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Latin American women and children of all races survive in a hostile social climate of severe sexual harassment and sexual violence.  These conditions expose women and especially girl children to danger in the home, in their communities, in their schools and in their workplaces.

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Latin America -Key Facts and Issues

Within Latin America and the Caribbean, Latina and indigenous women and children face such a severe human rights crisis involving sexual exploitation, including widespread sexual slave trafficking, that the United Nations, UNICEF, UNIFEM, the Organization of American States (OAS) and international labor and health organizations are devoting millions of dollars in funds to research these critical issues and develop plans allowing effective action to be implemented in support of millions of current and potential future victims of criminal sexual exploitation.



Why are you not protecting the region's children???


By Bruce Harris - Executive Director 

Casa Alianza (Covenant House - Latin America)

"It should be no surprise to people that the plight of the great majority of children in the Americas can be described as nothing less than dire. More than half the population of the Americas is under the age of 18. But apart from during election campaigns, our political leaders are not placing enough real and proportional attention to the well being of this continent's children.

Children are forced to fight adult wars in Colombia; more than 750 poor children and youth have been murdered in Honduras in just over three years; the torture and murder of street children in Guatemala by members of the police; the trafficking of Mexican children to the United States for sexual exploitation; rampant child prostitution in Costa Rica; the production of child pornography in Brazil. The list goes on and on.

And this does not take into consideration the millions of Latino children who do not have enough food to eat. Millions of children who have no access to school because they are forced to work to support their disintegrated family's economy. Millions of street children who have been abandoned by their families and by the very society that created them.

The situation is shameful."

Find more about Casa Alianza at: www.Casa-Alianza.org


Casa Alianza Report on the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Central America and Mexico - Now posted and available.

Central America and Mexico -- 2001 -- Casa Alianza - the Latin American branch of the New York-based child-advocacy organization Covenant House - reported an escalation of violations of the rights of children and adolescents in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico, as documented by experts who infiltrated regional crime rings. ''Children in Mexico and Central America are being exploited, and neither society nor local authorities are doing enough to combat the problem,'' Casa Alianza director Bruce Harris, a British activist, told IPS.

Harris said it took a multi-disciplinary team of 56 experts 10 months to prepare the organization's first ''region-wide investigation of child trafficking, prostitution, pornography and sex tourism in Mexico and Central America.'' The probe was carried out in high-risk conditions in which the experts infiltrated rings of traffickers in minors, pedophiles and producers of child pornography, he underlined.

Psychologist Viviana Retana, [a] member of the team of investigators, told IPS that the trafficking of children as sexual merchandise was a constant phenomenon in Central America and Mexico, as well as other countries in Latin America. ''The rings of pedophiles and procurers are very well organized, operate with advanced technology and handle large amounts of money,'' she explained. The authors reported that procurers in Mexico buy 12 to 15-year- old girls from Central America - mainly Salvadorans and Hondurans - for 100 to 200 dollars.

The Full Casa Alianza Report on the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Central America and Mexico is now available.

(Very large file - (1.5 megabyte .pdf)

Related Article: CENTRAL AMERICA: Activists Infiltrate Child Sex Rings - April 5, 2002, Inter Press Service



UNICEF - Latin America/ Caribbean Region Office

Latin America -- 1999 -- "UNICEF, in support of the United Nations’ campaign for the eradication of violence against women, calls on society in Latin America and the Caribbean to eradicate violence against women and children. Violence is a problem that still remains largely hidden from the public eye..."

"Society’s silence is the main accomplice in allowing widespread impunity... The region will have to bring out into the open this increasingly disturbing reality; and it will have to struggle against the high degree to which society tolerates or practices inconceivable forms of aggression against the most vulnerable individuals in society

In commemorating International Women’s Day, Executive Director of UNICEF Carol Bellamy said that "it is everywhere, among rich and poor -- at home, in school, in the workplace and in the community. Yet on the eve of the 21st century, the vast scale of this outrage is still not widely acknowledged, nor even truly understood".

...Sexual harassment, maltreatment, child labor, violence in the home and sexual exploitation occur with such frequency that they can be considered a daily phenomenon. All violence leaves physical and psychological scars on their victims which are to a great extent irreversible. 

  • More than 185 million children and adolescents live in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • It is believed that the great majority of these may be exposed to the perils of violence of which sexual harassment, maltreatment and rape are the most common forms.

UNICEF - Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean: "Stop the Violence Against Women and Girls!"  Women's Day Speech - 1999


UNICEF - Latin America/ Caribbean Region Office

More and More Girls Becoming Victims of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

...Lamentably, not even the school environment is a safe haven from the threat of sexual exploitation. According to 1997 information from the Commission on Women and the Family in Guayaquil, Ecuador, approximately 25% of young girls suffered various forms of sexual abuse, and 8.1% were raped by their teachers.


UNICEF - Latin America/ Caribbean Region Office

No Child Deserves Mistreatment

...The Secretariat for Gender Affairs in Bolivia estimates that 100,000 acts of violence against women occur every year in that country, however, only one in five of these women report the incident.


Latin America -- 2001 -- "The number of victims in Latin America and [the] Caribbean is growing.  An estimated 100,000 women and children are trafficked for sexual exploitation annually." ... "USAID recently provided support to the Organization of American States (OAS) in partnership with the International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University College of Law, to conduct a study on the trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation in" ... "Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Argentina, Chile, Suriname, and Paraguay." 

From: Selected U.S. Agency for International Development Anti-Trafficking Efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean.



Latin America -- 2001

"An estimated 500,000 girls younger than 16 are in Prostitution in the northeast states of Argentina."

"According to a Brazilian Congressional Inquiry [1993], Brazil has 500,000 children in prostitution."

"Experts also estimate that there are 5,000 Colombian women in the Netherlands alone who are forced into prostitution."

"The U.S. Department of State conservatively estimates that 50,000 women and children are trafficked [illegally and against their will] into the United States annually."  "...1/3 [are] from Central and South America."

From: The Protection Project, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC


Latin America -- 2002 -- August 5 - Latina Women & Children's Rights Activist, Lawyer and International TV Talk Show Host Dr. Laura Bozzo Arrested in Peru.

Latin America -- 1998 -- “Information presented at the 8th Conference of Heads of State and Governments of Latin America and the Caribbean in 1998 showed that somewhere between 20 and 40% of the women of the region are raped each year and 50% endure psychological abuse.”  From: Silence is also violence (newspaper article) - by Mireya Casteneda - Granma International - May 26, 2000)

Latin America and the Caribbean -- 2000 -- Estimate of the number of Latin American and Caribbean women and children trafficked for sexual exploitation each year is over 100,000, according to the U.S. Department of State. Impoverished children are particularly vulnerable to trafficking for prostitution. The Organization of American States estimates that more than 2 million children are being sexually exploited in Latin America.

The presence of sex tourism from Europe, North America, and Australia has significantly contributed to the trafficking of women and children. A growing number of sex tourists are going to Latin America, partly as a result of recent restrictions placed on sex tourism in Thailand, Sri Lanka, and other Asian countries.(19) Favored sex tourism destinations are Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Argentina.

Brazil has one of the worst child prostitution problems in the world.(20) More than 50,000 women from the Dominican Republic reportedly have been trafficked abroad.

Victims from Latin America and the Caribbean are trafficked to Western Europe and the United States. The Central American countries and Mexico are also transit countries for trafficking to the United States.

Congressional Research Service Report 98-649 C

Trafficking in Women and Children:
The U.S. and International Response

May 10, 2000 - by Francis T. Miko
Specialist in International Relations
Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division

With the Assistance of Grace (Jea-Hyun) Park
Research Associate, Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division



Organization of American States - Two Million children are sexually exploited in Latin America

Latin America -- August 14th, 2002 - Sir Bruce Harris, Director, Casa-Alianza (Covenant House Latin America) faces an unjust defamation trial challenging his pioneering children's advocacy work in Guatemala.  He urgently needs our letters of support!

Latin America -- 1999 -- "More and More Girls Become the Victims of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation"

UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean


Latin America -- 


An Introduction to Trafficking in the Americas

Written by Alison Phinney for the Inter-American Commission of Women (Organization of American States) and the Women, Health and Development Program (Pan American Health Organization)

Latin America -- 1999 -- "Governments will not take on board violence against women as a factor that contributes to social disintegration, let alone the fact that sexual exploitation constitutes violence and a violation of women’s human rights." ... "Prostitution and trafficking in women and girl prostitution in Latin America and the Caribbean has increased alarmingly."  

From: Making the Harm Visible - Report from Latin America - by Zoraida Ramirez Rodriguez (Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Latin America and the Caribbean).


Latin America -- "Sexual abuse and rape, important causes of HIV/AIDS infection among adolescent girls, has increased and now affects girls at younger ages worldwide (UNAIDS, 1999). In many countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, for example, the age of sexual abuse and rape predominates in girls younger than 10 years old. A follow-up study done by the Latin American and Caribbean Women's Health Network in five countries demonstrated that this has been happening in Nicaragua, Peru and Colombia."


- Dr. Mabel Bianco, MD, 1998 -www.BodyPositive.com


Latin America - 1996 -- UNITED NATIONS (© 1996 Reuters) - Excerpt.  A popular Spanish-language talk show host told the United Nations Monday that Latin American men denied AIDS existed and hid behind a "machismo" tradition that ignored sexual realities.

"I am the lady who fights AIDS in Spanish," said Christina Saralegui, whose U.S.-based television show is broadcast to 100 million viewers in 18 countries.

She said countries like Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and even Puerto Rico went into "complete denial" about AIDS, believing "it is simply a lifestyle problem the United States has."

She spoke to a U.N. General Assembly session on AIDS along with Elizabeth Taylor, who urged the United Nations and the United States to lead a worldwide campaign to treat and cure AIDS victims, particularly the poor.

..."The doctors, the health professionals are not educated about AIDS prevention, about how to take care of people with aids," Saralegui said.

..."Neither [boys nor girls] received any proper sexual education in the home or in schools because it would be equated "with permission to have sex."

..."The most important thing is to get AIDS out of the closet. Let's get out of denial. It needs first to be faced if it is to be beaten," she said.  - Full Article


Millions of women and at least two million children & youth are forced to survive via prostitution in Latin America.
Indigenous women and children in Latin America have faced 500 years of sexual exploitation with impunity.  Forms of exploitation from the Spanish conquest remain intact, notably in Guatemala, Peru, Colombia & Mexico.
Studies in Brazil have concluded that between 500,000 and 2 million children between 10 & 15 years old have been forced to survive via prostitution.  In the Amazonian mining regions, 9 year old girls are sold at "sex auctions."
Indigenous women in the United States face a rate of rape that is 3.5 times higher than the U.S. National Average.  82% of reported rapes have been committed by white American men.
Latina girl children in Washington DC: "Over the past two years, I have been observing a systemic pattern of violence committed against... [Latina] girls as young as 10 years old... There have been incidents of date rape, gang rape, abductions, drugging, threats with firearms, etc.  The incidents... have been met with... indifference and dismissal of legal (never mind moral) responsibility on the part of civil institutions -- the police department, public schools, etc."

- From a letter by a Latina Social Worker working with Latina girls.

Rising Numbers of Latina Teens Trying Suicide - "According to a July report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Latina teen-agers are significantly more likely than white or black adolescent girls to have attempted suicide" - WEnews - 08/27/2002

Latinas: The Unheard Survivors-Laura Zárate, Arte Sana

One in three Latina women, 18 to 50 years of age reported incidents of sexual abuse, more than one third experienced revictimization and more than 80 percent of initial incidents occurred from the age of seven...

...Latina girls reported most likely to stop attending school activities and sports in order to avoid sexual harassment...

...The National Violence Against Women Survey found that Latina women were less likely to report rape victimization than non-Latina women...

...Some of the Latino immigrants who come into the United States have experienced great amounts of exposure to violence in the form of civil war, torture, and/or extreme abuse of authority...

...Because of fear of deportation and lack of knowledge of their rights, many immigrant women suffer sexual assault, sexual exploitation and ongoing sexual harassment by perpetrators who view them as easy prey.

Native women and children in Canada are severely sexually exploited.  Eight year old girls are sold on the streets of Saskatoon.  Across Canada, over 90% of child prostitutes are Native (First Nations) children.




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Women march with crosses symbolizing the struggle against femicide (gender murder) in Mexico City during International Women's Day 2011

Photo: CIMAC

A maskede woman carries a sign saying: International (Working) Women's Day

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Marchan contra feminicidio y asesinatos de defensoras de derechos humanos

En el Día Internacional de la Mujer

México, D.F,- En el Día Internacional de la Mujer cientos de mujeres marcharon este día del Ángel de la Independencia al Hemiciclo a Juárez, para exigir el cese a la violencia contra las mujeres, alto al feminicidio, a la impunidad que prevalece en estos casos y solidarizarse con las familias de las defensoras de Derechos Humanos (DH) asesinadas en los últimos años en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

Organizaciones de la sociedad civil, colectivos de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), feministas, y activistas independientes integrados “En el Movimiento Contra el Feminicidio”, exigieron justicia y se solidarizaron con la familia Reyes Salazar.

Al grito de “Alto a la impunidad, ni una asesinada más” “asesinos y farsantes en la guerra contra el narco, las que mueren son mujeres”, una a una vestidas de morado fueron avanzando por Paseo de la Reforma...

Women march against femicide and to protest the murders of female human rights defenders in Mexico

An International Women’s Day event

On International Women's Day 2011 hundreds of women marched through Mexico City from the Angel of Independence to the memorial to former president Benito Juárez to demand an end to violence against women, an end to femicide, an end to the impunity that prevails in these cases and to express their solidarity with the families of women human rights defenders who have been killed in recent years in the city of Ciudad Juárez, in Chihuahua state.

Non governmental organizations, groups of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), from the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM), as well as other feminists and independent activists who have joined to form "the Movement Against Femicide," demanded justice and solidarity with the Reyes Salazar family.

Shouting "Stop impunity, not one more murdered woman," “murderers,” and “pretenders in the war on drugs - those who die are women," the marchers, dressed in purple marched along the Paseo de la Reforma...

Gladis Torres Ruiz

CIMAC Women's News Agency

March 08, 2011

Added: Mar. 10, 2011


Encarcela Baja California a 14 mujeres por abortar

México, DF,- En Baja California, 14 mujeres están encarceladas y esperan sentencia –de hasta 50 años de prisión, sin derecho a fianza– por interrumpir su embarazo, denunció Marixtel Calderón Vargas, integrante de la Red Iberoamericana Pro Derechos Humanos.

En entrevista telefónica, la activista precisó que entre 2000 y 2010 fueron encarceladas 14 bajacalifornianas acusadas por el delito de homicidio agravado por razón de parentesco, tipo penal con el que se pretende sancionar a las mujeres que decidieron abortar con una pena de cárcel de entre 20 y 50 años de prisión, sin derecho a fianza.

Calderón Vargas adelantó que la Red solicitará al gobernador del estado, José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, que revise los casos y evite que se vulnere el derecho de las mujeres a ejercer una maternidad libre y voluntaria. Por ello demandó la libertad inmediata para las 14 presas en el estado de Baja California.

La integrante de la Red aclaró que además de esos 14 casos está el de una joven de 19 años que en 2008 sufrió un aborto espontáneo y está en prisión también por el supuesto delito de homicidio agravado en razón de parentesco...

Baja California state has incarcerated 14 women for having abortions

In Baja California State, 14 women are imprisoned without bail - awaiting their sentencing to up to 50 years in prison for having interrupted their pregnancies, reports Marixtel Calderón Vargas, a member of the Iberoamerican Network for Human Rights.

