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Added: May 1, 2009

Mexico

Tarcila Rivera Zea (far right), is the Executive Director of the Peruvian women and children's indigenous advocacy organization CHIRAPAQ and is a board member of the International Indigenous Women's Forum.

This week, Indigenous Peoples from around the world met in Anchorage, Alaska at an international summit to push for a greater role in the effort to combat climate change.  The five-day-long event brought together some 400 representatives from 90 nations, including Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Climate change' forces Eskimos to abandon village

Floods blamed on climate change forcing Alaskan village to move 9 miles away

…Flooding blamed on climate change is forcing at least one Eskimo village to move to safer ground.

The community of the tiny coastal village of Newtok voted to relocate its 340 residents to new homes 9 miles away, up the Ninglick River. The village… is the first of possibly scores of threatened Alaskan communities that could be abandoned…

…The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns… [that the] climate change crisis... will displace 150 million people by 2050…

The group says indigenous peoples in Asia, Central America and Africa are threatened by shifting environmental conditions blamed on climate change.

…More than 400 indigenous people from 80 nations [have gathered] in Anchorage, Alaska, at the first Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change…

"Climate change poses threats and dangers to the survival of indigenous communities worldwide…" United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto said at the summit…

In Mexico, highland Mayan farmers are fighting to survive amid decreasing rainfall, unseasonal frost and unprecedented changes in daytime temperatures, the U.N. reported. These conditions are forcing the farmers to plant alternative crops and to search for other sources of irrigation.

"We are the ones that are the most effected" by climate change, said Saul Vicente-Vasquez, a Mexican economist and longtime human rights activist for indigenous peoples…

"There needs to be a new institutional framework that is created, that's based in human rights doctrines ... that facilitates relocations," [Alaskan human rights lawyer Robin] Bronen said…

Azadeh Ansari

CNN

April 28, 2009

See also:

Americas Population - millions
  1950 2008 2050
Latin Am.  167  577  809
US/Canada  172  337  392

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Global climate change is anticipated to cause a major environmental crisis in the fairly near future across Latin America. In forty years, for example, the snow-capped volcanoes of Ecuador's highland (Altiplano) region are expected to dry-up, much as Mount Kilimanjaro has done recently in Tanzania. All of highland Ecuador's hundreds of cities and towns get their water supply from these peaks.

What will those many millions of people do when the snow is gone and the water runs out? Will Peru and Colombia and Brazil accept them openly as environ-mental refugees, when they may face their own crises at that time? Probably not.

As attorney Norma Ramos, Co-Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) mentioned to me at a 2008 anti-trafficking conference, food shortages resulting from global warming are expected to begin in Mexico in about ten years. How will Mexico, caught in a never-ending cycle of poverty, official corruption and criminal impunity, face that challenge?

The current Swine Flu epidemic, as shown in a number of news articles from the women's press agency CIMAC Noticias, demon-strates that Mexico's ability to respond to a crisis is limited by its traditional problems of inefficient government bureaucracy, official corruption and social exclusion based upon  embedded feudal-era prejudices that strongly divide people along class, gender and racial lines. The elite will share neither food nor medicine with a dark-skinned Indian (Indigenous) person if they can avoid it.

These realities also impact the issue of human trafficking and the many other gender rights crises faced by Mexican women and girl children. Climate change represents one more emergency that requires 'out-of-the-box' thinking.

Climate change in the Americas will not affect only indigenous peoples, it will impact everyone.

Latin America's peoples cannot assume that the United States will always be there to support them, either by being an available escape valve for migration or as the source of their financial support in the form of foreign aid. It is entirely possible that climate change will impact the U.S. just as severely as it is expected to impact other regions of the world. Under those circumstances, nobody in the U.S. will be willing or able to answer Latin America's, or the world's '911 calls.'

Given that situation, it is more important than ever that we all clearly understand the impact of rapid population growth within Latin America and in Latin American immigrant communities in other nations, and especially in the U.S.

From a starting point of having almost equal populations in 1950, Latin America and northern North America have grown at radically different rates.

Latin America has tripled in size during the last 58 years (1950 to 2008), while the U.S. and Canada have doubled in size during the same period (and much of that growth has been through immigration).

Given current trends, by the year 2050 Latin America will have grown to an estimated 809 million people, an increase of 232 million, while at the same time (in-part due to immigration), the U.S. and Canada will have grown by only 55 million people.

Even without climate change, the nations of Latin America cannot financially support their populations today, and must depend upon a strong out-migration to reduce social pressures and provide earnings remittances from overseas to support their local economies.

Even without climate change, the question of how Latin America will provide for the additional 232 million additional people (and the estimates range as high as nearly 400 million) expected to live in the region in the year 2050 remains unanswered.

Again, the assumption that the U.S. will always be there as the 'extra resource' may not be true in 2050.

When we factor in expected climate change, and the current predictions that 150 million people globally may be climate refugees in 2050, then the world community will have a very big problem to deal with. The current figure shows that 50 million climate refugees are expected to exist in 2010.

In Mexico and other Latin American nations, strong conservative cultural forces are resurging and limiting women's right to control their reproductive destiny. Chile, perhaps the most modern of Latin American societies, only legalized the right of women to access birth control in 2008. Large numbers of women in Mexico and across the region are demanding the right to control their own bodies.

The ruling National Action Party (PAN) in Mexico supports the conservative approa-ches that limit women's freedom in regard to reproductive rights. The PAN interior minister in  former president Vincente Fox's administration labeled condoms "weapons of mass destruction." President Fox's wife, Marta Sahagún de Fox, was strongly denounced by Church prelates for advocating the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The limited natural resources available to support the planet (and especially the Americas), the right of women to control their reproductive destinies, and the unstoppable reality of global climate change all demand that the peoples and governments of Latin America move out of their current 'comfort zone' that says that high birth rates are acceptable.

Rapid population growth is not sustain-able. As indigenous (Native American) wisdom tells us, we must each think of the best interests of the next seven generations as we conduct our daily lives.

Responsibly caring for our next generations tomorrow means that we must reduce rapid population growth rates today.

The alternative will be a devastatingly tragic future for the women, children and men of the region. Already, the inability of Latin America's economies to support its popula-tion is leading to the mass-exporting of women and children into sexual slavery to the brothels of Tokyo, New York, Madrid and Amsterdam.

Is that the future that we want for our children and their children? No!

In nations where indigenous populations exist, increased land theft-from, and exploitation-of those peoples always results when local economies are under stress. That reality puts the very survival of indigenous peoples at risk in Latin America in a future where overpopulation and climate change converge to cause possibly violent struggles for resources.

We do not want that future either!

Our children's safe future depends upon our taking personal responsibility now for our actions in every day life. All traditions must change, and today we call upon society, and religious and government leaders from Latin America to recognize that today's high birth rates in the region cannot be sustained without grievous consequences for all of humanity, and most of all, for our children and their children.

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

May 1, 2009


Added: April 30, 2009

Mexico

Se quejan enfermeras por falta de material ante la epidemia

Se proporciona, dice jefa, “pero no en tiempo y forma”

La queja presentada por enfermeras del Hospital Belisario Domínguez de la Ciudad de México, ante la Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal (CDHDF), porque no se les proporciona material necesario para atender a la población de “alto riesgo” ante la pandemia de influenza porcina, evidenció que las carencias en este sector de trabajadoras de la salud son constantes.

Nurses complain of a lack of protective equipment to address the Swine Flu epidemic

Nurse Manager: The hospital doesn’t provide the right materials in a timely manner

The nurses at the Belisario Domínguez Hospital of Mexico City have filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City (CDHDF), because they are not being provided with the basic equipment needed to meet the needs of those at "high risk" for swine influenza that they must work with. They stated that the lack of basic protection is an everyday risk for health workers...

Some 350 nurses work at the hospital. Ninety five percent of them are women. Most are young-adults of reproductive age. Fifty percent of the nurses are students studying for a degree in nursing.

Expanded Translation

Guadalupe Cruz Jaimes

CIMAC Noticias

News for Women

Mexico City

April 29, 2009


Added: April 30, 2009

Mexico, El Mundo

Primer muerto en Estados Unidos; la OMS eleva a 5 el nivel de alerta

Es inminente una pandemia de influenza porcina, advierte el organismo internacional

La enfermedad ha desarrollado focos autónomos en más de dos países; hay 148 casos en el mundo...

Ginebra - La Organi-zación Mundial de la Salud (OMS) elevó este miércoles por la noche a 5 el nivel de alerta por la gripe porcina –en su escala de 1 a 6–, lo que significa que la enfermedad ha desarrollado focos autónomos en más de dos países de una misma región.

Indica una “señal muy fuerte de la inminencia de una pandemia” y que queda muy poco tiempo para prepararse a enfrentarla...

Afp, Dpa and Reuters

Appearing in La Jornada

Mexic, DF

April 30, 2009


Added: April 30, 2009

Mexico

Mexico plans stricter measures as swine flu goes global

Washington, DC - Global health authorities warned Wednesday that swine flu was threatening to bloom into a pandemic, and the virus spread farther in Europe even as the outbreak appeared to stabilize at its epicenter. A toddler who succumbed in Texas became the first death outside Mexico...

Expanded Abstract

The Associated Press

April 29, 2009


Added: April 27, 2009

Mexico

Amelie, la influenza y la realidad de nuestro sistema de salud

Si no es influenza, pagan la consulta de mil 100 pesos”

México DF - Amelie tiene dos años de edad, vive en Ecatepec, Estado de México, y ayer su familia, al igual que prácticamente toda la población del área metropolitana de la Ciudad de México, vivió la experiencia de sentirse vulnerable ante la epidemia de influenza porcina que azota al país y desprotegida con un precario sistema de salud en el primer nivel de atención.

Amelie, influenza and the realities of our health system

If an illness turns out not to be Swine Flu, patients must pay US $79 for the exam

Mexico DF - Amelie is two years old and lives in the city of Ecatepec in Mexico state. Yesterday, her family, like almost everyone else who lives in greater Mexico City, experienced their vulnerability to the epidemic of swine flu that plagues Mexico due to its precarious and ineffective primary health care system.

Amelie’s mother, grandmother and aunts were alert to symptoms that health authorities had publicized about the development of the epidemic. They watched with alarm as Amelie began to show symptoms similar to those of influenza: fever greater than 39 degrees (Celcius - 102.2 Fahrenheit), diarrhea, difficulty breathing and nasal discharge.

In response, Amelie's mother called the toll free number announced in the media to ask for assistance. She was asked for details about the girl’s illness, and was given a second phone number to call. After waiting for 20 minutes on hold, the person on the other end of the call told Amelie's mother that if her daughter was sick, she should take her to the hospital.

Amelie’s mother had to wait another 10 minutes on hold, and was then told to take her daughter to the José María Rodríguez Ecatepec General Hospital, located in her community.

Upon arriving at the hospital, Amelie’s mother found around 100 people waiting in line outside the hospital entrance, and more people inside. Outside of the entrance two hospital security guards added people’s names to their list, and told everyone that if they didn’t have Seguro Popular [Mexico’s subsidized healthcare program for the poor], the cost of the exam would be $110 Mexican pesos [US$7.93].

One of the guards had his face mask in his hand. When Amelie’s aunt asked for a face mask for Amelie, who the family thought might be a source of infection for others, the guard told her to first sign up on their list, then they would see about a face mask for the girl.

Distressed by their experience, they decided to go to a hospital of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), because the authorities had said they were providing care to all persons, qualifying or not.

After arriving at IMSS Family Medical Unit 77, the family was told that there was no service because there were no doctors attending. They took Amelie to Hospital 192.

At Hospital 192 the family was told that they  first had to apply for authorization from the assistant director of the emergency department. They were warned that if they wanted Amelie to be seen, they would have to wait in line behind 75 other people. The family explained to hospital staff that Amelie’s temperature was close to 40 Celsius [103 Fahrenheit].  They were told that if it turned out that Amelie did not have the Swine Flu, the cost of the visit would be 1,100 pesos [US $79.00].

Amelie’s family was then forced by the situation to take the girl to a private clinic. There they were told that Amelie did not have influenza, but a bacterial infection.

Amelie’s aunt said: "What became clear to us is the poor organization of health services and their insensitivity [to people] during this crisis."

Amelie’s aunt recommended that: "where the population is concerned, it is important that staff working in hospitals and call centers provide appropriate and much more efficient services, so that we can end this epidemic."

Full English Translation

Alejandra Gonzalez Mendez

CIMAC Noticias

April 28, 2009


Added: April 28, 2009

Mexico

Mujeres embarazadas y pobres, más vulnerables a influenza

Doctora Mercedes Ballesté, de SIPAM

México DF.- Las mujeres embarazadas con bajos recursos económicos serían las más afectadas por la epidemia de influenza porcina que padece México, afirmó a Cimacnoticias la doctora Mercedes Ballesté, especialista en salud sexual y reproductiva, integrante del consejo directivo de Salud Integral para las Mujeres AC (SIPAM).

Ante ello, señaló la experta, es importante que las mujeres embarazadas tomen medidas de prevención adecuadas, pues debido al proceso biológico que viven, sobre todo en los primeros meses de gestación, están inmunodeprimidas, esto quiere decir, dijo, que su sistema inmunológico está disminuido y es más lento. Por lo tanto las infecciones virales son mucho mas agresivas en las mujeres embarazadas.

Por ello, es lamentable, señaló Ballesté, que la Secretaria de Salud no proporcione datos desagregados por edad, sexo y condición socioeconómica, ya que bajo esta medida se puede observar al sector vulnerable y enfocar medidas de prevención.

La especialista resaltó que, aunque la respuesta ante el virus difiere de mujer a mujer, hay aspectos como el acceso a la salud o la buena o mala alimentación que inciden en la forma en que se ven afectadas las mujeres embarazadas.

Pregnant low-income women are the most vulnerable to the effects of Swine Flu

Mexico City - Pregnant low-income women will be most affected by the epidemic of swine influenza afflicting Mexico, according to Dr. Mercedes Ballesté, a specialist in sexual and reproductive health and a member of the Board of Health for Women (SIPAM)…

In response, the doctor noted, it is important that pregnant women take adequate prevention measures, because due to the biological process which they live, especially in the early months of pregnancy, they are immunocompromised, meaning, she said, that their immune system is weakened. Thus viral infections are much more aggressive in pregnant women.

It is therefore regrettable Ballesté said that the Health Department did not provide data disaggre-gated by age, sex and socioeconomic status, information that could be used to focus on vulnerable populations and preventive measures.

The specialist said that although the response to the virus differs from woman to woman, there are aspects such as access to healthcare and poor nutrition that affect how they will be impacted...

CIMAC Noticias

April 27, 2009


Added: April 28, 2009

Mexico

Influenza, sobrecarga para las mujeres

México DF - Sin lugar a dudas los efectos de la influenza tiene distintos  ángulos, sin embargo no se ha detenido en lo que esto implica para las mujeres, quienes socialmente son las responsables del cuidado de las familias, de las y los enfermos, de la prole.

La suspensión de clases en el DF, Estado de México y San Luis Potosí, coloca a las mujeres en la encrucijada de qué hacer, si ella está laborando asalariadamente, pues los patrones por más recomendación de ser “flexibles”, difícilmente tendrán  esa actitud, máxime cuando ellas son enfermeras, doctoras, meseras, taquilleras en el metro, etc.

Ellas y muchas otras: ¿con quién dejarán sus hijas e hijos, cuál es la política que se implementa, se diseña, para que las mujeres puedan cumplir con su trabajo asalariado? …

Influenza, overload for women

Mexico DF - Without a doubt the Swine Flu outbreak has many facets to it. Women end up facing a heavy burden as those who are responsible for caring for their families, their children and the sick.

The suspension of classes in Mexico City, Mexico State and San Luis Potosi puts women at the crossroads of what to do if she is working, because despite the many recommend-ations that employers provide flexibility to their workers, in reality managers will hardly think that way, especially when the employees are nurses, doctors, waitresses, etc.

These women and many others think: With whom can they leave their children; and what policies will be implemented, to allow women to meet their employment obligations [during the crisis]?...

Lucía Lagunes Huerta

CIMAC Noticias

April 27, 2009


Added: April 28, 2009

Mexico

Chiapas: piden a magisterio orientar a madres y padres de familia

Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Como primer punto de las acciones inmediatas que asumen a partir de hoy los más de 51 mil docentes en Chiapas, con respecto a la emergencia decretada por el Gobierno federal sobre el brote epidémico de influenza porcina en el país, orientarán y proporcionarán información necesaria a madres y  padres de familia y a la niñez para prevenir la enfermedad…

Las acciones de orientación a la ciudadanía por parte del magisterio chiapaneco se enmarcan con la suspensión de clases en los más de 5 mil planteles de los diferentes niveles educativos, a partir del lunes 27 abril y hasta el lunes 6 de mayo…

…En marco de la suspensión, el dirigente de la sección VII del SNTE llamó a las y los  trabajadores de la educación a cumplir con su rol de apoyo y orientación ciudadana.

Chiapas: Teachers are asked to educate parents about Swine Flu during suspension of classes

Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas state – One of the first actions taken today in response to the emergency decreed by the Federal Government due to the outbreak of swine influenza in the country has been to ask the state’s 51,000 teachers to provide necessary information to parents and children to prevent the disease…

The actions come after the suspension of classes in more than 5,000 schools from April 27th until May 6, 2009...

...As part of the suspension, the leader of the Section VII of the SNTE (teacher’s union) called upon education workers to fulfill their role in providing citizen support and guidance.

Candelaria Rodríguez

CIMAC Noticias

April 27, 2009


Added: April 28, 2009

Mexico

Some Mexican ill say doctors turned them away

Country faces criticism for seemingly slow, confused response to outbreak

Mexico City - Two weeks after the first known swine flu death, Mexico still hasn't given medicine to the families of the dead. It hasn't determined where the outbreak began or how it spread. And while the government urges anyone who feels sick to go to hospitals, feverish people complain ambulance workers are scared to pick them up…

"Nobody believes the government anymore," said Edgar Rocha, a 28-year-old office messenger. He said the lack of information is sowing distrust: "You haven't seen a single interview with the sick!" …

In the town of Xonacatlan, just west of Mexico City,   Antonia Cortes Borbolla told The Associated Press that nobody has given her medicine in the week since her husband succumbed to raging fever and weakened lungs that a lab has confirmed as swine flu.

Outbreak began earlier than thought

[Mexico’s Health Secretary Jose Angel] Cordova confirmed Monday that a 4-year-old boy who was part of an outbreak in eastern Veracruz state that began in February had swine flu. He later recovered…

Elias Camacho, a 31-year-old truck driver with fever, cough and body aches, was ordered out of a government ambulance Sunday because paramedics complained he might be contagious, his father-in-law told the AP. When family members took him to a hospital in a taxi, Jorge Martinez Cruz said, a doctor told him he wasn't sick…

Camacho was finally admitted to the hospital — and placed in an area marked "restricted" — after a doctor at a private clinic notified state health authorities…

In Mexico City, Jose Isaac Cepeda said two hospitals refused to treat his fever, diarrhea and joint pains. The first turned him away because he wasn't registered in the public health system, he said.

The second, he said, didn't let him in "because they say they're too busy."

The Associated Press

April 27, 2009


Added: April 26, 2009

Connecticut, USA

Edgardo Sensi

Connecticut authorities crack down on 'sex tourism'

New Haven - A vice president of a travel company is accused of plying a maid in Nicaragua who earned $32 per month with small gifts like a cell phone and a bottle of perfume so he could gain access to molest her 4-year-old daughter.

The allegations spelled out in an indictment filed in federal court in Bridgeport against Edgardo Sensi highlight what experts call a global problem of child sex tourism, in which predators try to exploit poverty and lax laws abroad. Advocates around the world are calling for tougher laws…

Sensi also gave the 23-year-old maid cash and a gold ring, took her to luxury hotels and promised her family he would marry her, according to prosecutors. He videotaped sex sessions with her daughter and repeatedly reminded the girl's mother he was a powerful man, prosecutors said...

Investigators have seen an increase in Americans and other westerners traveling to countries in Eastern Europe and South and Central America to abuse children…

A recent United Nations survey estimated that 150 million girls and 73 million boys under age 18 were forced to have sexual intercourse or experienced other forms of sexual violence in 2002.

Studies show most sexual exploitation of children involves local abusers rather than foreigners…

But sexual abuse by foreigners is a problem…

Prosecuting such cases [has been] difficult because the child sex trade is so intertwined in the economies of some countries, Allen said. 

By John Christoffersen

The Associated Press

April 25, 2009

See also:

Laura Culver

Local child porn case leads to woman's arrest in Georgia

Stuart - Authorities have made a second arrest in the case of a travel agent found last month to have videos of himself having sex with young girls.

Edgardo Sensi, 52 of Jensen Beach is facing multiple counts of possession of child pornography after Martin County sheriff's deputies found dozens of images and videos of child pornography at his house.

Laura Culver, 53, was arrested in Georgia on federal production of child pornography charges...

Two videos showed Sensi having sex with young girls, one under age 12 and the other under 5. Both videos also showed adult women participating in the abuse, law enforcement officials confirm...

Daphne Duret

Palm Beach Post

Oct. 10, 2008


Added: April 26, 2009

North Carolina, USA

Elio Citala-Rodriguez

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office charged an [undocumented] immigrant with sexually inappropriate behavior with a 6-year-old girl.

Detectives say 28-year-old Elio Citala-Rodriguez lives in Pink Hill, North Carolina but is in the country illegally from Mexico.

The alleged encounters happened between March 2006 and September 2007 while Rodriguez was living with the victim and her parents in Fayetteville. Investigators say some of the incidents also took place at Citala-Rodriguez's home in Pink Hill.

He allegedly forced the child to have sexual intercourse with him and perform other sexual favors.

The Pink Hill Police Department is also expected to file charges.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office charged Citala-Rodriguez with first-degree statutory rape, first-degree statutory sex offense and taking indecent liberties with a child.

He is being held under a $100,000 bond and is expected to make his first court appearance today. He is also being held in custody by Immigration and Customs Enforce-ment [ICE].

WTVD-TV

March 31, 2009


Added: April 26, 2009

Arizona, USA

EEOC Prevails in Case Involving Physical and Verbal Abuse of Glassblowers

Phoenix – A federal district court today entered a Federal Court Judgment for over $267,000 and significant injunctive relief in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a discrimination lawsuit against Sunfire Glass, Inc. The EEOC’s suit charged that the company’s owner subjected a class of female employees to severe physical and verbal sexual harassment in violation of federal law.

Judge Lawrence O. Anderson found that Sunfire owner Paul McBride sexually harassed two female glassblowers by touching the women on their breasts and between their legs, hitting the women on the buttocks, making obscene gestures, and verbally harassing the women by talking about their bodies and using vulgar language. At times, the court also found McBride would touch the women while they were working with hot glass and were unable to defend themselves against McBride’s advances. The two women, Tineke Meyer and Karina Mercado, complained repeatedly to management, and no action was taken. As a result of the abuse, both Meyer and Mercado were forced to resign...

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

April 13, 2009


Added: April 25, 2009

Mexico

Aguascalientes: sin acceso a ILE, niña de 8 años dio a luz

Abuso sexual se ocultó y no se denunció; hay 2 casos más

México DF,- Una niña de ocho años dio a luz en el Hospital de la Mujer de Aguascalientes en marzo pasado, sin que ninguna autoridad de salud se pronunciara sobre el caso, aunque el director de dicho hospital, Arturo Guerra Lugo, atribuyó el fenómeno a “la falta de educación sexual”.

Guerra Lugo, quien calificó como “aislado” este hecho, posteriormente señaló que en lo iba de este 2009 se trataba del tercer alumbramiento de una niña menor de 12 años atendido en el Hospital...

Aguascalientes: Without access to abortion, eight-year-old girl gives birth

The sexual abuse was concealed and not reported. Two additional cases of births to girls under 12 have occurred in the city during 2009.

Mexico City - An eight-year-old girl gave birth in the Women’s Hospital of the city of Aguascalientes [in Aguascalientes state] in March, 2009. No local health authority made any public statement in regard to the case, although the director of the hospital, Arturo Guerra Lugo, attributed the phenomenon to "a lack of sex education."

Guerra Lugo, who described the event as "isolated" said that this was the third birth to date in 2009 to a girl under the age of 12 in their hospital.

Upon learning of the birth through a local newspaper, Marcela Martínez Roaro, a university professor and lawyer specializing in criminal law and sexual and reproductive rights decided to file a criminal complaint of rape against those responsible with the office of the state prosecutor in Aguascalientes…

Genaro Gongora Pimentel and Olga Sánchez Cordero, two of the eight justices of the Supreme Court of the nation who voted in favor of the legal interruption of pregnancy (abortion) law the Federal District in August of last year, emphasized [in their opinions on the case] that girls have the right not to be mothers, because they were raped…

In the case of girls in the street, their sex life starts from the age of seven. Ninety percent of them have been sexually abused. Before reaching age 13 they have had at least one pregnancy or an abortion, according to the United Nations Fund for Children

(UNICEF)...

In 25 Mexican states no criminal child abuse or rape  charges will be pursued if the rapist marries his victim. This legal concept protects the continuation of the child abuse without fear of prosecution...

Notably, Mexico’s border areas, especially the cities of Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, suffer from a high number of cases of commercial sexual exploitation of children [CSEC]. UNICEF [reports have shown] that many children become the victims of child pornography rings and pedophiles when they arrive at the border [seeking to cross into the United States].

Full English Translation

Nancy Betán Santana

CIMAC Noticias

April 24, 2009


Added: April 25, 2009

California, USA

Boy, 13, and 3 men charged in rape of girl, 15

Santa Rosa - Four males - one of them 13 years old - have been arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Santa Rosa girl.

The incident occurred April 6 about 8 p.m., when the girl was walking home... A car twice pulled alongside her offering a ride; after the girl said no a second time, two males allegedly got out of the car and forced her inside.

The girl told police that the four males then drove her to a parking lot near Comstock Middle School, where each suspect punched and sexually assaulted her...

...Investigators arrested two suspects: Oscar Anibal Magana-Aristondo, 20, and Salvador Armando Rivas, 18. A third suspect, identified as Alejandro Corado, 30, was arrested Monday. A 13-year-old boy was arrested Thursday...

All four suspects are charged with kidnapping and sexual assault...

John King

San Francisco Chronicle

April 17, 2000


Added: April 24, 2009

North Carolina, USA

About the social dynamics of Latin American migration to the southern U.S.

Citizens, [undocumented] immigrants jostle for jobs

Business owners once said they needed [undocumented] workers because there weren't enough Americans willing to do dirty and lowly jobs. Now, unemployment is nearing 10 percent, and citizens are lining up for jobs they once would have rejected…

"They prefer immigrants, especially now," said James Lee, an electrician who hasn't found work since Thanksgiving. "I don't think it's fair when there's so many of us in the shape we're in now."

…Now that jobs are scarce -- nearly a quarter of construction workers nationwide are unemployed -- Lee is one of a growing chorus who say that [undocumented] immigrants are leaving citizen workers with fewer options…

"We have been taking care of work that people don't want to do," said Carlos Reyes, a legal U.S. resident from Honduras who runs a Raleigh painting business. "Now you want to throw us away? That's not fair..."

An estimated 300,000 [undocumented] immigrants poured into North Carolina in the past decade, lured by plentiful jobs in construction, landscaping, manufacturing and hospitality. Now, those industries are taking the brunt of the recession, and there is a growing surplus of low-skilled workers.

Kristin Collins

The News & Observer

March 15, 2009

See also:

North Carolina

About the social dynamics of Latin American migration to the southern U.S.

Latino Immigrants Come to the U.S. with Negative Stereotypes of Black Americans, …Study Shows

How Latino immigrants relate to blacks and whites -- and how those groups relate to Latinos -- has implications for the social and political dynamic of the South, says political scientist Paula McClain

Durham, N.C. -- Latinos bring negative stereotypes about black Americans to the U.S. when they immigrate and identify more with whites than blacks, according to a study of the changing political dynamics in the South.

The research also found that living in the same neighborhoods with black Americans seems to reinforce, rather than reduce, the negative stereotypes Latino immigrants have of blacks, said Paula D. McClain, a Duke University political science professor who is the study’s lead author.

McClain said the findings are significant because the South has the largest population of blacks in the U.S. and has been defined more than other regions along a black-white divide. How Latino immigrants relate to blacks and whites -- and how those groups relate to Latinos -- has implications for the social and political dynamic of the region, she said.

 “Given the increasing number of Latino immigrants in the South and the possibility that over time their numbers might rival or even surpass black Americans in the region, if large portions of Latino immigrants maintain negative attitudes of black Americans, where will this leave blacks?” the researchers wrote. “Will blacks find that they must not only make demands on whites for continued progress, but also mount a fight on another front against Latinos?”

In an interview, McClain added: “We’re actually pretty depressed about a lot of our findings…”

“One might think that the cause of the Latinos’ negative opinions about blacks is the transmission of prejudice from Southern whites, but our data do not support this notion,” the researchers wrote.

White residents in Durham actually have a more positive view of blacks, leading researchers to conclude that Latinos’ negative views were not adopted from whites.

Kelly Gilmer

Duke University Office of News & Communications

July 10, 2006

LibertadLatina Commentary

About the social dynamics of Latin American migration to the southern U.S.

Latin American migrants to the southern United States, and those populations who already live there will have to work hard to resolve the racial conflicts that are in-play in the region.

There is no doubt that Latino men and Latina women face intensely hostile reactions from some U.S. southern-ers. I have fought against that reality for decades.

Many immigrants also bring with them racial prejudices against people of African descent. This is a well-documented fact, that for decades has been most visible in the fact that Spanish language mega networks such as Univision and Telemundo effectively excluded blacks from any role. Telemundo was bought by NBC, and then changed its tune.

Latin America has serious issues in regard to racial prejudice against both African descendent and indigenous peoples. These attitudes negatively affect human rights for women and girls of color both in Latin America and within Latino immigrant communities in the U.S. and elsewhere.

There is also little doubt that many whites in the U.S. South feel hostility towards immigrants. The competition for jobs sparks some of this discontent, and the region's history of intense racial hostility is easily vented on recent immigrants.

In a 2006 essay and chronology I describe the dynamics of racial conflict that I have witnessed in the Latino and African American communi-ties of the Washing-ton, DC region.

