U.S. Embassy, Inter-American Children’s
Institute sign agreement to develop a project to combat trafficking
children, child pornography on the Internet
The document, signed by Ambassador
Martin J. Silverstein and the Institute’s General Director
Alejandro Bonasso, will enable the countries of MERCOSUR,
Brazil and Chile to confront the problem
Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein and the Director General
of the Inter-American Children’s Institute Alejandro
Bonasso signed an agreement Tuesday (Jan. 13) that will
initiate a joint project to combat and prevent sexual exploitation
of children in MERCOSUR, Bolivia and Chile.
This project, funded by the U.S. government,
will address serious crimes such as trafficking of children
and child pornography on the Internet, which are flagrant
violations of human rights. The U.S. Embassy and the Inter-American
Children’s Institute expect to study these problems
and propose reforms in the context of current regulations
in the participating countries.
Bonassa said that while the problem was not
specific to this country, "Uruguayans have a great
concern for this issue. We want to prevent this sort of
irreversible damage to our children."
The project will begin with the first regional
workshop in Montevideo, scheduled for March 22 and 23. The
objective of the workshop is to establish a forum of information
exchange between the countries of MERCOSUR, Bolivia and
Chile. At the same time the workshop will provide a blueprint
for the development of national investigations and legislation
on trafficking children and child pornography on the Internet.
After this first workshop is completed, a training course
will be held March 24 and 25, with specialists from the
U.S., on how to stop child pornography on the Internet.