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Latina, Indigenous & African Women &
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Since March, 2001
2011 DC Stop Human
Slavery Walk and
On Saturday, October
22, 2011, thousands
will unite for the
2011 DC Stop Modern
Slavery Walk on the
National Mall to
rights, raise public
and raise funds for
to end the practice.
The event includes a
5K walk around the
live music and
of trafficking. Last
attracted over 2,000
walkers and raised
2010 march and
provided the only
among those of 30 or
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of the human
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to see that vetern
legal services NGO
Ayuda, Inc. is a
co-sponsor of this
For those who can
attend, We look
forward to meeting
Supporters for Walk
to Stop Modern
Ayuda, Inc., a
provider of legal
immigrants in the
is looking for
participate in the
2011 DC Stop Modern
Slavery Walk taking
place on October 22
at the National
Ayuda will cosponsor
the event, which
will include a
5–kilometer walk, an
resource fair, guest
speakers, and live
Human trafficking is
an issue that Ayuda
Through legal and
social services, the
helped hundreds of
men, women, and
children who have
been enslaved in the
Those wanting to
participate can do
so by either joining
Team Ayuda on the
walk (the team will
have at least 25
walkers) or making a
Ayuda will receive
80 percent of all
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Honest Discussion Regarding an Urgent Social Issue
national debate on immigration raging across the United States has
raised questions that everyone should feel concerned about. One
important question is this: How does rapidly-increasing immigration
impact U.S. society?
Strangely quiet in
the debate until recently have been the voices of the African American
community. As a man of Afro-Native American ethnicity, who has
devoted much of the last 25 years to assisting the Latin American
immigrant community to defend its basic human rights in the Washington,
DC region, I will add my observations about how Latin American
immigration affects African Americans, and how African Americans
interact with the Latin community.
addresses racism from both communities, issues of crime, and the need to
bring both the growing conflict, and the growing efforts at
collaboration between the two communities into the open for an honest
When mainstream pundits discuss
issues of immigration in TV, radio and print news media, the impact of
today’s massive wave of immigration (now 4 million persons per year,
with 3 million of those being undocumented) on the African American
community is rarely talked about. As Black leaders begin to
emerge, taking a wide range of stands on this issue, I wish to add my 25
years of human rights advocacy experience in the Latin American
communities of the Washington, DC region, and my knowledge of racial
dynamics across Latin America, to the debate. The time is right to
open an honest discussion about how all who live within the United
States and the Americas can work to resolve the migration crisis in a
way that does not trample on anyone’s human rights.
I am, first and
foremost, a never-ending friend and member of the African American,
Native American and Latino communities in the United States. I
grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the 1960s and Montgomery
County, Maryland during the 1970s. While much of the U.S. was
still living in racial segregation, my Cambridge neighborhood was a mix
of African American, Haitian, Barbadian, Irish, Italian, Portuguese,
Cape Verdean, Jewish and Anglo Americans. We all played together
and we all went to school together. Our community was so
ethnically diverse that when children fought and insulted each other
(playfully), instead of using traditional insults, we would say ‘your
At the age of 22,
in 1978, I was introduced to the Latin American community of Washington,
DC by my interest in learning African traditional drumming. That
introduction has lead me to 28 years of close interaction with the many
cultures, and the politics of the Latino immigrant community. The
Latino community’s friendliness and their relative lack of racial
prejudice, which I first saw in my early 20s, allowed me to grow and
flourish as a person for the first time in my life.
I can honestly say
that, after growing up in environments where Black kids sometimes beat
me up for being too light-skinned, and Irish kids at my local magnet
school (who came from a far-away Irish ghetto) routinely beat me up, the
lack of race consciousness in the Latino community was spiritually
refreshing. Latino willingness to celebrate African and Native
cultures was eye-opening.
I have lived with
families from several Latin countries. I have been present when an
immigration raid took away a Mexican family. I have interceded to
prevent attempted rapes, and to save the life of a Salvadoran housemate
whose drunken husband beat her face into a completely dark purple mass
Although my first
perceptions were that race relations were better among Latin American
immigrants, I have, over the past 25 years, seen that that is how things
appear on the surface. I have also seen the extreme sexism
(machismo) that drives many Latino men to dominate women and girl
children’s lives with acts of physical, psychological and sexual
violence. I have dedicated myself to acting to end these problems
through human rights advocacy and personal action. My web site,
presents the Internet’s largest collection of factual analysis and news
articles about the rapidly escalating crisis of ‘mass-gender-violence’
that women and girl children face all across Latin America, and within
immigrant communities in every U.S. city, town and rural labor camp.
