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Event discusses ways to combat grooming for human trafficking

Talk show sponsored by the Justice Department warned of caution on the internet

With the goal of combating web-based grooming for trafficking in persons, the Secretariat of Justice and Citizenship held a talk show with different entities to discuss the issue. Among the participants were representatives of the Brazilian Association of Women, Childhood and Youth (Asbrad), Labor Public Prosecutor, Federal Public Prosecutor, Ministry of Justice, Federal Police, Federal Highway and Civil Police, Computer Company IBM, plus airport agents and Fatec students from Americana.

The discussions took place at the André Franco Montoro Citizenship Space Auditorium at the Secretariat's headquarters in São Paulo in the first week of August. The event began with the presentation of a social experiment that addressed the vulnerability of users on social networks and how technology can help combat and prevent human trafficking.

A group of Fatec de Americana students, in partnership with Asbrad, created a fake website with job offers for young people. High wages and the opportunity to live in another country were used as bait to attract attention.

The social experiment was applied during 11 days of July, the month against human trafficking. During this period, the fake portal received 82 entries: the largest search was for footballer vacancies (39 entries), followed by opportunities to work on cruise ships (28 entries). Of the total, 70% of entries were made by women and 30% by men. Sixty percent of those registered reported having a family income of up to 2 minimum wages and 38% up to 4 minimum wages.

According to human rights defender and president of Asbrad, Dalila Maranhão Dias Figueiredo, discussions that address this issue need to reach low-income places to protect the most vulnerable people from cyber-enlistment. “All institutions need to come together to address this serious violation of human rights. We have to face this crime in every way, ”he said.

After registering on the site, interested parties were informed that they participated in an experiment and had been selected to collaborate on the work to prevent trafficking in persons. According to the students who developed the project, the most striking points were the ease with which those interested in the vacancies informed their personal data and the willingness to abandon everything and live in another country.

“We need to implement public policies to combat cyber grooming for human trafficking. I count on the expertise of the people who participate in this talk show to advance this theme, ”said Justice and Citizenship Secretary Paulo Dimas Mascaretti.

Discussion tables

The talk show , broadcast live on Facebook, had two debate tables. The first addressed the theme “We are All Vulnerable to Cyber ​​Crime”, mediated by Asbrad Graziella do Ó Rocha's coordinator.

The customer success manager of IBM Brazil, Felipe Prado, talked about the ease with which hackers get personal information from users through currents circulating in emails, social media and applications, such as aging, that turned fever in everybody, and that has worried the security authorities of the United States. “Internet security is nothing more than information security awareness. You have to be aware of what is being done on the network, updating devices, not opening suspicious messages, but unfortunately a lot of awareness is lacking, ”he said.

Internetlab Inequalities and Identities Area Coordinator Natália Neris presented data on online gender-based violence of concern to the UN and unauthorized online pornography, which results in extreme cases such as the victim's suicide. “The internet cannot be said to be anyone's land. For each violation of human rights, you have specific legislation in the Penal Code, the Civil Code, among other laws. Today, there is no longer a separation from the online and offline world. The big issue is the enforcement of legislation and not its absence, ”he said.

Already the prosecutor of the Labor Prosecutor of Rio de Janeiro Marcelo, Jose Fernandes da Silva, presented cases of young victims of human trafficking who were forced to prostitute. He called for society's support to combat and repudiate any kind of violation of human rights.

The second table of debates, hosted by the coordinator of the Center for Tackling Trafficking in Persons of the Secretariat of Justice, Ricardo Alves, addressed the theme “How to act in the Web World in the Prevention and Suppression of Trafficking in Persons”.


Complaints related to trafficking in persons can be made through Dial 100. Embassies can also be contacted by victims.

The Center for Tackling Trafficking in Persons works to centralize allegations of abuse, xenophobia, trafficking in persons, and slave labor, among other topics involving the violation of human rights. Complaints may be filed at the Department of Justice, in the Courtyard of the College in São Paulo, at or at (11) 3241-4718 / 4291.