Updated: Sep.23, 2011
Added: Sep. 23, 2011
Activists raise the
alarm bell in regard
to the explosive
growth in the
children by human
Indigenous women and children in Mexico
target large numbers
children for sexual
Mexico because their
against by the
larger society, and
because they do not
speak Spanish and
have been raised
has not addressed
the issue - which
peoples. The rate of
purposes of sexual
over the past 3
Aumenta la trata de
que desde hace tres
años creció de
la trata infantil
indígena y que se
El 14 de julio
la niña maya Juane
Belem Rojas fue
secuestrada en su
propia casa de la
Roo, por una red de
trata sexual. La
Agencia Federal de
la rescató quince
días después en
María, una niña
de 13 años, fue
rescatada en un
el 22 de mayo en el
Manzanares de la
Merced. María fue la
víctima de menor
edad del grupo de 61
mujeres liberadas de
en el operativo.
Rebeca Ruiz Gómez,
tzotzil de 16 años
de edad, vendía
artesanías con su
abuela en la plaza
de San Cristóbal de
las Casas, Chiapas.
El primero de mayo
una familia que dijo
vivir en Cuautitlán,
Estado de México, le
ofreció trabajo en
doméstico y se la
llevó. Ahora se
ignora el paradero
titular de la
Contra el Tráfico de
Mujeres y Niñas en
América Latina y el
Caribe, A.C. (CATW
en sus siglas en
que éstos casos son
incremento en la
trata de niñas
indígenas en México
con fines de
explotación sexual y
aumento de la trata
indígena en México
explica que no hay
datos confiables de
trata indígena en
ninguna parte del
país, pero de 60
casos que atiende
ahora 10 por ciento
son de niñas y
mujeres indígenas, y
porcentaje menor en
nacional (entre 7 y
10 por ciento).
Su lectura surge
también de su
indígenas de los
Altos de Chiapas,
realizada por CATW
entre 2010 y 2011 y
hasta ahora inédita.
coinciden con Ulloa.
La diputada Rosi
de la Comisión
Especial contra la
Trata de Personas,
expone el caso de
distintos ejidos del
municipio de Tamuín,
San Luis Potosí, en
han secuestrado a
niñas y a un niño
pertenecientes “a 15
familias, muchas de
representante de la
Alianza de Mujeres
Centroamérica y de
México en el centro
del país, señala que
cada vez se observan
más casos de trata
laboral o sexual “en
Ana Elena Barrios,
de la organización
coautora de la
inicio de un camino,
que versa sobre los
derechos de la
opina igualmente ha
aumentado la trata
de niñas indígenas
Salvador y Honduras
Asegura que la
mayoría de ellas
está en los 12 y 15
años de edad y son
explotadas en la
Tapachula, “uno de
los puntos de
grande del mundo”.
Advierte que hay
nuevas rutas, más
través de la zona de
la Mesilla, del
fenómeno a la alza
es ignorado en
racial y de género,
Martínez, de la
Asociación para el
(APADI), que realiza
campañas de salud
contra la trata.
“No es lo mismo que
secuestren al hijo
de Alejandro Martí
que a una niña
indígena”, dice en
asesinato del hijo
del empresario que
movilizó al gobierno
federal y local y a
la sociedad en
piensa que las niñas
indígenas son más
vulnerables a la
trata porque muchas
ser víctimas de
poblados de extrema
estudio se realizó
en tres municipios
Chenalhó, San Juan
Chamula y Oxchuc,
conocidos por tener
militancia en el
y con altos grados
La especialista dice
que en estas
dominadas por el
las mujeres no
valen, por lo que
aumenta la practica
de venta de niñas
por parte de sus
ser hombres de la
migraron y ahora son
emborrachan a los
padres o autoridades
locales y van por
niñas desde los ocho
años de edad.
“El que busca
sexualmente a estas
niñas obviamente es
mucho más violento,
porque es una
de poder, donde
ellas no tienen
ninguna opción de
siquiera de usar
que en algunos casos
la venta se realiza
a través de un
ritual de tres
visitas en el que
llevan “rejas de
carne, y cada vez
más se da una
efectivo que va de 3
mil a 20 mil pesos”.
En un caso
destaca, las mujeres
de las comunidades
exigieron en 1994
en su Ley
Mujeres “para que
ellas elijan con
Otro mecanismo de
los enganchadores es
el de enamorar a las
y uno más el de
ofrecer empleo fuera
de la comunidad.
Dice que estas
prácticas también se
acostumbran en otros
estados. Esas niñas
prostíbulos de la
región, son esclavas
laborales o se
trafica con sus
órganos, por lo que
también se les lleva
a otros estados o
incluso a Estados
observa que el
incremento de este
delito también se
debe a “la llegada
organizado a las
indígenas” y a la
del Estado contra el
su opinión el narco
recién descubrió en
las niñas en general
un potencial a
explotar “porque no
se les pone
atención, y ya las
empezaron a reclutar
sicarias, mulas o de
esclavas sexuales, y
eso es trata, porque
al final las están
usando para proteger
aumento de la trata
infantil a la
Estado contra el
donde se mueve el
hay más trata hacia
ese lugar, más
mujeres, más consumo
de prostitución, y
Estado no cuenta con
un modelo de
atención a víctimas
indígenas de trata.
de la Fiscalía
Especial para los
delitos de Violencia
contra las Mujeres y
Trata de personas
(FEVIMTRA), dice que
sin embargo “hay
avances” en la
para prevenir y
sancionar la trata
de personas, pues se
preventivas que se
difunden en lenguas
indígenas en algunas
aprobación de la Ley
General contra la
Trata de Personas el
pasado 3 de agosto
es desatacada por la
pues considera que
además de sancionar
con penas más graves
a los victimarios,
sí especifica la
Sin embargo, la
coautora del libro
sobre trata titulado
Del cielo al
infierno en un día,
enfatiza que es
esa ley en todos los
actualmente sólo 16
tienen ley contra la
piensa que esta ley
no servirá si no se
de rescate y se
para acompañar y
proteger a las
víctimas hasta el
final del proceso.
Tampoco la ley
servirá si no se
que en el país sólo
en el Distrito
Federal, Chiapas y
Puebla se ha
“Existe la impunidad
porque no hay
sentencias, y porque
en algunos estados
estas son mayores
por robarse una vaca
que una niña”.
autor del libro Me
trata de niñas y
mujeres en la Ciudad
de México, precisa
que antes de
legislar y de
“hace falta reunir
pertinente sobre los
consecuencias de la
trata de personas en
indígenas, y no se
observa en el
Added: Sep. 22, 2011
Importantes diarios mexicanos retiran publicidad
Mexico -- Dos de los más
periódicos de México
dijeron el martes
que dejaron de
publicar la mayoría
de los anuncios de
oferta sexual que
alguna vez cubrieron
las últimas páginas
de sus populares
diario El Universal
dijo en una historia
publicada en su
página principal que
ni éste ni su
tabloide El Gráfico
que podrían ser
personas", a fin de
ayudar a combatir lo
califican como un
enorme problema de
mujeres y niños en
"Convocamos a la
periodística a que
cerremos la puerta a
estos criminales, no
sólo en el ámbito
revistas, sino que
medios de gran
penetración como la
televisión, dejen de
Juan Francisco Ealy,
de El Universal.
El diario Reforma
que canceló los
Tapia, de Grupo
Reforma, dijo que su
Reforma, y su
tabloide Metro ya no
de ambos diarios
publicando el martes
anuncios de lo que
pero los anuncios de
los diarios indicó
aplicando en la
con frases como
... oral natural",
"24 horas de placer,
de la Coalición
contra el Tráfico de
Mujeres y Niñas en
América Latina y el
por sus siglas en
inglés), dijo que es
anuncios en diarios
de México ofreciendo
los servicios de
mujeres forzadas a
la prostitución, e
"Las anunciaban como
de casos que hemos
Ulloa, señalando que
el grupo calcula que
medio millón de
mujeres y niñas que
comercial en México.
Esa cifra incluye
mujeres pobres del
México rural que son
forzadas a la
prostitución por su
pobreza, engaño o
secuestro por parte
de bandas del crimen
Aunque calificó como
paso dado por los
dos diarios de
con sede en la
ciudad de México, ya
que "eso permitirá
disminuir la oferta
propicia la trata de
mujeres y niñas en
este país", Ulloa
agregó que debe
hacerse mucho más en
los diarios de
provincia y otros
fuera como una
epidemia, que fuera
contagioso, en los
estados de la
república. Hay veces
que los periódicos
circulan en cada
estado traen cuatro
páginas de noticias,
y ocho de oferta
sexual; es un
problema muy grave
en México", subrayó.
Expertos afirman que
México tiene un
difícil en materia
forzar a mujeres
jóvenes a la
prostitución en el
país y exportan a
algunas de ellas a
Otras bandas se
otros secuestran o
fuerzan a la
que pasan a través
de México, afirman
Added: Sep. 22, 2011
Mexico’s largest newspaper groups
drop most sex ads amid
- Two of Mexico’s largest newspaper
groups said Tuesday they have
stopped running most of the sex ads
that once blanketed the back pages
of their popular tabloids.
newspaper El Universal said in a
front-page story that it and its
tabloid El Grafico will not carry
“ads that could be used by
traffickers of people” to help
combat what experts call a huge
problem of exploitation of women and
children in Mexico.
“We call on
the journalistic community to close
the door to criminals, not just in
the commercial sphere, and not just
in newspapers and magazines,” said
Juan Francisco Ealy, the executive
president of El Universal.
newspaper Reforma also said it had
canceled the ads. Veronica Tapia of
Grupo Reforma said the company’s
flagship broadsheet, Reforma, and
its tabloid Metro would no longer
accept sexual-service ads.
companies’ tabloid editions
continued to run ads Tuesday for
what appear to be sexually oriented
phone chat services, but
escort-style ads that once ran into
the dozens had disappeared.
paper specified what guidelines it
was applying in the ban, and some
other papers continued to run escort
ads offering “24 hours of pleasure,
discrete, $150,” ‘’I will please you
totally, my apartment,” or “only 18
have drawn criticism from feminist
and child welfare groups, which
argue the advertisements provide
wider markets for violent pimps and
popularize paid sexual services or
make them seem more socially
Ulloa, director of the Coalition
Against Trafficking of Women and
Children in Latin America and the
Caribbean, said pimps have been
known to run ads in newspapers in
Mexico offering the services of
women and even children who have
been forced into prostitution.
advertised them as ‘school girls,’
‘pretty things,’” Ulloa said, noting
that her group estimates there are
probably about a half-million women
and children currently suffering
commercial sexual exploitation in
includes migrants from Central
America and poor women from rural
Mexico who are forced into
prostitution, sexual performance or
sexually abusive situations by
poverty, deceit or outright
kidnapping by organized gangs.
calling the step by the two Mexico
City-based, national newspapers
“super positive,” Ulloa said a lot
more had to be done in provincial
newspapers and other media.
this to be like an epidemic, for it
to be contagious ... throughout the
country,” she said. “There are times
when in some outlying states, the
main newspapers in the states will
have four pages of news and eight
pages of sex ads.”
Mexico has an especially difficult
problem in forced prostitution.
organized gangs of pimps in towns
like Tenancingo, Tlaxcala,
specialize in forcing young women
into domestic prostitution and
exporting some of them to the United
States. Other gangs supply women to
tourists in border cities and
resorts, and still others kidnap or
otherwise force migrant women
passing through Mexico into
prostitution, the experts say.
Added: Sep. 22, 2011
PGR iniciativa de El Universal
Barrales, Manlio Fabio Beltrones y
el procurador Miguel Ángel Mancera
también celebraron que esta casa
editorial cancele la publicidad que
pueda ser utilizaada por tratantes
Funcionarios, legisladores y
representantes de la sociedad civil
reconocieron la decisión de El
Universal de suprimir la publicidad
de servicios que puedan ser
aprovechados por tratantes de
personas, y consideraron que este
paso es un ejemplo a seguir en la
lucha por prevenir y erradicar este
procuradora general de la República,
Marisela Morales Ibáñez, afirmó que
la iniciativa, anunciada por el
licenciado Juan Francisco Ealy
Ortiz, Presidente Ejecutivo y del
Consejo de Administración de El
Universal, demuestra el compromiso
de esta casa editorial en el combate
a la trata de personas.
lo podremos enfrentar solamente con
el compromiso de todos, compromiso
que hoy es reflejado con las
acciones de esta gran casa
editorial.Con estas iniciativas y
acciones, juntos sociedad y gobierno
le haremos frente común a estos
cobardes delincuentes", manifestó.
México cuenta, desde 2007, con una
ley específica para combatir la
trata de personas, desde 2008 con
una Fiscalía Especial y desde 2011
con un programa nacional
intersecretarial en el que diversas
dependencias coordinan acciones para
prevenir y erradicar la trata.
Manlio Fabio Beltones, coordinador
de la bancada del Partido
Revolucionario Institucional en el
Senado de la República, reconoció la
contribución de las organizaciones
civiles en la elaboración y
aprobación de la Ley para Prevenir y
Sancionar la Trata de Personas,
cuando la Organización de las
Naciones Unidas ubicaba a México
entre los países que no hacían
esfuerzo alguno en el tema.
resistencias vienen de la
ignorancia, del ocultamiento de la
información, y sobre todo, de
algunas actitudes que forman parte
de nuestra cultura, que tenemos que
corregir. Hoy aquí, en el El
Universal se da un paso muy
importante que hace efectiva la
Ulloa, directora regional de la
Coalición contra el Tráfico de
mujeres y Niñas en América Latina y
el Caribe, entregó al licenciado
Ealy Ortiz una placa que certifica
al diario como un medio de libre de
la promoción de trata de personas y
que el próximo viernes se entregará
a este diario el Cuarto Premio
Latinoamericano por la Vida y la
Seguridad de las Mujeres.
Vázquez Mota, consideró que las tres
decisiones anunciadas por El
Universal son la mejor noticia para
las niñas y los niños, para las
mujeres y los jovenes que están
siendo víctimas de este delito.
escribe no solo una nueva página en
la historia de
El Universal, se
escribe una nueva y una mejor página
e la esperanza para México", dijo.
Alejandra Barrales, presidenta de la
Asamblea Legislativa del Distrito
Federal, afirmó que la decisión de
El Universal genera un parteaguas en
la manera de un medio de
comunicación de responsabilizarse
con la información.
procurador de Justicia del Distrito
Federal, Miguel Ángel Mancera, hizo
un llamado a los demás medios de
comunicación para seguir el ejemplo
El Universal, que consideró "es
un paso más en la búsqueda del
empoderamiento de las mujeres, las
niñas y los niños".
Felipe de la
Torre, coordinador de la campaña
"Corazón Azul" contra la trata de
personas, de la Oficina de las
Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el
Delito, expresó su reconocimiento a
"la decisión de carácter práctico,
que se suma a las acciones de
combate a la trata de personas".
attorney general praises El
Universal for cancelling sexual
Barrales, Manlio Fabio Beltrones and
Mexico City attorney general Miguel
Ángel Mancera join in the
and NGOs Praise El Universal's
decision to drop sexual services
officials, legislators and
representatives from civil society
joined today to recognize the El
Universal newspaper for heir
decision to cancel all advertising
for services that could be exploited
by human traffickers. They agreed
that the decision is an example that
should be followed by other
organizations to increase the
effectiveness of the fight against
Attorney General Marisela Morales
Ibáñez declared that the decision,
which was announced by El
Universal's Executive President Juan
Francisco Ealy Ortiz, showed the
newspaper's commitment to the fight
against human trafficking.
General Morales Ibáñez, "We can only
wage this fight with everyone's
participation, which we see today
with the decision of this great
editorial institution, With these
types of actions and initiatives,
society and government together will
build a common front against these
la Luz González
México – “foco rojo” en trata de personas
National City, California.— A comienzos de 2004, Marisa Ugarte consiguió que
el Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos financiara parte de una
investigación que la llevaría al centro de las ciudades fronterizas
del lado mexicano en las que ella había documentado la operación
extraordinaria de grupos involucrados en la trata de personas.
Lo que halló en sus incursiones de dos años en zonas de bares y
prostíbulos de Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Juárez, Nogales y Tijuana
reafirmó lo que ya muchas organizaciones civiles habían revelado: la
corrupción y participación de autoridades en el negocio criminal
convertía a estas ciudades en un paraíso para esclavizar sexualmente
a mujeres, infantes y varones, lo mismo que para subordinarlos a
trabajos forzados en uno y otro lado de la frontera. Pero en una
segunda fase del trabajo de campo, que comenzó en 2008 y mantiene
hasta hoy, obtuvo el dato más inquietante de todos.