We encourage all who read this to under-stand these complex issues, and to dedicate yourselves to working in everyday life to resolve these conflicts.

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

April 23-24, 2009

See:

Being Honest about the African American and Latin American Immigrant Relationship.

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

March 25, 2006


Added: April 23, 2009

The United States

Latinos in South Targeted for Abuse

New SPLC Report Documents Rampant Discrimination

A new Southern Poverty Law Center report finds that low-income Latino immigrants in the South are routinely the targets of wage theft, racial profiling and other abuses driven by an anti-immigrant climate that harms all Latinos regardless of their immigration status.

From Chapter 4: Latina Women Endure Sexual Violence, Discrimination

Key Finding: 77% of Latina Women Say Sexual Harassment is a Major Problem on the Job

Latina women in the South face the same workplace challenges that other Latinos face. But, in addition to the other difficulties — wage theft, injuries, discrimination on the basis of race and ethnicity, and retaliation — they suffer high rates of sexual harassment and crime victimization...

Women were far more likely to report they believe women are the victims of discrimination at work — 72 percent versus 48 percent of men.

77 percent of women said sexual harassment was a major workplace problem.

The SPLC's research reveals two major themes: When these women arrive in the United States, many have already suffered severe trauma and are victims of serious crimes, often as a result of violence that occurred during migration to the United States. And the criminal justice system too often fails to protect them when they are victimized in the United States.

The stories recounted by immigrant women present a stark picture of the problems they face. A recurring theme is the male supervisor using immigration status as leverage to coerce sexual favors from female employees. These women often have little or no idea about sexual harassment laws and have nowhere to turn.

"There are some bosses, supervisors or whomever that want to take advantage of their position so that [female employees] will have sex with them," said Gabriela, a Latina in Nashville. "If not, they tell them that they are going to fire them. They want to intimidate with the simple fact of saying, 'You are an illegal and I can call immigration.' And they use that fact so that they can harass…"

Although immigrant workers, regardless of their immigration status, are covered by federal anti-employment discrimination law, in practice immigrant women face enormous obstacles to asserting their rights and have fewer available legal remedies…

One SPLC client was savagely beaten by a supervisor on the job, even after she reported the supervisor's harassment to the company. When she filed a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the company's response was predictable: The company believed the worker was undocumented and entitled to no recourse.

The belief that undocumented women who are victims of sexual harassment are entitled to no relief is not supported by the great weight of law under Title VII…

Immigrant women are faced with additional obstacles, including language barriers, in their attempts to seek justice for the violence against them.

Immigrant women have reported taking their abusers to court only to find that the court provided no interpreter and that the abuser himself would serve in that role.

There are also no legal protections to prohibit law enforcement from turning crime victims — even victims of rape — over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The SPLC is aware of several cases in which female victims of crimes have been turned over to ICE and deported…

Even before these women arrive in the United States, they often endure a harrowing and violent journey into the country. An overwhelming majority of women — 89 percent — describe the process of migration to the U.S. as more violent for women.

More than one woman interviewed for this report said she had been raped or witnessed a rape en route to the United States.

A 44-year-old Mexican woman in Stillmore, Ga., recalled that when she illegally crossed the border, the smuggler took her to a river where she could change her clothes. He raped her there.

Once she was in the United States, she eventually sent for her 14-year-old daughter. During her daughter's journey across the border, the teen was kidnapped, repeatedly raped and even forced to live with a man at one point.

She wasn't reunited with her family until she was 16.

Southern Poverty Law Center

April 21, 2009


Added: April 22, 2009

Mexico

Indigenous weaver prepares cotton in Guerrero

Dirty War Against Indigenous Peoples

The Mexican Military Uses the Cover of the Drug War to Repress Indigenous Movements in Guerrero

[The Mexican state of] Guerrero's recent history is full of violence against its indigenous communities at the hands of the successive local governments and, especially, the military. (Center-left) Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) member Zeferino Torreblanca's rise to power in 2005 didn't stop the attacks; instead, they got worse. Within this context, the murder of social activists Raul Lucas and Manuel Ponce sparked international organizations' demand that the Mexican State end this escalation of repression…

Ever since the massacre of 11 Mixtecs in the El Charco community in June 1998 at the hands of members of the Mexican military, the indigenous region of Ayutla has been permanently militarized. The Tlachinollan Human Rights Center says that a counterinsurgency strategy disguised as federal action against drug cultivation is being developed there.

The massacred Mixtecs belonged to the Independent Organization of Mixtec and Tlapaneco Peoples (OIPMT), created in 1994. After the massacre, the Organization of Me'phaa Indigenous Peoples (OPIM) and the Organization for the Future of the Mixtec people (OFPM) arose and took up the defense of indigenous peoples faced with military or governmental aggressions.

Both organizations fight for compensation for at least 30 indigenous Tlapenecos who were tricked into being sterilized in 1998. They also denounce the rape of indigenous women as well as arbitrary detentions and abuses committed by soldiers in that region of Guerrero…

In a military action that was coordinated with federal and state police, various members of the OPIM were detained on April 17, 2008: Manuel Cruz Victoriano, Orlando Manzanares Lorenzo, Natalio Ortega Cruz, Raul Hernandez Abundio, and Romualdo Santiago Hernandez. There were accused of murdering Alejandro Feliciano Garcia, an informant for the military, who was killed on January 1, 2008…

The detentions have repressive under-currents: Orlando Manzanares and Manuel Cruz were key in the formal complaints regarding 14 forced sterilizations in El Camalodo. Meanwhile, Natalio Ortega and Romualdo Santiago Enedina are nephews of Ines Fernandez Ortega [the woman raped by soldiers who took her case to the Inter-American Court on Human Rights] and Lorenzo Fernandez Orgeta, an OPIM member who was tortured and murdered on February 9, 2008 in Ayutla, a crime that continues unpunished…

This grave situation, notes Abel Barrera, "makes it so that there is a legitimate concern amongst bodies such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS) over what is happening in Guerrero…

Gloria Leticia Diaz, Proceso

Translation: Kristin Bricker

March 24, 2009


Added: April 22, 2009

Bolivia

Thirteen-year-old babysitter is sexually abused by her employer

At 1 am on a Sunday morning a woman attending a party noticed a girl who was crying in the street. The girl told this woman that she had been sexually abused by her employer.

According to prosecutor Paola Noya, the 13-year-old girl had been brought from another town to work for a 35 year old man who was the single parent of a five-year-old child.

Noya added that the man will be charged with aggravated rape, given that the victim was a child under his responsibility.

A forensic examination confirmed that a rape had taken place.

The girl has been sent to live with an aunt.

Soria Sejas

www.elmundo.com.bo

April 20, 2009


Added: April 22, 2009

Mexico

Pornografía infantil en un laboratorio ilícito  

Molesta porque un minicasino no pagó $100 que había ganado, una jugadora generó la megaoperación en el mercado “Lucas de Gálvez”, en el centro de Mérida, que derivó en la desarticulación de un laboratorio clandestino de películas piratas y pornografía infantil, y la detención de cinco “piratas” que laboraban en él…

Police raid illicit child porn CD factory

Police in the city of Merida have uncovered an underground production facility that illegally copied copyrighted CDs and produced child pornography.

The operation was discovered when an angry customer of an unauthorized slot machine ‘minicasino’ did not get paid from the machine after she had won $100. The owner of the machine told his customer that perhaps she was lying about her win, and refused to pay her.

The customer called police, who raided the market, finding hundreds of illegal slot machine minicasinos. During their search, police uncovered the clandestine video CD workshop, and recovered 3 tons of pirated and child porn compact disks.

Marco Antonio Us Moo, 28, Ricardo Hernandez Saldivar, 23; Rafael Enrique Puc Mex, 41; Ephraim Puch Ek, 18, and Jose Ceballos Sanchez, 43, were [arrested] and charged with child pornography and violation of copyright law.

www.yucatan.com.mx

April 20, 2009


Added: April 21, 2009

Mexico

Help Juarez Femicides Mothers Take their Case to Inter-American Human Rights Court

From Amigos de las Mujeres de Juarez:

Three of the "cotton field" murder cases are going in front of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights April 26, 28 and 29th [of 2009]. The lawyers that are arguing this case have been able to raise airfare for two of the mothers, who will travel to Santiago, Chile, to testify. However, both Irma Monreal and Josefina Gonzalez will need money for expenses.

Below is a request from Cecilia Balli. We request, due to the short time left, that if you can help, you communicate directly with her. Also below is a message from Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa who have been assisting with this case.

Cecilia Balli: I'm writing you because I received a call from Irma Monreal on Thursday. As you may know, she, Josefina Gonzalez, and Benita Monarrez will be taking their daughters' cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights at the end of this month. Josefina and Irma will be able to attend the hearing in Santiago, Chile, with the help of the human rights attorneys in Mexico City who are pressing their case. The attorneys have found the funds to pay for the two mothers' plane tickets, but they have asked the women to bring their own money for meals and other daily expenses. I saw Irma and her family in January, and I know they are hurting financially because her daughter, son, and daughter-and-law have all been laid off in recent months. She has asked for help in raising a bit of funds; I think she would probably need a few hundred dollars.

If you can help directly or can think of any potential donors, please let [us] know...

This case is a key case in the femicides in Juarez since 8 bodies were found in the cotton field with marks of torture and rape. This is the first case to come [before the court] from Juarez and is the first case of femicide in all of Latin America. (the previous case is from Chihua-hua and the Mexican government lost at every stage of the process, which continues).

Los migos de las

Mujeres de Juarez

April13, 2009



Added: April 21, 2009

New Mexico, USA, Latin America

University of New Mexico institute to host conference on human trafficking

An estimated 17,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. from Mexico each year, according to the U.S. Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Representatives from both sides of the border are gathering in Albuquerque… to discuss this issue at a conference titled "Modern-Day Slavery in the Americas: A Regional Approach to a Global Epidemic."

[The University of New Mexico's] Latin American and Iberian Institute is hosting the event, along with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute and the Mexican Consulate of Albuquerque…

Abigail Ramirez

New Mexico Daily Lobo

April 02, 2009


Added: April 16, 2009

India, Nepal, The World

Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

Excerpt: ...Sex slaves are forced to service hundreds, often thousands of men before they are discarded, forming the backbone of one of the most profitable illicit enterprises in the world. Drug trafficking generates greater dollar revenues, but trafficked women are far more profitable: Unlike a drug, a human female does not have to be grown, cultivated, distilled, or packaged. Unlike a drug, a human female can be used by the customer again and again.

The brutalities associated with sex slavery are perverse, violent, and utterly destructive. Whips, cigarette burns, broken bones, starvation—every slave has suffered these tortures, but sex slaves suffer each of these as well as innumerable counts of rape— ten, fifteen, twenty or more times a day. In brothels across the globe, I met women and children who suffered unspeakable acts of barbarity... Nothing I write can possibly convey the sensation of peering into the moribund eyes of a broken child who has been forced to have sex with hundreds of men before the age of sixteen...

I never truly understood this story until I first laid my eyes on Maya. Gaunt and distressed, she was nineteen when I interviewed her, after almost four years as a sex slave in each of Mumbai’s two main red-light districts... She was born in the Sindhupalchok region of Nepal, one of the poorest stretches of land on the planet, with an annual per capita income of $180, or fifty cents per day. Desperate to make ends meet, her parents sold her to a local agent for $55 on the promise that she would have a good job at a carpet factory, from which she could send home up to $10 per month.

Maya told me happened next: “Once I came to Mumbai, the [trafficker] sold me to a [brothel boss] in Kamathipura. The malik told me I owed him thirty-five thousand rupees [$780], and I must have sex with any man who chooses me until this debt is repaid. I refused, and his men raped me and did not feed me... I was in that bungalow two years and made sex to twenty men each day. There were hundreds of girls in this bungalow, many from Nepal. One time I tried to escape. I complained to the police, but they did nothing. A few days later the malik’s men found me on the streets and took me back to the brothel. The malik put chili paste on a broomstick and pushed it inside me. Then he broke my ribs with his fist. The gharwali [house manager, madam] tended my wounds for a short time, and after this time I went with clients again, even though my ribs pained very badly. The gharwali gave me opium to make the pain less...

I went to a shelter... They told me I have HIV. They helped me contact my father, but he told me not to come home. He said I can never be married and because I have HIV, I can only bring shame.”

Siddharth Kara

Columbia University Press

November, 2008

LibertadLatina Commentary:

Siddharth Kara, author of the 2008 book Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, speaks the truth about the tortures faced by sex trafficking victims.

Kara's accounts of the brutality faced by trafficked Nepalese and Indian women in the city of Mumbai is also true in regard to the world's largest hot spot for child sex trafficking: the southern Mexican border region at the Guatemalan frontier.

It is an account that reflects the type of life that women and girl children, kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery across Latin America, are facing at the hands of brothel owners and johns each and every day.

In San Diego County, California, where hundreds of children, as young as age 7, and youth up to age 17 have been kidnapped and sold for decades to immigrant farmworker men in outdoor child rape camps, torture also occurs. These girls are stabbed and otherwise cut for disobeying the orders of their pimps. They are forced to have sex with as many as 35 men in one hour. In San Diego County, a number of these girls have also been found murdered and abandoned in rural areas. Because they come from other countries and have no identification, their cases are not investi-gated, and they are buried in nameless graves.

Dr. Cherif Bassiouni, Director of the Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University Law School and author of "In Modern Bondage: Sex Trafficking in the Americas,"  several years ago identified the fact that 30,000 victims of modern human slavery will die each year as the result of torture, starvation and disease. He thus identifies the crisis in modern human slavery as being the most important human rights issue of our era.

Is this life of slavery the future that humanity wants for women and girl children? We think not. While these acts of abomination occur, the governments of Latin America and many other nations of the world do virtually nothing to stop these crimes from happening. Nor do they punish the perpetrators. In a very real sense, they just don't care, because gender, race and class-based sexual exploitation has been a part of the legacy of the Roman Empire's feudal traditions that have formed the basis for Latin American daily life for centuries.

In the modern era, that state of affairs is not acceptable.

Much of the world has been caught like deer in the headlights of an oncoming auto (including many in the U.S.), in regard to the fact that people find it hard to understand that this hell-on-earth really exists and affects millions of women and children. Because people in western industrialized societies find it so hard to believe that this mass sexual slavery and death is occurring, there is no real public outrage, and therefore no truly effective government response by the nations that have the power to end these mass gender atrocities.

The peoples of the Industrialized nations are also caught unaware in this crisis because they are not used to the raw brutality that is employed to subjugate and exploit women in Latin America.

Although the United Nations, the Organization of American States and the United States Government have done important ground work to start addressing this issue, war now needs to be declared against human trafficking.

Modern slavery is a mass atrocity against humanity every bit as horrific as the events that have triggered shooting wars in the past.

In this case we are not calling for a nation-to-nation shooting war.

We are calling for the world community, lead by the Untied States, to prioritize modern human slavery in the complex mix of other national security and humanitarian issues that they are facing.

This is an emergency.

We are calling upon Congress, and also President Barak Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the recently nominated head of the U.S. State Department's Trafficking in Persons office, veteran federal anti-trafficking prosecutor Lou de Baca, to ramp-up the efforts of the United States, so that this crisis begins to be brought under control.

We are not impressed with the fact that anti-trafficking efforts are currently ineffective.

We are not impressed with the fact that the leadership in the anti-trafficking movement in the United States has largely ignored the Latin American issues in favor of focusing on Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia, because that is where their personal agendas and interests lie.

We are not impressed that the administration of President George W. Bush made an accommodation with the governments of Latin America, and chose not to focus heavily on the issue of the exponential growth in sexual slavery in the region.

We are not impressed that, as activists have reported witnessing in Latin America, U.S. and other international anti-trafficking funding is going to non-governmental organizations who in some cases falsify there activities and effectively do nothing to assist women and girls trapped in sexual slavery, to their own personal profit.

We are not impressed that the government of Mexico, as reported daily by the women's rights press, and especially CIMAC Noticias, routinely condones mass gender violence, and rationalizes child sex trafficking right up to the level of the nation's Supreme Court.

We are not impressed that Lydia Cacho, a leading women and children's rights activist, was railroaded by Mexico's legal system in retaliation for her exposing of the links between million-aire businessmen, government officials and the most heinous of child sex trafficking networks that catered to U.S. and European sex tourists in the resort city of Cancun.

We are not impressed that nothing is being done, on a scale of activity that will truly be effective, to attack the world's largest center of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) - (and also adult migrant women) - the Mexican side of its southern border with Guatemala, including the city of Tapachula in Chiapas state.

We are not impressed that on that southern Mexican border, as stated by specialist Rubi Escamilla of the International Organization for Migration's anti-trafficking office in Tapachula, Chiapas Mexico - an estimated 6 to 8 out of ten female migrants, or 450 to 600 women, are raped each day, as they attempt to cross the Guatemalan border on their journeys to the United States, while Mexican police do absolutely nothing at all to stop this mass gender atrocity, despite years of Mexican congress-ional efforts to get the government to step up to the plate and act.

We are not impressed that many of the women and girls who make that journey through Mexico in search of a safe place to live for themselves and their children in the United States, fleeing the 'gender hostile environments' of their homelands - are systematically kidnapped, raped, and then sold into sexual slavery. Many of these women and girls are shipped out to brothels in Tokyo, Amsterdam, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, DC and New York.

We are not impressed that in the city of Tapachula, on Mexico's southern border, an estimated 21,000 females, over half of whom are underage, and many of whom have been trafficked, are openly prostituted in some 1,500 bars and brothels while police forces not only do nothing about this mass pedophile marketplace, but actually enforce the city's laws that require child prostitutes not to congregate near the city's schools and residential areas.

We are not impressed that Indigenous women attempting to cross into Mexico from Guatemala are up to four times more vulnerable to sexual exploitation because of their condition as Indigenous peoples, women, migrants and persons with no identifying documentation, and that they have no reason to expect that police will ever lift a finger to protect them.

We are not impressed that an estimated 4,000 Indigenous children from Mexico have been kidnapped and shipped to Japan by sex trafficking mafias, and are enslaved in brothels with no visible effort whatsoever on the part of  the Japanese and Mexican governments to rescue them.

We are not impressed that an untold number of 12-year-old  Indigenous Mayan girls from southern Mexico have been taken to Spain, and have been sold to brothel owners for over $25,000 each because they are considered to be 'exotic' - while Spain's and Mexico's governments do nothing about it.

We are not impressed that Indigenous women and children's bodies continue, after 500 years of European colonization, to be raped and sold into sexual slavery across Latin America en-mass, with impunity, with no effective response from the United States and the rest of the world community to this moral and human rights outrage, apparently because  that grotesque and morally deviant behavior is part of the 'venerated' history of all nations in the Americas.

The above list of crisis issues in Mexico also occurs in the Dominican Republic (the largest Latin American source of women overseas in prostitution - involving 50 to 100 thousand, mostly Afro-Latina women), and in every other Latin American nation.

As we have noted on many occasions, the victims are often the poorest of the poor.  Many are Indigenous and African descen-dent women and children. As such, they have no voice in the historically racist and sexist social environments that they live in. That is just a fact of life in modern Latin America.

If you are a 12-year-old Indigenous girl in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia or Ecuador, you stand a very high risk of being kidnapped, gang-raped and then sold to a brothel in Tokyo, Madrid or New York.

In Madrid the trafficker will sell you, Miss young Mayan girl, for $25,000 to a brothel owner who will market you as 'exotic.' Your life will be very short, but your pimp will get very rich off of your tortured existence and declining health.

President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and (soon-to-be, we hope) Ambassador De Baca, please, after the party is over at the Summit of the Americas in the city of Port of Spain, Trinidad this week, please come home, roll-up your sleeves, and address this issue as the Priority One Crisis that it truly is.

As the economic downturn continues and throws more impoverished women and girls into the claws of these sex trafficking mafias, and as the power of the mafias and drug cartel-fueled sex trafficking networks grows exponentially, we need you to come to the helm of this ship and do your job.

Not one more woman or child deserves to be subjected to this criminal impunity.

In 1918, at the end of World War I, the League of Nations (the precursor to the United Nations) wrote a report identifying Latin America as the worst crisis region for sex exploitation (what was called white slavery at the time) in the world. Today Asia has higher numbers, but Latin America is in the number two spot globally in regard to sexual exploitation.

Because prostitution has been an accepted institution in Latin America for centuries, the region's nations  will not take serious action against this crime wave. That is true even though selling sex has metastasized from the simple prostitution of past ages into a cancerous mass kidnapping and slavery 'enterprise' that operates somewhat like a factory fishing ship, where the goal of the gangsters is to: catch 'em, pack 'em,  ship 'em and sell 'em.'

(Hoy en dia la meta de las bandas de trata de personas es de sucuestrar, empacar, enviar y vender a las mujeres y niñas, victimas de sus sucuestros masivos, como si fueron ellas peces en un gigante barco-fábrica de pesca.)

President Obama, you must end this hell!

The victims and those at risk of falling victims to this scourge await our timely and effective efforts to defend and rescue them today!

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

April 19/20, 2009

See also:

LibertadLatina

Our 2005 statement for International Women's Day

LibertadLatina

Journalist / Activist Lydia Cacho is Railroaded by the Legal System for Exposing Child Sex Networks In Mexico

LibertadLatina

About the child rape camps of San Diego, California - USA

In English  

En Español

LibertadLatina

The city of Tapachula, near Mexico's border with Guatemala, is the largest and most lawless child sex trafficking markets in the entire world.

1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Mayan leader Rigoberta Menchu

 

Rigoberta Menchú denuncia venta de niñas indígenas en Centroamérica y México

Mayan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu denounces the sale of Indigenous children into sexual slavery in Mexico and Central America

[Mayan human rights leader] Rigoberta Menchú, the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, during a visit to Veracruz, Mexico, has denounced the sale of Indigenous girls in Mexico and Central America, through a process in which traditional Indigenous marriage customs are perverted by criminal gangs to force underage girls into sexual slavery.

According to information from Prensa Libre, Menchu said that the trade in minors involves organized mafias, doctors, lawyers, legislators and local authorities...

Menchu stated that many non-governmental organizations have denounced this situation, and that they are mainly concerned by the fact that families 'sell' [underage] girls to older men to become their wives. In reality, the girls [typically in the age range of 11 to 13] are resold [to child sex traffickers and pimps] for sexual exploitation...

CERIGUA

Guatemalan Human

Rights News

June. 27, 2008

CIMAC Noticias

En México, “especie de esquizofrenia” frente a los derechos de las mujeres

The following are observations from the journalists at CIMAC Noticias, a women’s human rights press agency in Mexico City

[Today we find in Mexico:] the continuation of femicide across the country; impunity in the [recent negative Supreme Court ruling in the] case of Atenco, where women were tortured and raped by policemen; killings and judicial harassment targeting women journalists; the denial of abortion to underage girls and mentally handicapped women who have been raped [as in a recent case involving eight Indigenous women victims]; the deaths of women during childbirth due to a lack of medical services; an unstoppable increase in human trafficking; as well as the constant threat that Army personnel will continue to abuse [physically and sexually] more [Mexican, and especially Indigenous] women without punishment…

These are but a few examples of cases where Mexico’s federal government has failed to protect the human rights of women.

CIMAC Noticias

Introduction to a special news section

Feb. 17, 2009


Added: April 19, 2009

Guatemala

Gladys Monterroso

A photo taken of underage Mayan girls participating in a community ceremony during Guatemala's civil war. At the time this photo was taken, the girls were surrounded by Army troops, who were also their serial rapists.

From Guatemala - Land of Eternal Spring - Land of Eternal Tyranny, by Jean Marie Simon - 1988

Note: I first read this book around 1988. In it, I learned that Guatemalan Army officer cadets from the Army Academy were required by their commanders to bring back the panties of victims after weekend furloughs as proof of their acts of rape.

Raping women was a requirement of their military training.

- Chuck Goolsby

 

Feministas exigen cese de la violencia sexual contra las mujeres

Integrantes de organizaciones de mujeres, de derechos humanos y feministas, exigieron al Estado guatemalteco que implemente medidas efectivas para erradicar la violencia sexual contra la población.

De acuerdo con un comunicado de prensa, el reciente caso de secuestro, tortura y violación que sufrió Gladys Monterroso, esposa del Procurador de los Derechos Humanos, Sergio Morales, un día después que se dio a conocer el primer informe de los archivos de la Policía Nacional implicada en crímenes de guerra, es un hecho indignante.

El secuestro y agresión sexual contra Monterroso se inscriben en una historia nacional de tortura, odio y saña utilizada contra las mujeres para controlarlas, someterlas y silenciar los esfuerzos realizados a favor de la transformación positiva del país, señala la información...

Feminists demand an end to sexual violence against women

Members of women's organizations, feminists and human rights groups have issued a press release demanding that the Guatemalan government implement effective measures to eradicate sexual violence against women.

The groups site the recent case of the abduction, torture and rape of Gladys Monterroso, wife of the the nation’s Human Rights Ombudsman, Sergio Morales. The attack came one day after the Human Rights Commission released the first report analyzing the recently discovered archives of the National Police. The report stated that the archived files implicate the National Police in war crimes [from the Guatemalan Civil War / Mayan genocide].

The press release notes that the kidnapping and sexual assault Monterroso is another case in the long history of torture, cruelty and hatred against women, which is used to control them, subjugate them and silence the efforts for the positive transformation in Guatemala.

The activists blame the police and military, in collusion with the Guatemalan oligarchy, which through criminal intimidation is trying to protect those who are guilty of war crimes and especially sexual crimes against women in Guatemala.

What happened to Monterroso is exactly what thousands of Mayan and Xinca (Indigenous), mestizo (mixed Indigenous and European), and Garifuna (Afro-Guatemalan) women have suffered in the various areas of daily life. It is part of a continuum of a systematic exercise of patriarchal, misogynist and racist violence that has been used by men to dominate and exploit Guatemala’s female citizens, stated the press release.

The feminists demanded an end to this sexual violence, an end to the indifference of the authorities, and an end to the machista (macho-ist) complicity and criminal acts that try to silence the reporting of crimes that occurred during the [1970s-1990s] internal armed conflict.

The activists called on women and society not to remain quiet in their homes, and that the Guatemalan people express their indignation about this oppression, which seriously affects our ability to construct a nation that respects individual rights.

CERIGUA

April 18, 2009

See also:

Take Action: Demand Investigation into Kidnapping of Gladys Monterroso

On March 25, 2009 Gladys Monterroso was kidnapped while eating breakfast in a restaurant in Guatemala City and held for 13 hours. Just one day earlier her husband, the Human Rights Ombudsman, released a groundbreaking report, The Right to Know. The report documented evidence in the recently discovered police archives linking officials to human rights violations during the 1960-1996 civil war.

Gladys Monterroso is Secretary General of a well-known political party, as well as a prominent lawyer, and university professor. She is recognized for her dedication to the advancement of human rights, truth, and justice in Guatemala.

While detained she was reportedly burned with cigarettes, beaten, and subject to both sexual and psychological abuse. The kidnappers demanded no ransom or other compensation and released Monterroso later the same day...

action.humanrightsfirst.org

JASS Blog: Guatemalan Lawyer Gladys Monterroso Kidnapped and Tortured

www.justassociates.org

Gladys Monterroso, Wife of Guatemalan Rights Official

www.washingtonpost.com

Guatemala: ARTICLE 19 condemns attack on Gladys Monterroso

www.article19.org

Humanitarian Relief - Change.org: Demand Investigation into kidnapping of Gladys Monterroso

humanitarian-relief.change.org

Guatemala – Kidnapping and torture of Ms Gladys Monterroso

www.frontline defenders.org

The effects of the intersection between militarism and sexism

www.radiofeminista.org


Added: April 19, 2009

North Carolina, USA, Mexico

US Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean

Suspect in pregnant Marine's death detained in U.S.

The suspected killer of a 20-year-old pregnant Camp Lejeune Marine is in a North Carolina jail late Friday after being extradited from Mexico, law enforcement sources said...

Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean, 22, was arrested in Mexico in April 2008. He has been indicted on charges that include financial card transaction fraud, obtaining property by false pretenses and first-degree murder in the death of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach...

Lauterbach was eight months pregnant when she disappeared in December 2007; her charred body and that of her fetus were found beneath a fire pit in Laurean's backyard near Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where both were stationed, in January 2008.

Investigators accompanied Laurean, who fled to Mexico, back to the United States on Friday morning, two law enforcement sources said...

Lauterbach had accused Laurean of raping her, and it is unclear whether he was the father of her unborn child. Her relatives have said they believe he was. Laurean had denied the rape allegation and said he had had no sexual contact with Lauterbach.

Mary Lauterbach, the slain woman's mother, has said she's unconvinced that the Marine Corps took her daughter's rape allegation and other allegations of harassment seriously. Relatives said that Lauterbach's car was keyed and that an anonymous person had punched her in the face. "Those particular actions should have been taken much more seriously because the Marines were aware of them," she has said...

CNN

April 18, 2009


Added: April 18, 2009

Mexico, Washington, DC

Teresa y Felícitas, locutoras triquis, en el Memorial del Newseum

Oaxaca, Oax., El Memorial del Newseum (Museo de la Noticia) de Washington honró a las periodistas triquis Teresa Merino Bautista y Felicitas Martínez Sánchez, quienes fueron asesinadas en el ejercicio de su profesión en el año 2008, en Oaxaca.

Los nombres de las dos locutoras de la radiodifusora “La Voz que rompe el Silencio” quedaron inscritos en el moderno muro de Newseum junto con los  periodistas mexicanos Armando Rodríguez, Alejandro Zenón Fonseca y Miguel Ángel Villagómez Valle...

Felicitas and Teresa, young Triqui Indigenous women broadcasters, are honored in the Newseum Memorial for fallen journalists

Oaxaca city, Oaxaca state - The Memorial of the Newseum (News Museum) in Washington, DC has honored journalists Triquis Teresa Bautista Merino and Felicitas Martínez Sánchez, who were killed in the exercise of their profession in 2008 in Oaxaca state.

The names of the two broadcasters of the radio program "The Voice that Breaks the Silence" were inscribed on the Newseum’s memorial wall together with Mexican journalists Armando Rodriguez, Alejandro Zenón Fonseca and Miguel Angel Villagomez Valle.

