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Hundreds of women freed from brothels in Peru

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Summary of story from BBCNews, October 4, 2011

Police in Peru say they have freed nearly 300 women from sexual exploitation during a three-day raid in the country’s Amazon region.

At least ten of the women rescued from about 50 brothels were minors, and the youngest was 13 years old.

Police also arrested at least four people in Puerto Maldonado on suspicion of human trafficking.

The region attracts many fortune hunters trying to make a living from its illegal gold-mining trade.

According to prosecutors, young girls are lured to the area by women offering them jobs in shops or homes, but they are often forced to work as prostitutes in local bars instead.

Unlicensed bars used for prostitution have also been set up in camps along the main highway.

Save the Children said last month that at least 1,100 underage girls were being used as sexual slaves in illegal mining camps in the state of Madre de Dios in south-eastern Peru.

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