Ugarte centró sus esfuerzos en descubrir detalles operativos en
Mexicali, Tecate y Tijuana, las tres zonas más populosas de la
frontera bajacaliforniana. Y en ellas censó alrededor de 5 mil
células inmiscuidas en la trata.
La dirigente del Corredor de Seguridad Binacional Tijuana-San Diego,
una organización que durante dos décadas ha trabajado en el rescate
y asesoramiento de víctimas de tráfico y explotación humana, se
metió en cada burdel, cantina, hotel y calle donde se ejerce el
comercio sexual y se agrupa a migrantes. Ugarte dice que fue una
investigación que contó con mucho menor presupuesto que la primera,
y fue justo la falta de recursos lo que la obligó a levantar, ella
misma, muchas de las entrevistas con víctimas y victimarios. El dato
de los 5 mil activos dentro de la industria la estremeció, pero
hasta cierto punto lo encuentra lógico.
Cuatro años atrás, en Tijuana, un taxista le ofreció en venta un
niño de cinco años. “Me dijo que podía hacer con él lo que
quisiera”. Por eso, cuenta, el asombro no le llegó por el drama de
los individuos, sino por la complejidad y magnitud de quienes se
volcaron al negocio de la trata de humanos en un periodo
Ugarte clasificó las operaciones en 10 rubros fundamentales, que van
desde el traslado, almacenamiento y cruce de personas, al manejo
financiero y blanqueo de dinero, y los operadores se encuentran
indistintamente entre la clase empresarial, política, policial y
criminal tanto de México como de Estados Unidos.
“Cada célula es independiente y se venden servicios unos a otros”,
explica. “Esto nos revela qué tan organizados están y también por
qué no se pelean entre sí. Cada quien tiene un lugar, un movimiento,
un transporte, un aseguramiento, un manejo de documentación falsa.
Todo lo que haga falta”.
Las células descritas por la activista pueden estar constituidas por
cuatro o cinco individuos o por más de un centenar. Las grandes
organizaciones son, por lo general, células que en origen se
dedicaban al tráfico de estupefacientes y por ello mismo suelen ser
las que dominan las rutas de trasiego, aseguramiento y explotación
de humanos. “Por eso es un negocio de alto riesgo. Hay muchas zonas
a las que ya no puedo ir y no sólo en México, sino aquí mismo, al
norte de San Diego, porque allí es donde operan las grandes
estructuras criminales, como la mafia rusa, la china y la mexicana”,
Mexico is a "hot spot" of human trafficking
National City, California .- In early 2004, Marisa Ugarte obtained
funding from the U.S. Department of State U.S. to finance part of an
investigation that would focus on Mexico’s U.S. border region, where
she has documented the extraordinary dynamics of human trafficking
What Ugarte discovered during her two year investigation of the bars
and brothels of the cities of Nuevo Laredo, Ciudad Juarez and
Tijuana has reaffirmed what many non-governmental organizations have
said in the past – that the participation of corrupt government
officials has turned the region into a paradise for the enslavement
of women, girls and boys in forced prostitution, as well as for
their exploitation in labor slavery on both sides of the Mexico /
The second phase of Ugarte’s work, which started in 2008 and
continues today, revealed the most disturbing fact of all. Focusing
her research efforts on the study of human trafficking operations in
the three most populous cities in the western state of Baja
California – Mexicali, Tecate and Tijuana, Ugarte found that 5,000
criminal human trafficking
‘cells’ are in operation. Although those results shocked her, she
finds them to be logical [extensions of social conditions in the
Ugarte is the director of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition
(BSCC), an organization [coalition of more than 40 organizations and
agencies on both sides of the international border] that rescues and
counsels human trafficking and exploitation victims. She notes that
the second phase of her investigation had a much lower budget than
the first. She therefore found herself personally conducting many of
the interviews that were carried out with victims and perpetrators.
During that process Ugarte entered every brothel, tavern hotel, and
street corner where commercial sex is sold or where migrants
Four years ago in Tijuana, a taxi driver offered her a 5-year-old
boy. Ugarte, “He sad that I could do anything I wanted with him.”
[We note that many dozens of Tijuana’s taxi drivers wait at the U.S.
border each night to take U.S. men into the heart of the city’s red
light district. - LL]
Ugarte is surprised not by the drama of the individuals involved,
but by the complexity and magnitude of the explosive growth in human
trafficking in a relatively short period of time.
Ugarte has identified 10 key categories of human trafficking
activity in the region, ranging from the transport and housing of
victims, to the creation of false identification documents, to
financial management and money laundering. The operators of these
cells include members of the business community, politicians and law
enforcements agents both in Mexico and in the United States.
cell is independent. They sell services to each other,” explains
Ugarte. “This shows us how well organized they are. They don’t fight
among themselves. Each of them has their place [providing every
service niche that is needed].”
The cells that Ugarte describes may consist of 4, 5 or more
individuals, or they may include over 100 people. The larger
organizations are, generally, cells that since their beginnings
dedicated themselves to illicit drug trafficking. They therefore had
already dominated smuggling routes, had set up security and where
experienced in human exploitation. Ugarte, “Therefore, this is a
high risk business. There are many zones where I cannot go, not only
in Mexico but right here, north of San Diego, California, because
large criminal organizations operate in these sectors, including
Russian, Chinese and Mexican mafias,” says Ugarte.
Southern California is a hotbed
Ugarte’s organization (the BSCC) is located on National City
Boulevard, a few yards from the San Diego city limits. The zone is
close to the local naval base, and when their office closes its
doors, it becomes a street prostitution walk where foreign women
In her offices, Ugarte points to a map that highlights the red zones
of prostitution. One of those red zones is in front of her own
offices. Many women and men are forced to sell theire bodies here,
but the authorities don’t investigate these cases as human
Ugarte, “There is a lot of racism in this as well, and many special
interests. The reasoning that investigating agencies use is that
[they don’t like the fact that] a victim of trafficking can look
forward to obtaining a humanitarian [“T”] visa [as a victim of
trafficking]. Therefore, the authorities prefer to treat the case as
one of common delinquency.”
The phenomenon of trafficking is not limited to sex work. In 2010
the Center for Social Advocacy (el Centro de Promoción Social - a
coalition of San Diego human rights organizations) and Cornell
University conducted a surbvey of 505 members of the local immigrant
community. Some 321 people reported experiences that quality as
being cases of [labor] trafficking. The victims fall into two
categories. The first group faced low wages and threats. The second
group were hidden by their traffickers and were forced to perform
dangerous jobs under threat that their families would be harmed if
Southern California [in the U.S.] is a hotbed of human rights and
labor violations, but it has also
been an epicenter of forced
prostitution perpetrated in farm labor camps for at least a decade,
says Heriberto García, the human rights prosecutor for Baja
California state. We know this through our interactions with
organizations that work on the U.S. side of the border. García’s
offices hold ample testimony from victims showing that girls and
women from between the ages of 16 and 45 are routinely kidnapped
from the central and southern regions of Mexico, and especially from
the states of Guanajuato, Puebla, Tlaxcala and Oaxaca.
Added: Sep. 20, 2011
from El Universal
México, “foco rojo” en trata de personas
Mexicali, Tecate y Tijuana, triángulo de la prostitución; operan
5 mil células
De sur a norte México tiene corredores de trata
de personas considerados por organismos no gubernamentales
“paraísos” para el comercio de seres humanos.
Lo que se
conoce como una nueva forma de esclavitud tiene como principales
aliadas a la complicidad y la corrupción de autoridades federales,
estatales y municipales, que brindan protección a los tratantes y
lenones que operan redes de prostitución, cuyos tentáculos se
extienden desde América Central hasta Estados Unidos.
Mexico is a hot spot of human
Mujeres y niñas que un día son explotadas en la zona de La Merced,
en la capital del país, aparecen al otro en áreas de prostitución en
Puebla y Tlaxcala. Cuando las autoridades de un estado realizan
operativos en contra de la trata, las redes criminales desplazan a
sus víctimas a otras entidades aledañas.
donde el cobijo de
la corrupción les permite seguir con la explotación.
investigación auspiciada por el Departamento de Estado de Estados
Unidos encontró sólo en Baja California 5 mil células de tratantes
de personas. En esa entidad Tijuana, Mexicali y Tecate son
consideradas el triángulo forzado de la prostitución.
investigación documentó que la mayoría de las mujeres que son
sometidas a explotación sexual fueron secuestradas de estados como
Guanajuato, Puebla, Tlaxcala y Oaxaca.
Para la Oficina de
las Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el Delito, México es un punto
estratégico en el mapa regional del comercio de personas.
organismo también identifica a Costa Rica como paraíso sexual, al
ser origen, destino y tránsito de víctimas, además de paso de miles
de migrantes ilegales en su viaje de Sudamérica a México, Estados
Unidos y Canadá. La cadena engancha a centenares de jóvenes
centroamericanas y las traslada a México en complicidad con redes de
traficantes del sur del país. Muchas se quedan en México y otras son
enviadas a Estados Unidos.
The cities of Mexicali, Tecate and Tijuana form a
triangle of crimal activity where 5,000 trafficking networks operate
From north to south, trafficking routes traverse Mexico. Non
governmental organization consider these regions to be "paradises"
for the commercial exploitation of people.
The crime that is
often called a new form of slavery exists due to the activities of
criminals and the corrupt federal, state and local officials who act
as their allies, who provide traffickers with protection. The
tentacles of these networks extent from Central America [through
Mexico] into the United States.
Women and children who are
exploited on a given day in Mexico City's 'La Merced' prostitution
tolerance zone are to be found the next day being prostituted in the
states of Puebla or Tlaxcala.
When the authorities of one
state organize raids against the traffickers, they move their
victims to distant locations - in states where corruption allows
them to continue in their criminal activities.
investigation sponsored by the U.S. Department of State discovered
that in the state of Baja California alone, 5,000 human trafficking
'cells' are asctive. Within Baja California, the cities of Mexicali,
Tecate and Tijuana are considered to be the centers of the forced
The investigation documented the fact
that the majority of women who are forced into prostitution were
kidnapped from the states of Guanajuato, Puebla, Tlaxcala and
For the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
(UNODC), Mexico is a strategic location on the regional map of human
The UNODC also identifes Costa Rica as being a
sexual paradise, given that it is a point of origien, transite and
destination for trafficking victims, as well as being a major
transit point for those who are migrating from South America through
Mexico to the United States and Canada.
Sep. 19, 2011
LibertadLatina Special Section:
About the rape with impunity of sex
trafficked children and women in the farm labor camps of San Diego
Convicted child pornographer and sex trafficker
Jean Succar Kuri
Edith Encalada presunta víctima del
pederasta Jean Succar Kuri
Encalada, a presumed victim of pedophile Jean Succar Kuri
Jean Succar Kuri photographed with one of his child
victims during earlier times
Dan 112 años de prisión a Succar Kuri
Sentencia “histórica” contra el pederasta: abogado
México, DF.- Tras siete años de litigio, un magistrado federal aumentó la condena del empresario Jean Succar Kuri, acusado de pornografía infantil y corrupción de menores, a 112 años seis meses de prisión y apagar más de 527 mil pesos.
Este 30 de agosto el magistrado del Tribunal Unitario del Vigésimo Séptimo Circuito modificó la resolución que le fue impuesta al empresario de origen libanés en marzo de este año, acusado de manejar una red de pornografía infantil en México.
La Procuraduría General de la República y el Consejo de la Judicatura Federal ayer informaron de la nueva sentencia contra Succar Kuri, cuyos delitos quedaron al descubierto hace más de diez años en el trabajo de la periodista Lydia Cacho.
En libro “Los Demonios del Edén”, publicado por la periodista en 2005, se da cuenta la red de pornografía infantil que Succar Kuri mantenía en Cancún, Quintana Roo, lo que le valió a Lydia Cacho ser perseguida y acusada de difamación.
Sin embargo, el fallo del magistrado federal, José Ángel Mattar Oliva, acreditó responsabilidad penal del pederasta.
de por vida
En entrevista con esta agencia, el abogado Xavier Olea Peláez, quien defendió a tres de las víctimas, explicó que el nuevo fallo surgió luego de que los representantes legales de las víctimas, la PGR y el propio Succar Kuri apelaran la primera resolución.
La primera pena de 13 años impuesta por Juez Segundo de Distrito, Alfonso Gabriel García Lanz, se hizo en un proceso global, mientras que el magistrado Mattar Oliva consideró siete años por cada víctima, lo que sumó los 112 años de prisión.
Sin embargo, el abogado señaló que de acuerdo con las leyes nacionales una persona no puede pasar más de 60 años en la cárcel, por lo que consideró que el acusado pasará el resto de su vida en prisión, aunque aun cabe la posibilidad de que interponga un amparo.
En caso de que Succar Kuri, quien fue relacionado con funcionarios públicos y empresarios como Kamel Nacif, Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares y el ex gobernador de Puebla Mario Marín, interpusiera un amparo, el falló podría modificarse, revocarse o confirmarse.
Tras siete años de litigio y después de los testimonios y videos presentados por los abogados de las víctimas, Succar Kuri sigue sosteniendo que no es responsable y que no hay pruebas en su contra, asegura Olea Peláez.
Afirmó que esta sentencia, que calificó de “histórica” también implica que el pederasta cumpla con la reparación del daño, que consiste en el pago de la atención médica y psicológica de las víctimas.
Al respecto el abogado alertó que Succar Kuri podrá declarase insolvente para pagar la indemnización, lo cual tendría que probar, y que fácilmente puede hacer si trasladó sus bienes a su esposa o a sus hijos.
Finalmente aclaró que aún hay cuatro procesos abiertos en el fuero común por los delitos de violación equiparada, sin embargo aclaró que esta sentencia sirve para que en los próximos procesos se haga un análisis individual de cada víctima.
Por último dijo que es probable que Succar Kuri no salga de la cárcel aun cuando en los las otros procesos se dicten penas más bajas o lo absuelvan. Además aclaró que el Despacho que representa no continuará con los procesos en el fuero común.
and sex trafficker Jean Succar Kuri receives 112 year prison
Decision against Kuri
is "historic" - lawyer
Mexico City -
After seven years of seeing the case of [millionaire] businessman Jean
Succar Kuri - accused of child pornography and corruption of minors
wind its way through the courts, a federal judge has increased his prison
sentence from 13 to 112 and 1/2 years. The new ruling includes a fine
of 527,000 pesos.
On August 30, 2011
the judge of the Unitary Court of the Twenty Seventh Circuit
modified the resolution that was imposed on the Lebanese-born
businessman in March of 2011. Succar Kuri is accused of having run
a child pornography ring.
General's Office and the Federal Judiciary Council announced the new sentence against Succar Kuri, whose
uncovered more than ten years ago through the investigative work of
anti-trafficking activist and journalist Lydia Cacho.
In her book "The
Demons of Eden," published by Cacho in 2005, she exposes the child
pornography network of Succar Kuri in [the resort city of] Cancun,
in Quintana Roo state [where both Cacho and Succar Kuri resided]. In response, Cacho was accused of defamation
[then a criminal offense in Mexico] and was prosecuted [by corrupt
officials in Puebla state].
history, federal Judge Jose Angel Mattar Oliva held Succar Kuri
responsible for his actions and sentenced him to life in prison.
In an interview
with our news agency, Xavier Olea Pelaez, the lawyer for three of
Succar Kuri’s victims, said that the new ruling came after the legal
representatives of the victims, the federal Attorney General’s
Office and even Succar Kuri himself had appealed the first sentence
handed down in the case.
That 13 year
sentence, imposed by Second District Judge Alfonso Gabriel García
Lanz, was applied based on ''a global process,’ whereas Judge
Mattar Oliva gave Succar Kuri a seven year sentence for each of his
victims. Those consecutive sentences ad up to a 112 year term in prison.
However, one lawyer
noted that in accordance with national law, a person cannot spend
more than 60 years in prison. Regardless, the defendant will spend
the rest of his life behind bars, although the possibility of an
appeal will always exist.
Should Succar Kuri,
who was linked with such public officials and businessmen as Kamel
Nacif, Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares and former Puebla
state governor Mario Marín, file an appeal, the
recent ruling may be either confirmed,
modified or revoked.