Like my Afro-Native
American ancestors from Georgia and South Carolina (where Hernando
DeSoto visited in 1540), my roots in multiple cultures allow me to
speak, and hopefully negotiate between the parties when there is
conflict. Our cultures need to deal with these social issues with
honesty and compassion.
of the Problem
To state the
problem clearly, today's rapidly-growing and unending stream of
immigration is causing many negative impacts in the U.S. in general, and
in the African American community in particular. These effects have
included increased competition for jobs and an inability to secure equal
access to educational and social services resources that have taken
decades for African Americans to negotiate from the larger society.
countries are places where, because of corruption, money is not invested
to provide for the well-being of each nation’s population. There
is no such thing as welfare, social security retirement, or food stamps
anywhere in Latin America. If you are poor, elderly or infirm, you
just may die if you or your family members don’t migrate to a better
place to live. Latin America’s nations have gladly allowed the
U.S. to become the welfare office for their poor citizens.
Although the Latin
American immigrant community understandably seeks work opportunities and
freedom from poverty, repression and impunity across Latin America, U.S.
society cannot displace its African American, White and other citizens
(each group has up-to 500 years of roots in the U.S.), because wealthy
corporations and uncaring lawmakers find it convenient to allow that
injustice to occur. Citizens can’t be marginalized because
migrants will work for less.
An argument is
often made by pro-immigration advocates who say that, “Latino immigrants
take jobs that nobody else wants.” That is only partially true.
It would be hard to make the argument that the 50% undocumented labor
presence in the construction trades, at depressed wages, is not hurting
working citizens. Many unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled blue
collar workers have in-fact lost their jobs.
pro-immigrant rights community justifiably demands an end to anti-Latino
racism in the U.S., little if anything is ever said within the Latin
American immigrant community, or in their public debates in the press,
in regard to that community's own racial prejudices against African
Americans. Those sometimes-hostile sentiments affect the way in
which the two communities interact, and make many recent immigrants act
without remorse to actively seek to replace African Americans and other
U.S. workers in the unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled labor force.
As recent immigrants without a sure footing in U.S. society, many
newcomers are not averse to pushing native-born U.S. citizen competitors
out of the way to assure that their particular group is ‘taken care of.’
As a long-time
advocate for the human rights of women, children and people of color
throughout the Americas, and especially in regard to Latin America, I
seek an open and honest debate about these very real, but often hidden
issues. I hope to contribute to resolving these conflicts between
two related communities who actually have much more in common than they
Expressions of Anti-African American Racism in the Latin American
Many Latin American
immigrants and institutions express anti-African American racism in a
variety of ways in daily life. These currents of racial prejudice
exist all across Latin America against African descendants. Such
attitudes, and negative actions related to those views, have migrated
en-mass into the United States.
Citizens from Latin
American countries with very small African descendant communities often
have the most arrogant and racist views of African Americans.
These realities show their ugly heads in the mass media, in educational
settings, and in the form of blatant acts of open discrimination that
are perpetrated against African Americans by certain arrogant Latin
American immigrants who have hiring and firing authority in the U.S.
We can start with
an examination of the mainstream Mexican-owned media in the U.S.
Afro-Latino activists have complained for years that almost NO
Afro-Latino and certainly NO Indigenous men, women or children are ever
represented on the two major TV networks, Univision and NBC subsidiary
Telemundo. Telemundo has changed ...a little... because a U.S.
company like NBC has, we hope, institutionalized strong
anti-discrimination policies. A Mexican-based network such as
Univision likely has no such self-motivated obligation. I have
been in contact with Afro-Latino activists for many years who have
rallied to demand changes in this racial exclusion to little or no
In another stark
example, the Mexican / Mexican American lead ‘Aztlan’ movement
based in Los Angeles and the Southwest has a vision of literally
re-taking control of that region, and kicking out all Anglos and
African-Americans, with the aim of re-uniting with Mexico. They
declare: "para la Raza, todo, para los demas, nada" (for our
race, everything, for everyone else, nothing).
As an Afro-Native
American, I can certainly say that a huge Native American claim exists
for the Southwest that pre-dates any Mexican claim. Any re-taking
of the Southwest by Mexico would be... unacceptable for a number of
Within some parts
of Latin American and Latino immigrant culture, there are strong strains
of solidarity with the African-American community. Certainly the
Afro-centric cultures of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba
reflect that view. Racism also exists in those nations.
(Thousands of darker-skinned Haitian children, for example, are sold as
slaves in the Dominican Republic.)
There is also a
grotesque kissing-up to prejudiced currents in U.S. society that says:
"let me take the job from that lazy Black man." African Americans
are not lazy, but more than a few Latino immigrants are willing to
exploit racism by providing themselves as an alternative to the hiring
of African American workers.
(As a computer
professional for over 22 years, I see this discrimination in the
consulting market too, but it is the Indian immigrant who happily offers
to U.S. citizen managers the opportunity to replace Blacks in the
workplace. I have personally been pushed out of eight contract
software professional positions by angry, hostile and arrogant immigrant
software managers and co-workers from the country of India. As
many women as men have perpetrated these acts of impunity, which are
'normal' behaviors for them. Some Indian immigrants also target
Latino workers (especially women) for abuse in the U.S. workplace.
