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is known for two export products: beauty and oil.
the country has crumbled politically and economically, these two products have
remained important for the country’s survival. Oil is the bedrock for the
economy, and beauty which in the past often elevated Venezuela’s position in
international beauty contests is today a cash economy that is rescuing
Venezuelan families from starvation.
the country’s fever-high interest in beauty, and beauty contests held every year
to find the next Miss Venezuela, beautiful women are an ample commodity in
Venezuela that is today being exploited by international criminal gangs.
Mexican and Colombian organized crime groups, which operate in Venezuela and out
of the country, seek Venezuelan women out because of their reputation for
exquisite looks and their potential for huge earnings as sex slaves.
2014, Venezuela was classified as a transit corridor for women trafficked from
other South American nations. But in the last four years, the country has
turned into a producer of women for the sex trade.
women’s experiences have been catastrophic. A total of 19 Venezuelan women who
worked as escorts or, barmaids, have been murdered since 2012 in various
countries. The number of murders had a 200 percent increase after 2017 when the
economic crisis pushed more Venezuelans to migrate to neighboring
countries. Sixty percent of the murders occurred in Mexico. But others
took place in Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador.