Johis Alarcón

Photographer
  
The Wall Street Journal: Venezuelan Migrants Fall Prey to Sex Traffickers
Location: Ecuador
Nationality: Ecuadorian
Biography: Johanna Alarcón (1992) is a freelance photojournalist and visual storyteller based in Ecuador. Johanna´s work is focused on social justice, human rights, and gender related issues. She is a National Geographic Explorer and member of... MORE
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The Wall Street Journal: Venezuelan Migrants Fall Prey to Sex Traffickers
Copyright Johis Alarcón 2022
Updated Jan 2022
Topics Documentary, Journalism, Media, NGO, Photography, Photojournalism, Wildlife

Venezuelan Migrants Fall Prey to Sex Traffickers After Fleeing Their Collapsing Country

By John Otis | Photographs by Johanna Alarcón for The Wall Street Journal

While sex trafficking is a global problem, human-rights advocates say it has become especially acute in recent years among migrants who have fled dictatorship and the economic crisis in Venezuela. Government officials and rights groups in the Andean region say the traffickers exploit the exodus of nearly six million people from Venezuela—the world’s largest continuing refugee crisis, in number of migrants fleeing, after Syria—by coercing some into sexual bondage with bogus job offers.
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