San José, Costa Rica, since 1956


Popular Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, left, visited Costa Rica in February and met with President Oscar Arias, right, to launch his program “Llama y Vive,” aimed at helping prevent human trafficking and exploitation.

Even though Costa Rica has had a law on the books against human trafficking for the past eight years, no one has ever been punished for the crime – quite a mystery in a place the U.S. State Department fingers each year in its annual human trafficking report as country of origin, transport and destination for victims.


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