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Panama Catholic Church norms to protect  minors from sexual abuse

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Posted 10/05/2019

The Panamanian Episcopal Conference (CEP)  has announced that it will adopt the new norms for the protection of minors that are established in the Apostolic Letter by Pope Francis on May 9.

A CEP I press release said that they will carry out the adjustments of the document "Protecting Our Treasure", which is the protocol for the handling of cases of abuse of minors, approved by the Holy See for the Catholic Church in Panama.

The announcement also reiterates the "zero tolerance commitment to this crime" as "the Apostolic Letter of the Pope points out".

The apostolic letter was published by the Press Office of the Holy See on May 9, and will come into force on June 1, 2019, reported the Catholic Information Agency.

In the document are the new norms to prevent and denounce cases of sexual abuse within the Church. issued by  Pope Francis

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama-catholic-church-norms-to-protect-minors-from-sexual-abuse-1

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Reporting of Panama child sex abuse leaps 68%

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Posted 13/07/2019

Reports of sexual abuse of minors in Panama ballooned 68% between 2017 and 2018 in Indicating greater awareness of a scourge that has remained invisible, say sources from the Public Prosecutor's Office and Unicef.

The statistics, do not allow "categorically affirm that the number of victims has increased: what we can affirm is that the registry of complaints is greater", the UNICEF office in Panama told the Efe News Agency.

"We are beginning to perceive another attitude on the part of the fathers and mothers since they are beginning to resort to the authorities to stop this type of abuse," prosecutor Maruquel Castroverde, a member of the Public Ministry's team in charge of the complaints, told Efe.

In 2018, the authorities received 6,256 complaints of crimes against sexual freedom and integrity and in 4,015 of them, the victim was a minor, 68% more than in 2017, when 6,621 complaints were filed.

Girls, make up 91% of the victims identified. Of the 4,015 minor victims identified by the Public Prosecutor's Office last year, 1,513 were due to rape.

When you look closely at the numbers of victims of sexual violence - irrespective of age. "Most of the victims are in social strata with very marked economic deficiencies and are usually of school age," said Castroverde.  The aggressors are usually people from the victim's family circle or very close to it.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/reporting-of-panama-child-sex-abuse-leaps-68

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46 human traffickers busted in Panama-Costa Rica raids

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Posted 30/07/2019

A joint operation targeting a human trafficking organization operating in Panama and Costa Rica led to the arrest on Tuesday, July 30  of 46 people dedicated to the trafficking of  Haitian, Cuban, African and Asian migrants.

The Costa Rican authorities reported that they carried out 36 simultaneous raids in communities near the border with Panama and the border with Nicaragua, in which 36 people were arrested, including the alleged leaders of the band.

Among the detainees are two women with surnames Ruiz Umaña and Bejarano Morales, who apparently led the operation on the border with Panama, as well as another woman with surnames López Martínez, known as "Mamá África", who directed the smuggling of migrants on the border with Nicaragua.

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Panamanian authorities carried out 21 raids in the capital and in the province of Chiriquí, in which they arrested 10 suspected of working as a branch of the Costa Rican criminal group.

"In the operation 'Adalid'  24 officials of the Public Ministry and more than 50 agents of the National Police participated said the First prosecutor against  Organized Crime, David Mendoza in a message posted on  Twitter.

The authorities in Panama revealed that traffickers charged migrants up to $1,500 for crossing Panamanian territory and granted them tourist visas.

Costa Rican authorities reported that the investigation began in January 2018 when the Professional Migration Police received information indicating that in the northern area (border with Nicaragua) a criminal network operated to traffic foreigners.

"The organization collected sums of money from $7000 to $20.000, depending on the country of origin, or the profile of the foreign person trafficked," explained the Migration Directorate General 

The investigation determined that the group trafficked people from Haiti, Cuba, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Angola, Cameroon, Nepal, and  India, among others.

The organization took migrants from Panama and was responsible for mobilizing them through Costa Rica to facilitate their path to the United States.

According to the investigation, trafficked people arrived on the mainland by air, using some of the airports in Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia or Peru as their port of entry In the Americas, migrants were mobilized by the organization to mobilize them to travel overland to Costa Rica and on to the. border with Nicaragua, where they were lodged in  "safe houses."