Calderón Vargas said that between 2000 and 2010, 14 women were jailed in Baja California indicted on charges of homicide aggravated by reason of kinship, an addition to the state’s penal code which seeks to punish women who decide to abort a pregnancy. A conviction carries with it prison sentences of between 20 and 50 years in prison without parole.

Vargas Calderón announced that the Network will ask the state governor, Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan to review the cases and avoid violating the rights of these women to exercise free and voluntary motherhood. She therefore demanded the immediate release of the 14 women now being held by the state.

There is also the case of a then 19-year-old woman who in 2008 suffered a spontaneous abortion is also in prison for the crime of aggravated homicide by reason of kinship.

On 20 January, that woman (who has spent nearly three years in prison) was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Her defense counsel appealed the ruling. The case is now before the Superior Court of Justice pending state Judge Perla Ibarra’s resolution.

Calderon, "we expect the state Supreme Court to rule in accordance with the law, while taking into account the international legal instruments that protect the human rights of women. We therefore hope that the now 21-year-old woman (in the spontaneous abortion case) to be freed, and we expect the judge to review the other 14 cases that are now pending.

On December 26, 2008, [a coalition of state] legislators from President Felipe Calderón’s National Action Party, the New Alliance and the Social Encounter party amended Article 7 of the state Constitution to protect life from the moment of conception. They also repealed the provisions that permitted the legal termination of pregnancy (ILE) in the state Penal Code.

However, the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure state have not been reformed to conform with this amendment to the state Constitution. The penal code continues to permit abortion in cases of rape, danger of life of the mother, malformation of the fetus for and artificial insemination without permission .

Calderon added that the state constitutional reform has given a ‘legal footing’ for those authorities who are "misogynist" to incarcerate women "who decide that what may occur within their bodies, and exercise the right to equality, nondiscrimination, their sexual and reproductive rights as well as their right to engage in free and voluntary motherhood…"

Gladis Torres Ruiz

CIMAC Women's News Agency

March 11, 2011

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President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa congratulated the nation’s women on International Women’s Day

El machismo persiste en la sociedad mexicana, dice Felipe Calderón

El Presidente advierte que el siglo XXI será el de la igualdad

Ciudad De México.- El Presidente Felipe Calderón Hinojosa felicitó a las mujeres en su Día Internacional, aunque también reconoció que en México persisten el machismo y prejuicios en contra de ellas.

“Partimos de una verdad innegable, aún vivimos en México una sociedad machista, persisten prejuicios y actitudes que frenan el desarrollo de las mujeres”, mencionó el Mandatario en su discurso.

Acompañado por la presidenta del Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres (Inmujeres), Rocío García Gaytán, Calderón admitió que tanto en México como en otros países “siguen existiendo prácticas de ofensa y de acoso”.

Sin embargo, afirmó que las mujeres “se han ganado un lugar cada vez más destacado en la vida política social y cultural del país”. Y exhortó a que el siglo XXI tiene que ser el siglo de las mujeres, de la equidad.

Por ello, aseguró que el Día Internacional de la Mujer “es un día para conmemorarlas y a la vez para comprometerse nuevamente con ellas. Es un llamado de atención sobre las condiciones que siguen afectando a las mujeres”.

De esta manera, el presidente conmemora la fecha especial con el acto “Por las mujeres, todos los días, todos los derechos. 10 años de impulsar la política de igualdad entre mujeres y hombres”.

President Felipe Calderón on International Women’s Day: Sexism (machismo) persists in Mexican society 

Mexico City - President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa congratulated the nation’s women on International Women’s Day, but also acknowledged persistent sexism and prejudice against them continues to exist in Mexico.

"We start with an undeniable truth, that we still live in a Mexico which is a machista [macho-ist] society, where prejudices and attitudes that impede women's development continue to exist," said the President in his speech.

Accompanied by the president of the National Women's Institute (Inmujeres), Rocio Garcia Gaytan, Calderon admitted that in Mexico, as in other nations, offensive and harassing practices [on the part of men] continue.” 

However, the President said that women "have won an increasingly prominent place in the political social and cultural development" of the nation. He declared that the 21st Century must be the century of equality for women…

El Informador

March 09, 2011

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Video of President Calderón's International Women's Day Speech

Added: Mar. 10, 2011


A plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies [the lower house of Congress]  celebrates International Women's Day 2011

Conmemoran diputados Día Internacional de la MujerW Radio | Marzo 8 de 2011

México.- El Pleno de la Cámara de Diputados brindó un minuto de aplausos para festejar el Día Internacional de la Mujer; además de un minuto de silencio en memoria de aquellas que por alzar la voz fueron asesinadas.

En la sesión de hoy, el presidente de la Mesa Directiva, Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín, solicitó a todos los integrantes de la asamblea ponerse de pie y brindar un minuto de aplausos a las mujeres mexicanas, a solicitud del diputado Juan José Cuevas García.

Legisladoras de las diferentes fracciones parlamentarias se pronunciaron por impulsar leyes que combatan el alto índice de feminicidios, así como mejorar las condiciones culturales, sociales y políticas para alcanzar una equidad en favor de las mujeres mexicanas.

Congressional deputies commemorate International Women’s Day

Mexico City - A Plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies [the lower house of Congress] gave one minute of applause to celebrate International Women's Day, and a minute's silence in memory of those women who have spoken out [for female human rights] and were murdered as a result.

At today's congressional sessiong, the chairman [Speaker], Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín, asked all members of the assembly to stand and give a minute's applause to Mexican women, at the request of Deputy Juan Jose Cuevas García.

Deputies from the various political factions declared themselves to be in favor of promoting legislation to combat the high rate of femicide in Mexico, as well as desiring to enhance cultural, social and policy efforts to achieve equity for Mexican women.

In announcing the position of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) during the session, Deputy Alma Carolina Viggiano Austria said it was worrying that 99 percent of crimes committed in Mexico go unpunished. She urged lawmakers to discuss legal forms.

Congresswoman María Elena Pérez de Tejada Romero of the ruling National Action Party (PAN) declared that a lack public policies exist that would ensure greater security for women. She noted that only four [of the nation’s 31] states have a Law to Prevent and Punish Trafficking in Persons. She also urged the authorities for promoting a legal framework that generates more and better opportunities for women.

Deputy Leticia Quezada Contreras (Party of the Democratic Revolution) requested a moment of silence in memory of women who have fought to ensure human rights and have lost their lives in this fight. The lawmaker urged her counterparts to work to pass initiatives to establish [a federal crime of] femicide, given that in the past six years we have seen more than 6,000 homicides against women occur.

Her regional colleague, Deputy Dolores de los Angeles Nazares Jerónimo noted that it is essential that the Legislature take joint action to ensure a life free of violence for women, and to combat impunity in the three levels of government, in order that women may achieve improved development and continued contributions to the growth of the country.

Deputy Norma Leticia Orozco Torres (The Green Ecological Party - PVEM) said that today is a day of celebration, when differing political forces join to renew our strength to fight against the scourges facing women, and especially Mexican women. Our society is reluctant to grant full rights and opportunities for women. Human rights violations [also continue to be  problem].

Deputy Teresa Guadalupe Reyes of the Worker’s Party (PT) demanded justice for the victims of femicide and the release of women imprisoned for abortion. In this celebration of International Women's Day, we redouble our efforts to achieve recognition of women’s full human rights, equality before the law and social equity, she said.

Deputy Ana Campos Fields (Convergence Party) indicated that Mexican women are an example of courage and effort, which is why we must work on policies to help this sector to maintain growth and live in a society of equality in all areas of country's public life.

Mónica Romero

W Radio

March 08, 2011

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Día Internacional de la Mujer: fuerte reclamo para que cese la violencia de género

Madres de Plaza de Mayo realizó un homenaje a la presidenta Cristina Fernández frente a Casa de Gobierno

Argentina fue ubicada por el Foro Económico Mundial en el puesto 29 entre 134 Estados, por encima de Brasil, Chile y Uruguay, en la distribución de los recursos y las oportunidades entre hombres y mujeres.

Organizaciones sociales y sindicales reclamaron hoy terminar con la violencia de género y la trata de personas en un acto realizado en el marco del Día Internacional de la Mujer, mientras el Foro Económico Mundial ubicó a la Argentina en el puesto 29 entre 134 países por la distribución de oportunidades.

Madres de Plaza de Mayo, en tanto, realizó un homenaje a la presidenta Cristina Fernández frente a Casa de Gobierno, donde instaló en el enrejado una gigantografía con la imagen de la jefa de Estado junto a Eva Perón, con la leyenda "El amor y la pasión nos llevarán al triunfo".

En el acto realizado en Avenida de Mayo y 9 de Julio, convocado por la Central de Trabajadores Argentinos (CTA) con marchas en diferentes puntos del país, organizaciones sociales reclamaron terminar con la "violencia de género, combatir la trata de personas y aprobar la legalización del aborto seguro y gratuito".

La secretaria de Igualdad de Género y Oportunidades de la CTA, Alejandra Angriman, consideró "prioritario reflexionar sobre la preocupante situación de violencia que enfrentan las mujeres, tanto en el ámbito del hogar como en su lugar de trabajo, como en las situaciones de trata de personas por explotación sexual o laboral".

Las entidades instalaron una radio abierta en la que pidieron el cumplimiento de la Ley 26.485, de Protección Integral para prevenir, sancionar y erradicar la violencia contra las mujeres...

Argentine women demand an end to gender violence on International Women's Day

La Prensa

March 08, 2011

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Added: Mar. 10, 2011

The Americas

The Sixth Continental Meeting of Indigenous Women of the Americas, held from 6 to 8 March, 2011

Concluye VI Encuentro Continental de Mujeres Indígenas

Rezago en comunidades impide avance de mujeres indígenas

Cuernavaca, Morelos,- Mujeres de diversas etnias del Continente americano denunciaron que los Estados aún cuentan con políticas públicas limitadas y poco incluyentes, por lo cual, dijeron, deben asumir compromisos reales para saldar la deuda histórica, social, económica, política, cultural y ambiental que tienen con los pueblos indígenas.

Como parte de las conclusiones del VI Encuentro Continental de Mujeres Indígenas de las Américas, que del 5 al 8 de marzo, en Hueyapan, Morelos, reunió a indígenas de diversas partes de México y América, las participantes exigieron el reconocimiento y cumplimiento de sus derechos colectivos e individuales.

En el documento presentado en el cierre del encuentro demandaron que las agendas nacionales e internacionales incluyan educación intercultural, políticas de salud, justicia y desarrollo con identidad, así como el reconocimiento y respeto de todos los pueblos indígenas del continente, a Naciones Unidas le pidieron crear una década dedicada a las mujeres indígenas.

Esta declaratoria se presentará en el Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas de la ONU, que celebrará su próximo periodo de sesiones del 16 al 27 de mayo de 2011 en la ciudad de Nueva York, Estados Unidos. Las participantes señalaron que el documento también es un pronunciamiento a favor las mujeres que construyen sociedades interculturales, plurales, justas y equitativas...

Anayeli García Martínez

CIMAC Women's News Agency

March 09, 2011

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The Americas

Rechazan indígenas Estado excluyente

Mujeres indígenas impulsan acciones para una mayor articulación e incidencia

Hueyapan, Morelos. Un contundente rechazo al Estado excluyente, monocultural, patriarcal y racista, que las mantiene en la subordinación, es una de las posturas en el VI Encuentro Continental de Mujeres Indígenas de las Américas, celebrado del 6 al 8 de marzo.

Reunidas en esta comunidad Náhuatl, apuntaron que otra de las metas, de este encuentro, es la consolidación de una agenda para incidir desde lo local hasta lo global, que contemple la articulación y el liderazgo que representa la inclusión de género.

Martha Sánchez, amuzga de Guerrero, Fabiola Jurado, Náhuatl de Morelos, Tarcila Rivera, Quechua de Perú, afirman, su determinación a hacer respetar sus derechos y exponen su indignación por la creciente militarización de los territorios indígenas, pidiendo la salida de las fuerzas castrenses de esas zonas.

También exigen castigo a los militares, señalados de abusar contra mujeres indígenas, como son los casos de violación en la montaña de Guerrero, y la denuncia de los soldados implicados en la muerte de la anciana náhuatl de 73 años, Ernestina Ascencio Rosario, de la sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz.

Mujeres asistentes al VI Encuentro Continental, que sesiona en Hueyapan, recordaban que Ernestina Ascencio Rosario, violada por militares en febrero de 2007, fue “traumática y no patológica” y que sí se encontraron evidencias de agresión sexual, según se desprende del informe del perito médico forense, adscrito a la delegación de Orizaba, de la Procuraduría General de Justicia de Veracruz (PGJV) Juan Pablo Mendizábal Pérez.

Pero también está el caso en Guerrero, donde la justicia mexicana exhibió sus aberraciones en el caso de la violación y las torturas cometidas en 2002 por soldados contra las indígenas Inés Fernández y Valentina Rosendo.

Este tema fue abordado por expertos internacionales y de manera más profunda por Margarita Gutiérrez, HÑaHñú de Hidalgo, responsable de la Comisión de Instrumentos Internacionales del Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indígenas de las América, en su participación: “Una mirada al feminicidio desde la mujeres indígenas”.

AIPIN, entrevistó a éstas experimentadas dirigentes, algunas de ellas con más de 30 años en la defensa, promoción y empoderamiento de sus derechos y defensa de sus comunidades, hasta su inclusión en el sistema internacional, como lo es la misma Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU)...

Genaro Bautista

Indigenous People's Issues

March 07, 2011

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The Americas

Mexico: Indigenous Women Reject Exclusionary State - Push For Greater Joint Action And Advocacy

Morelos state, Mexico - The Sixth Continental Meeting of Indigenous Women of the Americas, held from 6 to 8 March, 2011 included a resounding rejection of the excusionary state practices [that marginalize indigenous peoples in general and especially women]. The gathered participants soundly rejected monocultural, patriarchal and racist attitudes [in the dominant culture] that keep them in in a state of subordination.

Gathered in the Nahuatl indigenous community of Hueyapan in Morelos state, Mexico, those gathered noted that another goal of the meeting was to consolidate their influence on local to global agendas, so that gender issues are allowed a place at the table.

Martha Sanchez (Guerrero Amuzgo), Fabiola Jurado (Morelos Nahuatl) and Tarcila Rivera (Quechua from Peru) declared their determination to enforce their rights and express their outrage at the increasing militarization of indigenous territories. They demand the departure of military forces from indigenous territories [especially in in Mexico and Peru].

They also demand punishment for the military of abuse against Indigenous women, as occured in the cases of rape that took place in the mountains of Guerrero state, Mexico, and in the case of soldiers involved in the [rape and] death of the a Nahuatl woman, 73-year-old Ernestina Ascencio Rosario in the Zongolica Mountains region of  Veracruz state, Mexico...

The conclusions of the VI Continental Encounter of the Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas will be taken in May at the annual meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum, same as this year, will have the relief of its members...

At the meeting in Hueyapan, the 300 delegates marked International Women's Day. In this framework, recognize that the road is long, and the tasks in front of them are immense .

However, the group reaffirmed its commitment as an essential part of the community, to be the transmitters of oral tradition and language of their peoples.

This authority empowers them in their demand to countries in recognition of its right of indigenous peoples to the use of natural resources, found in the entire habitat.

Indigenous women, reject violence against their gender and demand equal treatment in all areas of life.

Hueyapan Tetela Township, located next to a Volcano, is located two hours of Cuautla, Morelos.