The ceremony, held last Monday, attended by family and friends of the 62 journalists who died in 2008 around the world. A report from Newseum president Alberto Ibargüen was also presented.

The event recalled the history of men and women journalists who have died covering wars and disasters, or who were victims of violent crimes or were silenced in retaliation for being journalists.

One of these stories was that of Triqui broadcasters Teresa Bautista, age 24, and Felicitas Martínez Sánchez, 20, who were ambushed and killed in April 2008 after having received death threats since beginning their radio program…

Some 41 Mexican journalists have died in recent years…

After the ceremony, a roundtable was held with journalists invited from various countries to analyze the risks faced in their professional work.

The Newseum's Memorial in Washington includes the names of 1,913 reporters killed since 1837. 

Lilia Torrentera

CIMAC Noticias

April 1, 2009

See also:

Demandan OSC de Oaxaca Alerta de Género en región Triqui

Activists Demand "Gender Alert" in Oaxaca State

Oaxaca city, Oaxaca state - Beatriz Ramírez from the Huaxyacac Collective, together with representatives of 45 civic organizations, announced during a press conference that the group is demanding the Mexico's Interior Ministry (Segob) declare a "Gender Emergency" in the Triqui tribal region in Guerrero state.

A Gender Emergency is written into the recently enacted federal Law Giving Access to a Life Without Violence to Women...

The group said that a long list of bloody crimes against humanity have lead to the call for a Gender Alert in the region. Among these acts including rapes and murders targeting Indigenous and also undocumented [Central and South American] migrant women and girls...

- Soledad Jarquín Edgar

April 23, 2008

México, DF.- El Director General de la UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura, condenó el pasado 11 de abril el asesinato a balazos en una emboscada de las locutoras Felicitas Martínez Sánchez y Teresa Bautista Merino, de 21 y 24 años de edad, respectivamente, ...de la comunidad indígena triqui.

- CIMAC Noticias

News for Women

Mexico City

April 14, 2008

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of community radio announcers Felicitas Martínez Sánchez and Teresa Bautista Merino who were shot dead in an ambush in the state of Oaxaca, in southeast Mexico, on 7 April.

- Martínez Sánchez and Teresa Bautista Merino

UNESCO

Paris, France


Added: April 16, 2009

United States

OIT: Centroamericanos, tolerantes con explotación sexual

San José - Los centroamericanos se muestran tolerantes con la explotación sexual comercial pese a que prácticamente la totalidad de los ciudadanos son conscientes de que se trata de un delito del que culpan sobre todo a las víctimas, según un informe de la Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT) elaborado en siete países de la región.

Según el estudio, realizado con encuestas a más de 8.000 personas en Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá y República Dominicana, el 95% de los consultados considera que la explotación sexual comercial, que afecta sobre todo a los y las adolescentes de extracción baja, saben que se trata de un delito.

Sin embargo, una de cada cuatro personas, y la mitad en El Salvador, admite que "no haría nada" para denunciarlo...

International Labor Organization: Central Americans are tolerant of sexual exploitation

San José - According to a report by the International Labor Organization ( ILO) based on a study of seven countries in the region, Central Americans appear to be tolerant of commercial sexual exploitation despite the fact that virtually everyone is aware that these practices involve criminal activity. The region's peoples also blame the victims for their condition of exploitation.

More than 8,000 people were surveyed in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Some 95% of respondents know that sexual exploitation is a crime. However, one of every four people, including half of all respondents in El Salvador, admit that they "would not do anything" to denounce it.

The study was commissioned by the project Contributions to the Prevention and Elimination of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents in Central America, Panama and Dominican Republic. The study has a margin of error of 5%.

According to Nidia Zuniga from Costa Rica, who works on the ILO project to combat commercial sexual exploitation in Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic, these results show that commercial sexual exploitation has "not yet been internalized [by the public] as being a situation that should not be tolerated, one that is unacceptable."

The most surprising finding was that 60% of respondents blame the victims of the crime. In fact, 61% believed that the victim's family is primarily responsible.

Zuniga: "This results shows that the respondents do not see the 'customer' as being the cause of commercial sexual exploitation."

According to Zuniga, in Central America, victims of commercial sexual exploitation are mostly adolescents of both sexes.

In light of these results, Zuniga says that it is necessary to reach justice systems, rethink strategies and communication campaigns, targeted at young people, given that most customers are men, and use a popular language to communicate more effectively with the public about this problem. Zuniga added that the goal of reaching everyone with this message is a complex problem.

AFP

April 14, 2009


Added: April 15, 2009

United States

Many immigrants deported for nonviolent crimes

Nearly three-quarters of the roughly 897,000 immigrants deported from 1997 to 2007 after serving criminal sentences were convicted of nonviolent offenses, and one-fifth were legal permanent residents, according to the study released today by Human Rights Watch.

"This explodes the myth that immigrants deported for crimes are invariably people here illegally who committed serious, violent crimes," said David Fathi, director of the New York-based advocacy group's U.S. program. "We know now the large majority are being deported for nonviolent, often quite minor crimes..."

The top reasons for deportation during the 10-year period were entering the U.S. illegally, driving while under the influence of alcohol, assault and immigration crimes, such as selling false citizenship papers, the report said...

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lori Haley said the agency was responsible for enforcing the laws enacted by Congress and carrying out court-ordered deportation orders. The majority of criminal immigrants targeted were identified while in the nation's jails or prisons, she said.

"Promoting public safety is part of ICE's core mission," Haley said. "Removing these individuals from our communities and from our country reduces a significant safety vulnerability."

The report said 28% of those deported on criminal grounds were convicted of violent or potentially violent offenses, such as robbery and kidnapping...

Andrew Becker

and Anna Gorman

The Los Angeles Times

April 15, 2009

See also:

U.S. ICE Criminal Alien Program

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative agency in the Department of Homeland Security, places a high priority on combating illegal immigration, including targeting illegal aliens with criminal records who pose a threat to public safety. ICE’s Criminal Alien Program (CAP) is responsible for identifying, processing and removing criminal aliens incarcerated in federal, state and local prisons and jails throughout the United States, preventing their release into the general public by securing a final order of removal prior to the termination of their sentences, when possible.

U.S. ICE

From the U.S. ICE Most Wanted Fugitives list:


Sevilla, Ignacio Botello

Lewd Acts Upon a Child


Camacho-Avalos, Andres

Lewd and Lascivious Acts on a Child Under 14 (2 Counts)


Vega-Rodriguez, Jose Antonio

Indeceny With a Child


Osuna-Flores, German

Annoy/Molest Children, 3 Convictions – Vandalism


Correia da Rosa, Pedro Leonel

Rape; Indecent Assault, and Battery on a Child Under 14

Camacho-Perez, Zacarias


Lewd Acts Upon a Child, Perjury, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Avila-Valdez, Javier

Human Smuggling


U.S. ICE


Added: April 15, 2009

United States

Inmigrantes con hijas e hijos estadouni-denses viven pobreza

Nueva York, EU - El Pew Hispanic Center (PHC) --cuando el presidente Barack Obama dice que cumplirá con la reforma migratoria que prometió durante su campaña-- informa hoy que los y las trabajadoras sin documentos que radican en este país tienden más a la procreación de hijas e hijos, creciendo con esto la tendencia a ser los más pobres habitantes de los Estados Unidos.

El estudio "A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States" de esta organización expone un dilema creciente en el debate sobre la inmigración: hijas e hijos de indocumentadas e indocumentados nacidos en esta nación tienen la ciudadanía estadounidense, pero viven en la pobreza y la incertidumbre con padres que temen la deportación, tienen los trabajos peor pagados y son los primeros despedidos en una economía en crisis, resume la agencia de noticias AP...

Leticia Puente Beresford

CIMAC Noticias

April 09, 2009

Study: Poverty more likely for kids of illegal immigrants

Roxana Joachin never dreamed that her sons, Sebastian and Ricardo, would grow up without their father.

The Pilsen woman, a part-time secretary, now relies on church food baskets, public aid and help from relatives to house and clothe her boys. In 2004, her common-law husband, Roberto Lopez, was deported back to Mexico. An illegal immigrant, Lopez had been working as a carpet layer on the North Side.

Joachin and her sons, all U.S. citizens, pray for the day Lopez can return.

"I tell them, 'Papi is working out of town,' " she said as she wiped away tears.

Little pre-K access for Latinos Growing numbers of children of illegal immigrants are being born in this country, and they are nearly twice as likely to live in poverty as the children of American-born parents, says a report released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

In 2008, 73 percent of the children of undocumented immigrants were U.S.-born, compared with 63 percent in 2003.

The study highlights a complicating factor in the Immigration debate: Illegal immigrants' children born in the United States are American citizens, yet they struggle in poverty and uncertainty along with their parents...

Sara Olkon

Tribune

April 15, 2009


Added: April 12, 2009

The United States, Latin America

 
Americas Population - millions
  1950 2008 2050
Latin Am.  167  577  809
US/Canada  172  337  392
  
Population Growth in the Americas - 2000 to 2005
Latin Am.  38.02 million
US/Canada  16.24 million

Population statistics for the Americas from Wikipedia

Rise in out-of-wedlock births a concern

[The United States] appears to be launching another baby boom. The 4,317,119 births recorded in 2007 were the most in the nation's history.

But hold the celebratory cigars. A rising percentage of the newborns is coming from teenage girls and unmarried women...

Teenagers accounted for 42.5 of every 1,000 births continuing an upward climb that began in 2005. A record four in 10 births were out of wedlock in 2007, according to the most recent U.S. statistics. Sadly, Florida exceeded national averages in both categories.

The teen birthrate is particularly alarming. Highest among the world's developed nations, America's teenage fecundity is taking a financial, educational and medical toll. Studies have shown that births to teens typically unmarried tend to result in higher welfare costs, lower scholastic attainment, diminished earning power and higher crime rates for both the mother and her offspring.

This vicious cycle is especially notable in minority communities. Hispanics, the fastest-growing ethnic group in America, have a teen birthrate of 81.7 per 1,000, nearly double the overall average. ...

Healthy Teens Florida figures that this state's 354,000 teen births between 1991 and 2004 cost Floridians $8.1 billion in services ranging from Medicaid to child welfare, as well as lost revenue due to decreased earnings...

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

April 12, 2009

LibertadLatina Commentary

Beginning dialog on a much-needed discussion about population growth

Population growth is a critically important issue in 2009, as climate change and other environmental issues make all of us aware that Mother Earth does not have an infinite capacity to support as many children as we would like to raise.

One aspect of climate change that is already affecting Latin America is the impact of global warming. Increased temperatures will cause food shortages, water shortages and other crisis conditions that will potentially lead nations and peoples to engage in violent struggle to survive.

In Ecuador, for example, it is predicted that within the next 40 years global warming will dry-up the snow-capped volcanoes in the high plains (Altiplano), that today provide the only source of water to the capitol, Quito, and hundreds of other cities. How will crops grow, and how will people and animals drink water, if the only source dries up?

As attorney Norma Ramos, co Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) mentioned to me at a 2008 anti-trafficking conference, foods shortages resulting from global warming are expected to begin in Mexico in about tens years. How will Mexico, caught in a cycle of poverty, official corruption and criminal impunity, face that challenge?

The high birth rates in Latin America have come from a combination of religious and family traditions, and also (let's be honest) from the actions of men who believe in sexist machismo. Their code of conduct includes the idea that a real man should have as many children, with as many women, as possible, and he should not have to support any of them. I am friends with many Latino men who think this way.

In addition to that harsh reality, the impunity that sexual exploitation imposes on women contributes to high birth rates, as does the lack of access to even basic birth control options.

As an elder woman, the mother of ten children told me in Ecuador, "I would have liked to have less children, but the Church didn't allow us to have access to birth control." In Chile, the Congress only provided a right to access birth control to women in 2008.

A woman's right is to be able to choose the size of her family. We respect that right, whatever her choices may be.

In modern-day Latin America, the nations of the region cannot financially support their populations. No social safety net whatsoever exists across most of Latin America. If you cannot work, or if you cannot send some family member overseas to work and send back money, you will literally die from hunger. Currently, 9.5% of the population of Latin America lives on $1 dollar per day.

This reality drives especially poor women into the arms of sex traffickers, pimps and other men who may demand that the woman conform to an acceptance of inequality in personal relationships.

Often, political and religious institutions in the region support such traditionalist treatment, making them slow to accept social equality for women.

A lot of energy is focused by cultural conservatives in Latin America on the concept that large families are a right and an obligation. Yet the reality is that after birth, these same political and religious leaders contribute virtually nothing to ensure that these precious children survive and thrive.

When, in 2005, Carlos Abascal, Secretary of the Interior in the latter part of the socially conservative [Vicente] Fox administration called birth control pills "weapons of mass destruction" - he was expressing the views of many influential social conservatives in Mexico and Latin America who do not want to allow women to attain reproductive rights, despite a strongly expressed desire for such rights by women in the region.

There are over 40 million street children living in Latin America, all of whom must engage in survival sex and/or prostitution simply to get enough food to continue living.

In Ecuador and Mexico I have seen these little children sleeping on concrete sidewalks, sometimes right next to their own mothers.

Nobody can say that Latin America is providing for the poorest of its children. That just is not the case today. It will become even less of a reality during the current global economic crisis.

All Latin American nations have, in effect, decided to 'outsource' their social safety net to the United States. Together with the desire to escape the sexist 'gender hostile living environment' - seeking out that safety net is the largest push factor that causes women and children to migrate, despite the known risk of rape - to the Unites States (and to a lesser extent to Canada and Europe), where they and their children can live in safety, and where they can earn a living wage and support loved ones left behind in the home country.

Within Latino communities in the United States, 53% of young women and teens will have at least one child by the age of twenty. Many of these young women will faced abandonment (under the rules of culturally conservative machismo) after childbirth, and will go on to have more children with the next significant other without any long-term commitment by that man to support her children (also under the rules of machismo).

This unfortunate reality is something that I have seen in the Washington, DC region's barrios for several decades.

One must ask the question: If Latin America cannot sustain its current 577 million person population today, and must encourage as many people as possible to migrate to the United States and other industrialized nations to survive... how will Latin America support itself in the year 2050, when it may have 809 million, or perhaps close to 1 billion people?

One cannot assume that these additional 232 million or more people (or some large portion thereof) will migrate to the United States.

That is not a practical solution. Over time, The US may not have the resources, nor the desire to subsidize that continued growth.

Latin America must become self-sufficient. To do that, it must take seriously the job of reforming the sources of social inequality facing women.

Corruption, wide-spread sexual violence, sexist impunity, and the related denial of access to education and work opportunities for women and girls, and especially those who are poor, are indigenous and are African-descendent, must come to an end. That goal is essential to providing the environment that will be needed to sustain the population of the Americas in a healthy manner, through the tough environmental challenges that lie ahead of all of us.

Given the history of 'dirty wars' and other harsh methods used during the late 1900s by dictators and elites to maintain their unjustified hoarding of social resources in the region, it does not appear to be possible in the short-term to achieve the types of social justice that would begin to reduce population rates by giving the poor more and better options for survival and progress.

Therefore, focus must begin to address how nations collect and use government tax monies, and how official corruption and the criminal diversion of public funds into the hands of the 'landed gentry' of elites can be challenged and ended.

Traditional culture is important to maintain, but it is now time for Latin America to recognize that uncontrolled population growth is not sustainable, and it will not always be subsidized by the riches and the open spaces that the United States has today.

The millions of Latin American women and girls who are facing sexual slavery, or prostitution as their only 'employment' option, or involuntary pregnancy as the result of an oppressive relationship founded in machismo, all deserve a better future than today's reality offers.

The alternative is chaos. Among other results, we can expect to see a continual growth in human trafficking for sexual slavery, that will have the effect of 'offloading' poor women and girls from Latin America's social infrastructure by 'exporting' them into the hands of brothel owners around the world. This 'business model' is not just theory. It is also today's reality.

We all want a sustainable future, one where our children and their children's children can thrive and live in peace.

To attain that goal, and also to attain true freedom and equality for women and girl children in Latin America, we must begin the difficult discussion that will lead to reducing the population growth rates that today put our peoples and future generations at risk of continued poverty, environmental disaster and unspeakable human exploitation.

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

April 12, 2009

See also:

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy 

- La Iniciativa Latina

- The Latin Initiative

Between 2005 and 2006 the teen birth rate increased 3% - the first increase in 15 years. This increase occurred among most ethnic groups - among Hispanic teens, the increase was 2%. The Latino teen birth and pregnancy rates are almost twice the national average and have declined about half as fast as the national rates.

At present, The National Campaign estimates that 53% of Latinas will become pregnant at least once by age 20 - compared to 3 in 10 nationally. In addition, a new summary analysis of existing data prepared by The National Campaign also shows that the birth rate for Latinas aged 15-19 increased in 16 of 37 reporting states and the District of Columbia between 1990 and 2005.
For these reasons and others, The National Campaign’s Latino Initiative continues to focus on helping the Latino community in its efforts to reduce continued high rates of adolescent pregnancy and childbearing...

For more information on the Latino Initiative, please contact Ruthie Flores, Senior Manager, Latino Initiative, at

202-478-8504.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy - Latino Initiative


Added: April 12, 2009

Mexico

Emilio Álvarez Icaza, President of the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City (CDHDF)

En México, urge priorizar combate a explotación infantil: Alvarez Icaza habla al respecto

El presidente de la Comisión de los Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal (CDHDF), Emilio Álvarez Icaza, advirtió que a pesar de que se han realizado dos operativos en la zona de La Merced y Tepito para capturar a explotadores sexuales, todavía en pleno día se encuentran niñas, víctimas de explotación sexual comercial infantil.

Agregó que la negación de este hecho no sólo no ayuda, sino que lo multiplica y manda un mensaje de impunidad.Llamó a priorizar el bienestar de la niñez y de las y los adolescentes sometidos a la explotación sexual comercial infantil (ESCI), considerada una nueva forma de esclavitud.

In Mexico, it is urgent to give priority to combating child exploitation - Alvarez Icaza

In a recent press conference, Emilio Álvarez Icaza, President of the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City (CDHDF), warned that although police had recently conducted two raids in the area of La Merced and Tepito to catch sexual exploiters, underage girls continue to sold in commercial sexual exploitation in broad daylight. He added that the denial of this fact not only does not help the situation, but it multiplies the problem and sends a message impunity. Icaza called on society to prioritize the welfare of children and adolescents and especially those who are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), considered to be a new form of slavery.

Álvarez Icaza, Mexico City’s human rights ombudsman stressed that the capital’s human rights commission considers the issues to be a priority.

In August of 2007, the CDHDF presented a Special Report on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Federal District during 2006, which was the first report of its kind. However, he said, more than two years after that report was published, work has been slow to put its recommendations into practice. The first steps taken have been two raids conducted to dismantle a network of child exploiters in the city.

Álvarez Icaza emphasized that these raids are a first step, one that was made possible by necessity and through the persistent pressure applied by non-governmental organizations such as Common Childhood (Infancia Común).

In the face of this scourge, added Álvarez Icaza, human rights advocacy comes to the fore in activities to recover the dignity of victims. He went on to say that the reality of this situation hurts so much, that the CDHDF was motivated to create its special report. At least, he said, the Attorney General for the Federal District (PGJDF) conducted two raids and assisted the victims, something that has never been done before.

Álvarez Icaza called on society to understand the conditions that these children live in right now, not as life might be in the future, adding… when you are being exploited, you can only think of today. You can’t think about tomorrow.

Álvarez Icaza concluded by noting that today, social processes do not help these children return to being ‘people’ – and they do not receive justice, a situation that he described as posing an extraordinary challenge.

Fernando Ríos

El Sol de México

April 05, 2009

 

Added: April 12, 2009

Mexico

Dimitri Senmache Artola speaks at Mexican anti-trafficking conference

Red Peruana contra la Pornografía Infantil: "Más del 29% del total de personas que acceden a pornografía infantil provienen de IPs de México"

En los meses de setiembre y octubre del año 2008, durante la visita a las ciudades de Toluca y Boca del Rio - Veracruz, en México, por parte de expertos en material de lucha contra la Explotación Sexual Comercial Infantil, principalmente relacionada con las Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación, el presidente de la la Red Peruana contra la Pornografía Infantil, Lic. Dimitri Senmache Artola, presentó los resultados de un estudio realizado por su institución, en los cuales podía apreciarse que más de un 29 % del total de personas que acceden a portales y foros de pornografía infantil de habla hispana, provienen de IP (Protocolo de Internet) de México.

Peruvian Network Against Child Pornography: "More than 29% of people accessing Spanish language child pornography web sites and forums originate from Internet IP addresses in Mexico"

During the months of September and October of 2008 in the cities of Toluca and Boca del Rio, in Veracruz state, Mexico, two conferences were held where experts, mostly specializing in information and communication technologies, discussed combating Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).

During the event, Dimitri Senmache Artola, the president of the Peruvian Network against Child Pornography, presented the results of a study by his institution, which demonstrated that more than one 29% of people accessing Spanish Language child pornography websites and forums originated from IP (Internet Protocol) addresses in Mexico.

Senmache Artola: "We must be aware that these figures are only the tip of the iceberg…But we can say that Mexico has become a destination country for human trafficking originating in Central and South America. Mexico is also a country of origin for sex trafficking victims destined for the United States, Europe and Japan.

“If governments do not come to agreement and start to homogenize their laws to confront this crime, one that is supported by organized crime and the sex industry, very soon we will see the sad consequences.

"Unfortunately, Mexico has become one of the main producers of child pornography across Latin America. It should be noted that many of its victims are children who are being sexually exploited by criminal human trafficking networks. These networks provide a permanent supply of victims to child sex tourism markets in the Mexican cities of Acapulco, Cancun, Puebla, and Tijuana, among others."

Senmache Artola was invited to speak at a September, 2008 conference in Boca del Río by the State DIF (social service agency) of Veracruz. In October, 2008 representatives of the Peruvian Network Against Child Pornography visited Toluca, Veracruz, at the invitation of the organization Proteja-USAID, as part of a series of lectures and training seminars, that were directed at members of the Attorney General’s and Department of Justice, especially FEVINTRA (the federal Special Prosecutor for Crimes of Violence against Women and Human Trafficking).

Peruvian Network Against Child Pornography

April 09, 2009

See also:

Sobre Proteja / About Proteja

Misión: Fortalecer la adopción de medidas efectivas a nivel nacional en la prevención, atención y aplicación de justicia en torno a la Trata de Personas a través de la conformación de redes de trabajo, sensibilización, fortalecimiento de capacidades, asistencia técnica legislativa y  fortalecimiento de albergues.

Mission statement: Strengthen effective action at national level in the prevention, care and application of justice in regard to Trafficking in Persons through the formation of networks, awareness, capacity building, technical assistance and strengthening for victim shelters.

US Agency for International Development


Added: April 12, 2009

Mexico

México, segundo lugar mundial en pornografía infantil

México.- Gracias a su innovación y tecnología en producción y mercadotecnia, México alcanzó el segundo lugar en el mundo en elaboración y venta de videos de pornografía infantil.

Un informe elaborado por la red internacional denominada "Fin a la prostitución infantil, a la pornografía, tráfico y explotación sexual de niños", ECPAT, por sus siglas en inglés, reveló que México es considerado el segundo mayor productor de pornografía infantil a nivel mundial, pero la tenencia o posesión de dicho material no está sancionado por las leyes mexicanas.

También denunció que Tepito y La Merced ocupan el primer lugar en ventas de esta pornografía.

Mexico is the world's second largest producer of child pornography

Mexico .- Thanks to Mexico's innovations and technological achievements in production and marketing, the nation has reached the second place position in the world in developing and selling videos of child pornography.

A report by ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) found that Mexico is considered the second largest producer of child pornography worldwide, and that the possession of such material is not controlled by Mexican law.

Also reported also stated that the Mexico City zones of Tepito and La Merced ranks number one in the sales of child pornography [in Mexico].

Mónica Romero

W Radio

Abril 8 de 2009


Added: April 12, 2009

Massachusetts, USA

Pastor Ana Paula Almeida

Pastor released from jail as rape, immigration cases inch forward

Milford - A Brazilian pastor charged with raping a child in her congregation has been released from federal custody as deportation proceedings against her are set to continue this month.

With the rape case pending in Milford District Court, Ana Paula Almeida of Milford is also due to face a judge in Boston Immigration Court on April 22 on charges she is in the country illegally, said Elaine Komis, spokeswoman for the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Virginia.

...Almeida is due back in Milford District Court next month for a pretrial conference. She is charged with inappropriately touching and having sex with a girl over a span of two years, starting when the girl was 14.

Almeida, who leads the Plenitude of God church at 140 Main St., was arrested by Milford Police in February and charged with one count of statutory child rape and four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older...

Danielle Ameden

Milford Daily News

April 10, 2009


Added: April 12, 2009

Florida, USA

Carlos Fernandez, left, 15, and Luis Reyes Jr., 14

Pasco rape victim 'surviving,' happy about teens' arrests

The 89-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted and nearly smothered during a home invasion robbery this week said this morning that she is "delighted" to hear arrests were made in the case.

"I'm bruised all over from the beating they gave me," the woman said as she stood in the driveway of her home in Palm Terrace Gardens.

She said is "surviving," but still in pain.

"I'm 4-11 but have 6 feet of pain," said the woman, who told investigators that three masked men broke into her home, raped her, ransacked the house while looking for money and tried to smother her with a pillow.

She told investigators that she heard one of her assailants say, "Is she dead yet?"

...Carlos Fernandez, 15... and Luis Reyes Jr., 14... were charged with attempted first-degree murder, sexual battery, grand theft auto and burglary...

Ronnie Blair

The Tampa Tribune

April 10, 2009


Added: April 10, 2009

Mexico

Detienen a cuatro estadunidenses por el delito de prostitución infantil

Puerto Vallarta - Cuatro estadunidenses y dos mexicanos fueron detenidos, en acciones diferentes, por pertenecer a una misma banda internacional dedicada a la venta de material pornográfico y prostitución infantil.

En la primera acción policiaca realizada durante la madrugada del viernes fueron detenidos Robert Calderwood  Valmfort, de 63 años de edad, Hansaluaran Valencia Maldonado, quien también se hace pasar supuestamente con el nombre de  Saúl Salvador Sánchez,  de 32 años, con domicilio en la colonia El Caloso, y  Alejandro Mendoza González, de 18 años…

Four Americans detained on charges of child prostitution

Puerto Vallarta - Four Americans and two Mexicans have been arrested in separate police operations because of their involvement in an international gang dedicated to the sale of child pornography and child prostitution.

Police arrested Robert Calderwood Valmfort, aged 63, Hansaluaran Valencia Maldonado, aged 32, and Alejandro Gonzalez, age 18.

The men were found with two laptop computers containing pornographic material, and were making a large volume of sales from the material. The accused were charged with aggravated child rape, child prostitution and child pornography.

Federal and immigration agents, supported by municipal police, then arrested foreigners Michael Lowell Sanders, age 44; Reuben Patrick Pachito, 27, and Nicole Marie Critzer, 25. The group was found in the possession of pornographic materials and drugs.

The official reports indicate that Robert Calderwood, Alejandro Mendoza and Valencia Hansularán and possibly Saul Sanchez met a boy wandering on the streets of Puerto Vallarta, and then invited him to a home where the boy performed oral sex on the men.

Days later, Sanchez and Mendoza again found the boy on the street and decided to take him to the home of their friend, Robert Calderwood, who offered 500 pesos to the boy for sex.

Because of the large sums of money Calderwood was making from the sale of child pornography, Sanchez and Mendoza decided to extort him for 100,000 pesos, under threat that they would report Calderwood’s exploitation of the child to police.

According to the investigation, Calderwood refused to pay the 100,000 pesos. He did ‘help’ Sanchez and Mendoza with some money. At the same time he asked the two men to bring him more children.

The crime was exposed when a friend of Mendoza learned that the group of men has sexually exploited the boy, who suffers from mental disabilities. He reported the men to police.

Javier Santos

La Jornada de Jalisco

March 28, 2009


Added: April 9, 2009

The United States

Farm worker women wear bandanas in the fields for protection and to help ward off sexual attention

Southern Poverty Law Center

Campaña nacional contra el acoso sexual a mujeres, en EU

Promovida por OSC 40 ciudades de EU

Nueva York, EU,- Organizaciones de derechos civiles iniciaron la “Campaña Nacional en contra del Acoso Sexual que sufren las Mujeres” en 40 ciudades de este país. Las más afectadas, aseguran, son las trabajadoras del campo.

Tocante al acoso sexual que sufren las mujeres, el mes pasado, el programa ‘Now’ que proyecta la televisora pública del canal 13, informó que por lo menos 200 mil jóvenes anualmente son molestadas sexualmente en sus centros de trabajo.

En tanto, la televisora en español Univisión informa que el alto porcentaje se registra en las mujeres del campo.

La iniciativa, denominada "Bandana Project", que hace alusión a los pañuelos (bandana en inglés) con los que las campesinas cubren su rostro mientras trabajan en el campo y es impulsada por el "Southern Poverty Law Center" (SPLC, por sus siglas en inglés) en Atlanta, Los Ángeles, Nueva York, Boston y Chicago, entre otras ciudades, informa la agencia de noticias EFE...

Leticia Puente Beresford

CIMAC Noticias

April 07, 2009

Bandana Project to Spotlight Sexual Exploitation of Farmworker Women

Residents of 25 states and three other countries will take a stand against the sexual exploitation of farmworker women and other low-wage female immigrant workers in April as part of the "Bandana Project," a partnership between the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and community groups, universities and other advocacy organiza-tions to raise awareness and educate these women about their rights.

The Bandana Project is a national campaign, launched in 2007, that adopted the bandana as a symbol of solidarity to end sexual violence against farmworker women because many use bandanas on the job to cover their faces and bodies in an attempt to ward off unwanted sexual attention that often leads to rape...

Sexual exploitation has received little public attention but is well-known to farmworker women, many of whom remain silent about sexual harassment on the job. William R. Tamayo, regional attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in San Francisco, wrote in a 2000 report that "the sexual harassment of farmworker women is a widespread problem..."

Southern Poverty Law Center

April 02, 2009

LibertadLatina Commentary

We applaud the Southern Poverty Law Center's decision to promote a campaign bringing attention to the problem of sexual harassment and rape in farmworker communities, which is an epidemic problem.

