Operativo Mimbi Paraguay

Paraguay | Inside the Mimbi Mission to Protect Children

Paraguay | Inside the Mimbi Mission to Protect Children

Operation Mimbi aims to protect vulnerable children and adolescents in the vicinity of the Asunción Bus Station. The area is primarily frequented by indigenous children and adolescents, “who have unfortunately experienced violations of their rights,” reports IP agency.

Led by the Ministry of Childhood and Adolescence (MINNA), the operation involves various government institutions, including ANDE, the Municipality of Asunción, the Paraguayan Institute of the Indigenous (INDI), the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the National Police, accounts Hoy.

The comprehensive plan targets child exploitation and aims to create a safer environment in the area. Each participating entity will focus on specific interventions, such as increasing perimeter security, identifying hazardous areas, improving lighting, and rescuing children and adolescents living on the streets.

The operation builds upon previous actions initiated in December, including interventions in hotels and shelters and the cleanup and closure of nearby vacant lots.

 

 

 

 

Increasing Security

Coordinated efforts among various state institutions, including the Ministry of Childhood, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Municipality of Asunción, supported by the Prosecutor’s Office, led to the implementation of cutting-edge technology, resulting in a significant decrease in reported abuses, reports the government.

Operativo Mimbi is transforming the previously unsafe Asunción Bus Station (EBA) into a secure environment, addressing sexual crimes against vulnerable children, describes La Nacion.

Multiple interventions in the bus station vicinity ensured the protection of 160 children from high-risk areas and the overall enhancement of safety. Ongoing monitoring, relocation assistance from the Ministry of Childhood, increased police presence, and the Municipality’s cleanup of vacant lots further contributed to the area’s transformation.

Additionally, the National Police installed numerous cameras connected to the 911 system with facial recognition capabilities, aiding in crime prevention and offender identification. The Mimbi operation, driven by a collective commitment to safeguarding vulnerable youth, operates under the slogan “We protect our children.”

In communication with ABC, in December 2023, Minister of Childhood and Adolescence Walter Gutiérrez provided details of the series of simultaneous raids that took place in December in the area of the bus station in Asunción, where approximately 160 minors were found “in terrible situations” and possibly subjected to exploitation in lodging facilities in the area.

The minister noted that individuals found in the raided lodgings were indigenous, “from infants to adolescents,” many without adult accompaniment or identification documents, and he pointed out that there was undoubtedly “movement of sexual exploitation in those places.”

One of the raided premises was the lodging facility known as “Pykasu,” which the minister described as “a place with subhuman conditions” of overcrowding from where adolescents “go out to be exploited” or are involved in “consumption and micro trafficking of drugs.”

“What we saw is beyond what one sees in movies,” he said. Unaccompanied minors were transferred to shelters under the care of the Ministry of Childhood. He stated that procedures are underway with the municipality of Asunción to achieve the closure of the raided sites, but he emphasized that the closure of these premises will not be the final solution to the observed problem, which requires “a comprehensive approach.”

Minister Gutierrez said that arrests were made of adult individuals during the raids and that in many cases of sexual exploitation of indigenous people, community leaders are often involved and “comprehensive policy interventions” are urgently needed in those communities.

 


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