The VI Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas, will conclude with a march tomorrow, Tuesday, March 8, in the city of Cuernavaca, capital of Morelos.

Genaro Bautista


March 07, 2011

Added: Mar. 10, 2011


Politicians and activists gather in Puebla state to celebrate International Women' Day and to demand attention for the victims of human trafficking

Deputy Rosi Orozco, President of the Commission to Fight Human Trafficking in the Chamber of Deputies of the national Congress, appears at far right.

Día Internacional de la Mujer en Puebla

En marco de conmemoración del Día Internacional de la Mujer Rafael Moreno Valle asegura: "la trata de personas es una forma moderna de esclavitud. Debemos avanzar hacia una sociedad igualitaria.

Puebla,Puebla.-El gobernador Rafael Moreno Valle condenó la trata de personas por representar una forma moderna de esclavitud.

En el marco de la celebración del Día Internacional de la Mujer que se realizó en el Complejo Cultural Universitario, con el foro “Trata de personas y atención a víctimas” y en compañía de lap`residenta del DIF estatal, Martha Erika Alonso de Moreno Valle, el mandatario estatal resaltó el papel que las mujeres desempeñan en la transformación de Puebla.

Subrayó que en breve, con base a la carta compromiso que suscribió con el Gobierno de Tlaxcala, se pondrá en marcha un programa conjunto para combatir –entre otros ilícitos- la trata de personas.

En materia de salud, el Gobernador Moreno Valle anunció una serie de acciones a favor de la mujer, como mastografías, vacunación contra el papiloma, pruebas de papanicolau y afiliación al Seguro Popular que se replicarán en los 217 municipios de la entidad.

En su oportunidad Martha Erika Alonso de Moreno Valle subrayó la importancia de avanzar en la conformación de una sociedad igualitaria, con oportunidades para todos, en la que se brinde protección a los desprotegidos.

En la conmemoración del Día Internacional de la Mujer, el gobernador Moreno Valle y su esposa estuvieron acompañados por la Directora del Instituto Poblano de la Mujer, Blanca Jiménez Castillo; del Director General del IMSS Daniel Karam Toumeh; del Presidente de la Gran Comisión del Congreso, Guillermo Aréchiga Santamaría; del Presidente del Tribunal Superior de Justicia, David López Muñoz y del Rector de la BUAP, Enrique Agüera Ibáñez.

Activists celebrate International Women's Day in Puebla state, and reject human trafficking

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El imparcial de la Sierra Norte

March 09, 2011

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North Carolina, USA

Man arrested for indecent liberties

A Holly Springs man accused of violating a child back in 2008 is behind bars.

Police say Hipolito Ubieta-Anaya was running from police for about three years.

He is charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor, stemming from an arrest warrant originally issued in September of 2008.

Ubieta-Anaya is also suspected of being in the United States illegally, and has had a hold placed on him by U.S. Customs and Immigration.


March 05, 2011

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Mayan women in the town of Tenejapa, Chiapas state

Desarticula Chiapas 23 bandas de trata de personas

Asegura procurador del estado que tras la creación de la Fiscalía para el Migrante, en 2008, se lograron reducir 90% los delitos en contra de los indocumentados

Ciudad de México.-El procurador de Chiapas, Raciel López Salazar, informó que en la entidad han sido desarticuladas 23 bandas relacionadas con el delito de trata de personas, algunas de las cuales contaban con protección de diversos servidores públicos quienes también han sido detenidos.

En rueda de prensa, dijo que dada la porosidad de la frontera, se mantiene esfuerzos coordinados con autoridades de la Marina y la Defensa, "para blindar la frontera", lo cual repercutirá en una mayor protección no sólo de la población sino de los migrantes.

Informó que un juez de Tapachula sentenció hace unas semanas a 13 años de prisión a un individuo que obligaba a una menor de edad a sostener hasta 25 relaciones sexuales en un solo día para que pagara su cuota de recuperación.

"En Chiapas se dictó la primera sentencia federal y ya tenemos sentencia estatal con trata, hemos desarticulado 23 bandas; detenido servidores públicos municipales y estatales que estaban coludidos con este tipo de bandas", anotó...

Authorities take down 23 human trafficking rings in Chiapas State

Chiapas Attorney General declares that since the creation of its special prosecutor's office for crimes against migrants in 2008, attacks against undocumented immigrants have been reduced by 90%

Mexico city - Chiapas state's Attorney General, Raciel López Salazar, has announced that 23 human trafficking rings have been disbanded by authorities in this southern border state. Many of those illicit organizations had previously relied upon the collaboration of corrupt public servants to maintain themselves in operation. A number of government employees have been arrested for these acts of corruption.

During a press conference on the subject, López Salazar stated that, due to the lacks of controls on Mexico's southern border [with Guatemala and Belize], state authorities coordinate their work with the Army and Navy, to 'shield' the border, an effort that protects not only Mexico, but undocumented migrants as well.

The Chiapas Attorney General also reported that a state judge recently sentenced a human trafficker to 13 years in prison as punishment for having forced an underage girl to engage in as many as 25 acts of forced prostitution per day [in a debt bondage arrangement], to pay off the cost of smuggling her to Mexico.

"In Chiapas we saw the first [and so-far only] federal conviction for human trafficking. Now we have a state conviction, we have dismantled 23 human trafficking networks, and we have arrested state and municipal public servants who colluded with these traffickers," noted López Salazar.

López Salazar recalled that Chiapas was one of the first states in the nation to pass a law against human trafficking, and to set-up an inter-agency commission to coordinate the work of dispersed agencies against this plague.

The Chiapas Attorney General went on to point out that seven formal international crossing points, and countless illicit crossing points exist in Chiapas.

López Salazar added that, since the creation of the state's Special Prosecutor for Migrants in 2008, authorities have achieved a 90% reduction in crimes committed against undocumented immigrants.

"Criminals assaulted, raped, robbed and even murdered migrants [with impunity]. Under our initiative, those crimes have been reduced by 90%.

Marcos Fastlicht, president of the National Association of Civic Participation Councils, and Yassir Vázquez, mayor of the Tuxtla Gutiérrez [capital city of Chiapas state] also participated in the press conference.


March 03, 2011


* Chiapas is the 'bottleneck' through which 500,000 or more Central and South American migrants pass each year in their attempts to travel to the United States.

* The NGO Save the Children has identified Mexico's southern border as the largest region supporting commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the entire world.

* The International Organization for Migration has identified the fact an estimated 450 to 600 women and girl migrants are raped each day in the southern border region of Mexico. This violence is centered in Chiapas state.

We do not know if Chiapas state has actually lowered the level of anti-immigrant violence on its southern border. We hope that this information is factual. The below article paints the other side of this picture.

Added: Mar. 7, 2011


Sólo de abril a septiembre de 2010, 11 mil 333 migrantes fueron plagiados principalmente en Veracruz, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, SLP y Chiapas

Sólo de abril a septiembre de 2010, 11 mil 333 migrantes fueron plagiados principalmente en Veracruz, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, SLP y Chiapas

Ciudad de México.-El presidente de la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CNDH), Raúl Plascencia, presentó el 'Informe especial sobre secuestro de migrantes en México', que documenta el plagio de más de 11 mil personas de abril a septiembre de 2010.

En rueda de prensa el ombudsman nacional indicó que la cifra total de víctimas suma 11 mil 333 en 214 casos de secuestros masivos de migrantes ocurridos principalmente en Veracruz, seguido por Tabasco, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí y Chiapas.

Agregó que según las evidencias recabadas 67.4 por ciento de los plagios en ese sector se produjeron en la región sureste del país, 29.2 por ciento en la norte y 2.2 en la centro...

During the period of April through September of 2010, national human rights authorities documented 11,333 kidnappings of [undocumented] migrants in the southern states of  Veracruz, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí and Chiapas

Mexico City - Raúl Plascencia, president of National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has released a special report that documents the severity of the crime of migrant kidnapping in Mexico. The report indicates that between April and September of 2010, 11,333 migrants were kidnapped in 214 cases of mass kidnappings. The crimes occurred principally in Veracruz state, followed by Tabasco, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí and Chiapas.

Statistics analyzed by the CNDH show that 67.4% of migrant kidnappings occur in southeast region of Mexico. Another 2.2% of such crimes occurs in central Mexico, and 29.2% of cases occur in the northern regions of the country...

Noticiero Televisa

Feb. 22, 2011

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People's justice Mexican-style

In a nation seething with impunity, indigenous community police forces are cutting crime and delivering 'education'.

Headless bodies pile up outside shopping centers, busloads of tourists disappear only to be later dug out of mass graves and politicians are brutally beaten into comas. Welcome to Guerrero, one of the most brutal states in Mexico, even before drug violence slashed its way through its resort city of Acapulco. Poppy fields, drug trafficking and police and army brutality are emblematic of this turbulent region.

In the green hills of the very same state, the region of San Luis Acatlan is basking in the heat of a long, warm afternoon. Old men talk quietly outside a village store. Inside a child snoozes in a hammock as his grandmother sells soft drinks to young girls passing by. Housewives gather to gossip around steaming pots of boiling corn on the cob and a turkey scratches around the village square. It seems a far cry from the violence erupting in many other parts of Guerrero.

The key to the calm lies within the village hall. Inside many men sit or stand with their rifles hanging from their shoulders or resting on their knees. Their only uniform is a green t-shirt emblazoned with the words "Community Police". Practically the whole village has also turned out for the meeting. It is the monthly "General Assembly" of the CRAC, the indigenous community police force that provides law and order in the mountain villages of Guerrero.

A violent past

Fifteen years ago, things were very different. Catalina Hernandez Martinez is sitting with her friends, enjoying the afternoon heat outside her house. She remembers the violence of the mid-1990s in these hills.

"Before they robbed your cow, your goat, they assaulted you. The state police would arrest someone and then he would give them a bit of money and would be allowed to escape. If the family had money, the police didn’t listen to you."

Brutal bouts of violence, kidnappings, rape and assault had engulfed the region by 1995. Villagers say that, far from providing protection, local government police more often acted with criminals, releasing those that the villagers had helped to detain.

These poor indigenous villages are easy prey for bandits. Isolated and ignored by the state government, they were left to fend for themselves against an ongoing crime wave.

Finally the villagers decided that enough was enough. They voted for the formation of a new police force, formed from the community that worked for the community...

A nation of impunity

It is a trend in marked contrast to a country seething with impunity. According to recent figures, a crime in Mexico has only a one to two per cent chance of leading to a conviction or jail time. In Ciudad Juarez, amongst the most violent cities on earth, The Associated Press reports that of 2,600 people killed in 2009, prosecutors filed 93 homicide cases and got 19 convictions.

Despite proposed wider ranging reforms to the judicial and police system in Mexico, corruption remains rampant amidst a police force further overwhelmed by the drug war.

Jesus Huerta is one of the founders of the community police. He now despairs of government solutions.

"In Mexico there’s no justice. If there was justice there wouldn’t be any poverty. If there was justice we farmers wouldn’t have to take in our own hands what the state is incapable of resolving..."

Al Jazeera

Feb. 20, 2011

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Author, journalist, women's center director and anti-trafficking activist Lydia Cacho speaks about women's empowerment at a recent conference in Guadalajara, jalisco

Urge mayor empoderamiento de las mujeres contra la violencia: Lydia Cacho

Guadalajara, Jalisco.- Para que las mujeres puedan hacer visibles sus derechos, deben empoderarse y cambiar desde su entorno, y así contribuir en el cambio de la perspectiva de género actual, así lo hizo saber la periodista Lydia Cacho.

La también escritora asegura que, para empezar a educar sobre cómo proteger a la sociedad femenina de la violencia, se debe cambiar el enfoque y no apostar sólo a la criminalización, sobre todo porque no hay estado de derecho.

“Todos los actores sociales juegan un papel importante, me parece que en este momento, respecto a la violencia contra los niños, niñas y mujeres, hay una rebelión muy importante en todo el país, hay hombres que se están aliando pero no son suficientes”, dijo.

El llamado empoderamiento de las mujeres no se refiere a obtener poder público ni político, la apuesta es hacia una mayor y mejor información por parte de las mujeres, así como reforzar cuestiones personales y emocionales que permitan enfrentarles ciertas situaciones.

La periodista estuvo en Guadalajara para participar en el Foro de la Mujer, en el marco del Congreso de Avances en Medicina Hospitales Civiles de Guadalajara, y resaltó los beneficios de la generación actual de las mujeres al contar con redes sociales, con mayor información sobre la problemática que las aqueja, lo que pueden utilizar como herramienta para poder coadyuvar en la lucha contra la violencia.

Aunque las mujeres son víctimas en algunos casos, en otros son victimarias, dijo refiriéndose a las que participan en el crimen organizado.

El ser mujer, dijo, no es sinónimo de ser “buenas”. El papel que juegan las mujeres en la delincuencia debe ser estudiado a fondo, pues tiene que ver también con las víctimas de trata de personas.

Lydia Cacho urges stronger empowerment of women in the figth against gender violence

The city of Guadalajara in Jalisco state - During a women's forum at the Congress on Advances in Civil Medicine, held at the Hospital of Guadalajara, Lydia Cacho [a well known journalist, author, women's center director and human trafficking activist] declared that in order for women to make their rights visible, the will need to be empowered to change their environment, and should carry out those changes from a gender perspective.

Cacho added that, before we as women begin to educate about how to protect women in society from violence, we will need to change our focus, and not rely upon criminal sanctions because, she said, the rule of law does not exist in Mexico.

"All actors in society play an important role. It appears to me that at this time, in regard to the issue of violence against boys, girls and women, we are seeing a very important [social] rebellion across Mexico. There are men who are allied with us, but there are not enough of them," said Cacho.

Cacho noted during her presentation that today's generation of women can rely upon [Internet-based] social networks that provide better information. These tools can be used to assist our struggle against violence.

Although women are victims in some cases, in others they are the victimizers, said Cacho, referring to those who are involved in organized crime.

Being a woman, declared Cacho, is not synonymous with being "good." The role that women play in crime must be studied thoroughly. It is a factor, for example, in the crime of human trafficking.

Ardia Mendoza


Feb. 25, 2011

Added: Mar. 7, 2011


El gobernador de Puebla durante la ceremonia del Día de la Bandera

Puebla's new governor, Rafael Moreno Valle, appears at a Flag Day ceremony

Photo: Rafael García Otero

Nunca volverá a haber una Lydia Cacho en Puebla: RMV

El gobernador de Puebla, Rafael Moreno Valle, consideró que las modificaciones a los códigos Civil y Penal –para imponer sanciones económicas a los delitos de difamación y calumnia– permitirán a los periodistas “expresarse con toda libertad sin el riesgo de ir a la cárcel”, por lo que celebró las modificaciones realizadas recientemente por el Congreso del estado.

Incluso, refirió que durante su mandato no se volverá a repetir el caso de Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, quien fue acusada y aprehendida en 2005 por el presunto delito de difamación contra el industrial textilero Kamel Nacif, luego de que ella evidenciara una red de empresarios pederastas.

Tras la ceremonia del Día de la Bandera de México, Moreno Valle afirmó que cualquier periodista “podrá expresarse sin el temor real y de antes, de ir a la cárcel”; sin embargo, omitió opinar sobre la amplitud del monto impuesto como sanción máxima en caso de cometer daño moral.

“No volverá a haber una Lydia Cacho jamás, cualquier periodista podrá expresarse”, señaló Moreno Valle al finalizar un acto en el Centro Escolar Niños Héroes de Chapultepec durante una breve entrevista, mientras los encargados de la seguridad del mandatario abrían paso para que el gobernador subiera a la camioneta que lo llevaría al salón Protocolos en el Centro Histórico para encabezar otro acto de gobierno...

