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Police Rescue over 300 Victims of Human Trafficking in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES - Police in the Buenos Aires province of Argentina rescued 311 victims of human trafficking, including 72 children, who were being exploited for farm labor, said the District Attorney's office Wednesday.

They also arrested two people who were allegedly running the establishment.

The raid was carried out Tuesday on an estate located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Abasto, 15 km (9.3 miles) from the city of La Plata, the capital of the province.

A majority of the victims are from Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru while the rest are Argentine nationals from the northern province of Salta.

The District Attorney's office said the raid was carried out on a complaint that informed them that the workers "carried out tasks related to vegetable cultivation, seven days a week, from 6:30 in the morning till sunset, working an average of 12 to 14 hours a day."

"For this work, they received approximately 30 pesos per hour ($2.25), but the payment was usually delayed," it added.

The victims were housed in makeshift rooms made of metal sheet and wood and according to neighbors, the place remained under constant watch of armed guards.

 

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