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Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have crossed the border into neighbouring Brazil in the past year, seeking to escape a collapsed economy with triple-digit inflation.

Many cross just to buy food and medicine and then go back. But others stay, including more than 12,000 Venezuelans who sought asylum last year in Brazil’s northern state of Roraima, a five-fold increase from 2016, police figures show.

Desperate to find jobs and earn money to feed their families, it is these Venezuelan migrants who are at high risk of being trafficked into forced labour and prostitution.



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