Puebla state's new governor, "We will never again have another case like that of Lydia Cacho

Puebla state's [recently inaugurated] governor, Rafael Moreno Valle is celebrating recent changes that have been made to the state's civil and criminal codes - that decriminalize defamation and calumny, and apply civil penalties instead. The modifications enacted by the state legislature will permit journalists to "express their ideas in complete freedom, without facing the risk of going to jail.," said Governor Moreno Valle.

Governor Moreno Valle announced that during his governorship, the state will never allow another case like that of Lydia Cacho to occur. In 2005 Cacho [a well known journalist, author, women's center director and human trafficking activist] was accused and arrested for the [then] crime of defamation. Cacho's arrest occurred after the publication of her 2005 book, The Demons in Eden, that described the workings of a child sex trafficking network, run by wealthy businessmen with official collusion, that operated in the resort city of Cancun. Textile magnate Kamel Nacif, who was named in Cacho's book, filed charges of defamation against Cacho in Puebla state.

During Puebla's national Flag Day ceremony, Governor Moreno Valle declared that any journalist may now express their ideas without fear of criminal sanction and the threat of going to jail. Nonetheless, the governor refused to comment about the size of the monetary penalties for defamation that are allowed under the new law.

"We will never have another case of a Lydia Cacho. Every journalist may express themselves," proclaimed the governor.

Governor Moreno declaration is his first as the newly elected governor of Puebla...

Arturo Alfaro Galán

La Jornada de Oriente

Feb. 25, 2011

Added: Mar. 7, 2011

The World, The United States

Maria Hinajosa of PBS interviews Kevin Bales about human trafficking on the Feb. 19, 2011 edition of One on One.

Photo: PBS

PBS reporter Maria Hinajosa interviews Kevin Bales, executive director of Free the Slaves (Video Link)

From PBS: Kevin Bales is one of the world's leading experts on modern-day slavery. He has determined that approximately 27 million people are enslaved worldwide. Although most of these slaves are in Africa and Asia, there are over 40,000 slaves living among us here in the United States.

Bales is the author of The Slave Next Door and Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, which has been translated into 10 languages. He is also the co-founder of the abolitionist group Free the Slaves, a nonprofit organization incorporated in 2000 with the primary objective of ending slavery worldwide. In this One-on-One conversation, Bales discusses the realities of contemporary enslavement, the motivation behind his work, and how our generation can bring slavery to an end.

Here are some key notes from the interview:

* 600 or 700 million people live in places where the rule of law does not exist. Those people are vulnerable to slavery.

* In the northwest African nation of Mauritania, 15 to 25 percent of the population is enslaved.

* India is by far the largest holder of of slaves. The count may be above 15 million persons.

* Despite a brilliant anti-slavery law, some state and local governments and their police department live in denial.

* China, Thailand, Pakistan and nations in western Africa have the largest number of slaves worldwide.

* At a minimum, 40,000 enslaved persons live in the United States.

* The U.S. could be the first slave-free county in the world, if we just decide to make it happen.

* Just under half of all slaves in the U.S. are young women enslaved in prostitution.

* Enslaved women forced into prostitution in the U.S. include victims from Latin American and every nation in the world.

* Domestic servants, also young women, are the next largest category of slavery victims in the U.S., after sex slaves.

* Farm labor is the third largest group of enslaved people in the U.S.

* Women, regardless of the form of slavery, face sexual assault as part of their servitude.

Note: The full interview is available online at PBS One on One.

Public Braodcasting System

Feb. 19, 2011


Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina Commentary

Maria Hinajosa's wonderful PBS interview of Kevin Bales set another milestone in the quest to effectively publicize the facts about the crime of human trafficking.

However, we note that Latin America was only mentioned once or twice, and the crisis in the region was declared by Kevin Bales to be secondary to the apparently larger issues of human trafficking in Central / Eastern Europe, East and Southeast Asia, and India.

Like other luminaries in the global anti-trafficking movement's leading edge, which is English speaking, Kavin Bales' failure to focus on Latin America as a major source of human trafficking victimization is uncalled for.

In 2009 I called a public radio talk show and made this point to New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning writers Nicholas Kristoff and his wife Sheryl Wudunn, authors of the book Half the Sky. I have heard speeches by the past three directors of the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor Trafficking in Persons - where not a word was said about Latin America.

This code of silence must end.

According to veteran anti trafficking activist Teresa Ulloa, director of the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women for Latin America and the Caribbean, a recent study by the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences shows that some 25% of the gross domestic product of Latin America and the Caribbean is derived from human trafficking activities. That figure is up from an earlier estimate by Ulloa that 17% of Latin American GDP was earned from human trafficking activities.

In addition to these figures, the International Organization for Migration's office for southern region (southern cone) of South America has published estimated that some $16 billion is created from human trafficking activities on an annual basis.

LibertadLatina exists to raise awareness of the facts involved in the human trafficking catastrophe that is growing daily in Latin America. Neither the press nor those who 'run the show' in the anti-trafficking movement can justify leaving 'little Maria in the brothel' - our metaphor for the silenced victims - out of the conversation.

End impunity now!

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the March, 2001 founding of LibertadLatina.org!

Chuck Goolsby

March 07, 2011

Added: Mar. 7, 2011


9 años y 6 meses de prisión a médicos por trata de personas

El juez 22 de Bogotá, con funciones de conocimiento, condenará al médico Eiber José Ochoa Márquez y a la sicóloga Elsy Marina de Guadalupe Pérez a 9 años y 6 meses de prisión por los delitos de trata de personas agravado y concierto para delinquir.

Por los mismos delitos será sentenciada la enfermera Arelis Delgado Aguirre a 7 años y 5 meses de cárcel luego que el juez avalara el preacuerdo entre la Fiscalía y la defensa. La lectura de fallo se llevará a cabo el próximo 8 de abril

Durante el proceso, la Fiscalía demostró que desde el 26 de febrero de 2010 en un consultorio de Bogotá los hoy condenados engañaban a mujeres embarazadas, preferencialmente con más de siete meses de gestación, con su estado de salud para extraer a los bebés y ofrecerles desde uno a cinco millones de pesos.

Como parte de la condena, tanto el médico como la sicóloga pagarán 533 salarios mínimos mensuales legales vigentes, mientras que la enfermera cancelará 400.

Los condenados fueron llevados a la cárcel del Buen Pastor y a la Modelo donde permanecen desde el 12 de julio de 2010, cuando el CTI allanó el consultorio donde delinquían.

Two doctors and a nurse are sentenced to prison for human trafficking crimes

Dr. Eiber José Ochoa Márquez and psychologist Elsy Marina de Guadalupe Pérez have both been sentenced to 9.5 years in prison on charges of human trafficking. The case involved criminal acts where vulnerable, pregnant women, preferably at 7 months of gestation, were targeted, Their babies were induced to be born, and the mothers were offered between 1 and 5 million Colombian Pesos as payment for their child. Nurse Arelis Delgado Aguirre was sentenced to 7 years and 5 months of prison in  case.


March 04, 2011

Added: Mar. 7, 2011


240 mujeres ya han sido reinsertadas social y laboralmente en la provincia

La subsecretaria de Igualdad de Oportunidades del Ministerio de Derechos Humanos, Norma Sawicz afirmó que, tras ser recuperadas, 240 mujeres víctimas de Trata de personas ya han sido reinsertadas social y laboralmente en la provincia.

Norma Sawicz, subsecretaria de Igualdad de Oportunidades

En ese sentido además indicó, en diálogo con Radio Libertad, que en la provincia se esta próximo a inaugurar dos casas de refugio para estas mujeres en las localidades de Oberá y Eldorado con capacidad para 8 personas.

Dijo que “la idea de abrir estas casas es poder, desde ese lugar, contenerlas, atenderlas tanto en lo que son sus necesidades físicas, una vivienda, asistencia médica, pero sobre todo contención de los trabajadores sociales, y la contención psicológica que es la más importante” manifestó.

Contó que en estos momentos tienen dos chicas en Posadas una es de Puerto Esperanza que esta embrazada de 8 meses,.

Asimismo manifestó que en Misiones bajó la cantidad de chicas que van desde la provincia hacía otros lugares, como así las personas que vienen a reclutar chicas, “por eso trabajamos mucho en el interior de la provincia con el tema de la prevención y sensibilización” dijo.

Por otra parte agregó que “nosotros trabajamos tratando de insertarlas nuevamente en su familia, en un trabajo, en la vida misma”.

Sobre los casos de trata de personas que están siendo tratados en la Justicia precisó que al momento hay 70 casos que están en espera, en los juzgados federales uno en Posadas y otro en Eldorado, “en donde nosotros vamos a colaborar en lo que sea”, marcó.

Además agregó “hasta el momento se han albergado en estos dos años, 240 mujeres que ya han sido devueltas a sus familiares, y en algunos casos a sus países ya que hemos albergado a chicas de Paraguay y Republica Dominicana que estaban siendo victima de trata en Córdoba”.

Some 240 women victims of human trafficking have been re-adapted to society and given jobs in Missiones province (a major center of sex trafficking in Argentina).

[Translation to follow]

Missiones Online

Feb. 09, 2011

Added: Mar. 7, 2011


Donan equipamiento informático para capacitar a víctimas de la trata

La subsecretaria, Norma Sawicz expreso: "con dichas herramientas se podrá trabajar en diferentes programas que son abordados para la reinserción social de estas personas que les permitirán rehacer sus vidas después de la situación que les tocó atravesar". Por otra parte, también se destinará parte de lo recibido a las fundaciones “Con Misiones y su Gente” e “Identidad Misionera”, las cuales brindarán capacitación a jóvenes en situación de vulnerabilidad de la chacra 190 de Posadas.

Más de 50 equipos informáticos y muebles de oficina fueron donados para la conformación de las aulas que servirán para brindar capacitación en diferentes oficios a las víctimas que fueron rescatadas de las redes de trata. Además, parte de lo recibido será destinado también a que dos entidades sin fines de lucro puedan enseñar a jóvenes en situación de vulnerabilidad.

La donación fue efectuada al departamento de Trata de Personas que depende de la dirección de Participación y Liderazgo de la subsecretaría de Igualdad de Oportunidades. Ello fue posible gracias a la solidaridad del Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas de la Nación, a cargo de Amado Boudou; desde donde se accedió tras las gestiones realizadas por el gerente del Banco Central de la República Argentina (BCRA), Benigno Vélez.

Se trata de más de 50 equipos informáticos, con sus respectivos muebles de oficina, que serán destinados a la capacitación de las víctimas del delito de trata de personas según lo establece uno de los ejes fijados por dicha dependencia provincial que consiste en la capacitación y asistencia.

La Subsecretaria Prof. Norma Sawicz expreso: "con dichas herramientas se podrá trabajar en diferentes programas que son abordados para la reinserción social de estas personas que les permitirán rehacer sus vidas después de la situación que les tocó atravesar".

Por otra parte, también se destinará parte de lo recibido a las fundaciones “Con Misiones y su Gente” e “Identidad Misionera”, las cuales brindarán capacitación a jóvenes en situación de vulnerabilidad de la chacra 190 de Posadas.

Government authorities in Missiones province (a region of Argentina that is severely affected by sex trafficking) have donated 50 computers and office furniture to aid rescued trafficking victims in job training.

[Translation to follow]

Missiones Online

March 03, 2011

Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Puerto Rico

Pop singer and human trafficking activist Ricky Martin

Fundación Ricky Martin abrirá un centro para combatir trata humana en Puerto Rico

La Fundación Ricky Martin (FRM) tiene previsto abrir en agosto de 2012 su primer centro de liderazgo para combatir la trata humana en Puerto Rico, el segundo crimen más lucrativo en el mundo, informó hoy su directora ejecutiva, Bibiana Ferraiouli.

Ferraiouli sostuvo en una rueda de prensa que el centro, que se construye en el pueblo de Loíza, al este de San Juan, se convertirá en un "espacio mágico" para la lucha contra la trata de personas.

Ricky Martin comenzó a combatir la trata humana tras un viaje en 2002 a la India donde observó la dimensión del problema en menores que se prostituían en las calles.

Desde ese entonces, el reconocido artista, su fundación, el sociólogo César Rey, la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR), el centro John Hopkins de Baltimore (Maryland), y diez investigadores se unieron para investigar la trata humana en la isla caribeña.

Del estudio, titulado "La trata de personas en Puerto Rico: un reto a la invisibilidad" y que presentó Martin en febrero de 2010 en la UPR, se compilaron casos reales de sobrevivientes.

Según el estudio, por ejemplo, más de 800.000 personas son víctimas de tráfico humano anualmente en la frontera de Estados Unidos, y el 50 por ciento de ellas, son menores...

Pop singer and human trafficking activist Ricky Martin's foundation, in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, will open Puerto Rico's first anti-trafficking center in the community of Loíza, located east of the capital city of San Juan.

The Ricky Martin's foundation joined forces with the University of Puerto Rico and the Protection Project, and the JHU School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC] to produce the first-ever study of human trafficking Puerto Pico, "Trafficking in Persons in Puerto Rico: An Invisible Challenge."

...According to the study, some 800,000 persons become victims of human trafficking each year on the [southern] border of the United States [with Mexico]. Fifty percent of those victims are minors....

[Additional translation to follow]

Noticias Terra.com

Feb. 28, 2011

See also:

“La Trata de Personas en Puerto Rico: Un Reto a la Invisibilidad”

"Trafficking in Persons in Puerto Rico: An Invisible Challenge"

Cesar A. Ray Hernandez, PhD

Luisa Hernandez Angueira, PhD

Published by The Ricky Martin Foundation in cooperation with The Protection Project

Feb. 2010

See also:

Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Puerto Rico, la República Dominicana

Donativos para frenar la trata de humanos

Doral Bank lanzó ayer dos nuevos productos de depósitos a través de los cuales hará donativos en metálico a la Fundación Ricky Martin, en un intento por contribuir a frenar el segundo crimen más lucrativo del mundo: el tráfico de seres humanos.

La iniciativa, bajo el nombre de “Esperanza” (Hope, en inglés), busca que por cada nueva cuenta de cheques y ahorro, o cuenta de ahorro infantil que se abra en esa institución, se done $1.00 a la organización creada hace unos nueve años por el afamado artista puertorriqueño.

Según Lucienne Gigante, vicepresidenta de Comunicaciones para Doral, las nuevas cuentas de depósito, representan la segunda etapa del programa de colaboración que comenzó hace un año.

El año pasado, Doral donó unos $700,000 a la organización a través de diversas iniciativas como una campaña de publicidad; la financiación del primer estudio acerca de la trata de humanos en Puerto Rico, la realización de una serie de talleres educativos, tanto a estudiantes como a la Judicatura y la Legislatura.

Según Bibiana Ferraiuoli, directora ejecutiva de la Fundación, unas 2,000 personas participaron de las actividades de educación y concienciación.

“El ancla es la educación”, dijo Ferraiuoli al indicar que en Puerto Rico, la trata de humanos tiene dimensión local e internacional.

“No estamos exentos del segundo crimen más lucrativo del mundo”, agregó la ejecutiva al tiempo que recordó que el negocio de la trata supone unos $32,000 millones.

Datos recopilados por la organización, indican que unos 27 millones de personas en el mundo son víctimas de alguna forma de trata, sea por explotación sexual, pornografía o trabajos forzados, esclavitud o extracción de órganos. De éstos, 1.2 millones son niños.

Los donativos permitirán a la Fundación continuar el trabajo investigativo en torno a la trata de personas en Puerto Rico y expandirlo a República Dominicana. También permitirán la creación de un centro de ayuda para las víctimas de este delito.

