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The detention is expected to result in an “alarming” increase in violence against girls in Latin America

June 3, 2020

Violence against girls and young people has increased “alarmingly” during detention in Latin America and, according to NGO Plan International, threatens to “become a disaster” in one of the regions with the highest rate of male violence worldwide.

The organization has warned that while mass restrictions are “vital” to contain the coronavirus pandemic, many girls and adolescents are at increased risk of violence and stay away from their potential safety nets, including school.

In Colombia, more than 2,300 cases of sexual violence by girls under the age of 14 have been reported since the quarantine began in late March, while the number of calls for help to victims of gender-based violence has increased 142 percent.

The detention is expected to result in an “alarming” increase in violence against girls in Latin AmericaThe detention is expected to result in an “alarming” increase in violence against girls in Latin America

Calls have also increased in Mexico, especially by 60 percent. In the case of the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs’ violence received 619 calls in the first 25 days of quarantine.