After seven years
of prosecution, and after the presentation of testimony and videos by lawyers
for the victims, Succar Kuri continues to assert that he is not
responsible for the crimes, and that there is no evidence against him,
says attorney Pelaez.
Pelaez noted that
Succar Kuri could declare himself to be financially insolvent and
incapable of paying the court imposed fine. It would be easy for him
to do that if he transfers his property to his wife and/or children.
Four court cases
remain open against Succar Kuri in regard to criminal charges of
statutory rape. Succar Kuri’s conviction on child pornography and
corruption of minors charges will facilitate the ordering of an
analysis of each of the individual cases that remain outstanding, added Pelaez.
Pelaez concluded by
stating that it is likely that Succar Kuri will [ultimately] be freed, although
the statutory rape cases may bring light sentences. He stated that
his law firm will not be representing any of the victims in those cases.
Anayeli García Martínez
CIMAC Women's News Agency
Sep. 01, 2011
Mexican judge increases sentence for businessman convicted of child pornography
Mexico City - A Mexican judge has increased the sentence of a prominent Mexican businessman convicted of child pornography after a prosecutors’ appeal. He extended the prison term to 60 years from 13 years.
Federal magistrate Jose Angel Mattar says Jean Succar Kuri deserves a harsher sentence for luring poor girls to his home in the resort of Cancun so that he and his friends could have sex with them.
Both prosecutors and Succar had appealed the previous sentence given in March. The magistrate actually set the new sentence at 112 years, but a statement Wednesday says Mexican law allows only a 60-year term.
Succar is a legal U.S. resident who was arrested in Arizona.
The Associated Press
Aug. 31, 2011
LibertadLatina Special Section:
Journalist / Activist is railroaded by
the legal process for exposing child sex trafficking networks in
Two women journalists are murdered in Mexico
Ana María Marcela Yarce Viveros
Rocío Trapaga González
Added: Sep. 5, 2011
The below is a statement from the staff of
Contralínea Magazine in regard to the Sep. 1st murders of two of their
colleagues by unknown cowardly assailants. We at
share our condolences and our commitment to continue to speak truth to power.
End impunity now!
- Chuck Goolsby
Sep. 05, 2011
Contralínea de luto
Estamos de luto en Contralínea. Marcela Yarce y Rocío González Trápaga, dos mujeres, dos periodistas, una de ellas madre, queridas amigas y compañeras de trabajo, perdieron la vida la madrugada del 1 de septiembre –día del informe presidencial–, a manos de cobardes asesinos. En la redacción de la revista hay dolor, indignación, frustración, ira, impotencia. De un escritorio a otro se respira el miedo, con justa razón. Las desgracias no han cesado, una a otra nos persiguen en los escasos 10 años de vida de nuestra publicación. Todo por neciar en mantener una línea editorial independiente y crítica hacia los hombres y mujeres del poder político y económico en México, quienes se niegan a entender que el periodismo es dé y para la sociedad.
Contralínea in Mourning
The staff of Contralínea Magazine is in mourning. Marcela Yarce and Rocío González Trápaga, two women, two journalists, one of them a mother, beloved friends and coworkers, lost their lives in the early morning of September 1st - the day on which the president's annual report is released - at he hands of cowardly
assassins. Within the press room of the magazine you can find pain, indignation, frustration, anger and impotence. From one desk to the next you can hear the sighs of fear, and with good reason. These disgraceful events have not stopped. One or another of us have been stalked during our few ten years in operation. All because we insist upon maintaining our independent and critical editorial point of view focused on the political and economic powers in Mexico, who refuse to acknowledge that journalism is by and for society.
Sep. 05, 2011
ONU-DH repudia nuevos asesinatos de periodistas en México
La Oficina en México del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos (ONU-DH) repudia los asesinatos de Ana María Marcela Yarce Viveros, miembro del equipo de la revista
Contralínea, y Rocío González, periodista independiente, cuyos cuerpos sin vida fueron identificados el día de ayer en la Ciudad de México. Estos crímenes se suman al ocurrido la semana pasada que segó la vida del comunicador social Humberto Millán en Culiacán, Sinaloa.
“Estos asesinatos, amén del dolor que causan a las familias y personas cercanas para las cuales van nuestros sentimientos de solidaridad, agravian profundamente al gremio periodístico mexicano, cuyo reclamo de eficacia a las varias instancias oficiales destinadas a brindarles protección y seguridad, tienen vigencia y legitimidad indiscutibles”, sostuvo Javier Hernández Valencia, Representante en México de la Alta Comisionada de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos.
En lo que va del año 2011 las y los comunicadores sociales muertos violentamente suman ocho, trágico panorama que se presenta reiteradamente desde el año 2000 para dar una cifra acumulada que eleva a 74 los homicidios contra periodistas, según fuentes oficiales.
Independientemente de sus múltiples móviles posibles, la violencia en contra de las y los periodistas ha devenido en un tema de acuciante preocupación y así lo plasmaron el Sr. Frank La Rue, Relator Especial de la ONU sobre la Libertad de Opinión y Expresión, y la Sra. Catalina Botero, Relatora Especial para la Libertad de Expresión de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, en sus respectivos informes de misión y recomendaciones a México luego de su visita conjunta al país exactamente hace un año.
La ONU-DH insta a las autoridades competentes a agotar todas las líneas de investigación que se deriven de estos crímenes con una adecuada perspectiva de género, incluyendo particularmente aquellas que se relacionen con su actividad periodística, con el objetivo de capturar, procesar, juzgar y sancionar a los responsables. Al mismo tiempo, invita a la ciudadanía a unirse activamente en el rechazo de todo acto de agresión en contra de las y los comunicadores sociales, cuya victimización constituye además un gravísimo atentado contra la libertad de expresión.
UN HCHR repudiates
the latest murders of journalists in Mexico
The Mexican Office
of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations has
condemned the murders of Ana Maria Marcela Yarce Viveros, a member a
cofounder and reporter for
Contralínea ['Counterline'] Magazine, and
Rocío González, a freelance journalist. Their bodies were found and
identified yesterday in Mexico City. Their deaths come soon after
the murder of social commentator Humberto Millan in the city of
Culiacan in Sinaloa state.
aside from the pain that they cause for the families and people who
are close to them – for which express our feelings of solidarity
deeply aggravate the concerns of all Mexican journalists, whose
demand for effective protection from these dangers have
unquestionable legitimacy," said Javier Hernández Valencia,
representative in Mexico of the UN High Commissioner for Human
during 2011 eight
journalists have met violent deaths in Mexico, continuing a tragic
scenario that has claimed 74 victims since the year 2000.
Regardless of its
many possible mobile, violence against the journalists has become a
topic of pressing concern for Frank La Rue, the UN’s Special
Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, and Catalina Botero,
Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter American
Human Rights Commission. Their viewpoints were expressed in their
respective mission reports and recommendations to Mexico after
conducting joint visits exactly one year ago.
The UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights urges Mexico’s authorities to exhaust
all leads in regard to these crimes, especially with respect to
their journalistic activities, while including a proper gender
perspective. The goal should be to arrest, prosecute and punish
those responsible. At the same time they invite the public to
actively join in the rejection of any act of aggression against
journalists, whose victimization is also a serious attack on freedom
Sep. 02, 2011
Murders of reporters heighten despair and shock
Mexico City, - "And how do you escape this anxiety, this sensation that nothing we do does any good?" a Mexican journalist wrote on her Facebook page after the murder of two of her colleagues in Mexico City.
The brutal murders of Marcela Yarce, 48, and Rocío González, 48, rocked Mexico when their bodies were found Thursday.
Yarce was one of the founders of
Contralínea, a political news magazine that regularly reports on government corruption, which has suffered constant harassment in recent years.
The two women were the first female journalists killed in the capital since the government of conservative President Felipe Calderón declared "war" on the drug trade and put the army on the streets shortly after taking office in December 2006.
"Mexican journalists are in mourning, not only because of these killings, but because of all of the murders committed against us," the "Los Queremos Vivos" (We Want Them Alive) collective that organises protests against attacks on journalists, wrote in an open letter to Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard.
The United Nations considers Mexico the third-most dangerous nation in the world for reporters.
The murders of Yarce and González also drew howls of outrage from other groups of reporters and women's organisations, as well as politicians of all stripes. But, unlike in 2010, when indignation over the kidnapping of four reporters prompted the largest protest demonstration by journalists ever held in Mexico, what has prevailed this time is a sense of shock.
"Every day, something happens that is more appalling than what happened the day before," one radio journalist wrote on Facebook. "We look at this with a sick stomach, thinking of our loved ones, of our country. Grief and rage. What do we do with this sad combination?"
By flinging the armed forces into the crackdown on drug trafficking cartels, Calderón has only worsened the spiral of violence. In the past four years, more than 40,000 people have been killed in increasingly grisly drug-related murders, 10,000 have been "disappeared", 700,000 have been forced to flee their homes, and growing numbers of people have been injured, mutilated, widowed or orphaned.
In the last few weeks, however, the violence has spread to areas that until now had been relatively untouched by the horror.
On Aug. 20, a firefight outside a stadium in the northern state of Coahuila during the live broadcast of a football game led to a suspension of the match. On Aug. 25, 61 people were killed when the Casino Royale in the northeast city of Monterrey was set on fire by unidentified armed men. And now, two women reporters were killed in Mexico City.
Neither of the two was actually involved in reporting work at the time of their deaths. Yarce was head of public relations in Contralínea, and González, a former reporter for Televisa, Mexico's largest television broadcaster, had a currency exchange business.
Their naked, bound and gagged bodies were found in a park in the poor
neighborhood of Iztapalapa, on the southwest side of the city, hours after their families had reported them missing. The two women had been beaten and strangled.
Clemencia Correa, a professor at the Autonomous University of Mexico City who
specializes in the issue of fear management, said a "policy of terror" is being used to terrify society.
"It is very complex to talk about Mexico today. What we see is that a policy of terror is being implemented, at different levels, and that unlike in the past, when there were state policies against human rights defenders or social movements, now these things are happening to the population in general, in the context of structural impunity," he said.
The consequences of the violence can be devastating for communities, because fear and despair cause a breakdown of the social fabric, said Verónica Martínez, who works at the Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and is also a member of the board at the International
Organization for Victim Assistance (IOVA).
"The logic of fear is a very powerful form of domination and social control, because it aggravates the loss of individual and social identity and causes paralysis, isolation and segregation," she told IPS.
"This favors authoritarianism and legitimates the violation of human rights in the name of security," she adds...
Inter Press Service (IPS
Sept. 02, 2011
Mexico City Attorney General Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa speaks to
reporters about the murders of
Marcela Yarce and Rocío González
Mancera se compromete a esclarecer crimen de periodistas
Mancera se compromete a esclarecer crimen de periodistas
El titular de la PGJDF habló con familiares de las informadoras y con el director de la revista Contralínea a quien aseguró que el caso no quedará impune...
Mexico City's attorney general commits himself to solving the murders of two journalists in Mexico City
Mexico City Attorney General Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa has spoken to the families of the victims, and to the director of Contralínea Magazine. Mancera assured that the crimes against the journalists would not remain in impunity...
Sep. 01, 2011
Added: Aug. 04, 2011
The anti-trafficking context: Death threats continue against
one of Mexico's leading anti-trafficking activists - journalist Lydia Cacho
Mexican Anti-trafficking activist and journalist Lydia Cacho is
shown leaving a court session during one of her several past human
rights related legal battles. Her blouse says, "No Pedophiles, No
Corruption, No Impunity."
Lydia Cacho: La fama es una herramienta para salvar la vida
"Nuestra visibilidad ha logrado subir el coste político de nuestra desaparición",
ha afirmado hoy la autora de "Esclavas del poder", un libro sobre la trata de
mujeres y niñas que da nombres de criminales y funcionarios públicos implicados
en estas redes en su país.
Lydia Cacho ha relatado, en la Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, su
experiencia como parte de "una hermandad global", la formada por "los
sobrevivientes de una guerra que no tiene cuartel y que quiere liquidar por
todas las vías posibles la libertad de expresión". Una hermandad, ha dicho, que
no existiría "sin las redes humanas que eligen protegerles".
La periodista y escritora mexicana lleva seis años preguntando qué hacer con ese
doble papel de narrador y personaje a otros colegas amenazados, con los que ha
emprendido lo que ellos llaman el "tour de la fama heroica", esos viajes al
extranjero para recoger premios o pronunciar conferencias sobre derechos humanos.
Roberto Saviano, Salman Rusdhie o la fallecida Ana Politkovskaya son integrantes
de esa hermandad que tuvo que "abdicar" de su personalidad para convertirse en "símbolo"
y también para recordar que "el periodismo es una misión y no solo un trabajo
Para Lydia Cacho, convertirse en noticia es "un arma de doble filo" que hiere,
debilita y aleja de colegas y amigos y que antepone "la tragedia de las amenazas
a la importancia del trabajo que llevó a ellas".
Pero aún no conoce, ha subrayado, a un colega que haya sido perseguido o
torturado y que considere "que defender la libertad individual o colectiva es un
acto de heroicidad".
Quienes sufren esas amenazas deben mantenerse en guardia para seguir a salvo y
saltan "ante cualquier sonido que se parezca a un disparo" pero tienen que
seguir "denunciado a los cuatro vientos hasta el hartazgo el nombre del
empresario, el político o el policía que ha puesto precio a su cabeza", ha
Lydia Cacho ha recordado que 64 periodistas han perdido la vida en México y "ni
uno de esos homicidios ha sido esclarecido" en un país donde "estar amenazado de
muerte no es noticia, como tampoco lo es morir".
Y le preocupa que a quienes se la juegan como ella se les vea como mártires. "No
lo somos, esto no tiene que ver con el sacrificio aunque tenga unos costes
altísimos", unos costes que asume porque sabe que su trabajo es "vital", al
menos para las 200 niñas que ya no están en la red de trata que denunció. "La
valentía es la de ellas, que se atrevieron a contarme sus historias", ha
Cree que en su país cada vez hay más periodistas que "se someten al yugo de la
autocensura" y que quienes se atreven a hablar se convierten en "el enemigo de
una patria que busca disfrazarse de democracia".
Pero están las organizaciones civiles, fundadas por mujeres en un 90 por ciento,
que trabajan por la regeneración aunque movilizarse también tenga un coste y una
generación joven que se está concienciando.
"Se puede sorprender el mundo muy pronto con lo que puede hacer la sociedad de
México", ha avisado.
Cacho: Being famous can be a lifesaving tool
visibility is raising the political costs of eliminating us” declared author and
anti-trafficking activist Lydia Cacho during a recent presentation at Menéndez
Pelayo International University. Cacho’s latest work, The Slaves of Power, is a
book about the sex trafficking of women and girls that directly names and
implicates criminals and public officials in the operation of criminal networks
her experiences as being part of a global sister-and-brotherhood that consists
of “the survivors of a war that has no ‘army’ – but which works to eliminate by
any means necessary freedom of expression.” That sister-and-brotherhood could
not exist “without the networks [of global pro human rights activists and
supporters] who have chosen to protect us.”
journalist and author has spent six years wondering what to do with her double
role as narrator and threatened character in this story. Together with
colleagues who live in the same situation, she has undertaken what they call the
"heroic tour of fame" - trips abroad where they receive awards and give lectures
on human rights.
Saviano, Salman Rusdhie and the late Anna Politkovskaya are members of this
group. They each had to set aside their individuality to become “symbols, while
remembering that journalism was a mission, not just a poorly paid job.”
being the news is becoming a "double-edged sword" that hurts you, weakens you,
distances you from colleagues and friends, and places the "tragedy of the
threats into the middle of your working relationships.”
Cacho has yet
to meet a colleague who has been persecuted or tortured and who considers "the
defense of individual and collective freedom to be an act of heroism."
suffer such threats are constantly on the lookout for their own safety. [We]
jump at "any sound resembling a gunshot." Nonetheless, we must continue to
“denounce to the four winds [until people are sick of hearing about it] - the
name of the [corrupt] businessman, politician or police officer who may have put
a price on your head," Cacho argued.
recalled that 64 journalists have been killed in Mexico and "not one of those
murders has been solved." This in a country where "being threatened with death
is not news, nor is death itself."
that those who find themselves in this position may be seen as martyrs. "We are
not. This has nothing to do with sacrifices, despite the fact that we do pay a
very high price.” We take on these costs because we know that our work is vital.
