Bolivian authorities announced an investigation into a possible “rental” of Venezuelan children so that they go begging or selling sweets in the streets.
The Acting Deputy Minister of Citizen Security, Wilson Santamaría, stated that the trafficking and smuggling division of the Special Force to Fight Crime (FELCC) of the city of El Alto, adjacent to La Paz, will initiate an investigation into the possible child exploitation of Venezuelan children.
“We are concerned about situation of minors“said Santamaría in the middle of an operation carried out in an accommodation in the Villa Dolores area of the city of El Alto, which housed more than twenty Venezuelans.
Deportations at the door
In the operation they verified that several have not resolved their immigration situation in the country or that their time of stay as a tourist has expired, which is 89 days. Santamaría indicated that if these people do not “regularize” their situation in the country, they will be deported.
This operation was carried out as a result of complaints from neighbors and merchants, who stated that some parents they “rent” their children to other Venezuelans to go with them to sell sweets on street corners or beg for alms.
“We as a municipality, what we want is that the children’s rights, It does not matter how they have entered the country, I think it is the duty of all of us to prevent the rights of children from being violated, “El Alto’s citizen security secretary, Dorian Ulloa, who was also present at the operations, told Efe. in the accommodations.
The operative They will continue to verify the situation of the children and their families, who in many cases live in a room of an accommodation and sleep up to four people in a bed and even with their pets, Ulloa said.
Faced with this situation, a meeting is scheduled with authorities such as the Vice Ministry of Citizen Security, the Secretariat of Citizen Security of El Alto, Migration from Bolivia, Defenders for Children and the Police, among others.
For his part, the interim Minister of Government (Interior), Arturo Murillo, indicated in a press conference in La Paz that not all Venezuelans can be expelled “even if they do not have the right legality correspondent”.
“We know they have famine From his country, now Venezuelans who commit crimes will be expelled, “said Murillo.
Bolivian migration determined last August that Venezuelan minors who are in the country will be able to regularize their situation for free, since many lack any document that identifies them, in order to avoid situations of vulnerability.
Bolivia previously adopted other resolutions in favor of nationals of this country, such as one in January of this year to facilitate the admission of children and adolescents undocumented Venezuelans, to preserve the unity of families and prevent them from being exposed to risky situations.