As someone who started his activism advocating for the basic human and legal rights of low wage working Latina women and teens in the greater Washington, DC region over 20 years ago, I have seen close-up the impunity with which men in supervisory positions within Latin immigrant workplaces demand sexual favors from all women and underage teen girls, even those who are pregnant, as a basic condition of being hired, and then of being able to continue employment.

If you as a working Latina female do not comply with these illegal demands, you will be demoted and ultimately fired, and government institutions will typically not respond or assist you unless you know the U.S. legal system well, and are persistent over a period of years in demanding justice. Few immigrant women face those unique circumstances.

Here on LibertadLatina we have documented farmworker sexual exploitation cases for several years. We are glad to see the Southern Poverty Law Center take up the banner of this cause and carry it forward with a level of public awareness that will be felt nationwide.

Within the farmworker community, the tens of thousands of immigrant indigenous women workers from Mexico and elsewhere are especially vulnerable to sexual exploitation, given their limited know-ledge of Spanish, and the carry-over of patterns of race-based sexual abuse from their home countries.

Not to be forgotten in relation to this issue is the undisputable fact that sex trafficking networks in Mexico systematically kidnap, rape, and sell into forced, unpaid sexual slavery thousands of Mexican and Central American girls whose sole purpose as slaves is to provide sex to immigrant farmworker men. The victims include many, many girls in the 12 to 14-years-of-age range, and some as young as age 7.

In the past an analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote an article critical of the idea that migrant men living in Pensaquitos Canyon (located in San Diego County, California) a men's farm labor camp built on wild lands adjoining suburban housing tracts, were using enslaved underage girls brought to them on a regular basis by child sex traffickers. Such child sex trafficking in that region is an undeniable fact that has been well documented.

We encourage the Southern Poverty Law Center, and all other defenders of human rights to take up the banner of these enslaved girls, who are forced to live out their now-shortened lives providing sex against their will to up-to 30 men per hour, 7 days a week, until they die or are killed for rebelling against a life of torture.

Focusing attention on the crisis of sexual exploitation facing farm worker women is very important.

An equally important goal is to keep up the pressure to end the enslavement and sale into prostitution of little girls and teens who were kidnapped and forced to sell their bodies under the threat that the pimps would kill them, and/or kidnap and kill their family members back in Mexico and Central America.

One issue does not exist without the other!

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

April 09, 2009

See also:

LibertadLatina

Latina Child Sex Slavery in San Diego, California

Hundreds of children and youth are forced into 'child rape camps' by traffickers.

Latina Workplace Rape

Low wage workers face managerial threats of 'give me sex or get out!' across the U.S. and Latin America.

Bandannas Raise Assault Awareness

Tampa, Florida - More than anything, the young mother wanted her children in a permanent home so they could succeed in elementary school. They must not end up like her and their father, hunched over rows of crops all day...

When the owner of the farm began sexually assaulting her, she kept it a secret. If her hot-headed husband learned of it, he might take matters into his own hands. If he went to prison, she and her children would be destitute...

...Of the estimated 70,000 female farmworkers in Florida, hundreds if not thousands face chronic sexual harassment on the job. They often are forced to have sex with supervisors to get or keep jobs, she said, and they put up with a "constant barrage of grabbing, touching and propositions for sex by their supervisors."

...Ramirez says the few studies that have been done on sexual exploitation reveal a pattern.

"It's like a Catch-22," she says. "The women know the abusers won't get in trouble, and the abusers know it, too. They'll use threats against the woman's family or say, 'I'll have your husband and children deported.'

"If they're undocu-mented, they are certain no one will believe them..."

- Donna Koehn

The Tampa Tribune

April 27, 2008


Added: April 10, 2009

Florida

Alberto Hernandez

Lehigh Acres man's trial starts... in murder, rape of stepdaughter

More than three years have passed since 13-year-old Michelle Fontanez was brutally raped and killed in Lehigh Acres.

...A Lee County jury will decide whether her stepfather Alberto Hernandez killed Michelle and whether he should be punished with death.

“To sit there and hear everything that happened is going to be heartbreaking,” said Michelle’s aunt, Renea Fontanez of Massachusetts. “We sit here and second guess ourselves everyday, asking ourselves was there something we could have done to prevent this?”

Michelle’s death triggered a shakeup at the Department of Children and Families [DCF] for the way it handled reports of abuse the girl made against Hernandez.

On Feb. 20, 2006, paramedics found Michelle at her home at 3912 Sixth St. S.W. unconscious, her face bloodied and beaten.

Three days after she was attacked, Michelle died at Lee Memorial Hospital.

After the attack, Hernandez fled but was taken into custody by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office later that morning.

In April 2006, a Lee County grand jury indicted Hernandez on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and sexual battery. In February 2007, the state filed notice that it intends to seek the death penalty.

...Michelle gave a statement to a social worker from the Child Protection Team, a group of medical professionals who assess children alleging abuse and neglect. In a video statement, she said that Hernandez had been abusing her since she was 5. Although a social worker told DCF investigator Erica Cesare that Michelle was afraid to go home and might hurt herself, Cesare responded: “Not my problem.”

Later that night, Michelle cut her arms again.

Three days before Michelle was attacked, child protection lawyers decided not to ask a judge to remove her from her home because her sexual abuse claims were made against her stepfather, not a biological parent...

Based on previous rulings by a judge... the jury will not be able to hear about Michelle’s past allegations of sexual abuse against Hernandez or to see the video where Michelle reveals the allegations...

Pat Gillespie

News-Pres.com

March 29, 2009


Added: April 10, 2009

North Carolina, USA

Man convicted of forcing women to work as sex slaves

Charlotte - ...Jorge Flores Rojas, a 44-year-old undocu-mented Mexican national accused of running the sex trafficking ring, has been sentenced in Charlotte to 24 years in prison, authorities said Tuesday...

Federal prosecutors accused him of trafficking a 16-year-old girl between the District of Columbia and Charlotte to engage in sex...

According to testimony, "the defendant repeatedly sexually and physically abused her in order to force her to perform commercial sex acts," the U.S. Justice Department said in announcing Flores’ sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenny Smith said all of the women controlled by Flores came from Spanish-speaking countries, primarily from Mexico...

"The women were terrified of him," Smith said. "They were in this country illegally, didn’t speak English and didn’t know anybody. They were afraid to go to the police."

...At night, men lined up outside the houses to wait their turn with young Latino women held as sex slaves. A typical session lasted 15 minutes and cost each customer about $30, undercover officers said. Some women had sex with dozens of men a night.

Authorities said dozens of such rings were operating in the region...

The trafficking rings grow out of the Carolinas’ influx of illegal immigrants.

More than 390,000 immigrants are estimated to live illegally in North Carolina. Many are men who left their wives and families to find work in the U.S...

John Price, a special agent with the FBI in Charlotte, said traffickers send recruiters to Latin American countries looking for vulnerable girls seeking a better life. The recruiter offers the girls an attractive price to smuggle them to the United States and then find them a job to pay off their debt for getting them into the country...

In sentencing Flores on Monday, U.S. District Judge Bob Conrad noted the defendant’s "predatory acts against young women" and called his conduct "reprehen-sible and heinous."

Gary L. Wright and

Franco Ordonez
McClatchy Newspapers

Maria David - Charlotte Observer contributing

April 8, 2009


Added: April 09, 2009

North Carolina, USA

Mexican man sentenced to 24 years in prison for sex trafficking of minors

Charlotte - A 44-year-old [undocumented] alien from Mexico was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 24 years in prison on sex trafficking and commercial sex charges following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation.

According to testimony at the sentencing hearing, about November 2007, Jorge Flores-Rojas trafficked a 16-year-old girl from Washington, D.C., to Charlotte, N.C., for the purpose of causing her to engage in commercial sex acts. Flores-Rojas forced the victim, an illegal alien from Honduras, to go to Charlotte with him where he repeatedly sexually abused her in order to force her to perform commercial sex acts. The testimony further revealed that Flores-Rojas trafficked a second girl, 17, from Charlotte to Washington, D.C. to engage her in commercial sex acts in the Washington, D.C., area, and that he paid other persons to smuggle these victims from Mexico into the United States.

"This investigation was made possible by the extensive collaboration between ICE, Washington Metropolitan Police and Myrtle Beach Police Department," said Delbert Richburg, assistance special agent in charge of ICE's Office of Investigations in Charlotte. "While we can't erase the pain and suffering these young women experienced, by aggressively investigating and prosecuting these cases, ICE, as well as our partners, are sending a powerful warning about the consequences facing those responsible for such schemes..."

US ICE
April 6 2009


Added: April 07, 2009

Peru

Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori at April 7, 2009 sentencing

Ex presidente Fujimori culpable de asesinato y secuestro

Una corte peruana halló al ex presidente Alberto Fujimori culpable de violaciones a los derechos humanos, incluyendo asesinato y secuestro.

La corte decidió el martes que no hay duda de que Fujimori ordenó a un escuadrón de la muerte realizar dos masacres en las que murieron 25 personas mientras él fue presidente en la década de los años 90...

Voice of America News

April 7, 2009

Peru's Fujimori gets 25 years prison for massacres

Lima - Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was convicted of human rights crimes and sentenced to 25 years in prison on Tuesday, the first time a democratically elected Latin American president has been found guilty in his own country of such offenses.

A three-judge panel convicted him for ordering a military death squad to carry out two massacres that killed 25 people during his 1990-2000 rule, when he was battling guerrillas. Nearly 70,000 people died in two decades of conflict in the Andean country.

Once lauded as a hero, Fujimori, 70, could spend the rest of his life in prison if he receives a lengthy sentence. He can appeal the ruling, but the verdict is likely to have far-reaching political implications for Peru...

"With this ruling ... the Peruvian court has shown the world that even former heads of state cannot expect to get away with serious crimes," said Maria McFarland of the group Human Rights Watch.

Teresa Cespedes

and Terry Wade

Reuters

April 7, 2009

LibertadLatina Commentary

Peru's former president Alberto Fujimori permitted a wide range of mass atrocities to occur during his rule. The great majority of the 70,000 persons who died during the nation's civil war were poor, non-partisan indigenous children, men and women. Women and children of all ethnicities were raped, murdered, jailed and tortured with impunity by military and police forces.

Although Fujimori faced a strong Maoist insurgency, he took the opportunity to suppress not only them, but the large indigenous majority as a blatantly racist act of ethnic cleansing.

In addition to these crimes, President Fujimori ordered the sterilization, by force and deception, of 300,000 indigenous women. The obvious goal was also ethnic cleansing. Many of the women who were sterilized without being told, or who's family members were threatened with jail for not complying with this campaign of subtle genocide, endured years of ongoing pain from these surgeries.

We encourage the Court to hand down a long prison sentence appropriate to Mr. Fujimori's crimes.

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

April 07, 2009


Added: April 07, 2009

Mexico, the United States

Mexico Arrests American Accused of Raping 19 Women

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico -  A Texas man has been arrested for allegedly raping 19 women across the border in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, authorities said Monday.

Jorge Alberto Mendez, 42, was arrested Saturday while trying to cross into Mexico from El Paso, Texas, where he lives, said regional Deputy Attorney General Alejandro Pariente.

Pariente said the investigation began in April 2008 with the rape of a 15-year-old girl. Similar cases were subsequently reported.

One of the victims managed to write down the license plate number of her assailant, which eventually led to Mendez's arrest, Pariente said.

Ciudad Juarez, a battleground in Mexico's drug war, has a history of violence against women…

Last year, a Mexican citizen who allegedly confessed to killing at least 10 women in Ciudad Juarez was extradited from the United States to stand trial for aggravated homicide.

In 2007, a New Mexico man was accused of repeatedly crossing into Ciudad Juarez and raping at least 13 women in their homes.

Pariente said Mendez prowled residential neighborhoods during the day and attacked at night, sometimes entering bedrooms through windows. He allegedly threatened his victims -- between 13 and 20 years old -- with a gun.

The Associated Press

April 07, 2009


Added: April 07, 2009

Mexico

Negar la explotación sexual comercial infantil envía un mensaje de impunidad, señala  la CDHDF

México DF.- El Presidente de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Distrito Federal (CDHDF), Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, advirtió que negar la Explotación Sexual Comercial Infantil (ESCI) no sólo no ayuda, sino que la multiplica y manda un mensaje de impunidad…

To deny the reality of commercial sexual exploitation of children sends a message of impunity – Mexico City Human Rights Commission

Mexico City - The President of the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District (CDHDF), Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, has warned that [society’s] denial of the reality of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), not only does not help the situation, but it multiplies the problem and sends a message of impunity [to criminals].

Álvarez spoke at the close round of courses on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children – with a Focus on Human Rights and Gender, organized by the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) and the Collective Childhood. Álvarez called for prioritizing the welfare of children and adolescents and those who are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation, which is a new form of slavery.

CIMAC Noticias

April 6, 2009 


Added: April 07, 2009

Massachusetts, USA

Officer Pedro Martinez

Police Officer Indicted on Statutory Rape of a Child

A Springfield police officer finds himself on the wrong side of the bars.

Police Officer Pedro Martinez is already facing charges of incest and rape of a minor. But on Friday a grand jury indicted him on 25 additional charges.

Springfield Police Special Victims Unit uncovered two more alleged underage victims. Also, search warrants revealed a large quantity of child pornography and evidence linking Martinez to the aggravated rape allegations.

Martinez will be arraigned Monday in Superior Court. He is currently being held without bail.

Pedro Martinez was a twenty year veteran of the Springfield Police Department.

CBS 3 Springfield News
Mar 20, 2009


Added: April 05, 2009

Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

We're in Afghanistan for this?

Why are we in Afghanistan? To do good, of course. To beat back the Taliban so Afghans can build a secure and peaceful state where little girls can go to school and their mothers have the right to go to the market without having acid thrown in their faces.

But that's not the goal of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. His aim is to get re-elected. So he signed a law that gives the powerful Shia minority the right to treat women the traditional way. According to United Nations organizations, the law legalizes marital rape, gives custody rights to fathers and forbids women from leaving their home without their husbands' protection.

Not surprisingly, Mr. Karzai's Western allies - especially Canada - are horrified. Our Foreign Affairs Minister spoke sternly to some Afghan cabinet ministers, and International Trade Minister Stockwell Day demanded a "definitive answer" on the situation. Alas, Canadian scolding isn't likely to do much good. Mr. Karzai is the democratically elected leader of an independent country, one that Canadian soldiers are dying to protect. The government has the right to pass any laws it wants...

Margaret Wente

The Globe and Mail

April 2, 2009

LibertadLatina Commentary

The action of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in approving a law that legalizes marital rape, is an abomination. Certainly much of the motivation of the Western powers in occupying Afghan-istan is centered on the issue of providing women with equal rights in a nation where conservative forces throw acid on the faces of school girls in revenge for their having the 'audacity' to think that they are equal to men, and can, through education, build a means to sustain themselves independ-ently of men.

A similar set of circumstances exists, although in a less blatant fashion, in Mexico and the other nations in Latin America.

Latin American machismo originated historically with the migration to the Americas from Spain of sexist traditions that were born in both the Roman Empire and from the 800 year Moorish occupation of Spain that ended in the year 1492, the same year that Christopher Columbus reached the Americas.

'Negative machismo' in Latin America has, over the centuries, demanded that women obey men's rule, that women not attend school, and it has condoned rape within marriage and in any public social setting.

Like Afghanistan, Mexico faces war-like conditions. The current Mexican government has been heavily criticized by women's rights organizations and leaders for its sexist views, embodied, for example, in the fact that its current ambassador to Canada, Francisco Barrio Terrazas, the former governor of Chihuahua State and mayor of Ciudad Juarez, refused during his tenure in those roles to even recognize that the femicides endangering women were an issue that needed to be addressed. He sought instead to tell grieving mothers that their daughters were raped and murdered because they had worn immodest clothing (which is a mantra of the National Action party -PAN- and its ultra-conserva-tive political allies in the Mexican Church).

Women, especially those who are indigenous, and also other poor Mexicans and Central and South American migrants who cross Mexico to reach the U.S., are subjected to 'legalized rape' - not only from husbands, but from any man on the street who desires to violate them. In the face of this mayhem, police forces remain silent and refuse to act to defend the rights of the victims. The sex traffickers and pimps across Mexico kidnap and sell women and underage girls with impunity in this lawless environment.

In the cases of both Afghanistan and Mexico, western governments have a moral responsibility to uphold the rights of women and girl children to a life free from violence as a condition for their providing continued financial and military support to these recipient nations.

Citizens of donor countries do not have to just sit-by and watch their goven-ments pour hundreds of millions of their tax dollars into supporting governments that are openly misogynist. We can stand up and say NO!

In both the case of Afghanistan and of Mexico, we stand up to say NO! to the government sponsor-ship and support for sexist policies that result in the perpetration of mass gender atrocities, as the world stands silently by with little substantive response.

As US Senator Patrick Leahy has said in regard to the hundreds of millions of dollars of US aid flowing into Mexico via the Merida Initiative to combat drug cartels:

"Since when is it bad policy, or an infringement of anything, to insist that American taxpayer dollars not be given to corrupt, abusive police or military forces in a country whose justice system has serious flaws and rarely punishes official misconduct? This is a partnership, not a giveaway…"

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

April 05, 2009


Added: April 05, 2009

Peru

Cárcel para los que promuevan explotación sexual en sector turismo

El pleno del Congreso aprobó esta tarde, en primera votación, la Ley General del Turismo. 

La misma contempla una pena carcelaria no menor de cuatro años ni mayor de ocho para quienes publiciten o promuevan la explotación sexual comercial de menores de edad en el ámbito turístico...

New law provides jail-time for promoting child sex tourism

Peru’s Congress has passed, on the first vote, the General Law of Tourism.

The new law calls for prison sentences of not less than four years nor more than eight for those who advertise or promote commercial sexual exploitation of minors in relation to tourism.

The penalty will directly impact any individual who communicates through the use of writings, brochures, other print materials, and audio, electronic, magnetic or Internet media with the aim of providing commercial sex with teenagers between 14 and 18 years of age.
Penalties for cases involving victims less than age 14 will range from 6 to 8 years of incarceration.

If the offender is a public authority, family member, guardian or teacher of the victim, the penalty will be between 8 and 10 years imprison.

The provision also requires registered tourism service providers to distribute and publish the details of the law in their businesses.

Furthermore, the law provides for the need to adopt and update the Strategic Plan for Tourism, and sets out a series of regulations to promote tourism activities in the country.

www.LosAndes.com.pe

April 3, 2009


Added: April 04, 2009

Canada, Mexico

Mexico's ambassador to Canada - Francisco J. Barrio Terrazas - National Action Party (PAN)

OSC canadienses piden a su gobierno declare persona non grata a Barrio Terrazas

Se manifiestan frente a embajadas en Montreal y Ottawa

Al mediodía de hoy frente a las embajadas de México en Montreal y Ottawa, Canadá, organiza-ciones civiles canadienses, entre ellas el Comité de solidaridad con las mujeres de Ciudad Juárez, el Comité por los derechos humanos en América Latina y la Federación de Mujeres de Quebec, realizaron una manifestación para declarar persona non grata al recién nombrado embajador de México en Canadá, Francisco Barrio Terrazas, ex gobernador de Chihuahua, entidad reconocida internacionalmente por el feminicidio.

Juarez femicide activists protest at Mexico’s  Ottawa embassy and Montreal consulate

Canadian activist organizations ask their government to declare Barrio Terrazas persona non grata

Mexico City - At Noon today at the embassy of Mexico in Ottawa and its consulate in Montreal, Canada, Canadian civil society organizations, including the Committee for Solidarity with the Women of Ciudad Juárez, the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America and the Quebec Federation of Women held a rally to declare persona non grata the newly appointed Ambassador of Canada in Mexico, Francisco Barrio Terrazas, a former governor of Chihuahua state, which is internationally known as a center of femicide.

Barrio Terrazas - nominated by President Felipe Calderón as ambassador in January of 2009, did nothing during his term as mayor of Juárez (1983) and as governor of Chihuahua state (1992-1998), to stop the human rights violations and killings targeting women in the region, according to a press release issued by the Citizen's Observatory on Femicide in Mexico.

In his past state-ments, Barrio Terrazas had said that the numbers of women murdered in Ciudad Juárez was normal, that the victims had frequented places of "bad death" and that the victims died because the [allegedly immodest] clothes they wore lead to their murders.

Organizations in both demonstrations demanded that the government of Canada, in accordance with its international obligations, express its concern about the human rights situation in Mexico, and that officials review the background of Francisco Barrio Terrazas with the objective of declaring him persona non grata for his wrongful actions in response to the killings of women, contrary to the values outlined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which ensures equal protections for all people regardless of their gender.

The protesters also demanded an end to the impunity that prevails in Mexico's judicial systems and its security forces, and also sought protections for the human rights defenders and organizations associated with the families of the victims [in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua state, who currently face death threats with impunity].

CIMAC Noticias

April 03, 2009


Added: April 04, 2009

Mexico

OSC rechazan designación de Barrio Terrazas como embajador

El Observatorio Ciudadano Nacional del Feminicidio y diversas organizaciones defensoras de derechos humanos, académicas y feministas enviarán el próximo lunes 6 de abril una carta a la Senadora Rosario Green, presidenta de la Comisión de Relaciones Exteriores de la Cámara de Senadores, en la que expresa su profundo rechazo al nombramiento de Francisco Javier Barrio Terrazas como Embajador de México en Canadá. 

Durante su gobierno en Chihuahua (1992-1998), señala el Observatorio en un comunicado, Barrio Terrazas demostró ser una persona que viola los derechos humanos de las mujeres, al declarar que era normal el número de mujeres asesinadas en esta ciudad y que las víctimas frecuentaban lugares de “mala muerte” y debido a la ropa que vestían esto las hacia víctimas de su asesinato. Asimismo, fue inculpado por negligencia y sexismo contra las víctimas de feminicido e impunidad con respecto a los feminicidas.

Por esta situación, el OCNF hace un llamado el Gobierno mexicano a retirar de su cargo a Barrio Terrazas…

Community organizations reject Barrio Terrazas as Mexico’s ambassador to Canada

On April 6th the National Citizen’s Observatory on Femicide and other diverse organizations, human rights advocates, academics and feminists sent letter to Senator Rosario Green, chairwoman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate, expressing their profound rejection of the appointment of Francisco Javier Barrio Terrazas as the Ambassador of Mexico to Canada.

The observatory’s statement noted that during his term as governor of Chihuahua (1992-1998), Barrio Terrazas proved to be a person who violated the human rights of women, given that he stated that number of women murdered in this city was normal, and the victims frequented places of "bad death," and because the clothes they wore lead to their murders. He has therefore been accused [by activists] of behaving in a sexist and negligent manner, and with impunity in regards to the cases of the victims.

The Observatory calls on the Mexican government to remove Barrio Terrazas from office, as he has demonstrated a lack of commitment to various international treaties signed and ratified, such as the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimina-tion against Women and the Inter-American Convention of Belem do Pará to prevent, punish and eradicate violence.

A person who does not the respect human rights of women cannot be accredited to a foreign government to serve as the official representative of his country, said the observatory.

"If the Mexican Government ratifies Barrio Terrazas position, that act will prove their lack of commitment to the defense of the human rights of women," says the Center.

Signed:

* Dr. Clara Eugenia Rojas Blanco, a professor and researcher, Department of Humanities of the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez

* Elvia Villescas and Linabel Sarlat, teachers at the "The Ants" Community Development Center

* Teacher Guillermina Solis, of the CAPCI

* Dr. Julia Monárrez, research professor at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte

* The Diocesan Charities of Ciudad Juarez

* The Tonantzin Women's Center

* The Women's Table

* The National Citizen’s Observatory on Femicide

* The Pastoral Workers of the Diocese of Ciudad Juárez.

CIMAC Noticias

April 03, 2009


Added: April 04, 2009

Mexico

Femicides on the Big Screen Again

Directed by Carlos Carrera (“The Crime of Padre Amaro”) and written by Sabina Berman, the Mexican-produced film “Backyard” is the latest fictionalized story of the Ciudad Juarez femicides to hit the big screen. Distributed by Paramount Pictures and first showing February 20 in the major Cinepolis chain of theaters scattered across Mexico, the movie begins in the Ciudad Juarez colonia of Lomas de Poleo where the bodies of at least 8 women were discovered during the 1990s. A haunting scene in which police recover the remains of yet another brutally murdered woman sets the tone and pace of the gritty imagery that follows.

Filmed in Ciudad Juarez and neighboring El Paso, Texas, “Backyard” is set in the 1990s during the governorship of Francisco Barrio, who is Mexico’s new ambassador to Canada. Barrio’s response to the femicides, which first became public during his administration thanks to the efforts of activists like Esther Chavez Cano and Vicky Caraveo, has been highly criticized. The issue is even following Barrio to his new post in Canada, where the Quebec Federation of Women and other organizations sent a letter to their government this month questioning the former Chihuahua governor’s appointment.

“Backyard” establishes the femicides within the bigger context of the global assembly line, migration from southern Mexico to the northern borderlands, deep-rooted gender violence and a dangerous proximity to a consumer wonderland that harkens back to dictator Porfirio Diaz’s oft-quoted lament of a Mexico “so far from God and so close to the USA…”

Never genuinely prosecuted, the Ciudad Juarez femicides became institutionalized in the border city and soon extended across Mexico...

John Hecht

Frontera Norte / Sur

Feb. 27, 2009


Added: April 03, 2009

The Search for Missing Migrants

[In October, 2008] a group of 14 Honduran mothers embarked on a caravan through Mexico, along the Mesoamerican trail of missing migrants, in search for news of their loved ones.  

Organized by the Network of Committees of Families and Migrants of Honduras, the mothers  made stops in Chiapas state and the Mexico City area. The group maintains a list of 589 disappeared Honduran migrants, including 441 men and 148 women…

According to Honduran priest Luis Angel Nieto, a member of the non-governmental group Nuestros Lazos de Sangre (Our Blood Ties), at least 4,000 Central American migrants have disappeared during their journeys north…

For decades now, Central Americans have confronted a perilous road to the United States in search of work and living wages. Along the way, they are commonly the target of thieves, extortionists, sexual exploiters, rapists and even killers, especially in Mexico.

Additionally, Mexican federal police routinely stop undocumented migrants on highways and turn the prisoners over to immigration authorities for deportation…

An especially alarming trend consists of kidnappings in which migrants are deprived of their freedom and forced to call relatives or friends who are then asked to pay ransoms sometimes as high as $5,000.

The problem was dramatically exposed in the Mexican state of Puebla on October 12, 2008, ironically commemorated as El Dia de La Raza in Mexico, after Central American migrants who had escaped from a kidnapping ring ran through the town square of Rafael Lara Grajales.  Some of the migrants were naked, and a man was reportedly hitting the fleeing persons. 

The migrants accused two local cops of helping kidnappers snatch them off a train. The kidnappers, who included alleged “Zetas,” (ex-soldiers who work as enforcers for the drug cartels) then imprisoned the Central Americans in a safe house situated only two blocks from city hall. For several days, the victims were subjected to burns, blows and other tortures before escaping.  

Hearing the migrants’ stories enraged local townspeople, who then torched a police patrol car and two motorcycles. For a brief time, municipal police were besieged in their headquarters by an angry crowd and tear gas was fired. Mexico’s official National Human Rights Commission is investigating the incident, which involved as many as 34 migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. 

…On their Mexican visit, the relatives have received support from deported US migrant activist Elvira Arellano and Jose Juan Hernandez Martinez, an investigator for the Mexico State Human Rights Commission…

Frontera Norte Sur

October, 2008


Added: April 03, 2009

Colombia

Wayuu indigenous women and children displaced by a rightist paramilitary massacre in their village.

War refugees are at high risk of trafficking in Colombia

Menores entre 7 y 18 años víctimas favoritas del tráfico humano 

Los menores entre los siete y los 18 años son las víctimas favoritas de la trata de personas en Colombia, con fines de prostitución principalmente, y los destinos preferidos de las redes de ese delito son, en su orden, Ecuador, España, Japón y EEUU, según un estudio presentado hoy en Bogotá...

El trabajo fue realizado entre los meses de febrero y julio de 2008 y recoge la información con la que los investigadores sistematizaron las entrevistas a los 70 funcionarios.

En el caso interno, se detectó como predomina el turismo sexual con niños en la costa norte del país, y en regiones del sur y algunas zonas fronterizas con Ecuador, Perú, Panamá, y Venezuela, la principal constante es el matrimonio servil y el reclutamiento forzado…

Children between 7 and 18 years are the preferred victims of human traffickers

According to a study presented today in Bogotá, children between 7 and 18-years-of-age are the favorite victims of traffickers, and are exploited mostly for purposes of prostitution. The victims are sent through this crime network to the following destinations, in order of frequency: Ecuador, Spain, Japan and the United States.

Some 54 percent of the victims are female and 46% were male…

The study was conducted between February and July of 2008. Field work included interviews with 70 officials from government and non-governmental organizations located in 14 departments [states] and an equal number of Colombian cities.

The National Exploratory Descriptive Study of The Phenomenon of Trafficking in Colombia, came about as the result of an agreement between the Colombian Ministry of Interior and Justice, the Office on Drugs and Crime of the United Nations (UNODC) in Bogota, and School of Gender Studies at the National University.

The report emphasizes that phenomena such as' poverty, everyday violence, trafficking in drugs and weapons, as well as forced recruitment as part of the internal armed conflict are related, which presents obstacles to public reporting of crimes related to trafficking in Colombia '.

The officials interviewed agreed that familiar 'forms' of human trafficking at the national level, such as' the exploitation of prostitution. Forced labor or services through the exploitation and servitude.

Internal trafficking comprises 82% of the total cases, and takes place mostly in rural areas. International trafficking accounts for 18% of such cases.

In regard to internal trafficking in Colombia, child sex tourism predominates along the country's north coast, in its southern regions and in certain areas bordering Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Venezuela. The main constant is the use of servile marriage and forced recruitment of the victims.

An adviser to the office of Minister of Interior and Justice, Angela Ospina de Nicholls urged the public to respond to the various campaigns of national and international entities, and that they engage in 'social resistance' against trafficking.

http://actualidad.terra.es

April 1, 2009

   

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Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Mexico / Argentina

Former Argentine spy Raúl Luis Martins Coggiola has been accused by his adult daughter, Lorena Martins, of running a sex trafficking ring based in Cancun, Mexico.