[In my case], my efforts have been vital for the 200 [underage] girls [in
Cancun] who are no longer [enslaved] in the sex trafficking network that I
denounced [starting in 2005]. Those girls, who dared to tell me their stories,
were the courageous ones, says Cacho.
that more and more journalists are "submitting themselves to the yoke of
self-censorship." She added that those who continue to dare to speak up have
become the “enemies of a nation that seeks to cloak itself with the label of
that civil society organizations, some 90% of which have been founded by women,
are working to reform Mexican society, despite the fact that acting to mobilize
also has a price. We also see that a young generation is becoming aware, she
surprise the world very soon to see what Mexican society can do," concluded
July 22, 2011
Muckraking Mexican journalist receives death threats
Mexico City – Mexican journalist and author Lydia Cacho told authorities she has
received death threats for revealing the names of sex traffickers and urged them
to take action to identify the perpetrators.
"Last week, as I was returning from an event in (the northern state of)
Chihuahua, I received very specific death threats," Cacho said in a statement
released Wednesday, adding that after investigating the source of the threats
she decided to report them to authorities.
"We have clear signs of who these people claiming to be hit men are. There's
also evidence of the origin of the calls and e-mails. Authorities have the
responsibility to act," the investigative reporter and women's rights activist,
who has exposed prostitution and child-pornography rings, said.
She recalled that several journalists have been killed "after receiving very
similar threats," although they were disregarded at the time by the authorities
and the recipients themselves.
The idea was that "those who threaten don't kill, but that's changed," Cacho
She said experts who analyzed the threats she received last week and the format
in which they were sent urged her to "take them very seriously and take all
The journalist and author said she is not asking for any special treatment but
only wants authorities to do their duty to investigate "those who are promising
to torture me and end my life out of revenge for revealing the names of
traffickers of girls and women."
"I don't have the slightest intention of ceasing to practice journalism and work
in defense of human rights, but I also don't want to die or risk my life without
(taking) necessary precautions," Cacho said.
The journalist has been the target of threats since 2005, when she published a
book, "Los demonios del Eden" (The Demons of Eden), that exposed pedophile rings
operating under the protection of politicians and business leaders. For
publishing the crimes of Lebanese-born Mexican businessman Jean Succar Kuri and
others, Cacho was the victim of kidnapping, torture and police abuses, which she
revealed in another book titled "Memorias de una infamia" (Memoirs of an
In it, she detailed her arrest in late 2005 in Cancun on charges of defamation -
a criminal offense in Mexico - filed by Kamel Nacif, one of Mexico's richest
men, whom she had identified as a friend and protector of Succar Kuri.
She told of being taken to Puebla, a city more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles)
away, and of being psychologically tortured and threatened with death.
In early 2006, Mexican newspapers published transcripts of wiretapped
conversations between Nacif and the then-governor of the central state of
Puebla, Mario Marin, in which the two men discussed a plot to have Cacho jailed
and then sexually assaulted behind bars.
On the tapes, Nacif, known as the "denim king" for his dominance of the
blue-jeans business, is heard telling Marin that he had arranged for "the
crazies and the tortilleras (Mexican slang for lesbians)" to sexually assault
Cacho in the women's prison in Puebla city.
The transcripts indicate that Nacif engineered the journalist's arrest by
bribing court personnel not to send her the summonses for the defamation case.
The reporter's lawyers managed to get her out of jail before any harm could come
to her and the defamation case against her was later dismissed.
In her weekly newspaper column and other published works, Cacho also has
revealed precise information about people trafficking, organized crime, drug
trafficking, gender-related violence and official corruption.
The author's most recent book, "Esclavas del poder, un viaje al corazon de la
trata de mujeres y niñas en el mundo" (Slaves of Power: A Journey to the Heart
of the World Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls), exposes global sex-trafficking
rings and reveals the names of public officials who protect them.
June 30, 2011
LibertadLatina Special Section:
Journalist / Activist is railroaded by
the legal process for exposing child sex trafficking networks in
Sentencían a familia acusada de trata de personas
Según los hechos, dos hermanos circulaban por zonas marginales de algunos estados donde seducían a menores de edad, a quienes convertían en sus parejas para después convencerlas de irse a Estados Unidos, país donde eran explotadas sexualmente.
Dictaron sentencia contra tres delincuentes acusados de trata de personas y se ofrece una recompensa por información que conduzca a la aprehensión del hijo de los sentenciados, informó la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR).
Un Juez Federal en la Ciudad de México sentenció a Emiliano Romero Ramírez, María Juana Rugerio Saucedo (o Cristina Ruberio) y a Cristina Hernández Suárez (alias "Alondra" o "La Güera"), por el delito de trata de personas.
La PGR, a través del trabajo de investigación y jurídico del Fiscal de la Unidad Especializada en Investigación de Tráfico de Menores, Indocumentados y Órganos de la Subprocuraduría de Investigación Especializada en Delincuencia Organizada, obtuvo sentencias por 37 años y seis meses de prisión y una sanción de 231 mil 608 pesos contra Romero Ramírez y Rugerio Saucedo. Para Cristina Hernández pugnará una pena de 28 años y seis meses de prisión además de 145 mil 639 pesos de multa.
Asimismo, se ordenó el decomiso del bien inmueble el cual, según se determinó, fue construido con dinero producto de la trata de cuatro de las víctimas del delito. Está valuado en 10 millones 446 mil pesos, por lo que será entregado al Servicio y Administración y Enajenación de Bienes (SAE).
A través de un comunicado de prensa, la PGR informó que de igual manera se le sentenció a la reparación del daño moral "por la exposición al riesgo de la transmisión de enfermedades venéreas, así como la reputación, la honra, los sentimiento y los trastornos conductuales de las víctimas, que producen un resultado material que se puede percibir a través de la forma en que las víctimas son materia de hostigamiento, burla y señalamientos por parte de los miembros de la sociedad en que tengan convivencia."
Cabe recordar que los hechos en los que participaron las tres personas iniciaron el 21 de abril de 2009, luego de que la agencia estadounidense ICE informó a la SIEDO sobre el rescate de tres mujeres que eran explotadas sexualmente en la ciudad de Atlanta, Georgia.
En su declaración, las féminas rescatadas refirieron haber sido seducidas y engañadas en Tlaxcala por los hermanos Miguel Ángel y Saúl Romero Rugerio para viajar a la Unión Americana.
Tras investigaciones, se conoció que dos jóvenes mujeres más, quienes al escapar de sus tratantes, regresaron a México. Ambas fueron localizadas por la Agencia Federal de Investigación en Tabasco y Veracruz, con lo cual se logró conocer a detalle el modo en que operaban los hermanos Romero Rugerio, quienes adquirían autos lujosos para impresionar a las jovencitas, seducirlas y después enviarlas a Estados Unidos.
Dos de las mujeres, menores de edad, fueron enganchadas en una escuela de Tabasco, donde las enamoraron y convencieron de vivir con ellos, en un lapso máximo de una semana. Una vez en el domicilio, en Tanancingo, Tlaxcala, donde convivían con ellas y, tras un corto periodo, las convencían de la ventaja de irse a vivir a Estados Unidos.
Cruzaban de indocumentados y, una vez en aquel país, eran trasladadas a departamentos que el mismo grupo tenía y atendía Cristina Hernández, quien les instruía en su nueva labor, que desempeñaban de lunes a domingo, sin descanso, durante todo el día hasta que cubrían la cuota de entre 20 y 40 contactos sexuales.
Por cada acto sexual de 15 minutos, cobraban 30 dólares. Empero, si debían despojarse de alguna prenda o "atender alguna solicitud especial", la tarifa aumentaba. El dinero les era quitado de inmediato, con el argumento de que era para construir una casa en México. Hasta que lograban huir.
Los ahora sentenciados fueron detenidos el 11 de septiembre de 2009, se solicitó y obtuvo la medida cautelar de arraigo en su contra y el 28 de noviembre de ese mismo año, se obtuvo la orden de aprehensión contra los tres miembros y otros dos más, Miguel Ángel Romero, preso en Estados Unidos y otro, Saúl Romero Rugerio, prófugo por quien se ofrecen 15 millones de pesos de recompensa.
accused of human trafficking is sentenced
According to the known facts, two brothers circulated throughout the
poor areas of several states where they seduced minors whom they
convinced to become their romantic partners. The girls who were
seduced in this way were then convinced to go the the United States.
Later, they were sexually exploited.
federal Attorney General's Office (PGR) has announced that a federal court
in Mexico City has found three defendants in this case guilty, and has offered a
reward for information leading to the arrest of the son of one of
The judge who presided over the case sentenced Emiliano Romero Ramírez,
María Juana Saucedo Rugerio and Cristina
Hernandez Suarez for the crime of human trafficking.
PGR, by way of an investigation carried out by prosecutors of the
Special Unit for Investigation of Trafficking in Children, the
Undocumented and Organs - of the PRG’s Special Investigations into
Organized Crime division - achieved prison sentences of 37 years and
six months imprisonment and a fine 231,608 pesos against
Romero Ramírez and
Cristina Hernandez faces a term of 28 years and six months in prison
plus a 145,639 peso fine.
also ordered the confiscation of a house which was determined to
have been built with profits from the trafficking of four of the
group’s victims. The property is valued at 10,446,000 pesos, so it
will be delivered to the Property Service and Disposal
Through a press release, the PGR said that those convicted were also
sentenced to repair the moral damage caused "by exposing the victims to
the risk of transmission of venereal diseases, as well as damaging the reputation, honor, sentiments and mental health of the
PGR statement went on to explain that these effects have a
material result, which can be seen in the way in which the victims
are subjected to harassment, ridicule and accusations by members of
the society that they have to live in.
should be remembered that the criminal actions of those who were
convicted came to light on April 21, 2009, after
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) informed
Assistant Attorney General's Office for
Special Investigations into Organized Crime
they had rescued three women who had been sexually exploited in the
city of Atlanta, Georgia.
statement, the women reported having been seduced and deceived in
Tlaxcala state [Mexico’s sex trafficking capital] by brothers
Miguel Ángel and Saúl Romero Rugerio, who convinced them
travel to the United States.
the investigation it was learned that two additional young women had
escaped from the traffickers and had returned to Mexico. Both were
located by the Federal Investigations Agency [AFI – equivalent to
the U.S. FBI] in the states of Tabasco and Veracruz. Interviews with
these victims allowed the authorities to discover the modus operandi
that the brothers had used. They obtained luxury cars to impress
these minor girls and seduce them, with the goal of later [sex]
trafficking them to the U.S.
the minor girls were entrapped within their own school in Tabasco
state, where they were courted and where the traffickers convinced
the victims to live with them, a process that took, at most, one week.
After the girls arrived in the city of Tenancingo, Tlaxcala, they
were convinced by the brothers of the benefits of going to the
the girls crossed illegally into the U.S., they were taken to the
network’s apartments [in Atlanta], where [the madame]
trained them in what their new ‘jobs would be. The victims were
forced to work seven days a week without a break, during the entire
day until they had met their quota of 20 to 40 sexual contacts.
gang charged $30 for each sex act, which lasted 15 minutes.
Customers were charged more if they requested that the victims
remove their clothing or if they “had a special request.” The
traffickers took all of the money, telling the victims that it was
being used to build a house in Mexico.
three suspects were arrested on September 11, 2009, and were then arraigned.
Suspect Michael Angel Romero is currently jailed in the U.S. Suspect
Saúl Romero Rugerio
fugitive. A 15 million peso reward has been offered for his arrest.
Sep. 03, 2011
Three Mexicans jailed for human trafficking
Mexico City - Three Mexican nationals, including [two women], have been sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for forcing a group of young women to work as prostitutes in the US, officials said.
Emiliano Romero Ramirez and Maria Juana Rugerio Saucedo were each sentenced to 37 years and six months in jail, while Cristina Hernandez Suarez will serve 28 years and six months behind bars.
The convicts – arrested in December 2009 at the request of the US embassy – must also pay damages to the victims, the Council of the Federal Judiciary, which supervises most of Mexico’s federal courts, said.
The traffickers recruited the women ‘by trickery or force’ in Tenancingo town and then shipped them off to the US to work as prostitutes, the officials said.
The criminals, according to investigations carried out by US authorities, operated from 2007 till early 2009.
Sep. 04, 2011
Hay más pobres, pese a inversión en programas sociales
MEXICO, D.F.- Hace dos meses, el Consejo Nacional de Evaluación de la Política de Desarrollo Social (Coneval) reportó que, de 2008 a 2010, bajo la administración de Felipe Calderón, el número de pobres se incrementó y representa casi la mitad de los mexicanos: 52 millones de personas.
Sin embargo, en los capítulos del Quinto Informe de Gobierno relativos a los sectores más sensibles a los vaivenes económicos, como los indígenas, las mujeres y los grupos vulnerables, parece que se describe otra realidad a la revelada por el Coneval, institución federal especializada en supervisar la efectividad de los programas sociales.
En lo que va del año, el gobierno de Calderón asegura haber elevado su inversión a 49 mil 101 millones de pesos a favor de los indígenas, de los que más de la mitad se aplicaron en los programas de Oportunidades, 70 y Más e Infraestructura Social Básica para la Atención a Pueblos Indígenas (PIBAI).
A pesar de ello, el Coneval encontró que el porcentaje de pobres entre la población indígena pasó, entre 2008 y 2010, de 75.3 a 79.3%, y la pobreza extrema de 39.4 a 40.2 puntos porcentuales.
En el reporte presidencial se asegura que en este año se impulsó una política pública que promueve la equidad de género a través del Programa Nacional para la Igualdad entre Mujeres y Hombres 2009-2012, que en este año tuvo un monto de 14 mil 196 millones de pesos.
Asimismo, se enlistan una serie de programas y campañas para evitar la violencia contra la mujer, así como para el Fortalecimiento de la Transversalidad de la Perspectiva de Género, el Desarrollo de las Instancias Municipales, y líneas gratuitas para asesoría contra la violencia intrafamiliar extrema.
De entre las acciones tomadas por la Fiscalía Especial para los Delitos de Violencia contra las Mujeres y la Trata de Personas (Fevimtra), se reportan mensajes radiofónicos dirigidos a la población indígena sobre la trata de personas...
The ranks of the poor increase despite
investments in social development
Mexico City - Two months ago, the National Counsil for the
Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) has reported that
between 2008 to 2010 (during the administration of President Felipe
Calderón), the number of poor in the nation has increased. They now
account for almost half of Mexico’s population, and total 52 million
In contrast, the official Fifth Government Report’s chapters on
the most vulnerable groups in society, such as indigenous peoples,
women and other at-risk groups paint a different picture than the
alarm raised by the CONEVAL report. CONEVAL is a federal agency
who’s function is to monitor the effectiveness of social programs.
far this year, Calderon's government says it has raised its
investment to 49 billion 101 million pesos for programs targeting
indigenous peoples. Over half of that amount was used to support the
programs Opportunities, 70 and Over, and Basic Social Infrastructure
for the Care for Indigenous Peoples (PIBAI).
However, the CONEVAL found that the percentage of poor among the
indigenous population increased between 2008 and 2010, from 75.3 to
79.3%, and extreme poverty has increased from 39.4 to 40.2%.
presidential report said that during 2011 it has prompted public policies
that promote gender equality through the National Programme for
Equality Between Women and Men 2009-2012, which this year was funded
at 14 billion 196 million pesos.
It also lists a series of programs and campaigns to prevent violence
against women, to advocate for the mainstreaming of gender perspectives
and to create domestic violence hotlines at the municipal level.
The Special Prosecutor for Violent Crimes
Against Women and Trafficking (FEVIMTRA), in the office of the
Attorney General of the Republic, reported that it had created radio messages
that wee addressed to the nation's indigenous peoples.
However, nothing is mentioned in the Government Report about the
worrying increase in femicides, or the refusal of the National System
for Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women
to issue [legislatively mandated] gender alerts [that are required
to be publicized when crimes against
women reach a certain level] in the State of Mexico.