Donations aid the fight against human trafficking

The Doral Bank in Puerto Rico recently launched a series of consumer options that include a $1.00 donation to the Ricky Martin Foundation when an account is opened. During 2010, Doral Bank donated $700,000 to the foundation, which financed the first-ever study of human trafficking in Puerto Rico, a public awareness campaign, and workshops and awareness activities about trafficking that were attended by 2,000 people.

Current donations will allow the foundation to continue its research on human trafficking in Puerto Rico, as well as allow it to expand its activities to the Dominican Republic [the largest source of internationally transported victims of sexual slavery in all of Latin America]. These funds will also finance a new human trafficking center to be built in Puerto Rico.

El Nuevo Dia

March 01, 2011

Added: Mar. 7, 2011


Señalan que la trata de personas se incrementó en la capital

Tras hacer una donación de de equipos tecnológicos de última generación a la Policía Nacional (PNP) para intensificar la investigación contra la trata de personas, la ONG CHS Alternativo informó que el mencionado delito se incrementó en la capital.

Ricardo Valdés, director de la mencionada organización, alertó que la trata de personas se ha incrementado en la capital, principalmente en puntos de referencia como las avenidas Rufino Torrico, Colmena y Grau, en el Cercado de Lima.

“Son puntos ya conocidos. También están algunos lugares de Lima Norte y en la zona de Huachipa, hacia Chosica, tanto en explotación sexual como laboral”, comentó el representante de la CHS Alternativo, organización que integra el Grupo de Trabajo Multisectorial Permanente contra la Trata de Personas.

Donación de equipos

Valdés explicó que la donación consta de dos computadoras portátiles, servidores para registros de casos, cuatro kits de seguridad con filmadoras, además de cámaras botón y de llavero.

“Entregamos estos equipos como parte del convenio que tenemos con el ministerio del Interior. De esta manera venimos apoyando el equipamiento de 22 direcciones territoriales hasta el momento”, señaló a Andina.

Human trafficking is increasing in Lima, Peru's capital city

CHS Alternativo, a major Peruvian non governmental organization dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary approach to fighting human trafficking has donated state of the art technology systems to the Peruvian National Police (PNP), to allow the agency to intensify its investigations of human trafficking cases.

Ricardo Valdés, director of CHS Alternativo, warned that cases of both sex and labor trafficking are increasing in Lima, the nation's capital, especially on the avenues of Rufino Torrico, Colmena and Grau...

Equipment Donations

Valdés said that CHS Alternativo had donated to the PNP laptop computers, case management software and four kits that include film cameras.

"We have donated these types of equipment to 22 police agencies to date, as part of an agreement made between CHS Alternativo and the Ministry of the Interior.

La Republica

March 04, 2011

Added: Mar. 7, 2011


Tijuana- La actriz, Kate del Castillo, embajadora de la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, durante el arranque nacional de "Jornadas de capacitación contra la trata de personas", en el Centro Cultural Tijuana.

Foto: NOTIMEX / Eduardo Jaramillo

Necesario Mas Combate a la Trata De Personas

Tijuana- El presidente de la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (CNDH), Raúl Plascencia Villanueva, afirmó aquí que la trata de personas es operada por grupos del crimen organizado que hacen que este delito se vuelva invisible.

Al presidir junto con autoridades del estado y municipio las Jornadas de Capacitación Contra la Trata de Personas que la CNDH puso en marcha, el ombudsman enfatizó la necesidad de prevenir que más víctimas de este delito caigan en las redes delincuenciales.

Dijo que los delincuentes vinculados a la trata de personas se encuentran relacionados con la explotación laboral y con el tráfico de indocumentados y que la ausencia de legislación impide tratar adecuadamente este crimen. Señaló que aunque la CNDH no posee cifras, datos de la Unicef en el país señalan que son explotados entre 16 mil niñas y niños, y las fronteras y los lugares de playa son los sitios donde se registra más este delito por la existencia del turismo.

Aseveró que la CNDH acude a todos los sectores sociales, pero sobre todo con los servidores públicos y los padres de familia para que identifiquen las características de la trata de personas y cómo prevenirla. Explicó que algunos de los factores de la trata humana se encuentra presente en diferentes renglones, pero sobre todo en materia sexual y laboral y el sector más vulnerable lo constituyen los niños, las niñas y las mujeres.

Abundó que los casos aumentan debido a las diferencias económicas, generalmente la extrema pobreza, la exclusión, la discriminación y el desempleo, y que se trata de un delito clandestino sobre el que no existen cifras oficiales...

[Translation to follow]

Eduardo Jaramillo


March 03, 2011

Added: Mar. 7, 2011

The World, Mexico

Jineth Bedoya takes notes in December 2000 under the watch of a bodyguard in Bogotá in an armored car after she was kidnapped, beaten, and raped in April that year. Photo: AP/Ariana Cubillos

Documenting sexual violence against journalists

The news of the sexual assault against CPJ board member and CBS correspondent Lara Logan hit us hard on Tuesday. At CPJ, we work daily to advocate on behalf of journalists under attack in all kinds of horrific situations around the world. Because of Lara's untiring work with our Journalist Assistance program, she's well known to everyone on our staff.

Since the news broke, we have been asked why there is little on our website about sexual assaults, and what kind of data we have about women journalists and rape. The simple answers are these: We have little on our site because sexual assault is not commonly reported to us--the data, therefore, is not available. What I can tell you is that we receive calls in which journalists report on risky conditions in particular cities or countries, sometimes telling us of their personal molestation or rape, and usually ask that we not share their private pain...

Here are some of the cases of sexual violence against journalists CPJ has documented:

Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya was raped, kidnapped, and beaten in May 2000 after reporting on far-right paramilitaries while on assignment for the Bogotá daily El Espectador: "Floating in and out of consciousness, Bedoya was taken to a house across the street from the prison," wrote CPJ's Frank Smyth that same year. "The kidnappers bound her hands and feet, taped her mouth, and blindfolded her eyes. Then they drove her to Villavicencio, where she was savagely beaten and raped. During the assault, the men told her in graphic detail about all the other journalists who they planned to kill."

CPJ protested the Bedoya attack in a letter that month to then-President Andrés Pastrana Arango and followed up with a letter in September expressing concern about the lack of progress in the investigation. By year's end, however, no one had been detained and the prosecutor in charge of the investigation had not even contacted Bedoya, according to the journalist. CPJ met with Bedoya last year, and she told us that although it is believed that undercover agents were behind the attack, Colombian authorities have still done nothing.

In 2006, we reported on a plot to kidnap and rape Mexican journalist and human rights activist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro. Cacho was arrested on December 17, 2005, and released on bail the next day in connection with a case against her for defamation and slander, which CPJ found was brought in retaliation for her reporting on a child pornography and prostitution ring. Tapes of telephone conversations between several people, two of whom were the governor of the state of Puebla, Mario Marín, and a local businessman, were delivered to the Mexico City offices of the daily La Jornada. Media reports said the recordings were made before and during Cacho's detention. In the tapes, obscene language was used to describe plans to put Cacho behind bars and assault her. In one conversation before Cacho's arrest, a man who was identified by the Mexican press as Hanna Nakad Bayeh, a Puebla-based clothing manufacturer, asked businessman José Camel Nacif Borge to pay someone to rape her in jail. According to the transcriptions published in La Jornada, Nacif replied, "she has already been taken care of..."

Lauren Wolfe / CPJ Senior Editor

Committee to Protect Journalists

Feb., 2011

Added: Mar. 7, 2011

The World

Siddharth Kara, a Fellow at the Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery, Harvard Kennedy School

Forum on Entreprenuership and Human Trafficking event: “Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Trafficking: What Every Business Leader Needs to Know”

While human trafficking has received considerable media attention in the past few years, it is often portrayed from the perspective of activists, policy makers or humanitarian organizations. This panel will focus on how to tackle the complicated issue of human trafficking from a supply-chain management perspective, informing global business leaders about the darker side of globalization and generating solutions to these problems. The panelists will examine the economics of the human trafficking industry and highlight effective strategies that businesses are using to combat it.


* Sandra J. Sucher (Moderator), Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

* Dawn Conway, Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, LexisNexis Group

* Josh Green, Chief Executive Officer, Panjiva

* Shelley Simmons, Director of Brand Communications and Values, The Body Shop

* Siddharth Kara, Fellow, Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery, Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Business School

March 06, 2011

Note: Siddharth Kara is an Affiliate of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program, and a Fellow with the Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery. He is also the author of the award-winning book, "Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery," the first of three books he is writing on the subjects of human trafficking and contemporary slavery. “Sex Trafficking” was named co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. The Award is generally regarded as the top prize in the field of slavery scholarship, and Kara's is the first book on modern slavery to receive the award.

See also:

Siddarth Kara filmed during a 1.5 hour presentation on his approach to ending human trafficking

(Video on Youtube.com)

Harvard Kennedy School


Added: Mar. 7, 2011

Mexico, The United States

Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico

ATF agent says "Fast and Furious" program let guns "walk" into hands of Mexican drug cartels with aim of tracking and breaking a big case

Washington, DC - Federal agent John Dodson says what he was asked to do was beyond belief.

He was intentionally letting guns go to Mexico?

"Yes ma'am," Dodson told CBS News. "The agency was."

An Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms senior agent assigned to the Phoenix office in 2010, Dodson's job is to stop gun trafficking across the border. Instead, he says he was ordered to sit by and watch it happen.

Investigators call the tactic letting guns "walk." In this case, walking into the hands of criminals who would use them in Mexico and the United States.

Sharyl Attkisson's original "Gunrunner" report

Center for Public Integrity report

Dodson's bosses say that never happened. Now, he's risking his job to go public.

"I'm boots on the ground in Phoenix, telling you we've been doing it every day since I've been here," he said. "Here I am. Tell me I didn't do the things that I did. Tell me you didn't order me to do the things I did. Tell me it didn't happen. Now you have a name on it. You have a face to put with it. Here I am. Someone now, tell me it didn't happen."

Agent Dodson and other sources say the gun walking strategy was approved all the way up to the Justice Department. The idea was to see where the guns ended up, build a big case and take down a cartel. And it was all kept secret from Mexico.

ATF named the case "Fast and Furious..."

Sharyl Attkisson

CBS News

March 3, 2011

Added: Feb. 27, 2011


Protest in Mexico - The poster says: "NO to the Abusers of Children"

Photo: El Diario de Coahuila

5,000 denuncias por robo de niños en 3 años

En los últimos tres años se han abierto 5,000 averiguaciones previas por el robo de niños en diversos estados del país, principalmente en los puertos turísticos de Acapulco, Manzanillo, Veracruz y Cancún

El director general de la Fundación Nacional de Investigaciones de Niños Robados y Desaparecidos, Guillermo Gutiérrez Romero, explicó que estos robos son generalmente para explotar a los pequeños en los rubros de prostitución, pornografía infantil o venta de órganos.

Un estudio realizado por el Sistema de Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF), en coordinación con el Fondo de Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (Unicef), reveló que fueron detectados 45,000 niños en México que han sido víctimas de la prostitución...

Five thousand criminal complaints have been filed in child kidnapping cases during the past 3 years

During the past three years 5,000 preliminary investigations child kidnappings have been opened across Mexico. The cases have focused on the tourist ports of Acapulco, Manzanillo, Veracruz and Cancun.

Guillermo Gutiérrez Romero, general director of the National Foundation for Investigation of Kidnapped and Disappeared Children, explained that these young victims are typically used in child prostitution or for the sale of human organs.

A study done by Mexico’s national social welfare agency, the System for Integral Family Development (DIF), in coordination with the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), notes that 45,000 children in Mexico have been identified as being victims of prostitution.

Gutiérrez Romero declared that between 5,000 and 6,000 children are victims of child prostitution in the coastal resort city of Cancun, where both Mexican and Central American children are exploited.

“We are very concerned that Cancun has one of the highest rates of child prostitution among tourist resorts. In general, the victims are children in the 4 to 5-year-old age range,” said Gutiérrez Romero.

Gutiérrez Romero said that Mexico, Cuba and the United States occupy top spots in the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). In many cases, the trafficking mafias rely upon the collaboration of the authorities.

In November of 2010, an operation mounted by U.S. authorities against child prostitution networks rescued 69 minors, and resulted in the arrests of 884 persons.

El Diario de Coahuila

Feb. 25, 2011

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Added: Dec. 12, 2010


Indigenous girl children in Mexico: Always at risk from sex traffickers, U.S. and European pedophile sex tourists and a government that doesn't care.

Guillermo Gutiérrez Romero, who is the president of Mexico's National Foundation for the  Investigation of Kidnapped and Disappeared Children, is shown here in a video of a press conference held during December of 2010, where he discussed the disappearances of 140,000 children in Mexico during the past 5 years.

De cada 10 niños robados uno es recuperado

En México, se estima que por cada diez niños que son robados sólo uno es recuperado, por lo que urge que se tipifique este hecho, como un delito federal y se integren unidades policíacas especializadas de investigación.

Guillermo Gutiérrez Romero, presidente de la Fundación Nacional de Investigación de Niños Robados y Desaparecidos, observó que este ilícito, comienza, a presentarse con mayor frecuencia en zonas indígenas del país, donde los padres de familia, no cuentan con documentos o fotografías de sus menores que permitan abrir indagatorias...

Only one out of 10 kidnapped children in Mexico is ever recovered

The kidnapping of indigenous children is accelerating due to the impunity that is made possible by language barriers and a lack of children's birth certificates and photographs

An estimated 50,000 children have been kidnapped and are now living on the streets under the control of sexual exploiters

It is estimated that for every ten children who are kidnapped in Mexico, only one is rescued. Activists are therefore urging the passage of legislation creating a federal crime of child kidnapping and the standing-up of specialized law enforcement units to respond to the problem.

Guillermo Gutiérrez Romero, who is the president of the National Foundation for the Investigation of Kidnapped and Disappeared Children believes that the crime of child kidnapping is focused on indigenous regions of Mexico, where the parents of victims do not have birth certificates or photographs that would allow the authorities to investigate their cases.

Gutiérrez Romero added that human trafficking has become the third most profitable criminal activity globally, after arms and drug smuggling. This requires, he said, that the legislative branch of the federal government reform the nation's laws, so that human trafficking becomes a federal crime.

[Note, the nation's current Law to Prevent, and Punish Human Trafficking, passed by Congress in 2007 is not  enforceable by federal police agencies in any of this nation's states, nor in Mexico City. - LL]

No statistical reporting mechanisms exist in any of Mexico's states to identify unusual patterns in child kidnappings, said Gutiérrez Romero. Therefore, he added, criminal networks operate with complete impunity.

From Gutiérrez Romero's perspective, these kidnappings have three purposes:

1) to sell these children to couples via illegal adoptions;

2) to use the victims for sexual exploitation; and

3) to illegally extract their organs.

Gutiérrez Romero emphasized that the kidnappings of infants and young children is perpetrated specifically to supply the illegal adoptions market. He has recommended that hospitals and clinics step-up security in their facilities.

The kidnapping of children between the ages of 3 and 6 represents a particular pattern, noted Gutiérrez Romero. He said that many young couples in which the woman wants to preserve her figure seek out clandestine adoptions of children in this age range.

Gutiérrez Romero 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 trafficking networks, while at the same time nobody [particularly in law enforcement] takes action to rescue them.

What is striking is that now, in southern Mexico and especially among the indigenous peoples of the region, this phenomenon is beginning to accelerate, especially because the language, spoken by he parents of the victims is not Spanish, said Gutiérrez Romero.

