Suriname is a country situated in the north of Latin America. It is surrounded by several countries, the biggest of which is Brazil, and the Atlantic Ocean. Suriname was also one of the rare Dutch colonies in South America. But it seems like this small country plays a major role in the two-way trafficking of human beings between Europe and the Americas. As a matter of fact, it is a transit and destination country for women and children trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. It is a quite shocking fact, but as studies and reports are being made about this country, more and more is being discovered and it remains to be seen how governmental and non-governmental organizations will react to this growing problem and if efforts are made to fight it or not.
In most of the countries that face economic difficulties, the level of prostitution is high, and in Suriname prostitution is a good revenue generator (Suriname, n.d.). One of the obstacles that stand in front of the Surinamese government is the budget constraint. As a matter of fact, the lack of funding has denied the government from acquiring methods of support, whether physical or material in its fight against child abuse (Pawironadi-Dasi, n.d.). And due to the high rate of poverty (70% of the population lives under the poverty line) and to the indifference of government instances that ignore anti-prostitution laws, some parents find themselves in a dire need to trade their children in some of the country’s most important gold-mining towns in order to survive (Suriname, n.d.). Poverty also leads to the lack of education, which is one of the main causes of trafficking. Children are being sent to work as a source of income for their needy families (Trafficking in persons [TiP], 2002). As a result, there should be ways to keep children in schools because this will benefit the level of education on the country and will deny them from being trafficked. The most... [continues]
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