to access the contact information of Colombian consulates abroad. Similarly, they can learn about this crime: the different types of human trafficking that exist, the forms of subjugation, the methods of capture used by these networks, as well as tools to learn to identify risk signals.

LibertApp can be downloaded for free from Android and IOS platforms from anywhere in the world. Additionally, it can be used in Spanish or English.

Source: https://colombia.iom.int/es/news/con-libertapp-cualquier-persona-puede-denunciar-la-trata-de-personas-en-colombia

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