A second problem that impedes the documentation of each of these cases is the fact that parents do not have birth certificates, photographs or other documents that are required to create the case file that is needed to begin the search.

Gutiérrez Romero concluded by saying that families, schools and hospitals must develop approaches to protect children, and they must fight back, so that the federal authorities echo our demands to pass legislation that responds to this phenomenon.

El Universal

Dec. 09, 2010

Additional information about the work of Guillermo Gutiérrez Romero and Mexico's National Foundation for Investigation of Kidnapped and Disappeared Children may be found in our December, 2010 news archive.

Added: Feb. 27, 2011


Map shows the number of types of child slavery that occurs in the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean

Indigenous children are the focal point for underage sex and labor slavery in Mexico

Around 1.5 million children do not attend school at all in Mexico, having or choosing to work instead. Indigenous children are often child laborers. Throughout Central and South America, indigenous people are frequently marginalized, both economically and socially. Many have lost their traditional land rights and they migrate in order to find paid work. This can in turn make indigenous peoples more vulnerable to exploitative and forced labor practices.

According to the web site Products of Slavery.org, child slavery, especially that which exploits indigenous children, is used to generate profits in the following industries in Mexico:

* The production of Child Pornography

* The production of coffee, tobacco, beans, chile peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, melons, onions, sugarcane and tomatoes - much of which is sold for export

Key facts about Mexican child sex and labor exploitation defined on the Product of Slavery:

* Many indigenous children in Mexico aged between seven and 14 work during the green bean harvest from 7am until 7pm, meaning they cannot attend school.

* Amongst Mexico's indigenous peoples, 86% of children, aged six years and over, are engaged in strenuous physical labor in the fields six days a week working to cultivate agricultural produce such as chile peppers.

* Indigenous child labor keeps costs of production down for Mexican companies as boys and girls from indigenous families are frequently denied recognition of their legal status as workers, charged with the least skilled tasks, such as harvesting cucumbers, and so receive the lowest pay.

* Child labor is widespread in Mexico's agricultural sector; in 2000, it was discovered that 11 and 12 year olds were working on the family ranch of the then-President elect, Vicente Fox, harvesting onions, potatoes, and corn for export to the United States.

[I know a couple of U.S. ICE agents who can add 'another paragraph' to the above statement - LL.]

* Mexican children who are exploited by the sex industry and involved in activities such as pornography and prostitution suffer physical injuries, long-term psychological damage with the strong possibility of developing suicidal tendencies and are at high risk of contracting AIDS, tuberculosis and other life-threatening illnesses.

* There are strong links between tourism and the sexual exploitation of children in Mexico; tourist centers such as Acapulco, Cancun and Tijuana are prime locations where thousands of children are used in the production of pornographic material and child prostitution is rife.

* Mexican street children are vulnerable to being lured into producing pornographic material with promises of toys, food, money, and accommodation; they then find themselves prisoners, locked for days or weeks on end in hotel rooms or apartments, hooked on drugs and suffering extreme physical and sexual violence.

* David Salgado was just eight years old when he was crushed by a tractor as he went to empty the bucket of tomatoes he had just collected on the Mexican vegetable farm where he worked with his family. The company paid his funeral expenses but refused to pay compensation to his family as David was not a formal employee.

The web site explores child enslavement in all of the nations shown in the above map.

Products of Slavery

Added: Feb. 27, 2011

North Carolina, USA

"For Sale" - A composite from a poster announcing Davidson College's recent event on Human Trafficking in Latin America

See the complete poster

Chuck Goolsby speaks at Davidson College

On February 3rd of 2011 I travelled to Davidson College, located in a beautiful community north of Charlotte, North Carolina, to provide a 90 minute presentation on the crisis of sexual slavery in Latin America, and in Latin American immigrant communities across the United States. I thank the members of Davidson's Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) and the Vann Center for Ethics for cosponsoring the presentation, and for their hospitality and hard work in setting up this event.

During my talk I described many of the dynamics of how sexual slavery works in the Americas. I summarized the work of LibertadLatina as one of the few English language voices engaging the world in an effort to place Latin American gender exploitation issues on an equal footing with the rest of the world's struggle against sex trafficking. I covered the facts that:

1) Sexual slavery has long been condoned in Latin America;

2) Community tolerance of sexual exploitation, and a cultural code of silence work to hide crimes of violence against women across the region;

3) The multi-billion dollar pockets of Latin American drug cartels, together with the increasing effectiveness of anti-drug trafficking law enforcement efforts are driving cartel money into major investments in kidnapping, 'breaking-in' and selling underage girls and young women into slavery globally, en mass;

4) Men in poverty who have grown up in [especially rural] cultures where women's equality does not exist, are prime candidates to participate in the sex trafficking industry - this is especially true in locations such as Tlaxcala state, just east of Mexico City, where an estimated 50% of the adults in the La Meca neighborhood of the major city of Tenancingo are involved in sex traffickers;

5) Male traffickers, often from family organized mafias of adults and teens [especially in Tlaxcala], either kidnap women and girls directly, or engage in false romances with potential victims that result in the victim's beating, gang rape and enslavement, getting the victim pregnant - and then leaving the infant with the trafficker's family as a form of bribery [threatening the baby's death if the victim does not continue to submit to forced sexual enslavement;

6) Traffickers typically take their victims from Tlaxcala, to Mexico City, and to Tijuana on the U.S. border - from which they are shipped like merchandise to Tokyo, Madrid, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington, DC and New York City;

7) Traffickers also bring victims to farm labor camps large and small across the rural U.S.;

8) North Carolina, including the major population centers of Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte are places where Latina immigrant sexual slavery is a major problem (given the rapid growth in the local immigrant population, who see the state as a place with lots of jobs and a low cost of living);

9) Mexico's government is reluctant (to be polite) to engage the issue of ending human trafficking (despite recent presidential rhetoric), as exemplified by the multi-year delay in setting up the regulations and inter-agency collaborations needed to actually enforce the nation's 2007 Law to Prevent and Punish Human Trafficking (note that only in early 2011 has the final element of the legislation been put into place to actually activate the law - which some legislators accurate refer to as a "dead letter.");

10) heroes such as activist Lydia Cacho have faced retaliation and death threats for years for having dared to stand-up against the child sex trafficking networks whose money and influence corrupts state and local governments;

11) it is up to each and every person to decide how to engage in activism to end all forms of human slavery, wherever they may exist.

Virtually everyone in the crowd that attended the event had heard about human trafficking prior to the February 3rd presentation. They left the event knowing important details about the facts involved in the Latin American crisis and the difficulties that activists face in their efforts to speak truth to power and the forces of impunity. A number of attendees thanked me for my presentation, and are now new readers of LibertadLatina.org.

The below text is from Davidson College's announcement for this event.

Slavery is (thankfully) illegal everywhere today. But sadly, it is still practiced secretly in many parts of the world. One persistent form of it occurs when women and girls are forced into prostitution or sexual slavery, sometimes by being kidnapped and trafficked or smuggled across national borders.

Chuck Goolsby has worked tirelessly for decades to expose and end this horrific, outrageous practice. As the founder and coordinator of LibertadLatina, much of his work has focused on sex-trafficking in the Latin American context.  Join us to hear from him regarding the nature and scope of the current problem, and what we can do to help stop it.

We have given similar presentations to groups such as Latinas United for Justice, a student organization located at the John Jay College for Criminal Justice in New York City.

We are available for conferences and other speaking engagements to address the topics of human trafficking in its Latin American, Latin Diaspora, Afro-Latina and Indigenous dimensions.

Please write to us in regard to your event.

Chuck Goolsby


Feb. 26, 2011

A sample of other important news stories and commentaries

Added: Feb. 10, 2011

The United States

Tiffany Williams of the Break the Chain Campaign

Highlighting New Issues in Ending Violence Against Women; More Women Afraid To Come Forward And Access Services

Congressional leaders will participate in an ad-hoc hearing examining violence against immigrant women this Thursday on Capitol Hill Washington, DC—Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Gwendolyn Moore (D-WI) will co-chair an ad-hoc hearing this Thursday afternoon, bearing witness to the testimony of immigrant women and advocates who are speaking out about increasing barriers to ending violence against immigrant women and families. Honorable guests Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) will join the co-chairs.

Maria Bolaños of Maryland will share her personal story. Juana Flores from Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), an immigrant women’s organization in California and the Rev. Linda Olson Peebles from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington will share the perspective of community groups, and legal advocates Leslye Orloff (Legal Momentum) and Miriam Yeung (NAPAWF) will offer testimony in light of the expected 2011 re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

WHAT: Ad-hoc hearing on violence against immigrant women

WHEN: Feb. 10, 2011 - 2 pm-3 pm

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2456

WHO: Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Gwendolyn Moore, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Napolitano, members of the press, domestic violence advocates, immigrant rights advocates, and other invited guest

Co-Sponsoring Organizations: 9to5, AFL-CIO, Family Values @ Work Consortium, Franciscan Action Network, Institute for Policy Studies, Legal Momentum, MomsRising, Ms. Foundation for Women, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, National Immigration Law Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, South Asian Americans Leading Together, United Methodist Women/Civil Rights Initiative, Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Contact: Tiffany Williams

Tel. (202) 787-5245; Cell (202) 503-8604; E-mail: tiffany@ips-dc.org 

The Institute for Policy Studies / Break the Chains Campaign

Feb. 9, 2011

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Added: Feb. 10, 2011

The United States

Silencing human trafficking victims in America

Women should be able to access victim services, regardless of their immigration status.

Thanks to a wave of anti-immigrant proposals in state legislatures across the nation, fear of deportation and family separation has forced many immigrant women to stay silent rather than report workplace abuse and exploitation to authorities. The courts have weakened some of these laws and the most controversial pieces of Arizona's SB 1070 law have been suspended. Unfortunately, America's anti-immigrant fervor continues to boil.

As a social worker, I've counseled both U.S.-born and foreign-born women who have experienced domestic violence, or have been assaulted by either their employers or the people who brought them to the United States. I'm increasingly alarmed by this harsh immigration enforcement climate because of its psychological impact on families and the new challenge to identify survivors of crime who are now too afraid to come forward.

For the past decade, I've helped nannies, housekeepers, caregivers for the elderly, and other domestic workers in the Washington metropolitan area who have survived human trafficking. A majority of these women report their employers use their immigration status to control and exploit them, issuing warnings such as "if you try to leave, the police will find you and deport you." Even women who come to the United States on legal work visas, including those caring for the children of diplomats or World Bank employees, experience these threats.

Though law enforcement is a key partner in responding to human trafficking, service providers continue to struggle with training authorities to identify trafficking and exploitation in immigrant populations, especially when the trafficking is for labor and not sex. While local human trafficking task forces spend meetings developing outreach plans, our own state governments are undermining these efforts with extremely harsh and indiscriminate crackdowns on immigrants...

Regardless of their legal status, these women are human beings working hard to feed their families. Their home countries' economies have been by shattered by globalization. Our economic system depends on their cheap labor. Yet much of the debate about U.S. borders fails to acknowledge immigrants as people, or appreciate the numerous cultural contributions that ethnic diversity has provided this country. As a result, humane comprehensive immigration reform remains out of reach in Congress.

We're a nation of immigrants and a nation of hard-working families. An economic crisis caused by corporate greed has turned us against each other in desperation and fear. We should band together to uphold our traditional values of family unity, to give law enforcement the tools they need to provide effective victim protection and identification rather than reactionary laws, and ensure that women can access victim services, regardless of immigration status.

Tiffany Williams is the advocacy director for Break The Chain Campaign, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.

Tiffany Williams

The Huffington Post

Feb. 07, 2011

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Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina Commentary:

We at LibertadLatina salute the Break the Chain Campaign and their advocacy director, Tiffany Williams, for bringing voice to the voiceless immigrant working women and girls (underage teens) across the United States. Latin American and other immigrant women routinely face quid-pro-quo sexual demands of "give me sex or get out" from male managers and supervisors across the low-wage service sector of the U.S. economy.

My advocacy for victims of gender violence began with efforts to provide direct victim assistance to Latina women facing workplace gender exploitation in the Washington, DC region. My work included rescuing two Colombian women from the fearful labor slavery that they faced in two diplomatic households in Montgomery County, Maryland, just north of Washington, DC. I also assisted six women in bringing complaints to police and to our local Montgomery County human rights commission (a local processor of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission cases).

Immigrant women have never had free and equal access to the legal system to address these employer abuses. The Break the Chain Campaign rightly identifies the fact that the social and political climate in the U.S. in the year 2011 is creating conditions in which immigrant women and girl victims fear coming forward.

It is encouraging that the Break the Chains Campaign openly identifies the sexual and labor exploitation of immigrant women and girls in domestic and other low wage service jobs as being forms of human trafficking. Ten years ago, local anti-trafficking organizations in the Washington, DC region did not buy into that view of the world.

Conditions have not changed for the better for at-risk immigrant women and girls since we first wrote about this issue in the year 1994 (see below).

These community continues to need our persistent help on this issue.

End impunity now!

- Chuck Goolsby


Feb. 10, 2011

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Our section covering human trafficking, workplace rape and community exploitation facing Latina women and children in the Washington, DC regional area.

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Latina Workplace Rape

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

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On the Front Lines of the War Against Impunity in Gender Exploitation

Government, corporations and the press ignored all of these victims cases in which Chuck Goolsby intervened directly  during the 1990s.

Rockville, Maryland - Case 1  

Workplace Rape with Impunity

A major corporation working on defense and civilian U.S. government contracts permitted quid-pro-quo sexual demands, sexual coercion and retaliatory firings targeted at Latina adult and underage teen cleaning workers.

Rockville, Maryland - Case 2

Workplace Assault and Battery with Impunity

A Nicaraguan indigenous woman cleaning worker was slapped across the chest and knocked to the floor by her manager in the Rockville offices of a federal agency, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The local Maryland State's Attorney's Office repeatedly pressured the victim (through calls to Chuck Goolsby) to drop her insistence on having her assailant prosecuted.

Rockville, Maryland - Case 3 

About the One Central Plaza office complex

Workplace Rape and Forced Prostitution with Impunity

Over a dozen women were illegally fired for not giving in to the sexual demands of three Latino cleaning crew managers who forced women and underage girls into quid-pro-quo sexual relationships as a condition of retaining their jobs. 

Some women were forced to commit acts of prostitution in this office building, that housed Maryland state government and other offices.

A medical doctor who leased office space at One Central Plaza filed a formal complaint with the building owners and stated that he was finding his patient examining tables dirtied by sexual activity after-hours (cleaning managers had keys to access these offices to have them cleaned).

A pregnant woman was severely sexually harassed, and was fired and told to come back after her child was born, when she could be sexually exploited. 

The Montgomery County, Maryland County Human Relations commission in 1995 literally buried the officially filed casework of this pregnant woman and another victim, who had an audio tape of a 20 minute attempt by her manager to rape her.

Both detectives at the Montgomery County Police Department (where I worked part-time during those times) and a team of Washington Post reporters refused to investigate this crisis of workplace impunity.

A Latina Washington Post reporter, when explaining to me why she would not cover the story said, "well, after all, you are trying to accuse these guys (the perpetrators) of felonies." The same reporter stated that her manager would not allow her to cover the story because it was a "dangerous situation."

To this day I continue to ask myself, If it was a dangerous situation, was it not, then, news!

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The above three cases are among those documented in my below report from 1994.

Charles M. Goolsby, Jr.'s 1994 Report on the Sexual Exploitation of Latina immigrant Women and Girls in Montgomery County, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, DC)

The LibertadLatina project grew directly out of these initial efforts to speak truth to the official and criminal impunity in our society that openly targets innocent immigrant women and girls for sexual victimization.