Mexico state, which is run by
Enrique Peña Nieto
of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) , there were 2,015 homicides of women between the
ages of 18 and 32 from January of 2007 to December of 2009,
according to data from the National Citizen’s Observatory [think
tank] on Femicide.
did the president’s report mention the sentence of the
American Court of Human Rights, in the [femicide] case called the
Cotton Fields, involving the murders of three young women in the
city of Ciudad Juarez, in Chihuahua state. The Court’s decision
requires the Mexican government, through Attorney General's Office (PGR)
and state prosecutors, to establish protocols for handling cases of missing girls and
Gloria Leticia Díaz
Sep. 01, 2011
New Mexico, USA
Hero: Antonio Diaz Chacon (right), and
his wife, Martha Diaz
Antonio Diaz Chacon, New Mexico Man, Thwarted Kidnapping Of 6-Year-Old Girl
Albuquerque - The pair of 911 calls came in quick succession from a New Mexico
mobile home park.
On one, a frantic 12-year-old says her little sister is missing. On the other is
the wife of the man who would be credited with saving the 6-year-old from every
"We are outside of my mom's house here," Martha Diaz told the dispatcher. "We
heard a man going, `Hey, hey let her go. Let her go.' So we turn around ...
"The man came running to us and said, `They stole a little girl.'"
Phillip Garcia, 29, had snatched the girl moments earlier on Monday afternoon in
Albuquerque, taking her away in a blue van, police said.
Diaz's husband, Antonio Diaz Chacon, jumped in his black pickup and gave chase.
Garcia tried to lose him by driving through a maze of residential streets,
"turning, and turning," Diaz Chacon, a 24-year-old mechanic said Tuesday night
as a swarm of media stood outside his home to hear his story. The events were
interpreted and relayed from Spanish to English by his wife.
Finally, Diaz Chacon said, the man crashed into a telephone pole.
Garcia fled on foot, and Diaz Chacon grabbed the girl and took her home. Garcia
then returned to his wrecked van and took off but was later captured by police,
Hidden under a rock just 25 feet from the van was packing tape and a tie-down
strap, police said.
Inside the impounded van were tostadas, a glove, a Leatherman tool, a black
satchel, orange strapping similar to the strap found hidden under the rock,
"This little girl was very lucky," police Sgt. Tricia Hoffman said. "We can only
guess what would have happened to this child."
"Throughout the county we see situations like this and they do not end typically
well," she said.
Diaz Chacon, she said, "did an amazing, amazing job and he saved this girl's
Diaz Chacon said he was proud people considered him a hero, but that he never
thought twice about taking the action. While he was chasing the van, he said, he
thought of his own two girls, one 7 years old, the other 5 months, and how he
would want someone to do the same for him.
"I told him `I don't know how you could have gone after him," his wife said,
shaking as she recalled the events in front of their house in the normally quiet
sprawling South Valley neighborhood, where even on the evening after the
abduction kids played freely in the streets on their bikes and scooters.
"How could you have gone after him, not knowing where he's going, what he's
going to do? But he saved a life." Garcia was charged with kidnapping, child
abuse and tampering with evidence. Hoffman said Garcia is from Albuquerque and
had a revoked license but she was unsure if he had a criminal record.
Garcia immediately "lawyered up," declining to give any statement to
authorities, Hoffman said. Garcia was still jailed Tuesday and no lawyer had yet
been listed as taking the case, according to court officials.
There have not been any other recent child abductions or attempted abductions in
the city, Hoffman said...
The Associated Press
Aug. 17, 2011
New Mexico, USA
Hero says he's an illegal immigrant
Hopes to change perception of undocumented workers
Albuquerque - The Albuquerque man who is being hailed a hero for chasing down a
kidnapper and saving a 6-year-old girl said he's an illegal immigrant. Antonio
Diaz Chacón, 23, is now at the center of the debate over illegal immigration.
"We're just trying to take it all in," said Martha Diaz Chacón, who was
translating for her husband.
Diaz Chacón, who works as a mechanic, became an instant celebrity with hundreds
of news stories written about him across the country and people from coast to
coast wanting to send the hero their thanks.
"He thinks this happened for a reason," said Martha.
Diaz Chacón and Martha, who is a U.S. citizen, have been married for two years.
The couple has been living in Albuquerque for four years.
Diaz Chacón said he's tried to get his citizenship in the past but stopped after
the process became too time-consuming and expensive.
Still, he believes there is a reason why he was the one to save the girl Monday
"Now that everywhere people are attacking immigrants, he thinks this happened
for a reason, for people to know that immigrants aren't just criminals," said
Immigrant rights groups are using Diaz Chacón's story to counter the calls for
deporting all illegal immigrants. President Barack Obama announced Thursday his
administration will only focus on deporting illegal immigrants who commit
Diaz Chacón isn't concerned he revealed his immigration status to the media
because he said "he's done nothing wrong."
Aug. 19, 2011
Mexico, The United States
Commissioner of U.S. Customs and
Piden a inmigrantes de no cruzar a EU por crecimiento en trafico de personas
Alan Bersin, secretario asistente para asuntos internacionales y representante especial para asuntos fronterizos del gobierno de Barack Obama, llamó a los mexicanos a no cruzar a Estados Unidos de manera indocumentada por el peligro que representan los cárteles de la droga que operan el tráfico de personas.
"El peligro de intentar cruzar no vale la pena", dijo el funcionario norteamericano en entrevista con Carmen Aristegui en MVS Radio, como parte de una nueva campaña migratoria impulsada desde Estados Unidos que señala los riesgos de dicha acción.
Además de las condiciones ambientales, el también llamado "zar fronterizo" resaltó que el principal peligro para los inmigrantes es el crimen organizado que controla el tráfico de personas y que antes no lo hacía.
"El crimen organizado está involucrado en una manera muy profunda en el contrabando, en la trata de humanos. Hay asaltos y extorsiones y otros delitos contra los migrantes", expresó.
"Si una persona piensa cruzar por el desierto hay más riesgos con los contrabandistas. Los polleros, los coyotes que están actuando en esta trata de humanos, porque en el pasado no había un crimen organizado, no fue involucrado en la cruzada ilegal de personas (sic)", aseveró.
Bersin señaló que el flujo migratorio bajó un 31 por ciento, pero no precisó fechas. Esto, atribuyó, al fortalecimiento de la presencia de la Patrulla Fronteriza y a que "hemos mandado un mensaje a los pueblos en el sur de México y a otros sitios de "que el peligro de intentar cruzar no vale la pena".
También, dijo, a que en Arizona se implementó "un sistema de aplicación de consecuencias o un castigo". No vamos a permitir el cruce, dijo...
U.S. Official asks
immigrants not to cross into the U.S. because of the growth in human
U.S. Customs and Border Protection [and former ‘Border Czar and
California Education Secretary]
Alan Bersin has urged
Mexicans not to cross the U.S. without documents because of the
danger posed by drug cartels that operate as human traffickers.
"The danger of
trying to cross the border is not worth it," the U.S. official said
in an interview with Carmen Aristegui on MVS Radio, as part of a new
campaign promoted by the U.S. that highlights the risks of
In addition to
[desert] environmental conditions, the Bersin emphasized that the
main danger for immigrants was from organized crime groups that
today control human trafficking, whereas before they did not.
"Organized crime is
involved in a very profound way in smuggling, in trafficking in
humans. There have been assaults, extortions and other crimes
perpetrated against migrants," he said.
"If you are
planning to cross the desert, the risk is higher if you go with a
smugglers who transport people, because in the past organized crime
was not involved in taking people across [the border]." he warned.
Bersin said that
cross-border migration was down by 31 percent, but did not specify
specific dates. This is attributed to the strengthening of the
Border Patrol presence and because "we are sending a message to the
towns in southern Mexico and elsewhere that "the danger of trying to
cross not worth it."
Bersin added that
his agency has implemented a system of the application of
consequences or punishment in Arizona. “We will not allow people to
cross” he said.
Bersin said that
an estimated at 168 deaths of migrants at the U.S. border with
El Universal / Norte
sep. 01, 2011
The World, Latin America
I recently read a Huffington Post article by Ronald Weitzer,
Professor of Sociology at George Washington University -
Myths About Human
Trafficking (see below excerpt). The professor's article
asserts that the current level of effort and funding focused on addressing the
crisis of sex trafficking is an overreaction to an exaggerated problem.
Although we disagree strongly with Professor Weitzer's analysis and
conclusions, it is important for all observers of the issue of human trafficking
to understand the broad range of viewpoints that are represented within this
The crisis of
human trafficking and
exploitation that confronts the
poor of Latin America, and
especially women and children
from marginalized indigenous,
Afro-descendant, migrant and
refugee populations, is on the
upsurge. While well-financed
drug cartels gear-up to focus on
the lucrative modern human
slavery market - by provisioning
their supply chain through the
mass kidnapping and entrapment
of innocents as an alternative
source of profits in the face of
more effective law enforcement
interdiction of their drug
shipments - the pro-legalization
faction of the movement seeks to reduce funding
for anti-trafficking efforts. As
we engage in this academic
debate, the trafficking mafias
are laughing all the way to the
bank as their victims continue to
We favor neither
a liberal nor a conservative
approach to resolving the global human
trafficking emergency. What we
want to see accomplished is the
development-of and widespread
adoption-of effective approaches
to controlling the largely hidden
mass atrocity of modern human
Both sides of the
political spectrum in the
skeletons in their closets in
regard to past inaction in the
face of the onslaught of modern
day slavery. This is
evident, for example, in their
failure to deal with Latin
America's human slavery
emergency until very recently.
Despite that history and the
demonstrable growth in this
criminal enterprise, the 'pro-legalization of
prostitution' movement criticizes
the fact that the U.S.
Department of State's Office to
Monitor and Combat Trafficking
in Persons, directed by
Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, has
grown to a staff totaling 52
persons. We think that growth is
a good sign. It may have
resulted in some of the more
effective global actions that
are now being taken to control
A balance must be struck between
the liberal tendency that thinks
that human behavior should be
loosely controlled and virtually unmonitored, and more
conservative perspectives that
ending all forms of sex work
globally (and thus giving less
emphasis to the labor aspects of
human slavery). Neither viewpoint
should interfere with agreement
on the basic imperative that
forced labor and prostitution is
wrong, and that humanity must do
all in its power to catch up to
the trafficking ‘industry’ and
shut it down.
I responded to Weitzer in a series of posts that I have assembled
into the below commentary.
An excerpt of Professor Weitzer's article follows my commentary.
End impunity now!
- Chuck Goolsby
Sep. 01, 2011
Human Trafficking is a crisis that cannot be ignored.
The modern anti-trafficking movement has a history dating back to the 1990’s. The end of the Soviet Empire impoverished many in areas of former Soviet influence. Organized crime rushed into that gap and commercialized the mass sex trafficking of women and underage girls.
Women’s studies professors and Evangelical Christians [in the U.S.] were among the first to step up to the plate and confront the issue. They reacted to the crisis in Eastern Europe, although human slavery existed prior to the 1990’s across the world.
For the past 12 years I have been an active advocate for the Latin American victims of human trafficking,
[a former board member and then] executive director of a small trafficking NGO (Captive Daughters,
for the past 10+ years, organizer of the largest global news aggregation web site on
Having seen the history of this issue evolve for a dozen years, and having pushed for an equal place at the table for Latin American, and especially indigenous and Afro-Latina victims, I can attest that the issue is serious, despite the lack of objective statistical evidence to quantify the scope of the problem.
Years ago, the U.S. CIA came up with a figure of 50,000 foreign victims being trafficked into the U.S. on an annual basis. They later revised that estimate to around 17,000. U.S. agencies and the United Nations disagree on the global scope of the problem.
Here are some facts:
1. Latin Americans are
today an estimated 60% of all trafficking victims brought into the U.S.
2. In 1918 the League of Nations examined forced prostitution and found the Latin America was the epicenter of the global problem.
3. Global mafias focus their kidnapping, torture, rape and overseas transport of victims on Latin American, and especially indigenous and other poor victims, because apathetic and sexist law enforcement will not go after them.
4. The Japanese
Yakuza began sex trafficking Colombian women in the 1980s.
they hold captive an estimated 3 to 4,000 indigenous underage girls, kidnapped or entrapped in southern Mexico, who are forced to work as Geisha sex slaves in Japan.
5. The NGO Save the Children has identified the southern Mexican border with Guatemala as being the largest region in the world for CSEC (commercial sexual exploitation of children).
6. The International Organization for migration (IOM) has estimated that between 450 and 600 female Latina migrant women and girls are raped each day in their migration through the same region.
7. The U.S. anti-trafficking movement virtually ignored the Latin American crisis for years, favoring instead a focus on European and Asian victims.
Our site examines these issues in depth...
What is concerning is that progressives have been largely asleep at the switch in regard to human trafficking, except for the activism of people such as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Liberals - who would have fought anti-Mayan genocide in Guatemala [during the 1970s, 80s and 90s] and slavery in the 1860’s South - often yawn upon hearing about modern slavery.
While we can debate the statistics involved, the crisis is real for those who are victimized by it. In the context of Latin America, billion dollar drug cartels are retooling their profit engines to move away from drugs and toward human trafficking. There are brothels that use unwilling Latina women and underage girls in virtually every barrio and farm labor camp in the U.S. The law enforcement response to that imported tradition of impunity is inadequate.
Professor Weitzer’s article involves an analysis that is consistent with the pro-legalization of prostitution ‘faction’ of the anti-trafficking movement. It can be said that the majority of anti-trafficking activists are pro-abolition, a perspective that the professor critiques in his article.
The pro-legalization position is strongly advocated by Professor Ann Jordan of
the Washington College of Law at American University. See her most recent
article, posted on her web site,
2011 State Department Trafficking in Persons Report: A need for more evidence and U.S. accountability.
I do like Professor Jordan’s emphasis on the need to go after the root causes of sex trafficking, which involve gender inequality and its resulting global female poverty.
At a seminar hosted by Professor Jordan at American University on pro-legalization, a participant from India [a female medical doctor] declared that a number of career prostitutes in Mumbai send their daughters to private schools, which I find to be utterly preposterous. Invariably, the pro-legalization folks reject child prostitution, however we know that
in major red light districts such as Mexico City’s La Merced tolerance zone, adult prostitutes sell the virginity of their daughters for a premium price of $800 when they reach age 11.
The pro-legalization lobby is, you could say, a counterweight to the pro-abolition faction, which is heavily conservative and Christian Right. Abolition though, is neither left nor right. It is a common sense position that addresses a global emergency.
Posted on HuffingtonPost.com
Aug. 28, 2011
Myths About Human Trafficking
As recently as fifteen years ago, the term "human trafficking" was virtually absent from public discourse. Today, it is all the rage, and a huge amount of taxpayer money has been spent fighting it. There is no doubt that, when force or deception is involved in the recruitment or transportation of laborers (the definition of trafficking in U.S. law), trafficking is an evil that deserves robust countermeasures. But there are also many popular myths about trafficking -- frequently voiced in the media and by government officials -- that have distorted proper understanding of the problem and, more importantly, hampered efforts to combat it. What are the chief myths?
Trafficking is a mammoth problem
Interest groups, the media, and the U.S. government have given very high estimates of the number of persons trafficked each year into the sex industry or other labor arenas. In some instances, the numbers appear to be pulled out of thin air, as in a Washington Post editorial (June 28, 2011) declaring that "trafficking is understood today as a global phenomenon exceeding 20 million cases each year." Or consider a November 2005 episode of Oprah, in which it was claimed that "millions" of children are trafficked into prostitution each year. The U.S. Government's figures are lower -- 800,000 worldwide victims (down from an estimated 4 million in 2000) and 14,500-17,500 domestic victims (down from a high of 50,000 in 2000) -- though the sources of these figures have never been disclosed.
There is a stark difference between the official estimates and the tiny number of victims identified and rescued each year or the number of traffickers brought to justice, both domestically and internationally. Worldwide, the State Department reported in 2010 that only 0.4% of the estimated number of victims have been officially located and assisted. No one would claim that the official estimates could possibly match the number of identified victims -- given the obstacles to locating victims in illicit, underground markets -- but the huge disparity between the two should at least raise doubts about the alleged scale of victimization.
Trafficking is growing worldwide
Not only is human trafficking said to be a huge social problem, but also one that it is escalating worldwide. Trafficking does appear to have increased in some parts of the world, especially with the loosening of controls in the former Soviet empire. But the generic assertion that trafficking is growing globally cannot be substantiated. A related claim, by activists and some government officials, is that human trafficking has progressed from the third largest criminal enterprise in the world, behind the drug and arms trades, to number two status, behind drugs. I have yet to see any supporting evidence for this claim. Estimates of the profits -- said to be between $5 and $12 billion annually -- are similarly dubious. We simply have no reliable data on which to extrapolate profit margins in black markets...