El “caso Martins”, al Congreso de la Unión

La Comisión Especial de Lucha contra la Trata de Personas de la Cámara de Diputados del Congreso de la Unión, solicitó la expulsión de Raúl Luis Martins Coggiola del país, debido a que significa un riesgo para la sociedad mexicana su presencia por lucrar con seres humanos.

La titular de la comisión, Rosi Orozco, afirmó que es urgente concretar la expulsión del país del ciudadano argentino Raúl Luis Martins al señalar que esta persona junto con un socio "está lucrando con seres humanos", por lo que es necesario que las autoridades mexicanas investiguen a fondo su presunta participación como líder de una red de trata de personas en Cancún y la Riviera Maya...

La legisladora federal explicó que "es urgente que las autoridades tomen cartas en el asunto, pues no entiendo cómo pueden no darse cuenta que el mismo abogado que defendió a Succar Kuri es quien ha estado defendiendo a este señor", puntualizó. Indicó que el asunto debe ser investigado de manera exhaustiva ya que se tiene una procuradora comprometida contra la trata de personas, a quien no le tiembla la mano para castigar a personas que explotan a niñas, niños y jóvenes. De acuerdo con medios de comunicación argentinos Martins Coggiola es líder de una red de trata de personas en centros nocturnos en su país y en Cancún, donde jóvenes sudamericanas son enganchadas con promesas de trabajo y posteriormente las obligan a prostituirse.

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Congress considers the case of Raúl Martins

The Special Commission for Combating Trafficking in Persons of the lower house of Congress has called for the expulsion of Argentine citizen Raul Luis Martins Coggiola, because his presence represents a risk to Mexican society due to his [ilicit] efforts to profit from human exploitation.

The head of the commission, Deputy Rosi Orozco, said it is urgent to realize the deportation of an Argentine Raul Luis Martins, stating that both he and a partner "are profiting from human beings," so it is necessary that the Mexican authorities thoroughly investigate his alleged role as the leader of a trafficking network based in [the beach resort cities of] Cancun and Riviera Maya.

Deputy Orozco explained that "it is urgent that the authorities take action on the matter...I do not understand how they have failed to realize that the lawyer who defended [infamous convicted millionaire child pornographer Jean] Succar Kuri is the same one who has been defending this man." She added that the matter should be investigated comprehensively, given that we now have a prosecutor who is dedicated to human trafficking cases and whose hand does not tremble when it comes to the task of punishing those who exploit children and youth. According to Argentine media reports, Martins Coggiola leads a human trafficking network based in nightclubs both in Argentina and in Cancun, Mexico, where young South American women are entrapped with false promises of jemployment, and are then forced into prostitution.

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Por Esto

Feb. 2012


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Mexico / Argentina

Lorena Martins, daughter of Raul Martins

Argentine ex-spy accused of sex trafficking

The daughter of former Argentine intelligence officer Raul Martins will arrive in Mexico this week with evidence that her father is running a sex trafficking ring in the Mexican resort city of Cancun, an activist told EFE Monday.

Lorena Martins will deliver the evidence to Mexican lawmaker Rosi Orozco, who chairs a special committee investigating human trafficking, Gustavo Vera, head of the NGO La Alameda, said.

Lorena has already filed a criminal complaint in Argentina accusing her father of luring Argentine women and girls to Cancun and then forcing them into prostitution.

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IANS/EFE

Jan. 31, 2012


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Mexico / Argentina

Prostitution Network Buenos Aries – Cancun case will go to the Chamber of Deputies in Mexico City

Lorena Martins daughter of Raul Martins, an Argentine former spy accused of managing a prostitution network in Cancun that has reached even the mayor of Buenos Aires of receiving money for his campaign from this illegal activity in Mexico, will flight to Mexico City to denounce her father before the Chamber of Deputies, reported the Excelsior.

Lorena Martins will present emails, cell phones and other materials as proofs of a prostitution network between Buenos Aires and Cancun that ties her father Raul Martins with several businessmen, politicians and high ranking official in Mexico.

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The Yucatan Times

Jan. 31, 2012


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Mexico / Argentina

Tratan de expulsarlo por la trata

La Comisión Especial de Lucha contra la Trata de Diputados de México pidió que Raúl Martins fuera deportado. Sus abogados apelaron. Lorena, su hija, entregó a la jueza Servini de Cubría el diario de una ex de su padre en el que relata la trata de dos niñas.

La Comisión Especial de Lucha contra la Trata de Personas de la Cámara de Diputados de México pidió ayer la expulsión de Raúl Martins. El pedido es un reflejo de la denuncia de su hija, Lorena, quien relató la forma en que la organización de su padre llevó chicas argentinas, brasileñas y de otras nacionalidades a ejercer la prostitución en Cancún. Ya en 2010, la multipremiada periodista mexicana Lydia Cacho, en su libro Esclavas del Poder, tituló el capítulo sobre Martins con el nombre de “El Intocable”. En Buenos Aires, Lorena se presentó ante la jueza María Romilda Servini de Cubría, que finalmente es quien investigará el caso, y le entregó pruebas manuscritas de un diario de una ex pareja de su padre en la que se relata cómo le trajeron dos chicas de 15 años. Otras evidencias fueron remitidas a la jueza por el procurador Esteban Righi.

Lorena Martins estuvo cinco días en México. Presentó las denuncias ante la Comisión de Lucha contra la Trata y también ante la Procuración General de la República. La joven fue recibida por la primera dama de México, Margarita Zavala, en la sede del gobierno azteca, de manera que el interés por el caso –adelantado en exclusiva por Página/12 en diciembre– llegó hasta el más alto nivel del país del Norte.

Ayer, la diputada Rosy Orozco, titular de la Comisión de Trata, pidió la expulsión de Martins de México, porque “está lucrando con seres humanos. Es urgente que las autoridades se den cuenta de que quien defiende a este señor es el mismo que defendió a Succar Kury”, un famoso pederasta, poderoso dueño de una cadena hotelera, que hasta decía en un video que mantenía relaciones sexuales con niñas, incluso de cinco años. El caso también fue investigado por Lydia Cacho en el libro Los demonios del Edén.

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Congressional members call for the expulsion of Raúl Martins from Mexico

The Special Commission to Combat Human Trafficking in the Lower House of Congress has requested that Raúl Martins be deported. Martins' lawyers have appealed. Martins' daughter Lorena has turned over evidence to a Judge Servini de Cubría

The Special Commission for Combating Trafficking in Persons of the of the lower house of Congresss yesterday asked the expulsion of Raul Martins. The demand is a reaction to a complaint made by Martins' daughter Lorena, who recounted how her father's [ilicit human trafficking] organization has brought women from Argentina, Brazil and other nations to engage in prostitution in the city of Cancun, Mexico. In 2010, the award-winning Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho, in her book Servants of Power, mentions Martins in a chapter called "The Untouchable." In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lorena appeared before Judge Maria Romilda Servini de Cubria, who investigated the case, and provided evidence in the form of a handwritten diary written by a former girlfriend of her father, in which she relates how Raul Martins had [sex] trafficked two 15-year-old girls. Other evidence was submitted to the judge by the prosecutor Esteban Righi.

Lorraine Martins [recently] spent five days in Mexico. She presented her complaints before the Special Commission to Combat Human Trafficking [of the lower house of Congress], as well as before the federal Attorney General's Office. She was also received by the first lady of Mexico, Margarita Zavala in the seat of the Aztec [Mexican] government, showing that the case, which was releaved by Page12 reporters in December of 2011, had reached the highest level of attention. .

Yesterday, Deputy Rosi Orozco, president of the congressional anti-trafficking commission, called for the expulsion of Martins from Mexico, because, she said, "he is profiting from human exploitation. It is urgent that the authorities realize that the lawyer who is defending Martins also represented [convicted child sex trafficker] Jean Succar Kuri," an infamous pedophile and powerful hotel chain owner, who had once been recorded with hidden video admitting that he had engaged in sexual acts with girls as young as age five. The case was [first exposed by anti-trafficking activist and journalist] Lydia Cacho in her book The Demons of Eden.

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Raúl Kollmann

Page 12

Feb. 09, 2012


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Mexico / Argentina / Paraguay / Dominican Republic

Prostitution ring brought people from Argentina to Mexico

Buenos Aires.- A prostitution ring operated by former Argentine spy Raul Martins, reported yesterday in Mexico by his own daughter, started by advertising vacancies in local newspapers and culminated in the sexual exploitation of women in Cancun, Mexico.

Gustavo Vera, representative of La Alameda, a prestigious organization dedicated to denouncing people trafficking for labor and sexual slavery in the South American country, told Notimex details of the operation.

In fact, La Alameda published the photo of Martins with the mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, who is alleged to have received funding of the alleged pimp in his election campaign.

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Cecilia Gonzalez

Notimex

Feb. 02, 2012


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Mexico

Mayoría de víctimas de trata de personas en NY son hispanos

Nueva York - Más de la mitad de los afectados por la trata de personas y que viven en el estado de Nueva York son inmigrantes latinoamericanos obligados a realizar trabajos forzados o a prostituirse, según datos de la mayor agencia de servicios a víctimas de Estados Unidos.

Un 58% de los clientes de Safe Horizon, la agencia más importante de servicios de víctimas en el país, proviene de Latinoamérica, dijo la organización a The Associated Press. Aproximadamente un 24% de esas víctimas son mexicanos.

Las victimas de trata no tienen oportunidad de denunciar su situación por temor a ser deportados.

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The majority of human trafficking victims in New York are Hispanic

New York - According to data gathered by the largest [non profit] victim service agency in the United States, more than half of New York ressidents who are victimized by human trafficking are Latino immigrants who are forced into prostitution or labor exploitation.

Some 58% of the clients of Safe Horizon were Latin Americans, the organization told The Associated Press. Approximately 24% of those victims were Mexican.

[Many immigrant] victims of trafficking have have not had an opportunity to speak out de to their fear of being deported.

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The Associated Press

Feb. 04, 2012


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

New York City, USA / Mexico

Sex slave's story: Woman duped into leaving Mexico, forced to New York City's trafficking underworld

Sofia tells the Daily News how a "boyfriend" tricked her into leaving Mexico illegally -- and forced her into the life of a sex slave.

Her boyfriend told her they were leaving Mexico to live with his relatives in Queens, get restaurant jobs and build a happy life in America.

Instead, she was forced into a life of sex slavery — made to work as a “delivery girl” prostitute riding from john to john in a livery cab.

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Erica Pearson

New York Daily News

Feb. 12, 2012


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Mexico

Mexican Member of Congress and leading anti-trafficking advocate Deputy Rosi Orozco

Cada semana llegan a Tijuana decenas de niñas y mujeres de para ser forzadas a prostituirse: Rosi Orozco

Diputada Rosi Orozco: "cada semana llegan a Tijuana, Baja California, autobuses y aviones con decenas de niñas y mujeres de entre 3 a 65 años de edad para ser forzadas a prostituirse, refirió."

Distrito Federal.-La presidenta de la Comisión Especial para la Lucha contra la Trata de Personas, diputada Rosi Orozco (PAN), impulsa un punto de acuerdo para la colocación de un muro en las instalaciones del Palacio Legislativo de San Lázaro, en el que se exhiban fotografías de niñas, niños y mujeres desaparecidos por posible trata de personas. Además, que el Canal del Congreso difunda, de manera permanente, cápsulas con las imágenes de las posibles víctimas, así como los datos de las instancias competentes para formular denuncias, como señal de solidaridad y efectivo auxilio, precisó la legisladora.

Señaló que la trata de personas con fines sexuales es el tercer negocio ilícito más lucrativo a nivel mundial, después del tráfico de drogas y armas; genera al año diez mil millones de dólares.

La gran mayoría de las víctimas provienen de contextos en los que difícilmente pueden conocer plenamente sus derechos, subrayó.

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Each week, dozens of girl children and women are trafficked into sexual slavery in [the Mexico/U.S.] border city of Tijuana

Deputy Rosi Orozco: "According to a study conducted by the College of the Northern Frontier (Colegio de la Frontera Norte), each week dozens of girls and women between the ages of 3 and 65 are brought by bus and by air to the city of Tijuana, in the state of Baja California so that they can be exploited sexually."

Mexico Ciy - National Actional Party deputy Rosi Orozco, who is President of the Special Commission for Combating Trafficking in Persons in the lower house of Congress, has introduced a resolution for the placement of a mural on the premises of the Legislative Palace of San Lazaro, where the photographs of children and women who have disappeared and may be vicims of human trafficking will be displayed. In addition, Deputy Orozco proposes that the Congress Channel permanently broadcast segments that show the images of possible victims, as well as instuctions for filing human trafficking complaints, as a practical act of solidarity and assistance.

Orozco noted that human trafficking for sexual purposes is the third most lucrative illicit business worldwide, after drugs and arms trafficking, generating a year ten billion dollars.

The vast majority of victims come from contexts [situations] where it is difficult for them to fully know their rights, she said.

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El Observador Diario

Feb. 04, 2012


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California, USA / Mexico

Human Trafficking Continues To Rise Along San Diego-Tijuana Border

San Diego - Nearly every official who attended the second annual bi-national forum to address human trafficking in Chula Vista agreed: Human trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border is on the rise.

Government figures show about 18,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. every year. But officials also acknowledge there are many more victims hidden in communities who are sold for prostitution, labor or other services. Often times the illegal practice goes unreported.

The goal of Thursday's forum was to improve collaboration between agencies on both sides of the border to help crackdown on human trafficking and child prostitution.

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Marissa Cabrera

Fronteras Desk

Jan. 16, 2012


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New York City, USA / Mexico

ICE agent cites 'disturbing and subhuman' methods used to trick young women into sex slavery

"It’s very difficult for us to break through to the average American, the average New Yorker and let them know that people in 2011 and 2012 are actually held against their will," says Special Agent in Charge James Hayes, Jr., of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

G-men and cops are busting twice as many human traffickers, but advocates say a sickening number of immigrants are being forced into prostitution in the city.

Last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement racked up 172 arrests for trafficking in the metropolitan area, up from 75 the previous year.

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Erica Pearson

New York Daily News

Feb. 12, 2012


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Mexico

Presentan marcas de abuso sexual, bebes recuperados en Jalisco

En entrevista con Hoy por Hoy con Salvador Camarena, Tomás Coronado Olmos, procurador de Justicia de Jalisco, ratificó que bebés adoptados ilegalmente en dicha entidad presentan huellas de abuso sexual. “De los 11 menorcitos recuperados, seis presentan marcas de violencia sexual”.

“De los 11 menorcitos recuperados, seis presentan marcas de violencia sexual”.

Derivado de las investigaciones que realiza la PGR, dijo, hay nueve detenidos pero aun no se precisa si extranjeros de origen irlandés están relacionados con las agresiones sufridas por los menores.

“Los tenemos plenamente identificados y el embajador de Irlanda en México ha estado muy al pendiente. Una vez que concluya el proceso se determinará su situación jurídica”.

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Children put up for adoption in the cityof Jalisco show signs of sexual abuse

Jalisco state Attorney General Tomás Coronado Olmos has confirmed that the babies show signs of abuse.

"Six of 11 recovered todlers show signs of sexual abuse"

According to the federal Attorney General's Office, their investigations into this case have resulted in nine arrests. The authorities have not yet determined whether prospective adoptive parents from Ireland have any connection to the abuses.

"The [couples seeking adoption] have been identified. Ireland's ambassador in Mexico has been very attentive. After completion of the process the legal status of the prospective parents will be determined."

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wradio.com.mx

Feb. 08, 2012


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Mexico

Deputy Rosi Orozco at recent anti-trafficking forum

México, segundo lugar en pornografía infantil a nivel mundial

El 45 por ciento de las víctimas de trata son indígenas, dijo la diputada Rosi Orozco. En tanto que Margarita Zavala consideró fundamental combatir de manera frontal este delito.

El 45 por ciento de las víctimas de trata son indígenas, dijo la diputada Rosi Orozco. En tanto que Margarita Zavala consideró fundamental combatir de manera frontal este delito.

México está ubicado en el segundo lugar en producción de pornografía infantil a nivel mundial, afirmó la presidenta de la Comisión Especial de Lucha contra la Trata de Personas, diputada panista Rosi Orozco al inaugurar el Foro Líderes de Opinión Contra la Trata de Personas.

En presencia de la presidenta del Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, Margarita Zavala Gómez del Campo, la legisladora subrayó que el delito de trata de personas ocupa el segundo lugar a nivel mundial, como el negocio ilícito más redituable para el crimen organizado, con 42 mil millones de dólares, y después está el de la venta de armas.

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Mexico holds second place globally in [the production of] child pornography

Some 45% of human trafficking victims in Mexico are indigenous, according to Deputy Rosi Orozco. First Lady Margarita Zavala declares that confronting trafficking head-on is fundamental.

Some 45% of trafficking victims are indigenous, according to Deputy Rosi Orozco.

According to National Action Party Depurty Rosi Orozco, president of the Special Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons in the Lower House of Congress, Mexico holds a second-place position in the global production of child pornography. Deputy Orozco made these remarks as she opened the forum Opinion Leaders Against Human Trafficking. The event was attended by Mexico's First Lady Margarita Zavala Gómez del Campo, who is also the president of the National System for Integral Family Development (the nation's social services agency).

Depurty Orozco explained that the global human trafficking business brings in ilicit earning of $42 billion per year, making it the most profitable criminal enterprise after illegal arms trafficking.

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Grupo Fórmula

Jan. 24, 2012


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Mexico

México, Segundo en Pornografia Infantil en el Mundo

Trata de personas y pornografía infantil, delitos graves… Al señalar que México es de los cinco países del orbe con el mayor problema en materia de trata de personas y segundo en pornografía infantil, la diputada panista Rosi Orozco previno que el delito de la trata, ya superó las ganancias que obtiene la delincuencia organizada por el tráfico de armas a nivel mundial, con más de 42 mil millones de dólares.

Al inaugurar el foro “Líderes de Opinión contra la Trata de Personas”, sostuvo que por todo ello, la Organización de las Naciones Unidas escogió a nuestro país para iniciar la campaña del Corazón Azul, donde se pretende sensibilizar a la población y a las autoridades para erradicar el delito.

En nuestro país, el negocio de la trata de personas sigue en ascenso; mientras que a la fecha, sólo 19 entidades del país tienen una Ley contra la Trata de Personas, y únicamente el Distrito Federal, Puebla y Chiapas han aplicado sentencias condenatorias.

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Mexico: The second largest producer of child pornography globally

Human trafficking and child pornography, felonies ... Noting that Mexico is among the five countries in the world with the biggest problem in terms of trafficking in child pornography and second, the National Action Party's Deputy Rosi Orozco, who is a member of the Lower House of Congress, has warned that the crime of trafficking has surpassed the profits earned through ilicit arms trafficking, and now amount to $42 billion dollars per year [in criminal profits].

During her presentation opening the forum Opinion Leaders Against Trafficking in Persons, Deputy Orozco added that the Organization of the United Nations chose Mexico to start its [global] Blue Heart campaign, which aims to sensitize the population and authorities with the goal of eradicating modern human slavery.

In our country, the business of trafficking in persons continues to rise, while to date only 19 states [out of 32 federated entities] in the country have a law against trafficking in persons, and only the Federal District [Mexico City], and the states of Puebla and Chiapas have have handed down sentences in criminal cases associated with these crimes.

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Jaime Arizmendi

Quadratín

Jan. 25, 2012


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Mexico

Mexico No. 2 Producer Of Child Porn, Lawmakers Say

Mexico is the world's No. 2 producer of child pornography and is classified as a source, transit and destination country for people traffickers involved in sexual exploitation, lawmakers said.

Child pornography is the No. 2 illegal business, trailing only drug trafficking, and generates $42 billion annually, Special Committee to Fight People Trafficking chairwoman Rosi Orozco said.

Indians account for about 45 percent of the victims, Orozco, a member of the ruling National Action Party, or PAN, said at the start of a forum in Mexico City on people trafficking.

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EFE

Jan. 26, 2012


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Mexico

Estados más pobres, vulnerables a trata de personas: PAN

La diputada Rosi Orozco, apuntó que en el tema de la trata de personas, ahora se ha hecho mucha conciencia, luego que tiempo atrás se veía una marcada ignorancia de lo que sucedía. Asimismo, dijo ya hay acciones encaminadas a terminar con la pornografía infantil, "con los ciberdelitos que agreden tan fuertemente a los niños, niñas y jóvenes".

Rosi Orozco, diputada del PAN quien ha buscado combatir desde tiempo atrás la trata de personas, destacó el encuentro que se llevó a cabo el día de ayer en donde una chica por primera vez dio su testimonio sin cubrirse el rostro.

Explicó que la joven, quien en el libro "Del cielo al infierno", narró su historia de cómo la habían enganchado a través de enamoramiento, con el que se sentía en el cielo al estar con un príncipe, para después bajar a lo peor de un infierno de vida, de golpes para obligarla a prostituirse.

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Mexico's poorest states are vulnerable to human trafficking: National Action Party

During a recent event focused on the topic of human trafficking in Mexico, Congresswoman Rosi Orozco of the National Action Party stated that significant public awareness of the issue has now been acheived, after a period in which ignorance about the facts had prevailed. She added legislation is being considered by Congress that will put an end to child pornography and "cybercrimes that seriously assault children and youth." First Lady Margarita Zavala and the media also attended.

Deputy Orozco, who has had long sought to combat human trafficking, said the meeting that was held yesterday included for the first time testimony by a victim who appeared without hiding her face.

Deputy Orozco explained that the youth, who's story is told in Orozco's book "From Heaven to Hell", related the story of how she was entrapped by a trafficker who pretended to fall in love with her. She felt that she was in heaven with her prince. Later, she fell into the worst depths of hell-on-earth when the same man beat her to force her into prostitution.

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Paola Rojas

Grupo Fòrmula

Jan. 25, 2012


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Mexico

Avances, no descartan riesgos de frenar ley

No se descartan riesgos en San Lázaro que frenen la aprobación de la Ley para Prevenir, Sancionar y Erradicar la Trata de Personas y los Delitos Relacionados, toda vez que al momento sólo 104 legisladores de todos los partidos la han avalado, todavía falta trecho por andar, y aunque “está bastante acordada”, todos los esfuerzos se hacen para que avance, a fin de combatir el lacerante comercio y explotación sexual de seres humanos: niñas, niños y mujeres.

La diputada del PAN Rosi Orozco, presidenta de la Comisión Especial de Lucha Contra la Trata de Personas aclaró: “no he politizado ninguna situación, realmente va más allá de los partidos, estamos hablando de nuestros mexicanos, de nuestros niñas y niños y protegerlos a ellos no tiene colores”, ya que es una esclavitud en pleno siglo XXI, advirtió en entrevista durante la sesión en San Lázaro.

Confió que en este último periodo ordinario de la LXI Legislatura salga la Ley para Prevenir, Sancionar y Erradicar la Trata de Personas, “es una ley que no tiene por qué no salir, la gente que está en las comisiones está de acuerdo en que tengamos una Ley General, lo difícil fue sacar la reforma al artículo 73 y eso, pues ya se logró” apunta la legisladora albiceleste.

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Human trafficking legislation advances in Congress, members decline to reveal hidden threats to passage

Congressional lawmakers have declined to reveal the sources of hidden influences that are putting efforts to pass the proposed Law on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Trafficking in Persons and Related Crimes at risk. Currently, only 104 federal lawmakers from across Mexico's political parties have endorsed the proposal. Although significant work needs to be accomplished to achieve passage of the bill, basic agreement has been reached [on the need for an enforceable federal anti-trafficking law]. All possible efforts are being made to advance the bill, which will allow [a more effective federal effort to fight the damaging effects of the labor and sexual exploitation of girls, boys and women].

During an interview held in San Lazaro (the seat of Congress), National Action Party (PAN) Deputy Rosi Orozco, who is the president of the Special Committee to Combat Human Trafficking in the lower house of Congress said: "I have not politicized this effort. It [is a campaign that] really goes beyond the [interests of individual political] parties. What we are talking about here are our Mexican people, our children. They don't have colors [political affiliations]." She added that this [crisis] is a 21st Century form of slavery.

Deputy Orozco added that she hopes that, during the latter period of the 61st [LXI] Legislature's regular session, the Law to Prevent, Punish and Erradicate Human Trafficking will be passed." She noted that there is no reason why the bill should not pass, given that the members of the relevant congressional commissions [committees] are in agreement that we should have a general law against trafficking [a general law is the only form of federal law that may actually be enforced by federal authorities in the states]. The hardest part was achieving the reform of Article 73, said Orozco [During 2011, President Felipe Calderón achieved the passage of amendments to Articles 19, 20 and 73 of the Mexican Constitution to remove certain obstacles to the prosecution of human trafficking cases].

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Luz María Alonso Sánchez

El Punto Critico

Feb. 03, 2012


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Mexico

Ritmoson combate con música trata de personas

Crean campaña para generar conciencia del delito y cerrarán con un concierto

El tercer delito más lucrativo en México y otros países es la trata de personas, por ello, crear conciencia entre los jóvenes y niños para no ser víctimas de él es la pretensión del canal Ritmoson Latino.

Con la campaña Música libre, la señal internacional puso a andar su tercera iniciativa social, esta vez para combatir un “grave problema”.

Ricky Martin, Calle 13, Selena Gomez y Kinky, entre otros artistas, hacen el llamado que a partir de este mes y hasta julio próximo se transmitirá por televisión restringida y redes sociales oficiales.

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Ritmoson TV channel to run anti-trafficking campaign

The third most lucrative crime in Mexico and other countries is human trafficking. Therefore, the Latino Ritmoson channel, which is a part of the Televisa network, has created a trafficking prevention campaign to raise awareness among children and youth.

The international channel's Free Music campaign is its third social initiative, directed, this time, at addressing a "grave problem."

Performing artists] Ricky Martin, Calle 13, Selena Gomez. Kinky, among other artists will promote the campaign between now and July of 2012. It will be broadcast on television and by way of social media networks.

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Josue Fabián Arellano M.

El Universal

Feb. 10, 2012


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

California, USA / Mexico

Bill Aims to Make It Easier to Prosecute Child Sex Traffickers

As child sex trafficking expands as a source of money for San Diego gangs, there’s an effort to make it easier for prosecutors to go after pimps.

The way California law is written now, prosecutors have to prove force or coercion when a sex trafficking victim is younger than 18. Because so many victims are lured by pimps through emotional bribery or promises of work, it’s been difficult for prosecutors to prove trafficking.

Susan Munsey is with the nonprofit group Generate Hope which helps trafficking victims get back on their feet. She said Assembly Bill 90, which changes the standard of proof from forced to encouraged or persuaded, is badly needed.

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Amita Sharma

Fronteras Desk

Aug..12, 2011


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Mexico

Lideraba "La Niurka" red de prostitución de menores

Tijuana.- Una orden de aprehensión por el presunto delito de trata de personas le fue cumplimentada a María Guadalupe Román Valenzuela, alias "La Niurka", señalada como quien lideraba una red de prostitución con mujeres menores de edad desde el año 2005.

Fueron agentes de la Policía Estatal Preventiva quienes finalmente le concretaron el mandato judicial que pesaba en su contra desde el año 2007 por el delito de lenocinio, cuya figura delictiva fue cambiada con motivo de la entrada en vigor de la Ley Contra la Trata de Personas en el estado.

La Secretaría de Seguridad Pública Estatal informó que la detención de la fémina, también conocida como "La Tía", se llevó a cabo la tarde del domingo al ubicarla tras semanas de investigación en el fraccionamiento La Bodega, en la ciudad de Mexicali.

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Police arrest child sex trafficker known as "La Niurka"

The city of Tijuana - An arrest warrant for the alleged crime of human trafficking ihas been carried out against Maria Guadalupe Roman Valenzuela, also known as "The Niurka." Authorities indicate that since 2005, Roman Valenzuela has lead a prostitution ring that exploits underage girls.

The [Baja California] State Preventive Police (SSPE) arrested Roman Valenzuela, who had been wanted since 2007 on charges of pimping. The charges were later modified after the enactment of the state's Law Against Human Trafficking.

The State Secretariat of Public Security reported that the arrest of the suspect, who also went by the name of "Auntie," took place Sunday afternoon following a weeks-long investigation in the La Bodega neighborhood in the city of Mexicali.

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Manuel Cordero

El Sol de Tijuana

Jan. 17, 2012


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Mexico

Journalist, women's center director and anti-trafficking advocate Lydia Cacho

Lydia Cacho wins Olof Palme Prize 2011

Lydia Cacho, Mexican journalist and writer, and Roberto Saviano, Italian author, were awarded with Olof Palme Prize 2011. They both spoke about justice and human rights issues in their native countries with a great deal of courage, and currently they are living under threats and persecution.

In 2009, Lydia Cacho received a lot of attention at the Göteborg Book Fair, where she presented the translated version of her book "I will not let myself be intimidated". She wrote it based on her life experience in Mexico – her motherland, where she is known for her accusations of corruption among Mexican politicians and businessmen.

In 2005, by having written "Demons of Eden", she exposed paedophile Succar Kuri's network in Cancun and named several accomplices among high-ranking politicians and businessmen. Since that moment the author has lived under constant death threats. Besides being an author and having written seven books in total, since 2000, Lydia Cacho has been sheltering vulnerable women and children in Cancún, where they get an opportunity to retreat.

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Göteborg Book Fair

Jan. 30, 2012


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Peru

Lanzan campaña contra la trata de menores en la minería informal

La ONG Save The Children y la Unión Europea lanzaron este fin de semana una intensa campaña para erradicar la explotación sexual y laboral de niños y adolescentes en la minería informal en Madre de Dios (selva sur), una de las regiones más pobres de Perú.

La ONG Save The Children y la Unión Europea lanzaron este fin de semana una intensa campaña para erradicar la explotación sexual y laboral de niños y adolescentes en la minería informal en Madre de Dios (selva sur), una de las regiones más pobres de Perú.

"Una de las metas de la campaña es recuperar con apoyo de la policía y fiscalía a unos mil niños, niñas y adolescentes explotadas sexual y laboralmente en campamentos de la minería informal en Madre de Dios", dijo a la AFP Teresa Carpio Villegas, representante de Save The Children en Perú.

