Many of these people who seek access to public health services in the Brazilian city of the triple border
do so in an informal way, and are therefore subject to the risks of dubious accessibility to their needs.
Tabatinga is a Brazilian city on the country's triple border with Peru and Colombia, located on the Solimoes/Amazon River.
The distance between these two scenes is illustrative of this article's objective: to present how human trafficking policies and discourses arrived at the Amazonian triple border between Brazil, Colombia, and Peru and how they have circulated and been locally (re)produced by a diverse group of agents.
Considering this production, in the second part I present, ethnographically, how the 2014 Brazilian Catholic Church's Fraternity Campaign affected how trafficking arrived, or was recreated, on the triple border of Brazil, Peru, and Colombia, with a focus on the city of Tabatinga.
The project consisted in reviewing information in four triple border cities on the Amazon (referred to as the "Northern Arc") to understand the work developed by local actors as part of the "System to Guarantee Adolescent and Child Rights (SGD--acronym in Portuguese)".
The prostitution of girls" on this triple border translates into the composite device trafficking/exploitation: as due to the broad participation of adolescents in "sexual economies" (Cabezas 2009), diverse agents consider local prostitution to be fundamentally of minors ("sexual exploitation") and "transnational".
Nevertheless, with or without licenses, triple border
walls be damned, immigrants from south of the United States continue to arrive.
The massive Iguassu Falls are the main attraction in the region -- splitting into about 275 separate waterfalls that cascade about 100 meters into the Iguassu River near the so-called Triple Border
between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.
Chile, in fact, saw almost no change in its sea cargo, although security was greatly bolstered at the so-called triple border
of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
There are several hotbeds of smuggling activity in the region, including the Mexico/Guatemala border, the Colombia/Ecuador border, and the triple border
area of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.