The European Union, through EUROsociAL+, promotes a work stream to combat “sextorsion” and trafficking of girls and women derived from corruption
Women and girls are affected by corruption in a different way, especially in relation to access to basic services and rights in exchange for sexual favours (sextorsion), impediments to political participation and the facilitation of crimes such as peopletrafficking, among other scenarios.
This phenomenon significantly affects Peru and to mitigate this phenomenon and give it visibility the European Union, through the EUROsociAL+ programme, organised in Peru the international workshop “Women and Corruption: the different impacts of corruption on women in Latin America, Peru version”.
The workshop, opened by the Minister for Women and Vulnerable Populations, Gloria Montenegro, was organised together with Peruvian institutions such as the Public Ministry, the Judiciary and the Public Integrity Secretariat of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
Two concepts were worked on in the workshop: “Sextorsion” and access to public services and corruption and people trafficking. Real cases of a survivor’s testimony of trafficking and the story of a provincial Prosecutor from Cusco were presented, with the aim of promoting the understanding of the relationship between gender and corruption. The regional diagnosis “Women and corruption: strategies to address the different impacts of corruption in Latin America” served as the basis for discussions and work in groups of nearly fifty participants composed of prosecutors, public government staff and civil society.
Progress was made in the projection of strategies and actions in the country, which will be useful for the regional commitments of the Ibero-American Anti-Corruption Prosecutors Network and the Ibero-American Association of Public Ministries, which are accompanied by EUROsociAL+, in the European Union’s commitment to support for public policies and institutions that fight corruption, specifically the type that most directly affects women and girls in Peru in particular, and in Latin America in general.