En los campamentos las menores son explotadas en cantinas convertidas en prostíbulos conocidos como 'prostibares', así como en, entre otras actividades, en la extracción de oro y la servidumbre, señaló Carpio.

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NGO launches [million dollar] campaign against child trafficking in Peru's remote informal mining camps

THe NGO Save the Children and the Earopean Union are launching a compaign this week to intensity efforts to eradicate the sexual and labor exploitation of children and youth in the informal mining camps of Madre de Dios, one of Peru's poorest regions.

The NGO Save The Children and the European Union this weekend launched an intensive campaign to eradicate sexual and labor exploitation of children and adolescents in the informal mining region of Madre de Dios (Mother of God), one of the poorest regions of Peru.

"One of the goals of the campaign is to organize police and prosecutorial support to rescue approximately 1,000 children and teens who are exploited for sex and labor in informal mining camps of the Madre de Dios," he told AFP Teresa Carpio Villegas, who Save the Children's representative in Peru.

In the mining camps, children are exploited in bars that have been converted into brothels and are known as 'prostibars.' Minors are also exploited to work in gold mining and [other forms of] servitude, Carpio said.

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Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Jan. 30, 2012


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Indigenous Mexico

Indigenous women are marginalized in Mexican society. Comprising 15-to30 percent of the population, they and their underage daughters make up an estimated 45% of all human trafficking victims in the Aztec nation (Mexico).

Voces del pueblo indígena

México-. La situación de asimetría y desigualdad ha hecho que históricamente los pueblos indígenas en México sean marginados y excluidos de los procesos de toma de decisiones en el país.

En la actualidad, con una población que se acerca a los 16 millones de habitantes, de ellos más de mitad mujeres, de acuerdo con estimados de la Movimiento Indígena Nacional (MIN), estos grupos se localizan, fundamentalmente en los estados de Yucatán (59 por ciento) y Oaxaca (48 por ciento).

También en Quintana Roo (39), Chiapas (28), Campeche (27), Hidalgo (24), Puebla (19), Guerrero (17), San Luis Potosí (15) y Veracruz (15).

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Voices of indigenous peoples

Conditions of inequality have historically resulted in the indigenous peoples being marginalized and excluded from the decision making process in Mexico.

Today, with their population is approaching 16 million people. Over half of them are women, according to estimates from the National Indigenous Movement (MIN). These groups are located mainly in the states of Yucatan (where they are 59% of the state's total population) and Oaxaca (where they are 48%).

The indigenous population is also significant in several other states: Quintana Roo (39%), Chiapas (28%), Campeche (27%), Hidalgo (24%), Puebla (19%), Guerrero (17%), San Luis Potosi (15%) and Veracruz (15%).

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Deisy Francis Mexidor

Prensa Latina


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Mexico

Agents save 13 from sex slavery in Mexican bar

The city of San cristobal de las Casas, in Chiapas state - Investigators say they have rescued a group of 13 women and girls, mostly from Central America, who were forced to have sex with clients at a bar in southern Mexico.

Chiapas state prosecutor Miguel Hernandez says at least half of the 13 women were minors, and 10 were from Central America.

Hernandez and other agents raided the bar in the town of Teopisca Saturday and arrested the manager, 42-year-old Mauri Diaz, on human trafficking, prostitution and corruption of minors charges.

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The Associated Press

Feb. 4, 2012


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Mexico

Mexico unravels child trafficking ring

Zapopan - The Irish couples ensnared in an apparent illegal adoption ring in western Mexico thought they were involved in a legal process and are devastated by allegations organisers were trafficking in children, the families said.

"All the families have valid declarations to adopt from Mexico as issued by the Adoption Authority of Ireland," they said in a statement, which was read over the phone to The Associated Press by their lawyer in Mexico, Carlos Montoya.

Prosecutors in Mexico contend the traffickers tricked destitute young Mexican women trying to earn more for their children and childless Irish couples desperate to become parents.

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News24

Jan. 24, 2012


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Mexico / Central America

Rescatan a centroamericanos víctimas del tráfico de personas

Some 73 undocumented Central Americans have been located and rescued by army units after being held in 'safe houses' that were presumably owned by human traffickers.

El Ejército mexicano encontró a 73 inmigrantes indocumentados en presuntas casas de traficantes de personas en el nororiental estado de Tamaulipas, informó el jueves la Secretaría de la Defensa.

La acción se realizó el martes en la ciudad de Reynosa "de manera coordinada, simultánea y sorpresiva" y permitió la detención de cuatro personas. Entre los indocumentados, cuyas nacionalidades no se dieron a conocer, había 18 menores de edad, informó DPA.

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Central American human trafficking victims are rescued

Se trata de 73 indocumentados localizados por el ejército en casas que presuntamente pertenecen a traficantes de seres humanos.

The Mexican army has found 73 illegal immigrants in alleged human trafficking safe houses located in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, the Secretary of Defense announced Thursday.

The action took place on Tuesday in the city of Reynosa "in a coordinated suprise raid" that led to the arrest of four people. Among the undocumented, whose nationalities were not released, there were 18 children.

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El Universal

Feb. 10, 2012


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The World

UNODC: The Role of Corruption in Trafficking in Persons

The UNODC report focuses on the close interrelation between corruption and human trafficking, critiquing existing international legal instruments that deal only indirectly with this problem, and providing recommendations on how to strengthen these tools.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime outlines the impetus for its report:

Trafficking in persons and corruption are closely linked criminal activities, whose interrelation is frequently referred to in international fora. Yet, the correlation between the two phenomena, and the actual impact of corruption on trafficking in persons, are generally neglected in the development and implementation of anti-human trafficking policies and measures. This lack of attention may substantially undermine initiatives to combat trafficking in persons and prevent the customization of responses as needed. Only after recognizing the existence and the effects of corruption in the context of human trafficking, can the challenges posed by it be met.

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Insight Crime

Feb. 13, 2012


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Mexico

Oklahoma Human Trafficking Operation May Have Ties To Mexican Cartels

Oklahoma City - We're learning more about a human trafficking operation busted last week in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. It appears to have ties to a Mexican human trafficking ring, which are said to be some of the most violent and brutal.

A search warrant obtained by News 9 reveals a victim of human trafficking, who was rescued in Tulsa, said she was also held against her will in Oklahoma City.

She told investigators she was held at the apartments off S.W. 59th Street and Harvey during the first part of January, and that she and others were forced to have sex with multiple strange men.

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Adrianna Iwasinski

Oklahoma News 6

Feb. 06, 2012


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Mexico

Pretenden regular pornografía en Baja California

Baja california es uno de los estados que ofrece más turismo sexual en México, es por esto que el Partido Encuentro Social presentará este mes una iniciativa ante el Congreso del Estado para que las compañías proveedoras de internet regulen el consumo de la pornografía.

La iniciativa pretende regular el uso de internet en el aparto de Gobierno y el sector educativo, además el que vende internet debe cuidar el acceso de los menores el uso de la pornografía reveló el presidente Estatal del PES, Javier Peña García.

“Es una iniciativa ciudadana, pero estamos invitando a las diferentes fracciones de los partidos a que se adhieran en esto para que salga en común acuerdo con todos los partidos de Baja California”, adelantó.

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Legislators work to regulate online pornography in Baja California state

Baja California is one states that offers the most sex tourism in Mexico, which is why the Social Encounter Party will, later this month, present a proposal to the State Congress that will require Internet service provider companies to regulated the consumption of pornography.

The initiative seeks to regulate Internet use in government agencies and in the education sector. The measure will also insist that companies that provide Internet services take measures to limit that access of minors to pornography. which also sells Internet access to take care of children using pornography revealed the leader of the state branch of the Social Encounter Party (PES), Javier García Peña.

"It's a citizens' initiative, but we are inviting the different political parties in Baja California to agree to this so that we may present a common front on the issue," he stated.

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Uni Rdio Informa

Feb. 13, 2012


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Bolivia

In Bolivia, Many Indigenous Communities Turn to Vigilantism to Fight Crime

If a man kills another man in the harsh high plains of Jesús de Machaca or the lush lowlands of Beni, the people who catch him might not call the police. Instead they might call a meeting.

Far from courthouses and police stations that may not know their languages, and despite having no jails to lock up criminals, remote villagers in Bolivia have quietly kept justice in their own hands for centuries, handling everything from malicious gossip to murder. They have demanded fines, doled out whippings, even banished people from the pueblo. These community courts have sometimes been criticized for trampling on human rights, especially when it comes to the rights of women, but indigenous leaders say they work better for them than the regular system.

To press a case in the ordinary courts, “you must hire a lawyer and spend money on paperwork,” says Justina Vélez, who represents Pando, the northernmost province of Bolivia, in an organization of female peasants named for the indigenous hero Bartolina Sisa. “All the courthouses are located in the main cities.… The indigenous authorities are right here where we live.”

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Emily Alpert

Indian Country Today

Feb. 08, 2012


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Mexico

Mexico Official Admits Some Areas Out of Government Control

At a military ceremony yesterday, Mexican Defense Minister Guillermo Galvan Galva described the national security situation in stark terms. “Clearly, in some sectors of the country public security has been completely overrun,” said Galvan, adding that “it should be recognized that national security is seriously threatened.” He went on to say that organized crime in the country has managed to penetrate not only society, but also the country’s state institutions.

Galvan also endorsed the military’s role in combating insecurity, asserting that although they have a responsibility to acknowledge that “there have been mistakes,” the armed forces have an “unrestricted” respect for human rights.

InSight Crime Analysis

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Geoffrey Ramsey

InSight Crime

Feb. 10, 2012


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Mexico

Operan 47 redes de trata de personas en México

Diputados piden a los tres órdenes de gobierno crear políticas adecuadas en la materia

La Cámara de Diputados pidió a los tres órdenes de gobiernos que combatan de manera integral el delito de trata de personas, debido a que en México operan al menos 47 redes que se dedican a este ilícito, de acuerdo con datos de la Red Nacional de Refugios.

Según cifras de la red, al año hay 800 mil adultos y 20 mil menores víctimas de este delito cuyas ganancias oscilan entre los 372 mil millones de pesos.

Las rutas incluyen los estados de Veracruz, Chiapas, Puebla, Oaxaca, Tlaxcala, Baja California, Chihuahua, Guerrero y Quintana Roo, así como países centroamericanos como Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador.

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Some 47 human trafficking networks are operating in Mexico

Congressional deputies ask the three branches of government to develop adequate policies to address human trafficking

Mexico's Lower House of Congress has asked the three branches of government (legislative, judicial and executive) to integrate their efforts to fight human trafficking, given that at least 47 trafficking networks exist in the nation, according to data released by the National Network of Refuges.

According to the Network, some 800,000 adults and 20,000 children are entrapped by modern human slavery each year, resulting in criminal earnings of some 372 million Mexican pesos ($28 million US dollars).

Trafficking routes exist in the Mexican states of Veracruz, Chiapas, Puebla, Oaxaca, Tlaxcala, Baja California, Chihuahua, Guerrero and Quintana Roo, as well as in Central American countries including Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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Israel Navarro and José Luis Martínez

Milenio

Feb. 05, 2012


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Costa Rica

Costa Rica lags in sex-trafficking fight

“Mariel” became a victim of sex trafficking at the age of 17. She managed to escape, but still suffers anxiety and fear. Rahab Foundation is helping her recover.

“Mariel” fears that she will be kidnapped again.

At 17, she was lured into human trafficking by an acquaintance with the promise of work. Her captor used false documents to take her from Costa Rica across the border to Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation.

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Dominique Farrell

The Tico TImes

Jan. 27, 2012


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Costa Rica

La pornografía infantil existe en Costa Rica

Adultos sedientos de sentir y tocar la piel de un cuerpo junto al suyo, deseosos de pagar sumas de dinero por alquilar un rato de confort, quizás hasta hacer una película o tomar unas fotos, pero no de cualquier cuerpo ni de cualquier persona, sino de un niño o una niña costarricense.

La explotación sexual comercial -también llamada prostitución infantil- es un flagelo social que existe en Costa Rica y se concentra mayoritariamente en las zonas fronterizas y las costas, según cuentan organizaciones no gubernamentales que han dado seguimiento a los casos esta ha desembocado en una riada de producción de pornografía infantil en la que se utilizan niños y niñas costarricenses.

Según Rocío Rodríguez directora de Alianza por tus Derechos, en la actualidad las zonas más plagadas de casos –tanto de explotación sexual comercial como de pornografía- son Puntarenas, Guanacaste y Limón.

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Child pornography exists in Costa Rica

Hungry adults feel and touch the skin of a body against thiers, eager to pay money to rent a bit of comfort, perhaps even make a movie or take some pictures, but not of any body or any person, but a boy or a girl in Costa Rica.

Commercial sexual exploitation, which is also known as child prostitution, is a social scourge that exists in Costa Rica. It is concentrated along the nation's borders and coasts, accourding to non governmental organizations who support victims. This reality has led to a flood in the production of child pornography that exploits Costa Rican children.

According to Rocio Rodriguez director of the NGO Alliance for your Rights (Alianza por tus Derechos), the cities of Puntarenas, Guanacaste and Limón are the regions that are the most plagued by both commercial sexual exploitation and pornography.

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Daniela Araya

Costa Rica Hoy

Feb. 16, 2012


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Mexico

Arrestan a pastor por violar niñas

De la secta Sendero de Luz.. Abusó de ellas durante años con la complacencia de sus padres

Delicias, Chihuahua.- Años de un sufrimiento en silencio fueron vividos por dos niñas desde que tenían 11 años de edad, pues un pastor de la denominada Iglesia Sendero de Luz les decía que "para ser siervas de Dios tenían que hacerle todo lo que les indicara", y eso incluía tener relaciones sexuales con él, acciones de las cuales aparentemente su padres estaban enterados.

Las familias de ambas sabían lo que pasaba con el religioso, pero su fanatismo les impedía actuar en su contra, según las jóvenes de ahora 22 años de edad, quienes comentaron que los abusos comenzaron desde el año 2001 y continuaron durante 9 años, hasta que se mudaron a la capital de estado.

Tras la denuncia impuesta por parte de las afectadas, agentes investigadores detuvieron mediante una orden de aprehensión a José Manuel Herrera Lerma, de 59 años, líder del grupo religioso previamente señalado.

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Pastor is arrested on charges of child rape

Path of Light sect leader abused two girls over a number of years with the knowledge of the victim's parents

The city of Delicias in Chihuahua state - Two girls suffered years of sexual abuse in silence, from the time they were age 11, at the hands of their church pastor. The reverend of the Path of Light church told the girls that, "to be servants of God they had to do everything that he told them to do," and that included having sex with him. The parents were apparently aware of the pastor's behavior with their daughters.

The families of both girls knew what was happening with the pastor, but their religious fervor prevented them from acting against him. The victims, who are now both age 22, have stated that the abuse began in 2001 and continued for 9 years, until [the family] moved to the state capital.

In response to the complaint filed by the victims, investigative agents served an arrest warrant on José Manuel Herrera Lerma, age 59.

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Marisol Marín

oem.com.mx

Feb. 08, 2012


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Mexico

Children in Mexican adoption scam show signs of sexual abuse

Ten children were seized by authorities in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara after they uncovered the apparent child trafficking scam last weekend.

Eleven Irish couples hoping to adopt children in the country have been caught up in the investigation.

“There are four children who show signs of having been abused (sexually), perhaps not in a violent way but there are signs (of abuse),” the Jalisco state attorney general Tomas Coronado told reporters today.

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TheJournal.ie

Jan. 12, 2012


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Ecuador

148 millones invirtió el Gobierno en implementación de tres mil centros infantiles

Como parte de este proceso, 242 profesionales entre sicopedagogas, parvularias, tecnólogas en educación y especialistas en desarrollo infantil se incorporaron al trabajo en la provincia costera del Guayas, luego de un periodo de selección y capacitación.

Alrededor de 500 mil niños en Ecuador, entre 0 y 5 años, son atendidos por el Ministerio de Inclusión Económica y Social (MIES), en los Centros del Buen Vivir y el programa “Creciendo con nuestros hijos”.

La ministra de Inclusión Económica y Social, Ximena Ponce, indicó que el desarrollo infantil es uno de los seis proyectos de inversión prioritarios del gobierno del presidente Rafael Correa.

La meta es implementar un profesional por cada Centro para garantizar una conducción técnica en sus tres componentes: salud, educación y protección, especialmente en niños de 0 a 3 años.

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Government invests $148 million to implement 3,000 children's centers across the country

As part of the initiative, 242 professionals have joined the effort in the key coastal province of Guayas

About 500,000 children, from newborns to age 5 are served by Ecuador's Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion (MIES), through its Good Living Centers and by way of its program "Growing with our children."

Minister of Economic and Social Inclusion Ximena Ponce indicated that child development is one of six priority investment projects for the government of President Rafael Correa.

The goal is to provide one professional worker for each center to ensure technical leadership in its three focus areas: health, education and protection. The initiative is especially geared toward assisting children from 0 to 3 years of age.

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eldiario.com.ec

Feb. 08, 2012


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Guatemala

Former Guatemala dictator to give testimony in genocide trial

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt will be made to testify at his genocide trial, according to a statement by judicial officials on Saturday. Rios Montt was in control of Guatemala from 1982 to 1983 as a result of a coup and is being charged with crimes against humanity and genocide during his rule. He was protected from prosecution until this month because he was serving in congress. Rios Montt said he would cooperate with the court [EFE report, in Spanish]. The case involves at least 1,771 deaths and 1,400 human rights violations during the 36-year Guatemalan Civil War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] with much of the violations occurring during Rios Montt's rule.

The Guatemalan civil war resulted in more than 200,000 deaths, mostly among Guatemala's large indigenous Mayan population. According to a UN report [text, in Spanish] released in 1999, the military was responsible for 95 percent of those deaths. In response to these violations, the Guatemalan government founded the National Compensation Program (PNR) in 2003 to deal with claims by civilians affected by the civil war. The PNR, after setting up its administrative structure, has begun to use its $40 million budget to work through a backlog of more than 98,000 civilian complaints. Four former soldiers and two former police officers [JURIST reports] have already been convicted in relation to these crime. Spain attempted to extradite Rios Montt [JURIST report] in 2008, but failed due to a lack of jurisdiction.

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Matthew Pomy

Jurist

Jan. 22, 2012


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Mexico

Dictan prisión contra tres hombres por trata de personas en Chiapas

Un juez penal dictó auto de formal prisión por el delito de trata de personas en contra de tres hombres que operaban un bar clandestino en San Cristóbal de las Casas, donde fueron rescatadas cuatro menores víctimas.

La Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado (PGJE) informó que los presuntos responsables Abraham “N”, propietario del negocio, el encargado Rosendo “N” y el vigilante Diego “N”, son procesados en el centro penitenciario ” El Amate”.

Agentes de la Fiscalía Especializada en Asuntos Relevantes ejecutaron un operativo en el bar ” La Sirena”, donde rescataron a cuatro menores, sometidas a trata de personas y corrupción de menores.

En el sitio fueron sorprendidos también dos menores de edad que ingerían alcohol, lo que constituye una violación a las leyes de salud.

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Three men are sentenced to prison in [the southern border state of] Chiapas

I jusdge has sentenced three men to prison on human trafficking charges who operated a clandestine bar in the cisty of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Four minors had been rescued from the bar.

The Office of the Chiapas State Attorney General (PGJE) has announced that three suspects, Abraham "N," a bar owner, bar manager Rosendo "N" and a guard, Diego "N," have been detained and sent to the "El Amate" prison.

Agents of the Special Prosecutor's Office for Relevant Issues executed an operation at the bar "La Sirena" (the Siren), where they rescued four children who had been subjected to the crimes of human trafficking and the corruption of minors.

The authorities also encountered two other youth who were drinking alcohol in violation of health laws.

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Provincia.com.mx

Feb. 08, 2012


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Peru

Piden cadena perpetua para acusado de violar a 15 menores en 2009

La directora del Programa Nacional contra la Violencia Familiar y Sexual, Ana María Mendieta, exhortó hoy al Poder Judicial a aplicar la pena máxima de cadena perpetua a Óscar Visalot, acusado de abusar sexualmente de 15 menores de edad en 2009.

Este pedido contra Visalot, quien fue capturado en octubre de 2010, surge ante la posible excarcelación del acusado por exceso de carcelería, precisó la funcionaria de ese programa perteneciente al Ministerio de la Mujer y Poblaciones Vulnerables (Mimp).

“Exhortamos al Poder Judicial, a la Primera Sala de Reos en Cárcel de Lima y a las autoridades penitenciarias a que el procesado sea trasladado a Lima y se le dicte una sentencia ejemplar de cadena perpetua”, sostuvo Mendieta.

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Officials ask for a life sentence for a man accused in 2009 of the rape of 15 minors

The director of the National Programme Against Family and Sexual Violence (PNCVFS), Ana Maria Mendieta, today urged the judiciary to apply the maximum penalty of life imprisonment in the case of Oscar Visalot, accused of sexually abusing 15 minors in 2009.

The request to have Visalot, who was captured in October 2010, sentenced promptly arose from the fact that the defendant is being considered for release from prison due to a determination that the has spent an excessive amount of time in detention, said Mendieta, an official of the PNCVFS, which is a program under the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP).

"We urge the Judiciary, the First Board of Inprisoned Inmates in Lima and the prison authorities to transport the prisoner to Lima and [that the Court] hand down a sentence of life imprisonment," said Mendieta.

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Andina.com.pe

Feb. 08, 2012


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Ohio, USA

Man guilty of raping girl in 2005

Hamilton - The adoptive parents of a young girl raped and kidnapped by Butler County’s former “most wanted” fugitive say their daughter can finally start “healing from the nightmare she suffered at the hands of this monster.”

The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for three hours Wednesday before deciding “Mario” Lopez-Cruz was guilty of one count of kidnapping and four counts of rape for his attack on a 9-year-old Hamilton girl on Fathers Day 2005.

Lopez-Cruz faces life in prison without parole until he spends 10 years in prison on the rape charges and up to 10 years on kidnapping. Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth will sentence him March 15.

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Denise G. Callahan

The Oxford Press

Feb. 01, 2012



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Added: Aug. 05, 2011

About sex trafficker's war against indigenous children in Mexico

LibertadLatina Commentary

Indigenous women and children in Mexico

During the over ten years that the LibertadLatina project has existed, our ongoing analysis of the crisis of sexual abuse in the Americas has lead us to the conclusion that our top priority should be to work to achieve an end to the rampant sex trafficking and exploitation that perennially exists in Mexico. Although many crisis hot spots call out for attention across Latin America and the Caribbean, working to see reform come to Mexico appeared to be a critical first step to achieving major change everywhere else in the region.

We believe that this analysis continues to be correct. We also recognize the fact that the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and Colombia are other emergency zones of crisis. We plan to expand our coverage of these and other issues as resources permit.

Mexico is uniquely situated among the nations of the Americas, and therefore requires special attention from the global effort to end modern human slavery.

Mexico:

  • Is the world's largest Spanish speaking nation

  • Includes a long contiguous border with the U.S., thus making it a transit point for both 500,000 voluntary (but vulnerable) migrants each year as well as for victims of human slavery

  • Has multi-billion dollar drug cartels that profit from Mexico's proximity to the U.S. and that are today investing heavily in human slavery as a secondary source of profits

  • Has a 30% indigenous population, as well as an Afro-Mexican minority, both of whom are marginalized, exploited and are 'soft targets' who are now actively being cajoled, and kidnapped by trafficking mafias into lives of slavery and death

  • Has conditions of impunity that make all impoverished Mexicans vulnerable to sex and labor trafficking

  • Has a child sex tourism 'industry' that attracts many thousands of U.S., European and Latin American men who exploit vulnerable, impoverished children and youth with virtual impunity

  • Is the source of the largest contingent of foreign victims of human slavery who have been trafficked into the U.S.

  • Has a large and highly educated middle class which includes thousands of women who are active in the movement to enhance human rights in general and women's rights in particular

  • Has a growing anti-trafficking movement and a substantial women's rights focused journalist network

  • Has a politically influential faction of socially conservative men who believe in the sexist tenants of machismo and who favor maintaining the status quo that allows the open exploitation of poor Mexicans and Latin American migrants to continue, thus requiring assistance from the global movement against human exploitation to help local activists balance the scales of justice and equality

For a number years LibertadLatina's commentaries have called upon Mexico's government and the U.S. State Department to apply the pressure that is required to begin to change conditions for the better. It appears that the global community's efforts in this regard are beginning to have impact, yet a lifetime of work remains to be done to end what we have characterized as a slow-moving mass gender atrocity.

Recent developments in Mexico are for the most part encouraging.

These positive developments include:

  • The March 31, 2011 resignation of Attorney General Arturo Chávez Chávez (who had earlier failed to address the crisis of femicide murders facing women in Ciudad Juarez as Chihuahua state attorney general)

  • The replacement of Chávez Chávez with Marisela Morales Ibáñez as the nation’s first female attorney general (Morales Ibáñez was recently honored by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton)

  • Morales Ibáñez’ reform-motivated purge of 174 officials and employees of the attorney general’s office, including the recent resigna-tions of 21 federal prosecutors

  • Morales Ibáñez’ recent raid in Cuidad Juárez, that resulted in the arrests of 1,030 suspected human traffickers and the freeing of 20 underage girls

  • The recent appointment of Dilcya Garcia , a former Mexico City prosecutor who achieved Mexico's first trafficking convictions to the federal attorney general's office (Garcia was recently honored by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her anti-trafficking work)

  • The July, 2010 replacement of Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont with José Francisco Blake Mora. (Secretary Gómez Mont openly opposed the creation of strong federal anti-trafficking legislation.)

  • Success by President Calderón and the Congress of the Republic in achieving the first steps to bringing about a constitutional amendment to facilitate human trafficking prosecutions

  • Recent public statements by President Calderon imploring the public to help in the fight against human trafficking

  • Some progress in advancing legislation in Congress to reform the failed 2007 federal anti trafficking law, a reform effort that has been lead by Deputy Rosi Orozco

  • The active collaboration of both the U.S. Government and the United Nations Office eon Drugs and Crime in supporting government efforts against trafficking

Taken together, the above actions amount to a truly watershed moment in Mexico’s efforts to address modern human slavery. We applaud those who are working for reform, while also recognizing that reform has its enemies within Congress, government institutions, law enforcement and society.

Mexico’s key anti-trafficking leaders, including journalist and author Lydia Cacho, Teresa Ulloa (director of the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women for Latin America and the Caribbean - CATW-LAC), and Congresswoman Rosi Orozco of the ruling National Action Party (PAN) have all raised the alarm in recent months to indicate that corrupt businessmen, politicians and law enforcement authorities continue to pressure Mexican society to maintain a status quo that permits the existence of rampant criminal impunity in relation to the exploitation of women, children and men. The fact that anti-trafficking activist Lydia Cacho continues to face credible deaths threats on a regular basis and must live with armed guards for 24 hours a day is one sobering indicator of this harsh reality.

The use of slavery for labor and sexual purposes has a solid 500 years of existence in Mexico and much of the rest of Latin America. Indigenous peoples have been the core group of victims of human exploitation from the time of the Spanish conquest to the present. This is true in Mexico as well as in other nations with large indigenous populations such as Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. African descendants are also victims of exploitation - especially in Colombia, and like indigenous peoples, they continue to lack recognition as equal citizens.

These populations are therefore highly vulnerable to human trafficking and exploitation due to the fact that the larger societies within which they live feel no moral obligation to defend their rights. Criminal human traffickers and other exploiters take advantage of these vulnerabilities to kidnap, rape, sex traffic and labor traffic the poorest of the poor with little or no response from national governments.

A society like Mexico - where even middle class housewives are accustomed to treating their unpaid, early-teen indigenous girl house servants to labor exploitation and verbal and physical violence – and where the men of the house may be sexually abusing that child – is going to take a long time to adapt to an externally imposed world view that says that the forms of exploitation that their conquistador ancestors brought to the region are no longer valid. That change is not going to happen overnight, and it is not going to be easy.

Mexico’s current efforts to reform are to be applauded. The global anti-trafficking activist community and its supporters in government must, however remain vigilant and demand that Mexico continue down the path toward ending its ancient traditions of tolerated human exploitation. For that transformation to happen effectively, indigenous and African descendant Mexicans must be provided a place at the table of deliberations.

Although extending equality to these marginalized groups is a radical concept within the context of Mexican society, we insist that both Mexico, the United States State Department (a major driver of these reforms in Mexico) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC - another major driver in the current reforms) provide the social and political spaces that will be required to allow the groups who face the most exposure to exploitation to actually have representation in both official and NGO deliberations about their fate at the hands of the billion dollar cartels and mafias who today see them as raw material and 'easy pickings' to drive their highly lucrative global slavery profit centers.

Without taking this basic step, we cannot raise Mexico’s rating on our anti-trafficking report card.

Time is of the essence!

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

Aug. 05, 2011

Updated Aug. 11,2011

Note: Our August 4/5, 2011 edition contains a number of stories that accurately describe the nature of the vulnerabilities that indigenous children and women face from modern day sex traffickers, pedophiles and rapists.

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Added: Aug. 1, 2010

An editorial by anti trafficking activist Lydia puts the spotlight on abusive domestic work as a form of human slavery targeting, for the most part, indigenous women and girls

Mexico

Esclavas en México

México, DF, - Cristina y Dora tenían 11 años cuando Domingo fue por ellas a la Mixteca en Oaxaca. Don José Ernesto, un militar de la Capital, le encargó un par de muchachitas para el trabajo del hogar. La madre pensó que si sus niñas trabajaban con “gente decente” tendrían la posibilidad de una vida libre, de estudiar y alimentarse, tres opciones que ella jamás podría darles por su pobreza extrema.

Cristina y Dora vivieron en el sótano, oscuro y húmedo, con un baño improvisado en una mansión construida durante el Porfiriato, cuyos jardines y ventanales hablan de lujos y riqueza. Las niñas aprendieron a cocinar como al patrón le gustaba. A lo largo de 40 años no tuvieron acceso a la escuela ni al seguro social, una de las hermanas prohijó un bebé producto de la violación del hijo del patrón. Les permitían salir unas horas algunos sábados, porque el domingo había comidas familiares. Sólo tres veces en cuatro décadas les dieron vacaciones, siendo adultas, para visitar a su madre enferma...