Added: Sep. 29, 2010


Human trafficking slur on Commonwealth Games

The jinxed Commonwealth Games could have done without this. After being troubled by brittle infrastructure, CWG 2010 has now been blamed for a jump in trafficking of women and children from the Northeast. The accusation has come from Meghalaya People’s Human Rights Council (MPHRC) general secretary Dino D.G. Dympep. The platform he chose on Tuesday was the general debate discussion on racism, discrimination, xenophobia and other intolerance at the 15th Human Rights Council Session at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

“The human rights situation of indigenous peoples living in Northeast India is deteriorating,” Dympep said, adding New Delhi has chose to be indifferent to human trafficking of and racial discrimination toward these indigenous groups.

“What worries the indigenous peoples now apart from racial and gender-based violence is the fear of alleged human trafficking for flesh trade.” The number of indigenous women and children trafficked particularly for the upcoming CGW could be 15,000, he said.

The rights activist also underscored the racial profiling of people from the Northeast on the basis of their ethnicity, linguistic, religious, cultural and geographical backgrounds.

Dympep also pointed out 86 per cent of indigenous peoples studying or working away from their native places face racial discrimination in various forms such as sexual abuses, rapes, physical attacks and economic exploitation.

“The UN has condemned India's caste system and termed it worse than racism. The racism faced by indigenous peoples of the Northeast is definitely the outcome of the caste system. Such negative attitude as ignoring the region will only lead to deeper self-alienation by the indigenous peoples, which comes in the way of integration in India,” he said.

Rahul Karmakar

Hindustan Times

Sep. 28, 2010

LibertadLatina Note:

Indigenous peoples across the world face the problem of being marginalized by the dominant societies that surround them. They become the easiest targets for human traffickers because the larger society will not stand up to defend their basic human rights. Exploiting the lives and the sexuality of indigenous women is a key aspect of this dynamic of oppression.

We at LibertadLatina denounce all forms of exploitation. We call the world's attention to the fact that tens of thousands of indigenous peoples in the Americas, and most especially women and girls in Guatemala and Mexico, are routinely being kidnapped or cajoled into becoming victims of human trafficking.

For 5 centuries, the economies of Latin America have relied upon the forced labor and sexual exploitation of the region's indigenous peoples as a cornerstone of their economic and social lives. Mexico, with an indigenous population that comprises 30% of the nation, is a glaring example of this dynamic of racial, ethnic and gender (machismo) based oppression. In Mexico, indigenous victims are not 'visible' to the authorities, and are on nobody's list of social groups who need to be assisted to defend themselves against the criminal impunity of the sex and labor trafficking mafias.

For Mexico to arrive in the 21st Century community of nations, it must begin the process of ending these feudal-era traditions.

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby


Sep. 30/Oct. 02, 2010

Added: Jul. 21, 2010

New York, USA

U.S. Ambassador Luis CdeBaca (second from left) and other presenters at UN / Brandeis conference

Hidden in Plain Sight: The News Media's Role in Exposing Human Trafficking

The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University cosponsored a first-ever United Nations panel discussion about how the news media is exposing and explaining modern slavery and human trafficking -- and how to do it better. Below are the transcript and video from that conference, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on June 16 and co-sponsored by the United States Mission to the United Nations and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Take a look as some leading media-makers and policymakers debate coverage of human trafficking. What hinders good reporting on human trafficking? What do journalists fear when they report on slaves and slavery? Why cover the subject in the first place? What are the common reporting mistakes and missteps that can do more harm than good to trafficking victims, and to government, NGO, and individual efforts to end the traffic of persons for others' profit and pleasure?

Among the main points: Panelists urged reporters and editors to avoid salacious details and splashy, "sexy" headlines that can prevent a more nuanced examination of trafficked persons' lives and experiences. Journalists lamented the lack of solid data, noting that the available statistics are contradictory, unreliable, insufficient, and often skewed by ideology. As an example, the two officials on the panel -- Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, head of the U.S. Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and Under-Secretary-General Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime -- disagreed on the number of rescued trafficking victims. Costa thought the number was likely less than half CdeBaca's estimate (from the International Labour Organization) of 50,000 victims rescued worldwide...

Read the transcript

The Huffington Post

July 15, 2010

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina Note:

In response to the above article by the Huffington Post, on the topic of press coverage of the issue of human trafficking, we would like to point out that the LibertadLatina project came into existence because of a lack of interest and/or willingness on the part of many (but not all) reporters and editors in the press, and also on the part of government agencies and academics, to acknowledge and target the rampant sexual violence faced by Latina and indigenous women and children across both Latin America and the Latin Diaspora in the Untied States, Canada, and in other advanced economies such as those of western Europe and Japan.

Ten years after starting LibertadLatina, more substantial press coverage is taking place. However, the crisis of ongoing mass gender atrocities that plague Latin America, including human trafficking, community based sexual violence, a gender hostile living environment and government and social complicity (and especially in regard to the region's completely marginalized indigenous and African descended victims - who are especially targeted for victimization), continue to be largely ignored or intentionally untouched by the press, official government action, academic investigation and NGO effort.

Therefore we persist in broadcasting the message that the crisis in Latin America and its Diaspora cannot and will not be ignored.

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby


July 21, 2010

Added: March 1, 2010


Deputy Rosi Orozco watches Mexican Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont's presentation at the Forum for Analysis and Discussion in Regard to Criminal Law to Control Human Trafficking.

Video posted on YouTube

Video: Llama Gómez Mont a Visibilizar Delito de Trata de Personas

Video of Mexican Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont's presentation at the Feb. 23rd and 24th, 2010 congressional Forum for Analysis and Discussion in Regard to Criminal Law to Control Human Trafficking.

[Ten minutes - In Spanish]

Deputy Rosi Orozco

On YouTube.com

Feb. 26, 2010

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LibertadLatina Commentary

Chuck Goolsby

Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way!

Mexican Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont's presentation at the congressional Forum for Analysis and Discussion in Regard to Criminal Law to Control Human Trafficking has been widely quoted in the Mexican press. We have posted some of those articles here (see below).

The video of Secretary Mont's discourse shows that he is passionate about the idea of raising awareness about human trafficking. He states: "Making [trafficking] visible is the first step towards liberation."

Secretary Mont believes that the solution to human trafficking in Mexico will come from raising awareness about trafficking and from understanding the fact that machismo, its resulting family violence and also the nation's widespread extreme poverty are the dynamics that push at-risk children and youth into the hands of exploiters.

During Secretary Mont's talk he expressed his strongly held belief that federalizing the nation's criminal anti-trafficking laws is, in effect, throwing good money after bad. In his view, the source of the problem is not those whom criminal statutes would target, but the fundamental social ills that drive the problem.

The Secretary's views have an element of wisdom in them. We believe, however, that his approach is far too conservative. An estimated 500,000 victims of human trafficking exist in Mexico (according to veteran activist Teresa Ulloa of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women - Latin American and Caribbean branch - CATW-LAC).

A note about the figures quoted to describe the number of child sexual exploitation victims in Mexico...

Widely quoted 'official' figures state that between 16,000 and 20,000 underage victims of sex trafficking exist in Mexico.

We believe that, if the United States acknowledges that 200,000 to 300,000 underage children and youth are caught-up in the commercial sexual exploitation of children - CSEC, at any one time, based on a population of 310 million, (a figure of between .00064 and .00096 percent of the population), then the equivalent numbers for Mexico would be between 68,000 and 102,000 child and youth victims of CSEC for its estimated 107 million in population.

Given Mexico's vastly greater level of poverty, its legalization of adult prostitution, and given that southern Mexico alone is known to be the largest zone in the world for the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), with 10,000 children being prostituted just in the city of Tapachula (according to ECPAT figures), then the total number of underage children and youth caught-up in prostitution in Mexico is most likely not anywhere near the 16,000 to 20,000 figure that was first released in a particular research study from more than five years ago and continues to be so widely quoted today.

Regardless of what the actual figures are, they include a very large number of victims.

While officials such as Secretary Mont philosophize about disabling anti-trafficking law enforcement and rescue and restoration efforts, while instead relying upon arriving at some far-off day when Mexican society raises its awareness and empathy for victims (and that is Mont's policy proposal as stated during the recent trafficking law forum), tens of thousands of victims who are being kidnapped, raped, enslaved and sold to the highest bidder need our help. They need our urgent intervention. As a result of their enslavement, they typically live for only a few years, if that, according to experts.

The reality is that the tragic plight of victims can and must be prevented. Those who have already been victimized must be rescued and restored to dignity.

That is not too much to ask from a Mexico that calls itself a member of civilized society.

Mexico exists at the very top of world-wide statistics on the enslavement of human beings. Save the Children recognizes the southern border region of Mexico as being the largest zone for the commercial sexual exploitation of children on Planet Earth.

Colombian and Mexican drug cartels, Japanese Yakuza mafias and the Russian Mob are all 'feeding upon' (kidnapping, raping, and exporting) many of  the thousands of Central and South American migrant women who cross into Mexico. They also prey upon thousands of young Mexican girls and women (and especially those who are Indigenous), who remain unprotected by the otherwise modern state of Mexico, where Roman Empire era feudal traditions of exploiting the poor and the Indigenous as slaves are honored and defended by the wealthy elites who profit (economically and sexually) from such barbarism.

Within this social environment, the more extreme forms of modern slavery are not seen as being outrageous by the average citizen. These forms of brutal exploitation have been used continuously in Mexico for 500 years.

We reiterate our view, as expressed in our Feb. 26th and 27th 2010 commentary about Secretary Mont.

Interior Secretary Mont has presided over the two year delay in implementing the provisions of the nation's first anti-trafficking law, the Law to Prevent, and Punish Human Trafficking, passed by Congress in 2007.

  • The regulations required to enable the law were left unpublished by the Interior Secretary for 11 months after the law was passed.

  • When the regulation were published, they were weak, and left out a role for the nation's leading anti-trafficking agency, the Special Prosecutor for Violent Crimes Against Women and Human Trafficking in the Attorney General's office (FEVIMTRA).

  • The regulations failed to target organized crime.

  • The Inter-Agency Commission to Fight Human Trafficking, called for in the law, was only stood-up in late 2009, two years after the law's passage, and only after repeated agitation by members of Congress demanding that President Calderón act to create the Commission.

  • Today, the National Program to Fight Human Trafficking, also called for in the 2007 law, has yet to be created by the Calderón administration.

  • In early February of 2010, Senator Irma Martínez Manríquez stated that the 2007 anti-trafficking law and its long-sought regulations were a 'dead letter' due to the power of impunity that has contaminated the political process.

All of the delaying tactics that were used to thwart the will and intent of Congress in passing the 2007 anti-trafficking law originated in the National Action Party (PAN) administration of President Felipe Calderón. All aspects of the 2007 law that called for regulations, commissions and programs were the responsibility of Interior Secretary Mont to implement. That job was never performed, and the 2007 law is now accurately referred to as a "dead letter" by members of Congress.

Those of us in the world community who actively support the use of criminal sanctions to suppress and ultimately defeat the multi-billion dollar power of human trafficking networks must come to the aid of the many political and non governmental organization leaders in Mexico who are working to create a breakthrough, to end the impasse which the traditionalist forces in the PAN political machine have thrown-up as a gauntlet to defeat effective anti-trafficking legislation.

Interior Secretary Mont's vision for the future, which involves continuing on a course of complete inaction on the law enforcement front, must be rejected as a capitulation to the status quo, and as a nod to the traffickers.

While "Little Brown Maria in the Brothel" - our metaphor for the voiceless victims, suffers yet another day chained to a bed in Tijuana, Acapulco, Matamoros, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico City, Tlaxcala, Tapachula and Cancun, the entire law enforcement infrastructure of Mexico sits by and does virtually nothing to stop this mass gender atrocity from happening.

That is a completely unacceptable state of affairs for a Mexico that is a member of the world community, and that is a signatory to international protocols that fight human trafficking and that defend women and children's human rights.

We once again call upon U.S. Ambassador at Large Luis CdeBaca, director of the Trafficking in Persons office at the State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama to stand-up and speak out with the moral authority of the United States in support of the forces of change in Mexico.

Political leaders and non governmental organizations around the world also have a responsibility to speak-up, and to let the government of President Felipe Calderón know that the fact that his ruling party (finally) supported presenting a forum on trafficking, and the holding of a few press conferences, is not enough of a policy turn-around to be convincing.

The PAN must take strong action to aggressively combat the explosive growth in human slavery in Mexico in accordance with international standards. Those at risk, and those who are today victims, await your effective response to their emergency, President Calderón.

Enacting a 'general' federal law that is enforceable in all of Mexico's states would be a good fist step to show the world that sincere and honest voices against modern day slavery do exist in Congress, and are willing to draw a line in the sand on this issue.

As for Secretary Mont, we suggest, kind sir, that you consider the age-old entrepreneurial adage, and either "lead, follow, or get out of the way" of progress.

No more delays!

There is no time to waste!

End impunity now!

- Chuck Goolsby


March 1, 2010

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Víctimas del tráfico de personas, 5 millones de mujeres y niñas en América Latina

De esa cifra, más de 500 mil casos ocurren en México, señalan especialistas.

Five million victims of Human Trafficking Exist in Latin America

Saltillo, Coahuila state - Teresa Ulloa Ziaurriz, the director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women's Latin American / Caribbean regional office, announced this past Monday that more than five million women and girls are currently victims of human trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean.

During a forum on successful treatment approaches for trafficking victims held by the Women's Institute of Coahuila, Ulloa Ziaurriz stated that 500,000 of these cases exist in Mexico, where women and girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation, pornography and the illegal harvesting of human organs.

Ulloa Ziaurriz said that human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world today, a fact that has given rise to the existence of a very large number of trafficking networks who operate with the complicity of both [corrupt] government officials and business owners.

Mexico is a country of origin, transit and also destination for trafficked persons. Of 500,000 victims in Mexico, 87% are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation.

Ulloa Ziaurriz pointed out that locally in Coahuila state, the nation's human trafficking problem shows up in the form of child prostitution in cities such as Ciudad Acuña as well as other population centers along Mexico's border with the United States.

- Notimex / La Jornada Online

Mexico City

Dec. 12, 2007

See also:

Mexico: Más de un millón de menores se prostituyen en el centro del país: especialista

Expert: More than one million minors are sexually exploited in Central Mexico

Tlaxcala city, in Tlaxcala state - Around 1.5 million people in the central region of Mexico are engaged in prostitution, and some 75% of them are between 12 and 13 years of age, reported Teresa Ulloa, director of the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean...

La Jornada de Oriente

Sep. 26, 2009

[Note: The figure of 75% of 1.5 million indicates that 1.1 million girls between the ages of 12 and 13 at any given time engage in prostitution in central Mexico alone. - LL]


Analysis of the political actions and policies of Mexico's National Action Party (PAN) in regard to their detrimental impact on women's basic human rights

A child in prostitution in Cancun, Mexico  stands next to a police car with an adult john.

About Child Sexual Slavery in Mexico

Thousands of foreign sex tourists arrive in Cancun daily from the U.S., Canada and Europe with the intention of having sex with children, according to a short documentary film by a local NGO (see below link). Police and prosecutors refuse to criminalize this activity.

This grotesque business model, that of engaging in child sex tourism, exists along Mexico's entire northern border with the U.S., along Mexico's southern border with Guatemala [and Belize], and in tourist resorts including Acapulco, Cancun and Veracruz. Thousands of U.S. men cross Mexico's border or fly to tourist resorts each day to have sex with minors.

