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Argentina president summons congress after trafficking case

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Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner delivers a speech in Buenos Aires on December 9, 2012.

Argentina’s president has summoned the country’s congress to potentially change a law on prevention and punishment of human trafficking after a court acquitted 13 people accused of running a trafficking ring.

On Thursday, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner summoned the Argentine National Congress to special sessions.

Should the reform take place, it would increase the jail terms of human traffickers and help the victims of the crime through third-party funding.

Protests broke out in at least seven provinces on Wednesday over the ruling of the court in the province of Tucuman in northern Argentina to free the people allegedly kidnapping and forcing into slavery a young woman, named Marita Veron, who vanished in 2002.

Prosecutors in Tucuman had sought between 12 to 25 years in jail for those accused in the case.

Susana Trimarco, Veron’s mother, has launched a campaign to find her daughter and has released hundreds of women held in captivity as slaves in the process.

Trimarco has spoken to Kirchner about the ordeal.

“I had a call from the president and she was shouting ‘I cannot believe it. I cannot believe it’,” Trimarco has said.

Kirchner honored Trimarco with a human rights award on Sunday. “I thought I would find her destroyed, but I found her more tougher than ever, more committed to keep fighting,” the president has said.

“I told her, ‘Susana you can always count on me,’ and she told me, ‘President, don’t worry, I’m going to keep fighting’.”


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