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Transnational Issues

Disputes – International

In 2010, the ICJ ruled in favour of Uruguay's operation of two paper mills on the Uruguay River, which forms the border with Argentina. The two countries formed a joint pollution monitoring regime. The uncontested boundary dispute between Brazil and Uruguay over Braziliera/Brasiliera Island in the Quarai/Cuareim River leaves the tripoint with Argentina in question. The smuggling of firearms and narcotics continues to be an issue along the Uruguay-Brazil border.

Human Trafficking

Uruguay is a source country for women and children subjected to sex trafficking and, to a lesser extent, a destination country for men, women and children exploited in forced labour. Most victims are women and girls exploited in sex trafficking. Some Uruguayan women lured by fraudulent employment offers in Spain, Italy and Argentina are forced into prostitution. Foreign workers in domestic service and agriculture are vulnerable to forced labour in Uruguay. Some human trafficking cases are reportedly linked to crime rings.

Illicit Drugs

Uruguay is a small-scale transit country for drugs mainly bound for Europe, often through sea-borne containers. There is law enforcement corruption and money laundering due to the strict banking secrecy laws. There is also increasing consumption of cocaine base and synthetic drugs.





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