Unfortunately, Mexico's well heeled criminal sex traffickers have exported the business model of selling children for sex to every major city as well as to many migrant farm labor camps across the U.S.

Human trafficking in the U.S. will never be controlled, despite the passage of more advanced laws and the existence of ongoing improvements to the law enforcement model, until the 500-year-old 'tradition' of sexual slavery in Mexico is brought to an end.

The most influential political factions within the federal and state governments of Mexico show little interest in ending the mass torture and rape of this innocent child population.

We must continue to pressured them to do so.

End Impunity now!

See also:

The Dark Side of Cancun - a short documentary

Produced by Mark Cameron and Monserrat Puig


About the case of Jacqueline Maria Jirón Silva

Our one page flyer about Jacqueline Maria Jirón Silva (Microsoft Word 2003)

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

See also:

Mexican Government Part of Problem, Not Solution, Writer Says

Madrid - A muckraking Mexican journalist known for exposes of pedophile rings and child prostitution said on Monday that President Felipe Calderón’s bloody campaign against Mexico’s drug cartels is “not a battle for justice and social peace.”

Lydia Cacho, who has faced death threats and judicial persecution for her writings, told a press conference in Madrid that Mexico’s justice system is “impregnated with corruption and impunity.”

Accompanied by the head of the Lydia Cacho Foundation, Spanish screenwriter Alicia Luna; and Madrid Press Association President Fernando Gonzalez Urbaneja, the author said the nearly three years since Calderón took office have seen increased “authoritarianism” and harassment of journalists and human rights advocates.

The period has also witnessed “15,000 documented killings,” Cacho said, exceeding the carnage in Colombia at the height of that country’s drug wars.

“Specialists are beginning to investigate if those 15,000 killings are linked with intentional social cleansing on the part of the Mexican state,” she said.

Calderón, she noted, “insists on saying that many of those deaths are collateral effects and that the rest are criminals who kill one another.”

“It is a war among the powerful and not a battle for justice and social peace,” she said of the military-led effort against drug cartels, which has drawn widespread criticism for human rights abuses.

Cacho also lamented “self-censorship” in the highly concentrated Mexican media, saying that many outlets color their reporting to avoid trouble with the government and other powerful interests.

A long-time newspaper columnist and crusader for women’s rights, Lydia Cacho became famous thanks to the furor over her 2005 book “Los demonios del Eden” (The Demons of Eden), which exposed wealthy pedophiles and their associates in the Mexican establishment.

In the book, she identified textile magnate Kamel Nacif as a friend and protector of accused pedophile Jean Succar Kuri, who has since been sent back to Mexico from the United States to face charges.

Nacif, whose business is based in the central state of Puebla, accused Cacho of defamation - a criminal offense - in Mexico and arranged to have her arrested for allegedly for ignoring a summons to appear in court for the case.

In February 2006, Mexican dailies published transcripts of intercepted phone conversations in which Nacif was heard conspiring with Puebla Governor Mario Marin and other state officials to have Cacho taken into custody and then assaulted behind bars.

The transcripts indicated that Nacif, known as the “denim king” for his dominance of the blue-jeans business, engineered the author’s arrest by bribing court personnel not to send her the requisite summonses.

Cacho was subsequently released on bail and the case against her was ultimately dismissed.


Nov. 24, 2009

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Special Section

Journalist / Activist

Lydia Cacho is

Railroaded by the

Legal Process for

Exposing Child Sex

Networks In Mexico

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Perils of Plan Mexico: Going Beyond Security to Strengthen U.S.-Mexico Relations

Americas Program Commentary

Mexico is the United States' closest Latin American neighbor and yet most U.S. citizens receive little reliable information about what is happening within the country. Instead, Mexico and Mexicans are often demonized in the U.S. press. The single biggest reason for this is the way that the entire binational relationship has been recast in terms of security over the past few years...

The militarization of Mexico has led to a steep increase in homicides related to the drug war. It has led to rape and abuse of women by soldiers in communities throughout the country. Human rights complaints against the armed forces have increased six-fold.

Even these stark figures do not reflect the seriousness of what is happening in Mexican society. Many abuses are not reported at all for the simple reason that there is no assurance that justice will be done. The Mexican Armed Forces are not subject to civilian justice systems, but to their own military tribunals. These very rarely terminate in convictions. Of scores of reported torture cases, for example, not a single case has been prosecuted by the army in recent years.

The situation with the police and civilian court system is not much better. Corruption is rampant due to the immense economic power of the drug cartels. Local and state police, the political system, and the justice system are so highly infiltrated and controlled by the cartels that in most cases it is impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

The militarization of Mexico has also led to what rights groups call "the criminalization of protest." Peasant and indigenous leaders have been framed under drug charges and communities harassed by the military with the pretext of the drug war. In Operation Chihuahua, one of the first military operations to replace local police forces and occupy whole towns, among the first people picked up were grassroots leaders - not on drug charges but on three-year old warrants for leading anti-NAFTA protests. Recently, grassroots organizations opposing transnational mining operations in the Sierra Madre cited a sharp increase in militarization that they link to the Merida Initiative and the NAFTA-SPP [North American Free Trade Act - Security and Prosperity Partnership] aimed at opening up natural resources to transnational investment.

All this - the human rights abuses, impunity, corruption, criminalization of the opposition - would be grave cause for concern under any conditions. What is truly incomprehens-ible is that in addition to generating these costs to Mexican society, the war on drugs doesn't work to achieve its own stated objectives...

Laura Carlsen

Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)

Nov. 23, 2009

Added: Dec. 03, 2009


The Numbers Don't Add Up in Mexico's Drug War

Drug Seizures are Down; Drug Production, Executions, Disappearances, and Human Rights Abuses are Up

Just a week before Mexican president Felipe Calderón completes half of his six-year term, [leading Mexico City newspaper] La Jornada reports that 16,500 extrajudicial executions [summary murders outside of the law] have occurred during his administration. 6,500 of those executions have occurred in 2009, according to La Jornada’s sources in Calderón’s cabinet...

While executions are on the rise, drug seizures are down, and drug production is up, Mexico is also experiencing an alarming increase in human rights abuses perpetrated by government agents - particularly the army - in Calderón’s war on drugs. As Mexican human rights organizations have noted, human rights violations committed by members of the armed forces have increased six-fold over the past two years. This statistic is based on complaints received by the Mexican government’s official National Human Rights Commission (CNDH).

No Mas Abusos (No More Abuses), a joint project of the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center, the Fundar Center for Analysis and Investigation, and Amnesty International’s Mexico Section, monitors human rights abuses committed by soldiers, police, and other government agents.

Kristin Bricker

Dec. 1, 2009

See also:

LibertadLatina News Archive - October 2009

El Paso - …Mexican human rights official Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson [has] reported 170 instances of Mexican soldiers allegedly torturing, abusing and killing innocent people in Chihuahua [state].

The Associated Press

Oct. 17,2009

See also:

LibertadLatina Commentary

According to press reports from Mexico, the Yunque secret society is the dominant faction within the ruling National Action party (PAN).

El Yunque holds the belief that all social activists, including those who advocate for improving the lives of women, indigenous people and the poor, are literally the children of Satan. They take aggressive political action consistent with those beliefs.

During the 1960s, El Yunque perpetrated political assassi-nations and murders targeting their opponents. Although today they profess to adhere to the political process to affect change, it is not a stretch, given their violent history, to conclude that Lydia Cacho's concern, that the federal government of Mexico may be engaging in 'social cleansing through "extrajudicial killings" (which is just a fancy way to say state sanctioned murder of your opponents), may be valid. Cacho is a credible first hand witness to the acts of impunity which government officials use at-times to control free and independent thinking in Mexico. 

We have documented the steady deterioration  of human rights for women in Mexico for several years. Mexico is one of the very hottest spots for the gender rights crisis in the Americas.

The systematic use by military personnel of rape with total impunity, targeting especially indigenous women and girls, is one example of the harshness of  these conditions. The case of the sexual assaults carried out by dozens of policemen against women social protesters in the city of Atenco, Mexico in 2006 is another stark case.

The Mérida Initiative, through which the U.S. Government is funding Mexico's drug war to the tune of $450 million over several years, is financing not only that war, but it is also, apparently, strengthening the authoritarian rule of the El Yunque dominated PAN political party.

El Yunque, which has been identified as being an anti- women's rights, anti-indigenous rights,  anti-Semitic, anti-protestant and anti-gay 'shadow government' in Mexico, does not deserve even one dollar of U.S. funding.

Defeat the drug cartels?


Provide funding for El Yunque's quest to build empire in Mexico while rolling-back women and indigenous people's basic human rights?


Chuck Goolsby


Dec. 4, 2009

About El Yunque

The National Organization of the Anvil, or simply El Yunque (The Anvil), is the name of a secret society... whose purpose, according to the reporter Alvaro Delgado, "is to defend the [ultra-conservative elements of the] Catholic religion and fight the forces of Satan, whether through violence or murder "and establish" the kingdom of God in the land that is subject to the Mexican Government, to the mandates of the Catholic Church, through the infiltration of all its members at the highest levels of political power.

Wealthy business-men and politicians (mostly from the [ruling] National Action Party) have been named as alleged founders and members of The Anvil.

About El Yunque on Wikipedia.com

¡Feliz Día Internacional

de la Mujer!

Happy International Women's Day!

LibertadLatina Statement for International


Day, 2010

March 8 / Marzo 8


¡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!

Chuck Goolsby


March 8, 2008


Raids and Rescue Versus...?

Read our special section on the human rights advocacy conflict that exists between the goals of the defense of undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation on the one hand, and the urgent need to protect Latina sex trafficking victims through law enforcement action...

...As the global economic crisis throws more women and children into severe poverty, and as ruthless trafficking gangs and mafias seek to increase their profits by kidnapping, raping, prostituting and murdering more women and girls (especially non-citizen migrants passing through Mexico to the U.S.), the level of sex trafficking activity will increase dramatically. 

Society must respond and protect those who are at risk...

- Chuck Goolsby


Dec. 18, 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


See: The National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women

And: La Alianza Latina Nacional para Erradicar la Violencia Doméstica.

The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence

Added June 15, 2008

Ending Global Slavery: Everyday Heroes Leading the Way

Humanity United and Change-makers, a project of Ashoka International,  are conducting a global online competition to identify innovative approaches to exposing, confronting and ending modern-day human slavery.

View the over 200 entries from 45 nations

See especially:

Teresa Ulloa: Agarra la Onda Chavo", Masculini-dad, Iniciación Sexual y Consumo de la Prostitución ('Get It Together Young Man: Masculinity, Sexual Initiation and Consumption of Prostitution).

Equidad Laboral Y La Mujer Afro-Colombiana

(Labor Equality and the Afro-Colombian Woman)

Alianza Por Tus Derechos, Costa Rica: Our borders: say no to traffick-ing of persons, specially children

(APTD's news feed is a major source of Spanish language news articles translated and posted on LibertadLatina).

Prevención de la migración temprana y fortalecimiento de los lazos familiares en apoyo a las Trabajadoras del Hogar en Ayacucho

(Preventing early migration and re-enforcing families)... serving women in Quechua and Spanish in largely Indigenous Ayacucho, Peru.

LibertadLatina.org contributor Carla Conde - Freuden-dorff, on her work assisting Dominican women trafficked to Argentina


Our entry:

A Web-based Anti-Trafficking Information Portal in Defense of Indigenous, Afro-Descend-ent & Latina Women in the Americas

We present our history, plans for the future, and an essay discussing the current state of the anti-traffick-ing and anti-exploitation movements in the context of Indigenous, African Desc-endent and Latina women and children's rights in the Americas.

(Our extended copy of our Ashoka competition application)

Contribute your comments and questions about competition entries.

- Chuck Goolsby


June 15/21/22, 2008

See also:

Added June 15, 2008

The World

Entrepreneur for Society

Bill Drayton discusses the founding of Ashoka... "Our job is not to give people fish, it's not to teach them how to fish, it's to build new and better fishing industries."

- Ashoka Foundation

See also:

Ashoka Peru


A woman is paraded before Johns on Mexico City's Santo Tomás Street, where kidnap victims are forced into prostitution and are 'trained'

(C) NY Times

The Girls Next Door

The New York Times' ground-breaking story on child and youth sex trafficking from Mexico into the United States


[About Montserrat, a former child trafficking victim:]

Her cell of sex traffickers offered three age ranges of sex partners -- toddler to age 4, 5 to 12 and teens -- as well as what she called a ''damage group.'' ''In the damage group they can hit you or do anything they wanted...''

- Peter Landesman

New York Times Magazine

January 25, 2004

Added March 23, 2008










Un millón de menores latinoamericanos atrapados por redes de prostitución

Former Special Prosecutor for Violent Crimes Against Women - Alicia Elena Perez Duarte:

At least one million children across Latin America have been entrapped by child prostitution and pornography networks.

[In many cases in Mexico] these child victims are offered to [wealthy] businessmen and politicians.

Full story (in English)

See also:

Renuncia fiscal por vergüenza en resolución sobre Cacho

On December 14, 2007 Alicia Pérez-Duarte resigned as Mexico's Special Prosecutor for Violent Crimes Against Women [Fevim].  Duarte:

"I cannot work... where the justices of the Supreme Court won't bring justice in cases of grave violations of human rights."

Added March 1, 2008

Texas, USA

Kristal Minjarez - age 13, Armida Garcia - 15, and Brenda Salazar - 20... all raped and murdered by Andy James Ortiz

To Catch a Killer is the true story of Andy James Ortiz, his young victims, and the Fort Worth police and Tarrant County prosecutors who brought him to justice. The 24 chapter series ran in February and March of 2008.

Tengo 5 meses de edad y soy prostituta

I am 5 months old and I am a prostitute


Read our new section on the prostitution of infants by trafficking gangs across Latin America

Last Updated:

Nov. 27, 2008

About Baby Trafficking and [undocumented] Adoptions, and the connection to impunity and anti-Mayan racism in Guatemala

Hurricane Wilma - 2005

Earthquakes and hurricanes...

The impact of natural disasters on women and children's human rights in the Americas


Roundtable on Trafficking of Women and Children in the Americas

- Organization of American States

United States

More than 163,000 Hispanic children... are reported missing and exploited in the United States every year.

- National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

March 22, 2006

Latin America

Beyond Machismo - A Cuban Case Study

"I am a recovering macho, a product of an oppressive society, a society where gender, race and class domination do not exist in isolated compart-ments, nor are they neatly relegated to uniform categories of repression. They are created in the space where they interact and conflict with each other, a space I will call machismo."

- Cuban-American

theologian and ethicist

Dr. Miguel de la Torre

Remember, and FIND Jackeline Jirón Silva

Necesitamos su ayuda para ubicar a esta Niña.

Added Dec. 11, 2006

The World

Sex abuse, work and war deny childhood to tens

of millions

...An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year for labor or sex, and about 1 million children are thought to be exploited in the multi-billion dollar sex industry, UNICEF says.

- Reuters

Dec. 9, 2006

Added Nov. 7, 2006

The World

People trafficking ...is... big business, bringing in US $32 billion annually, worldwide. This makes people trafficking the most lucrative crime after drug trafficking.

- Inter-American

Development Bank
 Nov. 2,2006

"Familia" by Salvadoran
artist Zelie Lardé. (1901-1974)

Who will protect them from impunity?

We Must!

We work for all of the children and women who await our

society's effective and substantial help to escape criminal

sexual exploitation's utter brutality and impunity!

End Impunity... Now!

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