Ronald Weitzer - Professor of Sociology, George Washington University
The Huffington Post
Aug. 24, 2011
Trata de personas crece en México: PGR y PGJDF
Ciudad de México • Los titulares de las procuradurías General de la República (PGR), Marisela Morales Ibañez, y General de Justicia del Distrito Federal (PGJDF), Miguel Ángel Mancera, dieron a conocer que al igual que en todo el mundo, en México, durante los últimos años, se ha incrementado el delito de trata de personas.
Por su parte, la procuradora general de la República dijo que la trata de personas “es un negocio rentable para quienes la ejercen, y que en México esta deleznable práctica se ha multiplicado en años recientes, como también ha ocurrido en otros países del mundo”.
La funcionara federal dijo que actualmente, la Fiscalía Especial para los Delitos de Violencia contra las Mujeres y Trata de Personas (Fevimtra) y la Subprocuraduría de Investigación Especializada en Delincuencia Organizada (SIEDO) tienen en curso 32 procesos penales relacionados con este ilícito.
Sin embargo, también destacó que gracias a la nueva comprensión de este delito por parte de las autoridades, también se ha incrementado el número de órdenes de aprehensión y de intervenciones judiciales de cateo, cuando en el 2009 eran casi nulas, además de que en ese año sólo se abrieron dos procesos penales.
Durante su intervención en la inauguración del seminario “Combate y sanción de la trata de personas en México en el ámbito federal”, alertó que los tratantes de personas operan en redes transnacionales y “han refinado sus métodos de atracción”, para lo cual utilizan la seducción y el engaño, no sólo de manera personal, sino a distancia, a través de medios como el Internet.
A su vez, el procurador capitalino, Miguel Ángel Mancera, informó que en los últimos tres años, la PGJDF ha realizado 18 operativos contra la trata de personas, rescató a 156 víctimas y 68 menores de organizaciones criminales dedicadas a esta actividad, además de que se consignó a 134 personas por este ilícito.
De igual manera, detalló que en los últimos años se aseguraron 17 inmuebles que eran utilizados para estos fines, y que fueron sometidos a un procedimiento de extinción de dominio, así como que se obtuvieron ocho sentencias condenatorias contra 26 involucrados en este delito.
Dijo que estas cifras son el resultado de la colaboración con la PGR, con un trabajo de intercambio de información, al tiempo que con la Fevimtra y otros organismos, se trabaja en la elaboración de una ley general marco para armonizar los tipos penales.
Dijo que esta nueva ley busca distinguir entre el delito de trata de personas y el delito de explotación, además de que pueda “dar cuenta de manera moderna de lo que es el delito de esclavitud, así como las diferentes conductas que señalen distintos marcos punitivos.
Mexico City – Mexican Attorney
General Marisela Morales Ibañez
and Mexico City’s Attorney
General Miguel Ángel Mancera
have announced that, as is true
across the world, the rate of
human trafficking in their
jurisdictions has increased
during the past several years.
Full English translation to
Aug. 24, 2011
Added: Sep. 01, 2011
Translated into English Sep. 05, 2011
Mexico City Attorney General Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa
Trabaja PGJDF en nueva ley contra Trata de personas
La Procuraduría General de Justicia del Distrito Federal, informó que avanzan para dar cumplimiento puntual al Protocolo para Prevenir, Reprimir y Sancionar la Trata de personas, especialmente el rubro de mujeres y niños, emitido por la Organización de Naciones Unidas.
La Procuraduría General de Justicia del Distrito Federal (PGJDF), refrendó la noche de ayer, su compromiso con las víctimas del delito de Trata de personas, mujeres y niños y revalidó la coordinación interinstitucional en la lucha contra ese flagelo.
En un comunicado, el titular de la dependencia capitalina, Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa, informó que trabajan en una nueva ley en la materia, que sea de vanguardia, moderna, que incluya otras formas de explotación humana y que responda adecuadamente a los agraviados.
Durante la inauguración del ciclo de conferencia y mesa de Intercambio de Experiencias sobre Combate y Sanción de la Trata de Personas en México en el Ámbito Federal, en el edificio alterno de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación, el Procurador capitalino, detalló que en los últimos tres años, la institución ha realizado 18 operativos, rescatado 156 víctimas, salvados 68 menores, consignado 134 probables tratantes, asegurado 17 inmuebles sometidos al procedimiento de extinción de dominio y obtenido 18 sentencias condenatorias con 26 personas condenadas.
Asimismo, ante la procuradora General de la República, Marisela Morales Ibáñez; la ministro Olga Sánchez Cordero y el experto en prevención del delito de la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el Delito, Felipe de la Torre, entre otros, Mancera Espinosa, reconoció que con estos resultados, lo que están tratando de hacer, es saldar la cuenta que todavía se tiene pendiente con las víctimas del delito de Trata.
Comentó además, que se avanza para dar cumplimiento puntual al Protocolo para Prevenir, Reprimir y Sancionar la Trata de personas, especialmente el rubro de mujeres y niños, emitido por la Organización de Naciones Unidas.
Destacó por otra parte, que en coordinación con la Comisión Especial de Lucha contra la Trata de Personas de la Cámara de Diputados, la Fiscalía Especial para los Delitos de Violencia contra las Mujeres y Trata de Personas, dependiente de la PGR, de la Organización Regional contra el Tráfico de Mujeres, Niñas y Niños, se impulsa la elaboración de una Ley General en materia de Trata de personas que sirva como marco para armonizar tipos penales a nivel federal y conjuntamente dar las pautas para las entidades federativas.
Además, explicó que la nueva legislación distinguirá lo que es Trata de personas, de lo que es el delito de explotación, a fin de establecer con toda precisión las reglas y el concurso de normas y de ilícitos.
Se busca, dijo, que pueda dar cuenta por primera vez de manera moderna de lo que es el delito de esclavitud; una ley que pueda distinguir para poder sancionar con todo lo que vale lo justo penal y las diferentes conductas que van acompañando a este delito.
Abundó, en que también esperan incluir otras formas de explotación que tradicionalmente han sido condenadas dentro de otros capítulos; además de establecer en esta ley, lo que es la pornografía infantil para que pueda darse una relación puntual sobre este tipo de explotación en niñas y niños.
De igual forma, sostuvo que a efecto de que el combate sea efectivo, es imperativo conjugar los esfuerzos de la sociedad, del gobierno, de los encargados de la procuración de justicia y también de la importancia de los juzgadores.
Por lo mismo, destacó la convocatoria del Poder Judicial Federal a este encuentro.
Enfatizó en la importancia de la coordinación interinstitucional, pues dijo, se trata de la unión de esfuerzos.
Al respecto, reconoció, "no lo hemos hecho solos, en los diferentes tramos del combate al delito de Trata hemos tenido que compartir ayuda de la Procuraduría General de la República o bien de los centros especializados en custodia de víctimas y en el empoderamiento de las mismas".
De ahí que pusiera de relieve lo significativo del Ciclo de Conferencia y Mesa de Intercambio de Experiencias sobre Combate y Sanción de la Trata de Personas en México en el Ámbito Federal.
Prosecutor’s Office contributes to work on new anti trafficking legislation
General of Mexico City [the Federal District] has reported progress towards the
goal of implementing the United Nations’
Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking
in Persons, especially Women and Children.
Mancera Espinosa, the Attorney General of the Federal District (PGJDF), has
reiterated his commitment to the victims of the crime of human trafficking, and
women and children, and emphasized the importance of interagency coordination in
the fight against this scourge.
In a press
release, Mancera Espinosa reported that his office is contributing to work on
new anti trafficking legislation that will be leading edge. The proposal will
also address other forms of human exploitation and will provide for adequate
support for victims.
inauguration of the conference and round table, An Exchange of Experiences in
Regard to the Federal Effort to Combat and Punish Human Trafficking in Mexico,
held in the Supreme Court’s annex building, the Attorney General Mancera
explained that during the past three years, his office had engaged in 18
operations, rescued 156 victims, saved 68 children, arraigned 134 probable
traffickers, confiscated 17 properties that are subject to forfeiture
proceedings, and had obtained 18 convictions involving 26 suspects.
Mancera noted that
his office coordinates with the Special Commission for Combating Trafficking of
the Chamber of Deputies [in Congress], the office of the Special Prosecutor for
Violent Crimes against Women and Trafficking in Persons - in the office of the
Attorney General of the Republic and the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking
in Women and Girls (CATW-LAC)
to develop new national anti trafficking legislation that will serve as a
framework to harmonize federal criminal statutes as well as provide guidelines
for the nation’s federated entities [31 states and the Federal District – Mexico
explained the the new legislation will distinguish between human trafficking and
the crime of exploitation, with the objective of establishing clear definitions
of crimes and their corresponding criminal statutes.
We seek, said
Mancera, to define for the first time in a modern context, what exactly human
slavery is. It will be a law that distinguishes various criminal acts and
behaviors to allow them to be punished with the appropriate level of sanctions.
attorney general added that the authors of the legislation also hope to include
other forms of exploitation that have traditionally been covered by other
chapters of the criminal code. We also include definitions of child pornography,
so that a prompt legal response to this form of the exploitation of children can
that for the fight against human trafficking to be effective, it is imperative
to coordinate the efforts of society, government, those who are in charge of
criminal justice and judges. Mancera highlighted the fact that members of the
judiciary were participating in the conference.
Mancera said that
the fight against trafficking must be a joint effort. He notes, “we we have not
achieved these results by working alone. We have had to share this effort with
the federal attorney general’s office and with centers [NGOs] that specialize in
assisting and empowering victims…”
Attorney General of the Republic Marisela Morales Ibáñez, Supreme Court Justice
Olga Sánchez Cordero and United Nations crime prevention expert Felipe de la
Torre attended the conference.
Aug. 25, 2011
Mexico Establishes Code against Sexual Tourism with Minors
Mexico City - The Mexican government on Tuesday passed a law that seeks to protect minors from sexual tourism.
The new code enacts preventive and protective measures for children and teenagers in tourism companies, and also and also allows for the prosecution and punishment of travelers who commit this crime.
The code was signed by Margarita Zavala, president of the Consulting Citizens Council of the National System for Integral Family Development, Tourism Secretary Gloria Guevara, entrepreneurs and civil society representatives.
The legislation to avoid human trafficking has improved with a constitutional reform passed by the Congress, but it requires more participation to fulfill and respect the law, Zavala said.
Inside Costa Rica
Aug. 24, 2011
British Colombia provincial government sues for house in human trafficking case
The [government of the Canadian province of British Colombia] is attempting to seize the $3.1 million home of a West Vancouver woman charged with human trafficking.
According to the civil claim filed by the province's Director of Civil Forfeiture in B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday, Mumtaz Ladha and two family members used the home as an "instrument of unlawful activity."
Ladha, 55, was charged with human smuggling after a 21-year-old woman claimed she was being confined as a servant at the family's British Properties home.
The young woman left the home in June 2009 after living there for one year and made her way to a women's shelter, police said earlier this year.
The director of civil forfeiture wants all or part of the property where Ladha allegedly made the woman work up to 22 hours a day for a pittance of a wage.
Worked for $200 a month
According to the court documents, the servant was offered a job for $200 a month. But when she arrived from Africa in 2008, she began a life of indenture that saw her wash cars for the family and its friends, launder underwear by hand and shovel snow for Ladha's vehicles, clad only in a cotton dress and sandals.
Ladha also allegedly took possession of the woman's passport after she arrived in Canada, according to police.
The claim also provides insight into the RCMP investigation. Border services officials told police the servant's initial visa application was refused, but later accepted on the basis of a doctor's note which said Ladha needed help with an alleged health condition — vertigo.
But the alleged victim later told investigators that to her knowledge Ladha was in "perfect health."
No statement of defence has been filed by Ladha or the other family members, but in the past the family has said police have got it all wrong and the African woman making the allegation was never forced to work as a slave in Canada.
Ladha was arrested without incident at Vancouver airport on July 19 as she returned to Canada and is facing one charge of human trafficking and one charge of human smuggling.
The Huffington Post - Canada
Aug. 26, 2011
B.C. human trafficking suspect a no-show in court
Mumtaz Ladha, of West Vancouver, faces human
trafficking and human smuggling charges.
A West Vancouver woman facing human trafficking and smuggling charges was respresented by her lawyer at a court appearance in Vancouver Wednesday morning.
Mumtaz Ladha, 55, was arrested at Vancouver International Airport on July 19 and charged with human trafficking and human smuggling.
Ladha was represented at B.C. Provincial Court by legal staff and the case was put over until Sept. 19. She has hired well-known criminal defense attorney Richard Peck to represent her.
A warrant for her arrest was issued in May, alleging Ladha lured a 21-year-old African woman to Canada on the promise of a job in a hair salon in 2008. But police allege Ladha instead forced the woman to work in her home 18 hours a day without pay, confiscated her passport and fed her table scraps.
The crown has asked for a publication ban in the trial to protect the identity of the victim. It is not clear why she is seeking to protect her identity.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Aug 10, 2011
Desaparecen en promedio en el país 41 niños cada día
Según la Fundación Nacional de Investigaciones de Niños Robados y Desaparecidos, se rescatan a cuatro de cada diez
En los últimos cinco años la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) tiene reportados como robados o desaparecidos a 75 mil niños, es decir 41 en promedio cada día, de los cuales se ha logrado recuperar a 30 mil, que equivalen a 40%.
De acuerdo con datos recabados por la
Fundacion Nacional de Investigaciones de Niños Robados y Desaparecidos, el crimen organizado penetra hasta en las rancherías para robarse a niños y niñas, los cuales vende a redes de pederastas con fines de explotación sexual.
Aun cuando el problema del narcotráfico es de alta prioridad para las autoridades, en México el fenómeno en el cual niños son arrebatados de su familia y utilizados con fines de adopción ilegal, tráfico de infantes, prostitución infantil o para ser explotados laboralmente es altamente preocupante.
Al menos así lo deja ver la Fundación, que nació en 1997 como respuesta a la problemática social del robo, extravío, explotación y desaparición de menores en nuestro país, y la cual se encarga de brindar apoyo a las familias que han sufrido el robo, extravío o desaparición de alguno de sus hijos para orientarlos y lograr su recuperación.
“Hacemos todo lo humanamente posible para recuperar a estos pequeños y regresarlos a sus casas. Una vez recuperados, les brindamos gratuitamente terapia física y sicológica, así como a sus familias”, explicó la vocera de la Fundación,
La Fundación, de carácter asistencial, busca reintegrar a los menores a sus hogares, apoyándose de investigaciones que ayuden a localizarlos; este apoyo e investigaciones son sin costo alguno, ya que la institución recurre a donativos de personas, empresas y organizaciones que desean ayudar a su labor.
“De cada diez casos (que llegan a la institución) logramos recuperar sólo a uno. Es muy complicado, pero estamos luchando por la cultura de la prevención con nuestra cartilla y dando cursos a los niños para evitar que se los roben”, expuso Begné.
De hecho, para la Fundación el rescate de niños al año es muy variable; se encuentra en un rango de entre 150 y 300 niños. “Esto depende de la ayuda que se reciba por parte de las familias y personas. El tiempo que se tarda en recuperar al desaparecido, también depende de la ayuda que reciba la Fundación por parte de la gente”, señala.
Apenas el martes pasado fue encontrada una niña de 13 años que fue secuestrada y ahora se encuentra en recuperación sicológica.
Otro de los últimos casos más sonados fue el rescate de 15 niñas que robaron y prostituyeron en un penal.
También se logró la recuperación el 5 de junio pasado de la menor Alejandra “Ch”, de 12 años, desaparecida el 4 de junio del 2011 como consecuencia de contactos que estableció a través de las redes sociales.
Para recuperar a los niños la PGR ocupa varios métodos, y uno de ellos es tomar cabellos de los desaparecidos para sacar el ADN; a partir de ahí, la Fundación comienza a distribuir folletos, boletines, anuncios en radio y televisión, así como correos electrónicos, para anunciar la desaparición.
En esa parte la ayuda de las personas es vital, ya que son los que mencionan haber visto al desaparecido.
An average of 41 children go missing each day in Mexico
According to Mexico's Attorney General's Office, during the past 5 years 75, 000
children have gone missing, which is an average of 41 disappearances per day.