Slaves in Mexico

[About domestic labor slavery in Mexico]

Mexico City – Cristina and Dora were 11-years-old when Domingo picked them up in the state of Oaxaca. José Ernesto, a military man living in Mexico City, had sent Domingo to find a pair of girls to do domestic work for him. The girls’ mother thought that if they had an opportunity to work with “decent people,” they would have a chance to live a free life, to study and to eat well. Those were three things that they she could never give them in her condition of extreme poverty.

Cristina and Dora lived in the dark and humid basement of a mansion built during the presidency of Porfirio Díaz (1876 to 1910). Their space had an improvised bathroom. Outside of the home, the mansion’s elaborate gardens and elegant windows presented an image of wealth and luxury. The girls learned to cook for the tastes of their employer.

It is now forty years later. Cristina and Dora never had access to an education, nor do they have the right to social security payments when they retire. One of the sisters had a child, who was the result of her being raped by one of their employer’s sons.

They are allowed out of the house for a few hours on Saturdays. On Sundays they had to prepare family meals for their patron (boss).

Today, some 800,000 domestic workers are registered in Mexico. Ninety three percent of them don’t have access to health services. Seventy Nine percent of them have not and will not receive benefits. Their average salary is 1,112 pesos($87.94) per month. More than 8% of these workers receive no pay at all, because their employers think that giving them a place to sleep and eat is payment enough.

Sixty percent of domestic workers in Mexico are indigenous women and girls. They began this line of work, on average, at the age of 13. These statistics do not include those women and children who lived locked-up in conditions of extreme domestic slavery.

Mexico’s domestic workers are vulnerable to sexual violence, unwanted pregnancies, exploitation, racism and being otherwise poorly treated…

Recently, the European Parliament concluded that undocumented migrant women face an increased risk of domestic labor slavery. In Mexico, the majority of domestic slaves are Mexicans. Another 15% of these victims are [undocumented] migrants from Guatemala and El Salvador. Their undocumented status allows employers to prohibit their leaving the home, prohibit their access to education or deny their right to have a life of their own. The same dynamics happen to Latina women in the United States and Canada.

For centuries [middle and upper class white Mexican women] became accustomed to looking at domestic labor slavery as something that ‘helps’ indigenous women and girls. We used the hypocritical excuse that we were lifting them out of poverty by exploiting them. [They reality is that] millions of these women and girls are subjected to work conditions that deny them access to education, healthcare, and the enjoyment of a normal social life.

We (Mexico’s privileged) men and women share the responsibility for perpetuating this form of slavery. We use contemptuous language to refer to domestic workers. Like other forms of human trafficking, domestic labor slavery is a product of our culture.

Domestic work is an indispensable form of labor that allows millions of women to work. We should improve work conditions, formally recognize it in our laws, and assure that in our homes, we are not engaging in exploitation cloaked in the idea that we are rescuing [our domestic workers] from poverty.

To wash, iron, cook and care for children is as dignified as any other form of work. The best way for us to change the world is to start in own homes.

“Plan B” is a column written by Lydia Cacho that appears Mondays and Thursdays in CIMAC, El Universal and other newspapers in Mexico.

Lydia Cacho

CIMAC Women's News Agency

July 27, 2010


Added: Aug. 4, 2011

LibertadLatina Commentary

We at LibertadLatina applaud U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the U.S. Justice Department and all of the agencies and officers involved in Operation Delego, which shut down a grotesque  international child pornography network that glorified and rewarded the torture and rape of young children. We also wish you good hunting in taking down all child pornography rings, wherever they may exist.

We call attention to a recent story (posted on Aug. 4, 2011) on the rape with impunity of indigenous school children, from very young ages, in the nation's now-closed Indian boarding school system. The fact that the legislature of the state of South Dakota passed legislation that denies victims the right to sue the priests and nuns who raped them is just as disgusting as any of the horror stories that are associated with the pedophile rapist / torturers who have been identified in Operation Delego.

Yet neither the U.S. Justice Department nor the Canadian government, where yet more horrible sexual abuses, and even murders of indigenous children took place, have ever sought to prosecute the large number of rapists involved in these cases.

In addition, federal prosecutors drop a large number of rape cases on Indian reservations despite the fact that indigenous women face a rate of rape in the U.S. that is 3.5 times higher that the rate faced by other groups of women. White males are the perpetrators of the rape in 80% of these cases.

When former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales fired eight U.S. attorneys in December of 2006, it turned out that 5 of those targeted had worked together to increase the very low prosecution rates for criminal cases on Native reservations. Their firings did a disservice to victims of rape and other serious crimes in Indian Country.

The indigenous peoples of the Americas demand an end to the rampant sexual exploitation with impunity of our peoples, be they from the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru or Canada.

We expect the United Stated Government to set the tone and lead the way in that change in social values.

Time is of the essence!

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

Aug. 05, 2011


Added: Apr. 17, 2011

Massachusetts, USA

Donna Gavin, commander of the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit, at Wheelock College

Norma Ramos, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, speaks

Wheelock professor and anti pornography activist Dr. Gail Dines, and survivor and activist Cherie Jimenez speak at Wheelock

LibertadLatina's Chuck Goolsby speaks up to represent the interests of Latin American and indigenous victims at Wheelock College

Wheelock College anti-trafficking event

Stopping the Pimps, Stopping the Johns: Ending the Demand for Sex Trafficking

This event is part of Wheelock's sixth annual "Winter Policy Talks."

Speakers:

•Donna Gavin, commander of the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit and the Massachusetts Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking. She is a sergeant detective of the Boston Police Department.

•Cherie Jimenez, who used her own experiences in the sex trade to create a Boston-area program for women

•Norma Ramos, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

•Gail Dines, Wheelock professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and chair of the American Studies Department

Wheelock College

March 30, 2011

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Added: Apr. 17, 2011

Massachusetts, USA

Wheelock College to discuss Massachusetts sex trafficking

Wheelock College is set to hold a panel discussion on the growing sex trafficking in Massachusetts.

The discussion, titled "Stopping the Pimps, Stopping the Johns: Ending the Demand for Sex Trafficking," is scheduled for Wednesday and will feature area experts and law enforcement officials.

Those scheduled to speak include Donna Gavin, commander of the Boston Police human trafficking unit and the Massachusetts task force to combat human trafficking.

Experts believe around 14,000 to 17,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. every year, including those from Latin America, Asia and Africa.

The panel is part of the Brookline school's sixth annual "Winter Policy Talks."

The Associated Press

March 30, 2011

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LibertadLatina Commentary

Chuck Goolsby

On March 30, 2011 Wheelock College in Boston presented a forum that explored human trafficking and ways to end demand. Like many human trafficking gatherings held around the world, the presenters at this event provided an empathetic and intelligent window into current thinking within the different interest groups that make up this movement. Approximately 40 college students and local anti-trafficking activists attended the event.

Norma Ramos, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) spoke about current human trafficking conditions around the world. Pornography abolitionist Dr. Gail Dines of Wheelock presented a slide show on pornography and its link to the issue of prostitution demand. Survivor Cherie Jimenez told her story of over 20 years facing abuse at the hands of pimps, and her current efforts to support underage girls in prostitution. Detective Donna Gavin discussed the Boston Police Department’s efforts to assist women and girls in prostitution, including the fact that her department’s vice operations helping women in prostitution avoid criminal prosecution to the extent possible.

The presentation grew into an intelligent discussion about a number of issues that the presenters felt were impacting the effectiveness of the movement. Among these issues were perceptions on the part of Dr. Dines that a number of activists in the human trafficking movement have expressed pro-pornography points of view. She added that the great majority of college students in women’s programs with whom she talks express a pro-pornography perspective. Panelists also expressed the view that many men who lead anti-trafficking organizations also have a pro-pornography viewpoint.

Cherie Jimenez shared her opinion that U.S. born victims do not get as much visibility and attention relative to foreign born victims. She emphasized that victims from all backgrounds are the same, and should be treated as such.

Jimenez emphasized that much of her work as an activist focuses on helping young women who, at age 18, leave state supported foster care, and must then survive on their own. She emphasized that foster care is a broken system that exposes underage girls to routine sexual abuse. CATW’s Ramos, who was a victim of that system herself, agreed.

Ramos, head of the global Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Girls for Sexual Exploitation (CATW), emphasized that men who operate in the arena of anti sex trafficking activism must be accountable to women activists, because the issue was a gender issue. She also stated that she approached the human trafficking issue from an indigenous world view.

In response to a question from a Latina woman about services for transgender youth, Detective Gavin of the Boston Police Department stated that they have not run into sex trafficking cases involving males. Norma Ramos did note that sex trafficked male youth did exist in significant numbers in the New York City area.

During the question and answer period of the forum, I spent about 15 minutes discussing the issue of human trafficking from the Latin American, Latin Diaspora and indigenous perspectives.

* I noted that as a male anti-trafficking activist, I have devoted the past dozen years of that activism to advocating for the voiceless women and girls in Latin America, the United States and in advanced nations of the world in Europe and Japan where Latina and indigenous victims are widely exploited.

* I pointed out that within the Boston area as elsewhere within the United States, the brutal tactics of traffickers, as well as the Spanish/English language barrier, the cultural code of silence and tolerance for exploitation that are commonplace within Latin immigrant communities all allow sex trafficking to flourish in the Latin barrios of Boston such as East Boston, Chelsea, Everett and Jamaica Plain.

* I also mentioned that during the current climate of recession and increased immigration law enforcement operations, Latina women and girls face a loss of jobs and income, and a loss of opportunities to survive with dignity, which are all factors that expose them to the risk of commercial sexual exploitation.

* I mentioned that the sex trafficking of women and girls in Latin America focuses on the crisis in Mexico, which, I stated was the epicenter of sex trafficking activity in the Americas.

* I stated that the U.S. anti-trafficking movement cannot make any progress while it continues to treat the sex trafficking crisis in Mexico as a secondary issue.

* I mentioned that Teresa Ulloa, director of the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women for Latin America and the Caribbean (CATW-LAC), was a stellar activist who has provided the vanguard of leadership in anti sex trafficking activism in the region. I added that Ulloa recently promoted statistics developed by the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, that state that 25% of the Gross Domestic Product across all Latin American nations is derived from human trafficking.

* I mentioned that a number of years ago, I called-on my local police department to enforce the law and arrest an adult man who was severely sexually harassing an 11-year-old Latina girl. These two officers told me in a matter of fact way that they could not respond to what the county Police Academy had taught them (in cultural sensitivity classes there) was just a part of Latino culture.

As is the case in most public events that I attend that address the crisis in human trafficking, the issue of Latina and indigenous victims (who are the majority of U.S. victims) would not have been discussed in detail without the participation of LibertadLatina.

The event was an enlightening experience. My perception is that both the activists and the audience were made aware of the dynamics of the crisis of mass gender atrocities that women and children are facing in Latin America, the Caribbean and in their migrant communities across the globe.

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

April 17, 2011


Added: Feb. 27, 2011

Mexico

This map shows the number of types of child slavery that occur in the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean

Indigenous children are the focal point for underage sex and labor slavery in Mexico

Around 1.5 million children do not attend school at all in Mexico, having or choosing to work instead. Indigenous children are often child laborers. Throughout Central and South America, indigenous people are frequently marginalized, both economically and socially. Many have lost their traditional land rights and they migrate in order to find paid work. This can in turn make indigenous peoples more vulnerable to exploitative and forced labor practices.

According to the web site Products of Slavery.org, child slavery, especially that which exploits indigenous children, is used to generate profits in the following industries in Mexico:

* The production of Child Pornography

* The production of coffee, tobacco, beans, chile peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, melons, onions, sugarcane and tomatoes - much of which is sold for export

Key facts about Mexican child sex and labor exploitation defined on the Product of Slavery:

* Many indigenous children in Mexico aged between seven and 14 work during the green bean harvest from 7am until 7pm, meaning they cannot attend school.

* Amongst Mexico's indigenous peoples, 86% of children, aged six years and over, are engaged in strenuous physical labor in the fields six days a week working to cultivate agricultural produce such as chile peppers.

* Indigenous child labor keeps costs of production down for Mexican companies as boys and girls from indigenous families are frequently denied recognition of their legal status as workers, charged with the least skilled tasks, such as harvesting cucumbers, and so receive the lowest pay.

* Child labor is widespread in Mexico's agricultural sector; in 2000, it was discovered that 11 and 12 year olds were working on the family ranch of the then-President elect, Vicente Fox, harvesting onions, potatoes, and corn for export to the United States.

[I know a couple of U.S. ICE agents who can add 'another paragraph' to the above statement - LL.]

* Mexican children who are exploited by the sex industry and involved in activities such as pornography and prostitution suffer physical injuries, long-term psychological damage with the strong possibility of developing suicidal tendencies and are at high risk of contracting AIDS, tuberculosis and other life-threatening illnesses.

* There are strong links between tourism and the sexual exploitation of children in Mexico; tourist centers such as Acapulco, Cancun and Tijuana are prime locations where thousands of children are used in the production of pornographic material and child prostitution is rife.

* Mexican street children are vulnerable to being lured into producing pornographic material with promises of toys, food, money, and accommodation; they then find themselves prisoners, locked for days or weeks on end in hotel rooms or apartments, hooked on drugs and suffering extreme physical and sexual violence.

* David Salgado was just eight years old when he was crushed by a tractor as he went to empty the bucket of tomatoes he had just collected on the Mexican vegetable farm where he worked with his family. The company paid his funeral expenses but refused to pay compensation to his family as David was not a formal employee.

The web site explores child enslavement in all of the nations shown in the above map.

Products of Slavery


Added: Feb. 27, 2011

North Carolina, USA

"For Sale" - A composite from a poster announcing Davidson College's recent event on Human Trafficking in Latin America

See the complete poster

Chuck Goolsby speaks at Davidson College

On February 3rd of 2011 I travelled to Davidson College, located in a beautiful community north of Charlotte, North Carolina, to provide a 90 minute presentation on the crisis of sexual slavery in Latin America, and in Latin American immigrant communities across the United States. I thank the members of Davidson's Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) and the Vann Center for Ethics for cosponsoring the presentation, and for their hospitality and hard work in setting up this event.

During my talk I described many of the dynamics of how sexual slavery works in the Americas. I summarized the work of LibertadLatina as one of the few English language voices engaging the world in an effort to place Latin American gender exploitation issues on an equal footing with the rest of the world's struggle against sex trafficking. I covered the facts that:

1) Sexual slavery has long been condoned in Latin America;

2) Community tolerance of sexual exploitation, and a cultural code of silence work to hide crimes of violence against women across the region;

3) The multi-billion dollar pockets of Latin American drug cartels, together with the increasing effectiveness of anti-drug trafficking law enforcement efforts are driving cartel money into major investments in kidnapping, 'breaking-in' and selling underage girls and young women into slavery globally, en mass;

4) Men in poverty who have grown up in [especially rural] cultures where women's equality does not exist, are prime candidates to participate in the sex trafficking industry - this is especially true in locations such as Tlaxcala state, just east of Mexico City, where an estimated 50% of the adults in the La Meca neighborhood of the major city of Tenancingo are involved in sex traffickers;

5) Male traffickers, often from family organized mafias of adults and teens [especially in Tlaxcala], either kidnap women and girls directly, or engage in false romances with potential victims that result in the victim's beating, gang rape and enslavement, getting the victim pregnant - and then leaving the infant with the trafficker's family as a form of bribery [threatening the baby's death if the victim does not continue to submit to forced sexual enslavement;

6) Traffickers typically take their victims from Tlaxcala, to Mexico City, and to Tijuana on the U.S. border - from which they are shipped like merchandise to Tokyo, Madrid, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington, DC and New York City;

7) Traffickers also bring victims to farm labor camps large and small across the rural U.S.;

8) North Carolina, including the major population centers of Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte are places where Latina immigrant sexual slavery is a major problem (given the rapid growth in the local immigrant population, who see the state as a place with lots of jobs and a low cost of living);

9) Mexico's government is reluctant (to be polite) to engage the issue of ending human trafficking (despite recent presidential rhetoric), as exemplified by the multi-year delay in setting up the regulations and inter-agency collaborations needed to actually enforce the nation's 2007 Law to Prevent and Punish Human Trafficking (note that only in early 2011 has the final element of the legislation been put into place to actually activate the law - which some legislators accurate refer to as a "dead letter.");

10) heroes such as activist Lydia Cacho have faced retaliation and death threats for years for having dared to stand-up against the child sex trafficking networks whose money and influence corrupts state and local governments;

11) it is up to each and every person to decide how to engage in activism to end all forms of human slavery, wherever they may exist.

Virtually everyone in the crowd that attended the event had heard about human trafficking prior to the February 3rd presentation. They left the event knowing important details about the facts involved in the Latin American crisis and the difficulties that activists face in their efforts to speak truth to power and the forces of impunity. A number of attendees thanked me for my presentation, and are now new readers of LibertadLatina.org.

The below text is from Davidson College's announcement for this event.

Slavery is (thankfully) illegal everywhere today. But sadly, it is still practiced secretly in many parts of the world. One persistent form of it occurs when women and girls are forced into prostitution or sexual slavery, sometimes by being kidnapped and trafficked or smuggled across national borders.

Chuck Goolsby has worked tirelessly for decades to expose and end this horrific, outrageous practice. As the founder and coordinator of LibertadLatina, much of his work has focused on sex-trafficking in the Latin American context.  Join us to hear from him regarding the nature and scope of the current problem, and what we can do to help stop it.

We have given similar presentations to groups such as Latinas United for Justice, a student organization located at the John Jay College for Criminal Justice in New York City.

We are available for conferences and other speaking engagements to address the topics of human trafficking in its Latin American, Latin Diaspora, Afro-Latina and Indigenous dimensions.

Please write to us in regard to your event.

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina.org

Feb. 26, 2011


Added: Feb. 10, 2011

The United States

Tiffany Williams of the Break the Chain Campaign

Highlighting New Issues in Ending Violence Against Women; More Women Afraid To Come Forward And Access Services

Congressional leaders will participate in an ad-hoc hearing examining violence against immigrant women this Thursday on Capitol Hill Washington, DC—Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Gwendolyn Moore (D-WI) will co-chair an ad-hoc hearing this Thursday afternoon, bearing witness to the testimony of immigrant women and advocates who are speaking out about increasing barriers to ending violence against immigrant women and families. Honorable guests Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) will join the co-chairs.

Maria Bolaños of Maryland will share her personal story. Juana Flores from Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), an immigrant women’s organization in California and the Rev. Linda Olson Peebles from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington will share the perspective of community groups, and legal advocates Leslye Orloff (Legal Momentum) and Miriam Yeung (NAPAWF) will offer testimony in light of the expected 2011 re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

WHAT: Ad-hoc hearing on violence against immigrant women

WHEN: Feb. 10, 2011 - 2 pm-3 pm

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2456

WHO: Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Gwendolyn Moore, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Napolitano, members of the press, domestic violence advocates, immigrant rights advocates, and other invited guest

Co-Sponsoring Organizations: 9to5, AFL-CIO, Family Values @ Work Consortium, Franciscan Action Network, Institute for Policy Studies, Legal Momentum, MomsRising, Ms. Foundation for Women, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, National Immigration Law Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, South Asian Americans Leading Together, United Methodist Women/Civil Rights Initiative, Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Contact: Tiffany Williams

Tel. (202) 787-5245; Cell (202) 503-8604; E-mail: tiffany@ips-dc.org 

The Institute for Policy Studies / Break the Chains Campaign

Feb. 9, 2011

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Added: Feb. 10, 2011

The United States

Silencing human trafficking victims in America

Women should be able to access victim services, regardless of their immigration status.

Thanks to a wave of anti-immigrant proposals in state legislatures across the nation, fear of deportation and family separation has forced many immigrant women to stay silent rather than report workplace abuse and exploitation to authorities. The courts have weakened some of these laws and the most controversial pieces of Arizona's SB 1070 law have been suspended. Unfortunately, America's anti-immigrant fervor continues to boil.

As a social worker, I've counseled both U.S.-born and foreign-born women who have experienced domestic violence, or have been assaulted by either their employers or the people who brought them to the United States. I'm increasingly alarmed by this harsh immigration enforcement climate because of its psychological impact on families and the new challenge to identify survivors of crime who are now too afraid to come forward.

For the past decade, I've helped nannies, housekeepers, caregivers for the elderly, and other domestic workers in the Washington metropolitan area who have survived human trafficking. A majority of these women report their employers use their immigration status to control and exploit them, issuing warnings such as "if you try to leave, the police will find you and deport you." Even women who come to the United States on legal work visas, including those caring for the children of diplomats or World Bank employees, experience these threats.

Though law enforcement is a key partner in responding to human trafficking, service providers continue to struggle with training authorities to identify trafficking and exploitation in immigrant populations, especially when the trafficking is for labor and not sex. While local human trafficking task forces spend meetings developing outreach plans, our own state governments are undermining these efforts with extremely harsh and indiscriminate crackdowns on immigrants...

Regardless of their legal status, these women are human beings working hard to feed their families. Their home countries' economies have been by shattered by globalization. Our economic system depends on their cheap labor. Yet much of the debate about U.S. borders fails to acknowledge immigrants as people, or appreciate the numerous cultural contributions that ethnic diversity has provided this country. As a result, humane comprehensive immigration reform remains out of reach in Congress.

We're a nation of immigrants and a nation of hard-working families. An economic crisis caused by corporate greed has turned us against each other in desperation and fear. We should band together to uphold our traditional values of family unity, to give law enforcement the tools they need to provide effective victim protection and identification rather than reactionary laws, and ensure that women can access victim services, regardless of immigration status.

Tiffany Williams is the advocacy director for Break The Chain Campaign, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.

Tiffany Williams

The Huffington Post

Feb. 07, 2011

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Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina Commentary

We at LibertadLatina salute the Break the Chain Campaign and their advocacy director, Tiffany Williams, for bringing voice to the voiceless immigrant working women and girls (underage teens) across the United States. Latin American and other immigrant women routinely face quid-pro-quo sexual demands of "give me sex or get out" from male managers and supervisors across the low-wage service sector of the U.S. economy.

My advocacy for victims of gender violence began with efforts to provide direct victim assistance to Latina women facing workplace gender exploitation in the Washington, DC region. My work included rescuing two Colombian women from the fearful labor slavery that they faced in two diplomatic households in Montgomery County, Maryland, just north of Washington, DC. I also assisted six women in bringing complaints to police and to our local Montgomery County human rights commission (a local processor of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission cases).

Immigrant women have never had free and equal access to the legal system to address these employer abuses. The Break the Chain Campaign rightly identifies the fact that the social and political climate in the U.S. in the year 2011 is creating conditions in which immigrant women and girl victims fear coming forward.

It is encouraging that the Break the Chains Campaign openly identifies the sexual and labor exploitation of immigrant women and girls in domestic and other low wage service jobs as being forms of human trafficking. Ten years ago, local anti-trafficking organizations in the Washington, DC region did not buy into that view of the world.

Conditions have not changed for the better for at-risk immigrant women and girls since we first wrote about this issue in the year 1994 (see below).

These community continues to need our persistent help on this issue.

End impunity now!

- Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

Feb. 10, 2011

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LibertadLatina

Our section covering human trafficking, workplace rape and community exploitation facing Latina women and children in the Washington, DC regional area.

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Latina Workplace Rape

Low wage workers face managerial threats of 'give me sex or get out!' across the U.S. and Latin America.

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On the Front Lines of the War Against Impunity in Gender Exploitation

Government, corporations and the press ignored all of these victims cases in which Chuck Goolsby intervened directly  during the 1990s.

Rockville, Maryland - Case 1  

Workplace Rape with Impunity

A major corporation working on defense and civilian U.S. government contracts permitted quid-pro-quo sexual demands, sexual coercion and retaliatory firings targeted at Latina adult and underage teen cleaning workers.

Rockville, Maryland - Case 2

Workplace Assault and Battery with Impunity

A Nicaraguan indigenous woman cleaning worker was slapped across the chest and knocked to the floor by her manager in the Rockville offices of a federal agency, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The local Maryland State's Attorney's Office repeatedly pressured the victim (through calls to Chuck Goolsby) to drop her insistence on having her assailant prosecuted.

Rockville, Maryland - Case 3 

About the One Central Plaza office complex

Workplace Rape and Forced Prostitution with Impunity

Over a dozen women were illegally fired for not giving in to the sexual demands of three Latino cleaning crew managers who forced women and underage girls into quid-pro-quo sexual relationships as a condition of retaining their jobs. 

Some women were forced to commit acts of prostitution in this office building, that housed Maryland state government and other offices.

A medical doctor who leased office space at One Central Plaza filed a formal complaint with the building owners and stated that he was finding his patient examining tables dirtied by sexual activity after-hours (cleaning managers had keys to access these offices to have them cleaned).

A pregnant woman was severely sexually harassed, and was fired and told to come back after her child was born, when she could be sexually exploited. 

The Montgomery County, Maryland County Human Relations commission in 1995 literally buried the officially filed casework of this pregnant woman and another victim, who had an audio tape of a 20 minute attempt by her manager to rape her.

Both detectives at the Montgomery County Police Department (where I worked part-time during those times) and a team of Washington Post reporters refused to investigate this crisis of workplace impunity.

A Latina Washington Post reporter, when explaining to me why she would not cover the story said, "well, after all, you are trying to accuse these guys (the perpetrators) of felonies." The same reporter stated that her manager would not allow her to cover the story because it was a "dangerous situation."

To this day I continue to ask myself, If it was a dangerous situation, was it not, then, news!

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The above three cases are among those documented in my below report from 1994.

Charles M. Goolsby, Jr.'s 1994 Report on the Sexual Exploitation of Latina immigrant Women and Girls in Montgomery County, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, DC)

The LibertadLatina project grew directly out of these initial efforts to speak truth to the official and criminal impunity in our society that openly targets innocent immigrant women and girls for sexual victimization.


Added: Sep. 29, 2010

India

Human trafficking slur on Commonwealth Games

The jinxed Commonwealth Games could have done without this. After being troubled by brittle infrastructure, CWG 2010 has now been blamed for a jump in trafficking of women and children from the Northeast. The accusation has come from Meghalaya People’s Human Rights Council (MPHRC) general secretary Dino D.G. Dympep. The platform he chose on Tuesday was the general debate discussion on racism, discrimination, xenophobia and other intolerance at the 15th Human Rights Council Session at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

“The human rights situation of indigenous peoples living in Northeast India is deteriorating,” Dympep said, adding New Delhi has chose to be indifferent to human trafficking of and racial discrimination toward these indigenous groups.

“What worries the indigenous peoples now apart from racial and gender-based violence is the fear of alleged human trafficking for flesh trade.” The number of indigenous women and children trafficked particularly for the upcoming CGW could be 15,000, he said.

The rights activist also underscored the racial profiling of people from the Northeast on the basis of their ethnicity, linguistic, religious, cultural and geographical backgrounds.

Dympep also pointed out 86 per cent of indigenous peoples studying or working away from their native places face racial discrimination in various forms such as sexual abuses, rapes, physical attacks and economic exploitation.

“The UN has condemned India's caste system and termed it worse than racism. The racism faced by indigenous peoples of the Northeast is definitely the outcome of the caste system. Such negative attitude as ignoring the region will only lead to deeper self-alienation by the indigenous peoples, which comes in the way of integration in India,” he said.

Rahul Karmakar

Hindustan Times

Sep. 28, 2010

LibertadLatina Note:

Indigenous peoples across the world face the problem of being marginalized by the dominant societies that surround them. They become the easiest targets for human traffickers because the larger society will not stand up to defend their basic human rights. Exploiting the lives and the sexuality of indigenous women is a key aspect of this dynamic of oppression.

We at LibertadLatina denounce all forms of exploitation. We call the world's attention to the fact that tens of thousands of indigenous peoples in the Americas, and most especially women and girls in Guatemala and Mexico, are routinely being kidnapped or cajoled into becoming victims of human trafficking.

For 5 centuries, the economies of Latin America have relied upon the forced labor and sexual exploitation of the region's indigenous peoples as a cornerstone of their economic and social lives. Mexico, with an indigenous population that comprises 30% of the nation, is a glaring example of this dynamic of racial, ethnic and gender (machismo) based oppression. In Mexico, indigenous victims are not 'visible' to the authorities, and are on nobody's list of social groups who need to be assisted to defend themselves against the criminal impunity of the sex and labor trafficking mafias.

For Mexico to arrive in the 21st Century community of nations, it must begin the process of ending these feudal-era traditions.

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

Sep. 30/Oct. 02, 2010


Added: Jul. 21, 2010

New York, USA

U.S. Ambassador Luis CdeBaca (second from left) and other presenters at UN / Brandeis conference

Hidden in Plain Sight: The News Media's Role in Exposing Human Trafficking

The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University cosponsored a first-ever United Nations panel discussion about how the news media is exposing and explaining modern slavery and human trafficking -- and how to do it better. Below are the transcript and video from that conference, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on June 16 and co-sponsored by the United States Mission to the United Nations and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Take a look as some leading media-makers and policymakers debate coverage of human trafficking. What hinders good reporting on human trafficking? What do journalists fear when they report on slaves and slavery? Why cover the subject in the first place? What are the common reporting mistakes and missteps that can do more harm than good to trafficking victims, and to government, NGO, and individual efforts to end the traffic of persons for others' profit and pleasure?

Among the main points: Panelists urged reporters and editors to avoid salacious details and splashy, "sexy" headlines that can prevent a more nuanced examination of trafficked persons' lives and experiences. Journalists lamented the lack of solid data, noting that the available statistics are contradictory, unreliable, insufficient, and often skewed by ideology. As an example, the two officials on the panel -- Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, head of the U.S. Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and Under-Secretary-General Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime -- disagreed on the number of rescued trafficking victims. Costa thought the number was likely less than half CdeBaca's estimate (from the International Labour Organization) of 50,000 victims rescued worldwide...