Subsequently, people traffickers moved them to Honduras or Guatemala by sea or land, where they were handed over to other people dedicated to migrant trafficking.

The detainees face a maximum of 10 years in prison for the crime of trafficking in persons.

In the operation on Tuesday in Costa Rica, the Professional Migration Police, the Deputy Prosecutor's Office against Trafficking and Illicit Traffic in Migrants and the Ministry of Security participated.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/46-human-traffickers-busted-in-panama-costa-rica-raids

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Mother jailed 15 years for forcing daughter to sex acts with husband

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Posted 10/09/2019

A mother from Colon will spend 15 years behind bars for forcing her 13-year-old daughter to have oral sex with her husband reported the Public Ministry.

The man, César Olivero, was earlier convicted of libidinous acts and corruption of minors. The girl's mother, Militza Misbeth Macías, was convicted as an accomplice to libidinous acts and as an author for the crime of corruption of minors.

"This happened in June 2018, on the third street of the Nuevo Colón neighborhood, in the Sabanitas district, where Olivero committed libidinous acts against a 13-year-old teenager, trying to gain carnal access orally with said minor, all this was done with the consent and participation of the mother of the minor, who together with the convict facilitated that the young woman witnessed and will participate in acts of a sexual nature, said the Public Ministry on Tuesday, September 10. In addition to the 15-year sentence, parental rights and the exercise of guardianship were suspended once they served the main sentence.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/mother-jailed-15-years-for-forcing-daughter-to-sex-acts-with-husband

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Another big hit on human trafficking networks

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Posted 12/09/2019

Over  20 foreigners, victims of labor exploitation were rescued in “Operation Lightning”, managed  by the Public Ministry and the National Police in the city of Chitré, Herrera on Thursday, September 

Another 24 had been freed in Panama earlier in the month.

The latest raid took place in the Renaissance neighborhood, in the San Juan Bautista district.

Where the police managed seized two firearms.

The action,  latest action has enabled authorities to dismantle another network dedicated to human trafficking.

Those affected were interviewed and provided with guidance by Public Ministry staff.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/another-big-hit-on-human-trafficking-networks

 

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Three Asians in detention following slave trade bust

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Posted 15/09/2019

Three merchants of Asian origin are in preventive detention for alleged links to a crime against humanity in the form of trafficking in persons for labor exploitation.

The detention follows a Saturday appearance before Judge of guarantees  Julissa Saturno in  Herrera.

A fourth defendant is under house arrest and a fifth in the run.

On September 12, the Special Prosecutor's Office against Crime dismantled a criminal network allegedly dedicated to trafficking in persons for labor exploitation.

In the operation the release  of 23 people was achieved, including six Venezuelans, three Chinese, two Nicaraguans, in the Renacimiento neighborhood, city of Chitré. 

At the five hour  hearing, which was held in room 1 of the Herrera Accusatory Criminal System Saturn legalized the seizure of telephone data obtained by the Prosecutor's Office against Organized Crime. and

and laid charges for the alleged crime of trafficking in persons for labor exploitation that occurred in the company Importadora y Exportadora Limite, SA located in Chitré. 

Prosecutor Isaura Mejía, on behalf of the Public Prosecutor's Office , said that the four defendants are being investigated for facilitating the displacement in the national territory, for approximately three years, of female and male nationals and foreigners in "conditions of vulnerability", since their documents were withheld to "exploit them  into forced labor".

Mejía said  that there is a fifth person linked to the crime , but is outside the country.

Ddefense lawyer, Arcelio Mojica, requested that his clients be granted bail of $ 10,000, $ 15,000 and $18,000, which was denied,

The lawyer appealed the precautionary measure imposed on his defendants and the hearing was set for September 20, which will be presided over by the Superior Court of Appeals of the Fourth Judicial District, which includes Herrera and Los Santos.

The crime of trafficking in persons establishes prison sentences ranging from 15 years to 20 years, and if there is an aggravation, the sentence ranges from 20 years to 30 years, according to the authorities
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/three-asians-in-detention-following-slave-trade-bust-1

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