The presidential republic is said to be the African country’s form of government, but many sources consider a military dictatorship after 37 years of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo as the official president. Additionally and against any kind of democracy, nepotism is the nearest approach to a politic election the country can reckon.
With this in mind, it’s not surprising that Equatorial Guinea has one of the worst human rights records according to the annual report on political and civil rights of the Freedom House. On top of that, U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report of 2012 stated that human trafficking is one of the main problems of said country. Their representative declared that, "Equatorial Guinea is a source and destination for women and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking".
The Paraguayan Irene Rolón Páez is the link between the two continents. While taking advantage of the economic situation many Paraguayans face on a daily basis, she is presumed to be in charge of taking young girls and women to the African nation with the promise of well-paid jobs, as well as better life conditions.
After they land in Equatorial Guinea, Rolón is said to take their passports with the excuse of managing their visas making it difficult to leave the African country. Coincidentally, she is the commercial partner and right hand of Nsue Okomo.
Many girls leave Latin American deceived by unreal promises while looking for a better future and end up surrounded by sexual, physical, and psychological violence by those who have turned Paraguay and all of Latin America into their personal product shelf.
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