Read the transcript

The Huffington Post

July 15, 2010

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Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina Note:

In response to the above article by the Huffington Post, on the topic of press coverage of the issue of human trafficking, we would like to point out that the LibertadLatina project came into existence because of a lack of interest and/or willingness on the part of many (but not all) reporters and editors in the press, and also on the part of government agencies and academics, to acknowledge and target the rampant sexual violence faced by Latina and indigenous women and children across both Latin America and the Latin Diaspora in the Untied States, Canada, and in other advanced economies such as those of western Europe and Japan.

Ten years after starting LibertadLatina, more substantial press coverage is taking place. However, the crisis of ongoing mass gender atrocities that plague Latin America, including human trafficking, community based sexual violence, a gender hostile living environment and government and social complicity (and especially in regard to the region's completely marginalized indigenous and African descended victims - who are especially targeted for victimization), continue to be largely ignored or intentionally untouched by the press, official government action, academic investigation and NGO effort.

Therefore we persist in broadcasting the message that the crisis in Latin America and its Diaspora cannot and will not be ignored.

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

July 21, 2010


Added: March 1, 2010

Mexico

Deputy Rosi Orozco watches Mexican Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont's presentation at the Forum for Analysis and Discussion in Regard to Criminal Law to Control Human Trafficking.

Video posted on YouTube

Video: Llama Gómez Mont a Visibilizar Delito de Trata de Personas

Video of Mexican Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont's presentation at the Feb. 23rd and 24th, 2010 congressional Forum for Analysis and Discussion in Regard to Criminal Law to Control Human Trafficking.

[Ten minutes - In Spanish]

Deputy Rosi Orozco

On YouTube.com

Feb. 26, 2010

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LibertadLatina Commentary

Chuck Goolsby

Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way!

Mexican Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont's presentation at the congressional Forum for Analysis and Discussion in Regard to Criminal Law to Control Human Trafficking has been widely quoted in the Mexican press. We have posted some of those articles here (see below).

The video of Secretary Mont's discourse shows that he is passionate about the idea of raising awareness about human trafficking. He states: "Making [trafficking] visible is the first step towards liberation."

Secretary Mont believes that the solution to human trafficking in Mexico will come from raising awareness about trafficking and from understanding the fact that machismo, its resulting family violence and also the nation's widespread extreme poverty are the dynamics that push at-risk children and youth into the hands of exploiters.

During Secretary Mont's talk he expressed his strongly held belief that federalizing the nation's criminal anti-trafficking laws is, in effect, throwing good money after bad. In his view, the source of the problem is not those whom criminal statutes would target, but the fundamental social ills that drive the problem.

The Secretary's views have an element of wisdom in them. We believe, however, that his approach is far too conservative. An estimated 500,000 victims of human trafficking exist in Mexico (according to veteran activist Teresa Ulloa of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women - Latin American and Caribbean branch - CATW-LAC).

A note about the figures quoted to describe the number of child sexual exploitation victims in Mexico...

Widely quoted 'official' figures state that between 16,000 and 20,000 underage victims of sex trafficking exist in Mexico.

We believe that, if the United States acknowledges that 200,000 to 300,000 underage children and youth are caught-up in the commercial sexual exploitation of children - CSEC, at any one time, based on a population of 310 million, (a figure of between .00064 and .00096 percent of the population), then the equivalent numbers for Mexico would be between 68,000 and 102,000 child and youth victims of CSEC for its estimated 107 million in population.

Given Mexico's vastly greater level of poverty, its legalization of adult prostitution, and given that southern Mexico alone is known to be the largest zone in the world for the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), with 10,000 children being prostituted just in the city of Tapachula (according to ECPAT figures), then the total number of underage children and youth caught-up in prostitution in Mexico is most likely not anywhere near the 16,000 to 20,000 figure that was first released in a particular research study from more than five years ago and continues to be so widely quoted today.

Regardless of what the actual figures are, they include a very large number of victims.

While officials such as Secretary Mont philosophize about disabling anti-trafficking law enforcement and rescue and restoration efforts, while instead relying upon arriving at some far-off day when Mexican society raises its awareness and empathy for victims (and that is Mont's policy proposal as stated during the recent trafficking law forum), tens of thousands of victims who are being kidnapped, raped, enslaved and sold to the highest bidder need our help. They need our urgent intervention. As a result of their enslavement, they typically live for only a few years, if that, according to experts.

The reality is that the tragic plight of victims can and must be prevented. Those who have already been victimized must be rescued and restored to dignity.

That is not too much to ask from a Mexico that calls itself a member of civilized society.

Mexico exists at the very top of world-wide statistics on the enslavement of human beings. Save the Children recognizes the southern border region of Mexico as being the largest zone for the commercial sexual exploitation of children on Planet Earth.

Colombian and Mexican drug cartels, Japanese Yakuza mafias and the Russian Mob are all 'feeding upon' (kidnapping, raping, and exporting) many of  the thousands of Central and South American migrant women who cross into Mexico. They also prey upon thousands of young Mexican girls and women (and especially those who are Indigenous), who remain unprotected by the otherwise modern state of Mexico, where Roman Empire era feudal traditions of exploiting the poor and the Indigenous as slaves are honored and defended by the wealthy elites who profit (economically and sexually) from such barbarism.

Within this social environment, the more extreme forms of modern slavery are not seen as being outrageous by the average citizen. These forms of brutal exploitation have been used continuously in Mexico for 500 years.

We reiterate our view, as expressed in our Feb. 26th and 27th 2010 commentary about Secretary Mont.

Interior Secretary Mont has presided over the two year delay in implementing the provisions of the nation's first anti-trafficking law, the Law to Prevent, and Punish Human Trafficking, passed by Congress in 2007.

  • The regulations required to enable the law were left unpublished by the Interior Secretary for 11 months after the law was passed.

  • When the regulation were published, they were weak, and left out a role for the nation's leading anti-trafficking agency, the Special Prosecutor for Violent Crimes Against Women and Human Trafficking in the Attorney General's office (FEVIMTRA).

  • The regulations failed to target organized crime.

  • The Inter-Agency Commission to Fight Human Trafficking, called for in the law, was only stood-up in late 2009, two years after the law's passage, and only after repeated agitation by members of Congress demanding that President Calderón act to create the Commission.

  • Today, the National Program to Fight Human Trafficking, also called for in the 2007 law, has yet to be created by the Calderón administration.

  • In early February of 2010, Senator Irma Martínez Manríquez stated that the 2007 anti-trafficking law and its long-sought regulations were a 'dead letter' due to the power of impunity that has contaminated the political process.

All of the delaying tactics that were used to thwart the will and intent of Congress in passing the 2007 anti-trafficking law originated in the National Action Party (PAN) administration of President Felipe Calderón. All aspects of the 2007 law that called for regulations, commissions and programs were the responsibility of Interior Secretary Mont to implement. That job was never performed, and the 2007 law is now accurately referred to as a "dead letter" by members of Congress.

Those of us in the world community who actively support the use of criminal sanctions to suppress and ultimately defeat the multi-billion dollar power of human trafficking networks must come to the aid of the many political and non governmental organization leaders in Mexico who are working to create a breakthrough, to end the impasse which the traditionalist forces in the PAN political machine have thrown-up as a gauntlet to defeat effective anti-trafficking legislation.

Interior Secretary Mont's vision for the future, which involves continuing on a course of complete inaction on the law enforcement front, must be rejected as a capitulation to the status quo, and as a nod to the traffickers.

While "Little Brown Maria in the Brothel" - our metaphor for the voiceless victims, suffers yet another day chained to a bed in Tijuana, Acapulco, Matamoros, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico City, Tlaxcala, Tapachula and Cancun, the entire law enforcement infrastructure of Mexico sits by and does virtually nothing to stop this mass gender atrocity from happening.

That is a completely unacceptable state of affairs for a Mexico that is a member of the world community, and that is a signatory to international protocols that fight human trafficking and that defend women and children's human rights.

We once again call upon U.S. Ambassador at Large Luis CdeBaca, director of the Trafficking in Persons office at the State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama to stand-up and speak out with the moral authority of the United States in support of the forces of change in Mexico.

Political leaders and non governmental organizations around the world also have a responsibility to speak-up, and to let the government of President Felipe Calderón know that the fact that his ruling party (finally) supported presenting a forum on trafficking, and the holding of a few press conferences, is not enough of a policy turn-around to be convincing.

The PAN must take strong action to aggressively combat the explosive growth in human slavery in Mexico in accordance with international standards. Those at risk, and those who are today victims, await your effective response to their emergency, President Calderón.

Enacting a 'general' federal law that is enforceable in all of Mexico's states would be a good fist step to show the world that sincere and honest voices against modern day slavery do exist in Congress, and are willing to draw a line in the sand on this issue.

As for Secretary Mont, we suggest, kind sir, that you consider the age-old entrepreneurial adage, and either "lead, follow, or get out of the way" of progress.

No more delays!

There is no time to waste!

End impunity now!

- Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

March 1, 2010

See Also:

Mexico

Víctimas del tráfico de personas, 5 millones de mujeres y niñas en América Latina

De esa cifra, más de 500 mil casos ocurren en México, señalan especialistas.

Five million victims of Human Trafficking Exist in Latin America

Saltillo, Coahuila state - Teresa Ulloa Ziaurriz, the director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women's Latin American / Caribbean regional office, announced this past Monday that more than five million women and girls are currently victims of human trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean.

During a forum on successful treatment approaches for trafficking victims held by the Women's Institute of Coahuila, Ulloa Ziaurriz stated that 500,000 of these cases exist in Mexico, where women and girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation, pornography and the illegal harvesting of human organs.

Ulloa Ziaurriz said that human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world today, a fact that has given rise to the existence of a very large number of trafficking networks who operate with the complicity of both [corrupt] government officials and business owners.

Mexico is a country of origin, transit and also destination for trafficked persons. Of 500,000 victims in Mexico, 87% are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation.

Ulloa Ziaurriz pointed out that locally in Coahuila state, the nation's human trafficking problem shows up in the form of child prostitution in cities such as Ciudad Acuña as well as other population centers along Mexico's border with the United States.

- Notimex / La Jornada Online

Mexico City

Dec. 12, 2007

See also:

Mexico: Más de un millón de menores se prostituyen en el centro del país: especialista

Expert: More than one million minors are sexually exploited in Central Mexico

Tlaxcala city, in Tlaxcala state - Around 1.5 million people in the central region of Mexico are engaged in prostitution, and some 75% of them are between 12 and 13 years of age, reported Teresa Ulloa, director of the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean...

La Jornada de Oriente

Sep. 26, 2009

[Note: The figure of 75% of 1.5 million indicates that 1.1 million girls between the ages of 12 and 13 at any given time engage in prostitution in central Mexico alone. - LL]


LibertadLatina

Analysis of the political actions and policies of Mexico's National Action Party (PAN) in regard to their detrimental impact on women's basic human rights


A child in prostitution in Cancun, Mexico  stands next to a police car with an adult john.

About Child Sexual Slavery in Mexico

Thousands of foreign sex tourists arrive in Cancun daily from the U.S., Canada and Europe with the intention of having sex with children, according to a short documentary film by a local NGO (see below link). Police and prosecutors refuse to criminalize this activity.

This grotesque business model, that of engaging in child sex tourism, exists along Mexico's entire northern border with the U.S., along Mexico's southern border with Guatemala [and Belize], and in tourist resorts including Acapulco, Cancun and Veracruz. Thousands of U.S. men cross Mexico's border or fly to tourist resorts each day to have sex with minors.

Unfortunately, Mexico's well heeled criminal sex traffickers have exported the business model of selling children for sex to every major city as well as to many migrant farm labor camps across the U.S.

Human trafficking in the U.S. will never be controlled, despite the passage of more advanced laws and the existence of ongoing improvements to the law enforcement model, until the 500-year-old 'tradition' of sexual slavery in Mexico is brought to an end.

The most influential political factions within the federal and state governments of Mexico show little interest in ending the mass torture and rape of this innocent child population.

We must continue to pressured them to do so.

End Impunity now!

See also:

The Dark Side of Cancun - a short documentary

Produced by Mark Cameron and Monserrat Puig

2007

About the case of Jacqueline Maria Jirón Silva

Our one page flyer about Jacqueline Maria Jirón Silva (Microsoft Word 2003)


Added: Dec. 03, 2009

Mexico

Award-winning anti-child sex trafficking activist, journalist, author and women's center director Lydia Cacho

Muertes por violencia en México podrían ser plan de limpieza social: Cacho

Especialistas indagan si asesinatos vinculados con el crimen son una estrategia del Estado, dijo.

Madrid. Las muertes por violencia en México en los últimos años, 15 mil en los últimos tres años, podrían formar parte de un plan de "limpieza social por parte del Estado mexicano", declaró este lunes en Madrid la periodista mexicana Lydia Cacho….

Deaths from violence in Mexico could be the results of social cleansing: Lydia Cacho

Specialists are investigating whether murders are state strategy, Cacho says.

Madrid. Deaths from violence in Mexico in recent years, including 15,000 during the past three years, could form part of a plan of "social cleansing by the Mexican State," declared Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho in Madrid, Spain on Monday.

"Experts are beginning to investigate at this time in Mexico whether these 15,000 murders are linked to intentional social cleansing by the Mexican State," Cacho said in a press conference in which she denounced human rights violations and persecution of the press in her country.

Since President Felipe Calderón [became president] three years ago, we have been witnessing a growing authoritarianism in Mexico "justified by the war " (on drugs), in which " militari-zation, and harassment of journalists and human rights defenders is increasing danger-ously," stated Cacho.

Cacho was kidnapped [by rogue state police agents] and tortured in Mexico after divulging information about a pedophile ring in which businessmen and politicians were involved.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) will determine in an upcoming decision whether Mexican authorities violated the rights of the journalist in that case.

The foundation that bears Cacho's name, created in Madrid a year ago, is organizing a concert to raise funds to help pay for her defense before the IACHR...

Cacho is the author of [the child sex trafficking exposé] The Demons of Eden. In recent years she has received several awards for her work on behalf of human rights carried out through investigative journalism, including the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Award.

Agence France Presse (AFP)

Nov. 23, 2009

See also:

Mexican Government Part of Problem, Not Solution, Writer Says

Madrid - A muckraking Mexican journalist known for exposes of pedophile rings and child prostitution said on Monday that President Felipe Calderón’s bloody campaign against Mexico’s drug cartels is “not a battle for justice and social peace.”

Lydia Cacho, who has faced death threats and judicial persecution for her writings, told a press conference in Madrid that Mexico’s justice system is “impregnated with corruption and impunity.”

Accompanied by the head of the Lydia Cacho Foundation, Spanish screenwriter Alicia Luna; and Madrid Press Association President Fernando Gonzalez Urbaneja, the author said the nearly three years since Calderón took office have seen increased “authoritarianism” and harassment of journalists and human rights advocates.

The period has also witnessed “15,000 documented killings,” Cacho said, exceeding the carnage in Colombia at the height of that country’s drug wars.

“Specialists are beginning to investigate if those 15,000 killings are linked with intentional social cleansing on the part of the Mexican state,” she said.

Calderón, she noted, “insists on saying that many of those deaths are collateral effects and that the rest are criminals who kill one another.”

“It is a war among the powerful and not a battle for justice and social peace,” she said of the military-led effort against drug cartels, which has drawn widespread criticism for human rights abuses.

Cacho also lamented “self-censorship” in the highly concentrated Mexican media, saying that many outlets color their reporting to avoid trouble with the government and other powerful interests.

A long-time newspaper columnist and crusader for women’s rights, Lydia Cacho became famous thanks to the furor over her 2005 book “Los demonios del Eden” (The Demons of Eden), which exposed wealthy pedophiles and their associates in the Mexican establishment.

In the book, she identified textile magnate Kamel Nacif as a friend and protector of accused pedophile Jean Succar Kuri, who has since been sent back to Mexico from the United States to face charges.

Nacif, whose business is based in the central state of Puebla, accused Cacho of defamation - a criminal offense - in Mexico and arranged to have her arrested for allegedly for ignoring a summons to appear in court for the case.

In February 2006, Mexican dailies published transcripts of intercepted phone conversations in which Nacif was heard conspiring with Puebla Governor Mario Marin and other state officials to have Cacho taken into custody and then assaulted behind bars.

The transcripts indicated that Nacif, known as the “denim king” for his dominance of the blue-jeans business, engineered the author’s arrest by bribing court personnel not to send her the requisite summonses.

Cacho was subsequently released on bail and the case against her was ultimately dismissed.

EFE

Nov. 24, 2009

See Also:

LibertadLatina

Special Section

Journalist / Activist

Lydia Cacho is

Railroaded by the

Legal Process for

Exposing Child Sex

Networks In Mexico

See Also:

Perils of Plan Mexico: Going Beyond Security to Strengthen U.S.-Mexico Relations

Americas Program Commentary

Mexico is the United States' closest Latin American neighbor and yet most U.S. citizens receive little reliable information about what is happening within the country. Instead, Mexico and Mexicans are often demonized in the U.S. press. The single biggest reason for this is the way that the entire binational relationship has been recast in terms of security over the past few years...

The militarization of Mexico has led to a steep increase in homicides related to the drug war. It has led to rape and abuse of women by soldiers in communities throughout the country. Human rights complaints against the armed forces have increased six-fold.

Even these stark figures do not reflect the seriousness of what is happening in Mexican society. Many abuses are not reported at all for the simple reason that there is no assurance that justice will be done. The Mexican Armed Forces are not subject to civilian justice systems, but to their own military tribunals. These very rarely terminate in convictions. Of scores of reported torture cases, for example, not a single case has been prosecuted by the army in recent years.

The situation with the police and civilian court system is not much better. Corruption is rampant due to the immense economic power of the drug cartels. Local and state police, the political system, and the justice system are so highly infiltrated and controlled by the cartels that in most cases it is impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

The militarization of Mexico has also led to what rights groups call "the criminalization of protest." Peasant and indigenous leaders have been framed under drug charges and communities harassed by the military with the pretext of the drug war. In Operation Chihuahua, one of the first military operations to replace local police forces and occupy whole towns, among the first people picked up were grassroots leaders - not on drug charges but on three-year old warrants for leading anti-NAFTA protests. Recently, grassroots organizations opposing transnational mining operations in the Sierra Madre cited a sharp increase in militarization that they link to the Merida Initiative and the NAFTA-SPP [North American Free Trade Act - Security and Prosperity Partnership] aimed at opening up natural resources to transnational investment.

All this - the human rights abuses, impunity, corruption, criminalization of the opposition - would be grave cause for concern under any conditions. What is truly incomprehens-ible is that in addition to generating these costs to Mexican society, the war on drugs doesn't work to achieve its own stated objectives...

Laura Carlsen

Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)

Nov. 23, 2009


Added: Dec. 03, 2009

Mexico

The Numbers Don't Add Up in Mexico's Drug War

Drug Seizures are Down; Drug Production, Executions, Disappearances, and Human Rights Abuses are Up

Just a week before Mexican president Felipe Calderón completes half of his six-year term, [leading Mexico City newspaper] La Jornada reports that 16,500 extrajudicial executions [summary murders outside of the law] have occurred during his administration. 6,500 of those executions have occurred in 2009, according to La Jornada’s sources in Calderón’s cabinet...

While executions are on the rise, drug seizures are down, and drug production is up, Mexico is also experiencing an alarming increase in human rights abuses perpetrated by government agents - particularly the army - in Calderón’s war on drugs. As Mexican human rights organizations have noted, human rights violations committed by members of the armed forces have increased six-fold over the past two years. This statistic is based on complaints received by the Mexican government’s official National Human Rights Commission (CNDH).

No Mas Abusos (No More Abuses), a joint project of the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center, the Fundar Center for Analysis and Investigation, and Amnesty International’s Mexico Section, monitors human rights abuses committed by soldiers, police, and other government agents.

Kristin Bricker

Dec. 1, 2009

See also:

LibertadLatina News Archive - October 2009

El Paso - …Mexican human rights official Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson [has] reported 170 instances of Mexican soldiers allegedly torturing, abusing and killing innocent people in Chihuahua [state].

The Associated Press

Oct. 17,2009

See also:

LibertadLatina Commentary

According to press reports from Mexico, the Yunque secret society is the dominant faction within the ruling National Action party (PAN).

El Yunque holds the belief that all social activists, including those who advocate for improving the lives of women, indigenous people and the poor, are literally the children of Satan. They take aggressive political action consistent with those beliefs.

During the 1960s, El Yunque perpetrated political assassi-nations and murders targeting their opponents. Although today they profess to adhere to the political process to affect change, it is not a stretch, given their violent history, to conclude that Lydia Cacho's concern, that the federal government of Mexico may be engaging in 'social cleansing through "extrajudicial killings" (which is just a fancy way to say state sanctioned murder of your opponents), may be valid. Cacho is a credible first hand witness to the acts of impunity which government officials use at-times to control free and independent thinking in Mexico. 

We have documented the steady deterioration  of human rights for women in Mexico for several years. Mexico is one of the very hottest spots for the gender rights crisis in the Americas.

The systematic use by military personnel of rape with total impunity, targeting especially indigenous women and girls, is one example of the harshness of  these conditions. The case of the sexual assaults carried out by dozens of policemen against women social protesters in the city of Atenco, Mexico in 2006 is another stark case.

The Mérida Initiative, through which the U.S. Government is funding Mexico's drug war to the tune of $450 million over several years, is financing not only that war, but it is also, apparently, strengthening the authoritarian rule of the El Yunque dominated PAN political party.

El Yunque, which has been identified as being an anti- women's rights, anti-indigenous rights,  anti-Semitic, anti-protestant and anti-gay 'shadow government' in Mexico, does not deserve even one dollar of U.S. funding.

Defeat the drug cartels?

Yes!

Provide funding for El Yunque's quest to build empire in Mexico while rolling-back women and indigenous people's basic human rights?

No!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

Dec. 4, 2009

About El Yunque

The National Organization of the Anvil, or simply El Yunque (The Anvil), is the name of a secret society... whose purpose, according to the reporter Alvaro Delgado, "is to defend the [ultra-conservative elements of the] Catholic religion and fight the forces of Satan, whether through violence or murder "and establish" the kingdom of God in the land that is subject to the Mexican Government, to the mandates of the Catholic Church, through the infiltration of all its members at the highest levels of political power.

Wealthy business-men and politicians (mostly from the [ruling] National Action Party) have been named as alleged founders and members of The Anvil.

About El Yunque on Wikipedia.com



¡Feliz Día Internacional

de la Mujer!

Happy International Women's Day!

LibertadLatina Statement for International

Women's

Day, 2010



March 8 / Marzo 8

2009


¡Feliz Día Internacional de la Mujer!

Happy International Women's Day!

LibertadLatina

Nuestra declaración de 2005 Día Internacional de la Mujer es pertinente hoy en día, y define bien la emergencia hemesferica que enfrentan las mujeres y en particular as niñas de todas las Américas.

Pedimos a todas las personas de conciencia que siguimos trabajando duro para inform al público en general acerca de esta crisis, y que aumentamos nuestra presión popular sobre los funcionarios electos y otros encargados de tomar decisiones, que deben cambiar el statu quo y responder con seriadad, por fin, a las   atrocidades de violencia de género -en masa- que afectan cada vez mas a las mujeres y las niñas de las Américas.

¡Basta ya con la impunidad y la violencia de genero!


LibertadLatina

Our 2005 statement for International Women's Day is relevant today, and accurately defines the hemispheric emergency facing women and especially girl children in the Americas.

We ask that all people of conscience work hard to continue informing the general public about this crisis, and that we all ramp-up the pressure  on elected officials and other decision makers, who must change the status quo and respond, finally, to the increasingly severe mass gender atrocities that are victimizing women and girls across the Americas.

End Impunity and violence against women now!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

March 8, 2008



LibertadLatina

Raids and Rescue Versus...?

Read our special section on the human rights advocacy conflict that exists between the goals of the defense of undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation on the one hand, and the urgent need to protect Latina sex trafficking victims through law enforcement action...

...As the global economic crisis throws more women and children into severe poverty, and as ruthless trafficking gangs and mafias seek to increase their profits by kidnapping, raping, prostituting and murdering more women and girls (especially non-citizen migrants passing through Mexico to the U.S.), the level of sex trafficking activity will increase dramatically. 

Society must respond and protect those who are at risk...

- Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

Dec. 18, 2008


Read our special section on the crisis in the city of Tapachula

Mexico

The city of Tapachula, located in Chiapas state near Mexico's border with Guatemala, is one of the largest and most lawless child sex trafficking markets in all of Latin America.

Our new news section tracks  events related to this hell-on-earth, where over half of the estimated 21,000 sex slaves and other sex workers are underage, and where especially migrant women and girls  from Central and South America, who seek to migrate to the United States, have their freedom taken from them, to become a money-making commodity for gangs of violent criminals.

A 2007 study by the international organization ECPAT [End Child Prostitution and Trafficking]... revealed that over 21,000 Central Americans, mostly children, are prostituted in 1,552 bars and brothels in Tapachula.

- Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina



See: The National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women

And: La Alianza Latina Nacional para Erradicar la Violencia Doméstica.

The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence


Added June 15, 2008

Ending Global Slavery: Everyday Heroes Leading the Way

Humanity United and Change-makers, a project of Ashoka International,  are conducting a global online competition to identify innovative approaches to exposing, confronting and ending modern-day human slavery.

View the over 200 entries from 45 nations

See especially:

Teresa Ulloa: Agarra la Onda Chavo", Masculini-dad, Iniciación Sexual y Consumo de la Prostitución ('Get It Together Young Man: Masculinity, Sexual Initiation and Consumption of Prostitution).

Equidad Laboral Y La Mujer Afro-Colombiana

(Labor Equality and the Afro-Colombian Woman)

Alianza Por Tus Derechos, Costa Rica: Our borders: say no to traffick-ing of persons, specially children

(APTD's news feed is a major source of Spanish language news articles translated and posted on LibertadLatina).

Prevención de la migración temprana y fortalecimiento de los lazos familiares en apoyo a las Trabajadoras del Hogar en Ayacucho

(Preventing early migration and re-enforcing families)... serving women in Quechua and Spanish in largely Indigenous Ayacucho, Peru.

LibertadLatina.org contributor Carla Conde - Freuden-dorff, on her work assisting Dominican women trafficked to Argentina

LibertadLatina

Our entry:

A Web-based Anti-Trafficking Information Portal in Defense of Indigenous, Afro-Descend-ent & Latina Women in the Americas

We present our history, plans for the future, and an essay discussing the current state of the anti-traffick-ing and anti-exploitation movements in the context of Indigenous, African Desc-endent and Latina women and children's rights in the Americas.

(Our extended copy of our Ashoka competition application)

Contribute your comments and questions about competition entries.

- Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

June 15/21/22, 2008

See also:

Added June 15, 2008

The World

Entrepreneur for Society

Bill Drayton discusses the founding of Ashoka... "Our job is not to give people fish, it's not to teach them how to fish, it's to build new and better fishing industries."

- Ashoka Foundation

See also:

Ashoka Peru


Mexico

A woman is paraded before Johns on Mexico City's Santo Tomás Street, where kidnap victims are forced into prostitution and are 'trained'

(C) NY Times

The Girls Next Door

The New York Times' ground-breaking story on child and youth sex trafficking from Mexico into the United States

Excerpt:

[About Montserrat, a former child trafficking victim:]

Her cell of sex traffickers offered three age ranges of sex partners -- toddler to age 4, 5 to 12 and teens -- as well as what she called a ''damage group.'' ''In the damage group they can hit you or do anything they wanted...''

- Peter Landesman

New York Times Magazine

January 25, 2004


Added March 23, 2008

Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Un millón de menores latinoamericanos atrapados por redes de prostitución

Former Special Prosecutor for Violent Crimes Against Women - Alicia Elena Perez Duarte:

At least one million children across Latin America have been entrapped by child prostitution and pornography networks.

[In many cases in Mexico] these child victims are offered to [wealthy] businessmen and politicians.

Full story (in English)

See also:

Renuncia fiscal por vergüenza en resolución sobre Cacho

On December 14, 2007 Alicia Pérez-Duarte resigned as Mexico's Special Prosecutor for Violent Crimes Against Women [Fevim].  Duarte:

"I cannot work... where the justices of the Supreme Court won't bring justice in cases of grave violations of human rights."


Added March 1, 2008

Texas, USA

Kristal Minjarez - age 13, Armida Garcia - 15, and Brenda Salazar - 20... all raped and murdered by Andy James Ortiz

To Catch a Killer is the true story of Andy James Ortiz, his young victims, and the Fort Worth police and Tarrant County prosecutors who brought him to justice. The 24 chapter series ran in February and March of 2008.


Tengo 5 meses de edad y soy prostituta

I am 5 months old and I am a prostitute

LibertadLatina

Read our  section on the prostitution of infants by trafficking gangs across Latin America


About Baby Trafficking and [undocumented] Adoptions, and the connection to impunity and anti-Mayan racism in Guatemala



Hurricane Wilma - 2005

Earthquakes and hurricanes...

The impact of natural disasters on women and children's human rights in the Americas


Video

Roundtable on Trafficking of Women and Children in the Americas

- Organization of American States


United States

More than 163,000 Hispanic children... are reported missing and exploited in the United States every year.

- National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

March 22, 2006


Latin America

Beyond Machismo - A Cuban Case Study

"I am a recovering macho, a product of an oppressive society, a society where gender, race and class domination do not exist in isolated compart-ments, nor are they neatly relegated to uniform categories of repression. They are created in the space where they interact and conflict with each other, a space I will call machismo."

- Cuban-American

theologian and ethicist

Dr. Miguel de la Torre

Remember, and FIND Jackeline Jirón Silva

Necesitamos su ayuda para ubicar a esta Niña.


Added Dec. 11, 2006

The World

Sex abuse, work and war deny childhood to tens

of millions

...An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year for labor or sex, and about 1 million children are thought to be exploited in the multi-billion dollar sex industry, UNICEF says.

- Reuters

Dec. 9, 2006

Added Nov. 7, 2006

The World

People trafficking ...is... big business, bringing in US $32 billion annually, worldwide. This makes people trafficking the most lucrative crime after drug trafficking.

- Inter-American

Development Bank
 Nov. 2,2006


"Familia" by Salvadoran
artist Zelie Lardé. (1901-1974)

Who will protect them from impunity?

We Must!

We work for all of the children and women who await our

society's effective and substantial help to escape criminal

sexual exploitation's utter brutality and impunity!

End Impunity... Now!

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