Some 30,000 of those children have been recovered, amounting to 40% of the
total. According to data collected by the National Foundation for Investigations
into Stolen and Disappeared Children (Fundacion Nacional de Investigaciones de Niños Robados y Desaparecidos),
organized crime groups go so far as to invade rural homes to kidnap girls and
boys. The victims are sold to pedophile [child sex trafficking] networks for
purposes of sexual exploitation. Although the war against the drug cartels is
the nation's highest [law enforcement] priority, the high numbers of children
who are robbed from their families to be sold in illegal adoptions and in baby
trafficking, or who are exploited in labor slavery and forced prostitution is
truly worrying. That is how the staff at the Foundation - founded in 1997 to aid
families who have suffered the kidnapping of a child - see the situation.
Foundation spokeswoman Lourdes Begné stated, "We do all that is humanly possible
to find these little ones and return them to their homes. After they are
recovered, we offer both the victims and their families free psychological and
With donations provided by individuals, organizations and businesses, the
Foundation has been able to provide free assistance in investigations, and has
worked to reintegrate the victims back into their home life.
"For every 10 cases that the foundation receives, one victim is recovered. It is
very complicated, but we are fighting to create a culture of prevention with our
information cards and through our workshops for children," explained Begné.
The number of children rescued by the Foundation on an annual basis varies
widely, from between 150 to 300. "The rates of recovery, depend upon the
amount of help that they receive from the victim's families and the public. The
time needed to find a child also depends upon the level of public cooperation
that we receive," said Begné.
On Tuesday of last week the Foundation rescued a 13-year-old girl who had been
kidnapped. She is now in psychological therapy. Another
recent case that was notable involved 15 underage girls who had been kidnapped
and were being prostituted in a prison.
On June 5, 2011 the foundation also achieved the rescue of Alejandra "Ch," age
12, who had disappeared on June 4th as a result of her use of [Internet] social
The federal attorney general's office uses various methods to search for
disappeared children, including the taking of hair samples to extract DNA. The
Foundation joins in these investigations by distributing flyers, running
announcements on radio and television and by sending email distributions. The
response of the public is vital, as it is their sightings of the victims that
result in rescues.
Periódico Excélsior (Mexico)
Aug. 20, 2011
National Foundation for Investigations into Stolen and Disappeared Children: 41 Children Go Missing Each Day in Mexico
According to a Mexican non-profit organization, the Attorney General's Office has registered 75,000 minors as missing since 2006, many of them likely sold to sex trafficking rings.
The National Foundation for Investigations into Stolen and Disappeared Children (Fundacion Nacional de Investigaciones de Niños Robados y Desaparecidos) says that an average of 41 children a day have been reported missing over the past five years. Only one in 10 cases handled by the foundation end with the child being rescued, the organization's spokeswoman said. According to data from Mexico's Attorney General's Office, 30,000 of the 75,000 children reported missing have been rescued.
According to a report prepared last year for the United Nations, up to 35,000 minors have been recruited by drug trafficking gangs since 2006. Under Mexican law, minors cannot serve prison sentences longer than three years, which may explain why some gangs have turned to recruiting teen hitmen, including 14-year-old Edgar Jimenez, alias "El Ponchis," a U.S. citizen charged with kidnapping and homicide in July.
Minors are also recruited into the sex trade. Many of Mexico's missing women and girls may be working in forced prostitution, the foundation notes. According to a report published last year by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, the focus on the war against drug trafficking has forced some gangs to broaden their criminal portfolio and begin seeking profits from human and sex trafficking.
Other agencies besides the Attorney General's Office have tracked the negative impact of Mexico's so-called "drug war" on the youth population. According to Mexico's Minister of Education, 30 percent of the homicides connected to organized crime involve minors.
Aug. 22, 2011
Added: Dec. 12,
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become the third
globally, after arms
and drug smuggling.
This requires, he
said, that the
of the federal
the nation's laws,
so that human
a federal crime.
[Note, the nation's
current Law to
Prevent, and Punish
passed by Congress
in 2007, is not a
law. It therefore is
not enforceable by
enforcement in any
of this nation's
states, nor in
Mexico City. -
exist in any of
Mexico's states to
patterns in child
Therefore, he added,
three purposes: 1)
to sell these
children to couples
adoptions; 2) to use
the victims for
and 3) to illegally
emphasized that the
infants and young
supply the illegal
adoptions market. He
has recommended that
security in their
The kidnapping of
children between the
ages of 3 and 6
Romero. He said that
many young couples
in which the woman
wants to preserve
her figure seek out
children in this age
declared that the
only statistics that
are available about
child kidnappings in
Mexico indicate that
at least 50,000 of
these victims live
on the streets and
are exploited by sex
networks, while at
the same time nobody
[particularly in law
action to rescue
What is striking is
that now, in
southern Mexico and
especially among the
of the region, this
the language, spoken
by he parents of the
victims is not
A second problem
that impedes the
each of these cases
is the fact that
parents do not have
photographs or other
documents that are
required to create
the case file that
is needed to begin
concluded by saying
to protect children,
and they must fight
back, so that the
echo our demands to
that responds to
Dec. 09, 2010
informa que en
México en los
últimos 5 años han
desaparecido 140 mil
Para combatir el
robo de niños falta
voluntad de la
En México, en los
últimos 5 años, han
desaparecido 140 mil
niños, de los cuales
sólo el 10 por
ciento ha sido
general de la
de Niños Robados y
Señaló que 50 mil de
esos infantes están
siendo víctimas de
que 70 mil de ellos
Los rangos de edad,
dijo, van desde
recién nacidos hasta
siendo las niñas las
que encabezan la
children will remain
impossible as long
government lacks the
will to do so
have been kidnapped
during the past 5
for Investigation of
during the past 5
years. He added that
only ten percent of
these children have
Fifty thousand of
these victims have
become victims of
Another 70,000 are
subjected to labor
children range in
age from recently
born infants to
are the primary
Dec, 12, 2010
"Sufren 50 mil niños
calcula que en
México hay alrededor
de 50 mil niños
raptados que son
embargo, no existe
una cifra oficial
que permita conocer
la realidad, dijo el
presidente de la
Asociación de Niños
Romero. "No tenemos
Desconocemos cuál es
nacional, para saber
robados hay en
México. Muchas veces
los mismos estados
no conviene a sus
Por la explotación
Bangkok de América
Latina, donde llegan
miles y miles de
pedófilos de todo el
mundo. "Les ofrecen
vienen bebés, niñas
y niños de 1 ó 2
años, incluso, para
tener sexo con ellos",
The city of Culiacán
on the state of
Sinaloa - It is
children are being
in Mexico, although
statistics exist to
allow us to
the president of
Romero, "We don't
have any statistics.
We don't know how
many stolen children
exist in Mexico."
warned that, "On
many occasions, the
refused to provide
because to do so
would not be in
their own self
observed that in
regard to the
Mexico is considered
to be the Bangkok of
Latin America, where
from all over the
are offered venues
babies of 1 to
sold, to have sex
reported that the
majority of CSEC
takes place in
cities and in its
tourist ports. For
that reason, he
said, these are the
pedophiles flock to.
"What is known as
child sex tourism is
taking place in our
tourist ports. A
number of people
destinations to have
sex with children."
cautioned that state
have tourist resort
areas within their
loathe to announce
publicly that the
place, because that
news would diminish
Only 10% of child
are rescued, noted
denounced the fact
that the laws
cattle in Mexico are
more severe than the
laws against the
Dec. 12, 2010
Often unaided by
parents of abducted
children spend their
days searching and
nights haunted by...
"...When people rob
a bank, there are
cameras. But if you
steal a child in
circumstances no one
sees, we are talking
about an invisible
Romero, who runs one
of the largest
Mexico dedicated to
"There is not a
trace of anything,"
said Gutierrez, who
heads the National
and has been trying
to establish links
with the Center for
Missing & Exploited
Virginia. "In the
United States, you
have help from the
government, from the
FBI, from private
Mexico we are on our
organization with a
breakdown of the
percentage of cases
is the Association
for the Recovery of
Lost Children, run
by accountant Israel
He said about 60
percent of the cases
he handles are
custodial. That is,
a husband or wife
took the child. But
he said between 30
percent and 40
percent are stolen
or kidnapped. Other
on the breakdown.
"Police don't help
us. When we call
them, they want
Betanzos, who wants
to establish an
alliance with the
Heidi Search Center
for Missing Children
of San Antonio. "But
all the victims are
poor. They barely
have enough to eat…"
Betanzos said if a
child is under 3
years of age, the
chance of recovery
is virtually nil.
"Minors who are
stolen are becoming
younger all the
time. That way they
can't remember their
parents or talk
families, and in
many cases they
don't even know
their name," the
Police said in a
statement in March.
"They are stolen for
sale to illegal
that take them out
of their country,
and are exploited in
for pornography and
Bring in the clowns
kidnappers use all
means to take a
child when parents
have their guard
"The kidnapping of
newborn babies from
clinics by people
dressed as nurses is
very common," said
running the Mexico
general's Center for
"There is also what
we call 'shopping
from a catalog,'
which happens in
poor, rural areas,"
A few years ago,
a clown ring that
traveled to remote
villages in the
states of Guerrero,
Oaxaca and Veracruz
children and take
"The whole village
came out, children,
parents to see the
clowns. They gave
out candy and told
said. "When the
games were over they
took photographs of
A couple of months
later, the clowns
return to the
gifts for the
"They give presents
except to certain
ones, the ones
Gutierrez said. "To
those they say 'Oh,
no! We've run out of
toys, but there are
more in our van if
you come with us.'"
The children follow
and are locked
inside, not to be
"These rings operate
where there is
people have no power
or political clout,"
organizations say a
child can bring
$10,000 to $100,000
depending on skin
and eye color. The
whiter the skin, the
April 09, 2000
Read our section on
the prostitution of
across Latin America
Mexico, The United States
Mexico's Attorney General Marisela Morales Ibáñez meets in Mexico
Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
Recibe PGR a encargada de Asuntos Mundiales de la Mujer de EU
México.- La titular de la Procuraduría General de la República (PGR), Marisela Morales Ibáñez, recibió la visita de Melanne Verveer, embajadora especial para Asuntos Mundiales de la Mujer de Estados Unidos, quien está de gira por México.
En un comunicado, la procuraduría informó que ambas abordaron temas relativos al desarrollo económico y la participación política de las mujeres, quienes enfrentan grandes retos en los principales problemas sociales, tales como la seguridad de la ciudadanía.
Durante la reunión también estuvieron Patricia Bugarín, subprocuradora de Investigación Especializada en Delincuencia Organizada, e Irene Herrerías, fiscal especial para la Atención de Delitos de Violencia contra las Mujeres y Trata de Personas.
Entre las funciones de la embajadora estadounidense destaca la de buscar la reducción de la violencia contra las mujeres por razones de etnia, raza, clase social, religión, nivel educativo y nacionalidad.
Verveer también se encarga de verificar que se combatan amenazas como el infanticidio por género, el matrimonio infantil, la trata de personas y la violencia doméstica, entre otros problemas que afectan a la población femenina en el orbe.
En ese contexto, Morales Ibáñez refrendó el compromiso de la PGR de velar por la estricta aplicación de la ley, agotando las instancias legales procedentes para su cumplimiento, siempre con respeto a los derechos humanos, así como a los procedimientos y competencias establecidos en la ley.
Todas coincidieron en que el fortalecimiento de las instituciones de procuración de justicia es fundamental para la construcción de una sociedad democrática, así como en el papel que actualmente desempeña el sector femenino para el fortalecimiento del tejido social.
Mexico's Attorney General
receives Melanne Verveer, U.S.
Ambassador-at-Large for Global
Marisela Morales Ibáñez,
Mexico’s Attorney General, has
received a visit by Melanne
Ambassador-at-Large for Global
Women’s Issues, who is currently
touring Mexico. In a press
release, Morales Ibáñez stated
that the two had discussed
issues related to economic
development and political
participation of women, who
today face great challenges in
regard to the nation’s major
social problems such as personal
Also present during the meeting
were Patricia Bugarín, Deputy
Attorney General for Organized
Crime, and Irene Herrerías,
Special Prosecutor for Attention
to Crimes of Violence against
Women and Trafficking in Persons
include leading global efforts
to reduce violence against women
that are caused by their condition of
ethnicity, race, social class,
religion, educational attainment
or nationality. The Ambassador
is also empowered to verify the efforts of nations
in regard to reducing the
threats of gender based
infanticide, child marriage,
human trafficking and domestic
violence, among other themes.
In this context, Attorney
General Morales Ibanez
reiterated her commitment as
Attorney General to ensure
strict enforcement of the law,
the compliance of government
entities with their
responsibilities, as well
as maintaining respect for human
rights in accordance with the
procedures and powers
established by law.
The attendees at the session
agreed that the strengthening of
criminal justice institutions is
fundamental to building a
democratic society, as is the
role played by women in
strengthening the nation's social fabric.
Aug. 19, 2011
Mexico, The United States
Travel of Ambassador Melanne S. Verveer to Mexico
Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will travel to Mexico City, Mexico August 16-19 to promote bilateral engagement on women’s economic empowerment and political participation, as well as challenges women face on key societal issues like citizen safety. On August 17, she will deliver the keynote address at the Mexican publisher Expansion Group’s event “50 Most Powerful Businesswomen in Mexico,” highlighting the role of women in driving economic growth. While in Mexico, Ambassador Verveer will also meet with government, civil society, and business leaders to exchange views on the economic, political, cultural, and social situation of women in Mexico and the United States.
Office of the Spokesperson - U.S. Department of State
Aug. 15, 2011
Mexico, The United Nations
Autorizan a la ONU hacer diagnóstico sobre trata
Informará sobre la situación actual en el país
Informará sobre la situación actual en el país
Autorizan a la ONU hacer diagnóstico sobre trata
.El gobierno federal avaló la elaboración de un Diagnóstico Nacional del Delito de Trata de Personas en México, el cual será realizado por la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el Delito.
El subsecretario de Asuntos Jurídicos y Derechos Humanos de la Secretaría de Gobernación, Felipe de Jesús Zamora, informó lo anterior durante la quinta sesión ordinaria de la Comisión Intersecretarial para Prevenir y Sancionar la Trata de Personas.
En un comunicado explicó que el análisis permitirá conocer la situación actual de México en materia de trata de personas. Además de consolidar políticas públicas transversales para prevenir y sancionar ese delito y atender a las víctimas.
Mexico authorizes the United
Nations to perform a study on
the current state of human
trafficking and the effectieness
of government responses
The federal government has
endorsed the development of a
National Assessment of the Crime
of Trafficking in Mexico, which
will be conducted by the United
Nations Office on Drugs and
Felipe de Jesus Zamora, who is
Undersecretary for Legal
Affairs and Human Rights in the
Department of the Interior, announced
the agreement at the fifth
ordinary session of the
Interdepartmental Commission to
Prevent and Punish Trafficking
in Persons [a commission
established under the nation's
'underpowered' 2007 Law to
Prevent and Punish Trafficking
in Persons] . In a statement he
explained that the analysis will
reveal the current state of
trafficking in Mexico, and will
measure the strength of the
nation’s policies for preventing
and punishing trafficking
crimes, as well as efforts to
Aug. 20, 2011
Indigenous girls in Mexico live under constant threat from
international sex traffickers
Investigan a comunidades indígenas por supuesta venta de niñas
Las autoridades mexicanas iniciaron una investigación en varios pueblos y comunidades indígenas en el estado de Oaxaca, donde supuestamente las familias venden a niñas, informó hoy la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CNDH, defensoría del pueblo).
El organismo público inició una queja de oficio por esos casos de abuso contra mujeres en la región de la Mixteca Alta, en el sureño estado de Oaxaca, indicó la dependencia en un comunicado.
La CNDH explicó que se trata de una "costumbre ancestral" que "al parecer se sigue llevando a cabo", en la que "se vende a las menores en cuanto llegan a los once años y hasta los 15 años".
"Los padres han encontrado la manera de negociar y a cambio de dinero dar a sus hijas, ya sea al futuro esposo o a familias que las llevan a otras ciudades para ayudar en labores domésticas", explicó la defensoría.
Una vez que son vendidas hasta por tres mil pesos (250 dólares) o el equivalente en productos varios como cabezas de ganado, fríjol o maíz, los padres renuncian a todo derecho sobre las menores, agregó la institución.
Los pueblos y comunidades indígenas en México gozan de cierta autonomía, por las leyes de "usos y costumbres" del país, pero se deben ceñir a "lo establecido en la Constitución" de México "en materia de derechos humanos", consideró.
Las mujeres indígenas son uno de los grupos más vulnerables y menos atendidos del país, subrayó la CNDH, y es importante la defensa de sus derechos humanos.
En México 10,1 millones de habitantes (9,8 % de la población) son considerados indígenas.
Según el Consejo Nacional de Población (Conapo), siete de cada diez hablantes de lengua indígena reside en municipios con alto grado de marginación.
La población indígena es más pobre que el resto de los mexicanos, y esa condición se evidencia en menores niveles salariales, educación de menor calidad y, en general, en un acceso restringido a los servicios públicos.
Los estados con mayor presencia de indígenas son Yucatán (65,5 %), Oaxaca (55,7 %), Quintana Roo (45,6 %) y Chiapas (30,9 %).
De acuerdo con Unicef, los indígenas en México, en especial los niños, niñas y adolescentes, constituyen la población con mayores carencias y menor grado de cumplimiento de sus derechos fundamentales.
Mexican authorities investigate the suposed sale of girl children in indigenous
Mexic's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has announced that they are
investigating a number of indigenous communities in the state of Oaxaca, where
families supposedly sell their girl children.
According to a press release from the agency, the CNDH opened a formal complaint
in regard to reported cases of abuses against female minors in the Mixteca Alta
region of southern Oaxaca state.
The statement said that the problem involves ancestral customs that "apparently
are still being followed," in which girl children are sold between the ages of
11 and 15.
"The parents have found a way to negotiate the sale of their daughters in
exchange for money, be it to a future husband or to a family that wants to take
the girl to be a domestic worker.
Once the girl is sold, for the equivalent of 3,000 Pesos (US$250) or its
equivalent in head of cattle or beans or corn, the parents renounce any parental
rights in regard to the child.
The indigenous peoples of Mexico enjoy a certain level of autonomy, but they
should follow the requirements of Mexico's constitution, said the press release.
Indigenous women are one of the most marginalized and underserved communities in
Mexico, emphasized the CNDH statement...
The indigenous population is more impoverished than the rest of Mexico, a fact
that is reflected in the lower salaries paid, the substandard education and, in
general, the restrictions that are placed on their access to public services.
The state with the highest indigenous populations are
(65,5 % of the total population), Oaxaca (55,7 %), Quintana Roo (45,6 %) y
Chiapas (30,9 %).
According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), indigenous peoples in
Mexico, and especially boys, girls and adolescents, constitute the demographic
group that suffers from the highest levels of poverty and the lowest level of
compliance with enforcement of their human rights.
Aug. 19, 2011
Added June 28, 2008
Rigoberta Menchú denuncia venta de niñas indígenas
Centroamérica y México
Mayan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Rigoberta Menchu denounces the sale of indigenous children into sexual slavery
in Central America and Mexico
[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, 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 involved organized mafias, doctors, lawyers,
legislators and local authorities.
Menchu regretted that the sale of children, mainly
girls, occurs with the knowledge of officials within indigenous communities.
Menchu protested the fact that in Guatemala, there
is an extensive, underground trade in boys and girls, which authorities find
hard to detect.
Menchu stated that many nongovern-mental
organizations have denounced this situation, and that they are mainly concerned
by the fact that families 'sell' [underage] girls to older men to become 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. she noted.
The Nobel laureate said that in southeastern Mexico
and across Guatemala this practice is common. She asked that the public report
these sales of children.
Finally, Menchu announced that the Rigoberta Menchu
Foundation has signed an agreement with the state government of Veracruz
[Mexico] to perform various prevention measures in rural [indigenous]
June. 27, 2008
Launch event for the book ‘Mirame,’ shining a light on
challenges facing indigenous girls in Guatemala
Manuel Manrique, UNICEF Represent-ative in
“Indigenous people in general are
discriminated against, the indigenous child doubly discriminated against, [and]
the indigenous girl triply discriminated against.” “If you review the life
cycle from birth until 18 years of age, the situation of the indigenous girl is
worse than that of others...”
'Mirame is a project of UNICEF and the Office of the Public
Defender of Indigenous Women in Guatemala.
Aug. 22, 2007
About the crisis of sexual exploitation facing indigenous
women and children
in Guatemala's civil war aftermath - including the history
of Mayan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu.
women who survived
during the civil
Cuatro acusados niegan participación en matanza en Guatemala en 1982
Cuatro acusados niegan participación en matanza en Guatemala en 1982
Guatemala.- Cuatro exmilitares y patrulleros civiles guatemaltecos negaron hoy su participación en la matanza de más de 240 campesinos perpetrada el 18 de julio de 1982 en una remota comunidad indígena del norte de Guatemala.
En su primera declaración ante el Juzgado Primero de Primera Instancia de Mayor Riesgo, que preside la jueza Patricia Flores, tras su captura la semana pasada, Lucas Tecú, Mario Acoj, Eusebio Grave y Santos Rosales se declararon inocentes
El fiscal del Ministerio Público (MP) Orlando López acusó a los cuatro detenidos de asesinato múltiple e incumplimiento de los deberes de humanidad...
Según la investigación de la Fiscalía de Derechos Humanos del MP, los exmilitares, luego de asesinar a recién nacidos, adolescentes, mujeres y hombres, les prendieron fuego para no dejar evidencia de "los actos inhumanos contra la población civil".
El alto tribunal, luego de analizar la primera declaración de los cuatro detenidos y las pruebas del MP, decidirá si envía o no a juicio oral y público a los cuatro detenidos.
La matanza de Plan de Sánchez se perpetró durante el régimen militar que presidió el general golpista José Efraín Ríos Montt (1982-1983) y es la segunda que llega a los tribunales.
El pasado 2 de agosto fueron condenados a 6.060 años de prisión cuatro exmilitares guatemaltecos que fueron hallados culpables por el Tribunal de Alto Riesgo, en la capital, de la matanza de 201 personas el 7 de diciembre de 1982 en una comunidad del departamento norteño de Petén.
Se trata de Daniel Martínez, Manuel Pop, Reyes Collin, los tres ex miembros del grupo kaibil, una fuerza elite del ejército entrenada para matar, y del exteniente de infantería Carlos Antonio Carias.
La Comisión del Esclarecimiento Histórico (CEH), auspiciada por las Naciones Unidas, documentó 669 casos de masacres durante el conflicto interno (1960-1996), la mayoría de ellas atribuidas al Ejército.
Four defendants deny involvement
in killings in Guatemala in 1982
Guatemala. Four former military
and civil [guard] patrollers
today denied their involvement
in the killing of more than 240
peasants perpetrated on July 18,
1982 in a remote indigenous
community in northern Guatemala.
In their first statement to
Judge Patricia Flores after
their capture last week, Lucas
Tecú, Mario Acoj, Eusebio Grave
and Santos Rosales pleaded not
Prosecutor Orlando López accused
the four detainees accused of
the crime of multiple murders
and dereliction of their duties
Lopez said the detainees
participated along with other
military and not-yet identified
civilian patrol members in the
killing of more than 240 farmers
in the community of Plan de
Sánchez, in the municipality of
Rabinal, the northern department
of Baja Verapaz, July 18 1982,
after accusing them of being
However, Tecú, a 56-year-old
former military commissioner,
denied involvement in the
slaughter and assured the court
that the army had in fact killed
one of his brothers. And that he
himself had been shot for not
collaborating with the massacre
that took place in his
Tecú said an Army captain named
José Antonio Solares "was the
commissioner who ordered César
Baldizón to recruit 20 people to
carry out the massacre." Further
details are not known about
these two additional suspectsn
as the prosecutor’s case is not
Tecú admitted that he observed
when the inhabitants were
killed, called the killing "an
injustice" but said he is
innocent of the crimes of which
he is accused.
Mario Acoj, age 54, explained
that when the slaughter was
perpetrated he was on duty in
the military zone of Playa
Grande in the northwestern
province of Quiché.
"I was in Playa Grande. The
accusation is false," said Acoj.
The suspect insisted that he was
unaware of the massacre and that
he was “not in the area at the
"I will not make a statement
because I don’t know anything"
said Santos Rosales, age 71, who
is also an ex civil patrol
Eusebio Grave, another suspect
and former soldier, said that he
is "innocent in this case" and
explained that he didn’t learn
about the massacre until 1985,
when he returned to the
community of Concul, in the town
of Rabinal after completing his
military service in the Guards
of Honor Brigade in the capital.
According to an investigation
conducted by the human rights
office of the Public
Prosecutor’s Office, the accused
and their accomplices
murdered newborns, adolescents,
women and men. They then
attempted to cover-up the crime
by burning the bodies.
The high court, after analyzing
the statements of the four
detainees and the case offered
by the prosecution, will decide
whether to hold a public trial
in the matter.
The Plan de Sanchez massacre was
perpetrated during the military
regime headed by coup-installed
General Jose Efrain Rios Montt
coup (1982-1983). It is the
second [civil war massacre] case
to find its way to the courts.
On August 2, 2011. four former
Guatemalan Armey soldiers were
found guilty by the Court of
High Risk in the capital in the
killings of 201 people on
December 7, 1982 in a community
of the northern department of
Sentenced were Daniel Martinez,
Manuel Pop and Reyes Collin. All
three are former members of the
Kaibiles special forces. Former
Infantry lieutenant Antonio
Carlos Carias was also sentenced
in the case.
The Commission for Historical
Clarification (CEH), sponsored
by the United Nations, has
documented 669 individual cases
of massacre events during the
internal conflict in Guatemala
that took place between 1960 and
1996. Most of the massacres have
been attributed to the
Aug. 16 2011
About the crisis of sexual exploitation facing indigenous
women and children
in Guatemala's civil war aftermath - including the history
of Mayan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu.
A sample of
other important news stories
Indigenous women and children in Mexico
During the over ten years that the
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.
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
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 replacement of Chávez Chávez
Morales Ibáñez as the nation’s first female attorney general
was recently honored by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton)
Ibáñez’ reform-motivated purge of 174 officials and employees of the
attorney general’s office, including the recent resigna-tions of 21 federal
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
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
Cacho, Teresa Ulloa (director of the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in
Women for Latin America and the Caribbean -
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
Lydia Cacho continues to face credible deaths threats on a regular basis and
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
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
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
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!
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
indigenous children and
women face from modern
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
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
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
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
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
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]
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
“Plan B” is a column written by Lydia Cacho
that appears Mondays and Thursdays in CIMAC, El Universal and other newspapers
CIMAC Women's News Agency
July 27, 2010
Added: Aug. 4, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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
End impunity now!
Aug. 05, 2011
Added: Apr. 17, 2011
Donna Gavin, commander of the Boston
Police Human Trafficking Unit, at
Norma Ramos, executive director of
Coalition Against Trafficking in
Wheelock professor and anti
Dr. Gail Dines,
and survivor and activist
Jimenez speak at Wheelock
Chuck Goolsby speaks up to represent
the interests of Latin American and
indigenous victims at Wheelock
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."
•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
March 30, 2011
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
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
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,
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
* 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.
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
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
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!
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
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 -
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
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
Products of Slavery
North Carolina, USA
Sale" - A composite from a poster announcing Davidson College's
recent event on Human
See the complete poster
Chuck Goolsby speaks at Davidson College
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
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:
Sexual slavery has long been condoned in Latin America;
Community tolerance of sexual exploitation, and a cultural code of
silence work to hide crimes of violence against women across the
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;
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
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
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;
Traffickers also bring victims to farm labor camps large and small
across the rural U.S.;
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);
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.");
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
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
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.
Feb. 26, 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:
The Institute for Policy Studies / Break the Chains Campaign
Feb. 9, 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
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.
The Huffington Post
Feb. 07, 2011
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
began with efforts to
provide direct victim
assistance to Latina women
facing workplace gender
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.
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
organizations in the
Washington, DC region did
not buy into that view of
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
These community continues to need our
persistent help on this
End impunity now!
- Chuck Goolsby
Feb. 10, 2011
during the 1990s.
Our section covering human trafficking, workplace rape and community exploitation facing Latina women and children in the Washington, DC regional area.
Latina Workplace Rape
workers face managerial threats of 'give me sex or get out!'
across the U.S. and Latin America.
On the Front Lines of the War Against
Impunity in Gender Exploitation
and the press ignored
all of these victims
cases in which Chuck
Workplace Rape with
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 -
Workplace Assault and Battery
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
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.
- Case 3
Central Plaza office complex
Workplace Rape and Forced
Over a dozen
women were illegally fired for not giving in
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
Some women were forced to
commit acts of prostitution in this office
building, that housed Maryland state government
and other offices.
doctor who leased office space at One
Central Plaza filed a formal complaint with
the building owners
and stated that
was finding his
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
To this day I continue to ask myself,
If it was a
dangerous situation, was it not, then,
The above three cases
are among those
documented in my below
report from 1994.
1994 Report on the Sexual Exploitation
of Latina immigrant Women and Girls in
Montgomery County, Maryland (a suburb of
project grew directly
out of these initial
efforts to speak truth
to the official and
criminal impunity in our
society that openly
and girls for sexual
Human trafficking slur
on Commonwealth Games
The jinxed Commonwealth
Games could have done
without this. After
being troubled by
CWG 2010 has now been
blamed for a jump in
trafficking of women and
children from 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
xenophobia and other
intolerance at the 15th
Human Rights Council
Session at the UN
headquarters in Geneva,
“The human rights
situation of indigenous
peoples living in
Northeast India is
said, adding New Delhi
has chose to be
indifferent to human
trafficking of and
toward these indigenous
“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
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
religious, cultural and
Dympep also pointed out
86 per cent of
studying or working away
from their native places
various forms such as
sexual abuses, rapes,
physical attacks and
“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
which comes in the way
of integration in
India,” he said.
Sep. 28, 2010
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.
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
centuries, the economies
of Latin America have
relied upon the forced
labor and sexual
exploitation of the
peoples as a cornerstone
of their economic and
social lives. Mexico,
with an indigenous
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
Mexico to arrive in the
21st Century community
of nations, it must
begin the process of
ending these feudal-era
End impunity now!
New York, USA
from left) and
at UN / Brandeis
Hidden in Plain Sight: The
News Media's Role in
Exposing Human Trafficking
The Schuster Institute for
Investigative Journalism at
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
Take a look as some leading
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
Journalists lamented the
lack of solid data, noting
that the available
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
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
Organization) of 50,000
victims rescued worldwide...
July 15, 2010
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
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
Ten years after starting
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
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
Therefore we persist in
broadcasting the message
that the crisis in Latin
America and its Diaspora
cannot and will not be
End impunity now!
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
Feb. 26, 2010
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
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.
being prostituted just
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
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
March 1, 2010
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
Dec. 12, 2007
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]
stands next to a
police car with an
About Child Sexual
Slavery in Mexico
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
business model, that
of engaging in child
sex tourism, exists
border with the
U.S., along Mexico's
southern border with
Belize], and in
Cancun and Veracruz.
Thousands of U.S.
men cross Mexico's
border or fly to
tourist resorts each
day to have sex with
Mexico's well heeled
business model of
selling children for
sex to every major
city as well as to
migrant farm labor
across the U.S.
Human trafficking in
the U.S. will never
despite the passage
of more advanced
laws and the
existence of ongoing
improvements to the
model, until the
sexual slavery in
Mexico is brought to an
within the federal
Mexico show little
interest in ending
the mass torture and
rape of this
We must continue to
pressured them to do
End Impunity now!
Dark Side of Cancun
- a short
Produced by Mark
About the case of
Our one page flyer
Maria Jirón Silva (Microsoft Word
Added: Dec. 03, 2009
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
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.
Nov. 24, 2009
Journalist / Activist
Lydia Cacho is
Railroaded by the
Legal Process for
Exposing Child Sex
Networks In Mexico
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...
Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)
Nov. 23, 2009
Added: Dec. 03, 2009
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.
Dec. 1, 2009
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
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?
Provide funding for El Yunque's quest to build empire in Mexico while rolling-back women and indigenous people's basic human rights?
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!
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!
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!
March 8, 2008
Read our special section on the crisis in the city of Tapachula
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
Added June 15, 2008
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
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Hurricane Wilma - 2005
The impact of natural
disasters on women and
children's human rights
in the Americas
Trafficking of Women and
Children in the Americas
- Organization of
More than 163,000
Hispanic children... are
reported missing and
exploited in the United
States every year.
- National Center for
Missing & Exploited
March 22, 2006
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
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
theologian and ethicist
Miguel de la Torre