The elite Brahman disdain-for and mistreatment-of Hindu ‘‘untouchables’
has been transposed to justify mistreatment of both Black and Latino
workers in the U.S.)
The Impact of
Ever-Increasing Immigration on Current Conflicts Between Our Communities
Whatever acts of
racial prejudice are carried out by immigrants from across the world in
the United States, the expected massive increases in the rates of
immigration into the U.S. (66 to 100 million during the next 20
years, according to current estimates by the conservative think-tank The
Heritage Foundation) will increase the intensity of these social
In 1950, Latin
America's population was 166 million. Now in 2006, its population
is 530 million. In 2050, its population is predicted to grow to
800 million. In the next 45 years, more people will be added to
the population of Latin America than the total number of all of the
persons alive in the U.S. today - 300 million.
come to the U.S., yet pro-immigration activists advocate for the freedom
to just that. At what point will Latin America's individuals and
political and religious institutions take responsibility for controlling
Latin America's rapidly exploding birth rate? Are persons in the
United States responsible for footing the bill for that high
birth rate? Is the African American community, recently emerging
from centuries of impoverishment itself, going to be responsible for
bearing the burden of that overpopulation without having a say in the
American immigration has also caused stiff competition for access to
labor markets among Latin American nationalities. A Catholic
social service center administrator from Maryland told me in the late
1990s that Colombian friends in New York City had reported that recent
Mexican immigrants to New York were offering to work in local garment
factories for $.60 cents per hour, motivated by the desire to gain
market share by pushing out the Colombians. Here in Maryland, a
major fast food franchise owner, with restaurant assets in the tens of
millions, routinely skims 5 to 7 hours of minimum wage labor hours from
poor undocumented Latino workers when one of their stores doesn’t meet
weekly budget goals. These illegal practices occur across the
employed in service sector and factory employment pay much of the price
for these misdeeds through unemployment. We cannot be competitive
at what are literally slave wages offered by otherwise
'respectable' U.S. companies who have no qualms about breaking the law.
The U.S. government rarely enforces any of the laws that would apply in
these cases of blatant labor exploitation, even when they know about
The U.S. also has
some historical responsibility for the massive levels of poverty found
in Latin America today.
For example, the
United Fruit Company in the early 1900s paid off the dictator of
Guatemala to send his troops into the lowland, fertile agricultural
areas of the nations and force the then self-sufficient peasants off of
their own land. After that was accomplished, United Fruit owned
all the profitable land, and even the nation's railroad. In 1954
United Fruit and the U.S. CIA conspired to overthrow the democratically
elected president, Jacobo Arbenz, because he advocated giving some of
United Fruit's land back to the peasants.
That coup-d'etat was followed by decades of dictatorship, and a
genocidal civil war that lead to the deaths of over 200,000 innocent
Mayan indigenous civilians in the 1980s. Most women and girls in
the conflict were raped by government forces. Nobody ever went to
jail for these crimes against humanity. The long-term legacy of
that criminal impunity shows up today in the form of the murders of 600
women per year (most of them raped and tortured); with very little in
the way of police action to stop a violent crime wave that is now called
were stunted in their economic and social development during 'dirty wars
in the 1970s and 80s, as dictators (often with U.S. corporate and
government support) used long-standing traditions of corruption,
violence and criminal impunity to exploit and impoverish their nation's
disenfranchised populations (while they claimed to be fighting against
citizens did not own United Fruit Company. Yet the political and
economic powers-that-be now favor unlimited immigration, knowing that
the most negative impacts will be felt within Black and other working
Those who have no
problem with authorizing a high rate of immigration into the U.S. also
apparently have little-to-no concern about immigration’s human impact.
Some leaders in the
Latin American immigrant community are also aware of these social
dynamics, and actively market immigrants as "replacements" for African
Americans in social and labor niches across U.S. society. For
those community leaders who promote these divisions, the growing public
opposition to uncontrolled, continuing migration into the U.S. comes as
a surprise, because it goes against their perceptions that playing to
the 'race card' was a successful strategy that sold Latin American
immigrants as the "non-Black alternative."
Little is said in
the immigration debate about the fact that the U.S. has left the
Black-White conflict and the national legacy of racial prejudice largely
unresolved, despite the existence of anti-discrimination laws on the
laws that immigrants benefit-from today were actually designed to
resolve issues of race prejudice against African Americans, dating from
500 years ago. When recent immigrants jump ahead into the line
(‘not respecting the line’ is a cultural practice common across Latin
America), Black Americans are left scratching their heads in wondering
what, if any discrimination a very recent immigrant has ever suffered,
and why is that person eligible for receiving a benefit that was
designed to correct long-standing issues of racial exclusion perpetrated
by the larger society against African American citizens.
immigrants are treated with relative equality in a variety of social and
workplace environments where African Americans still face overt
hostility, it is not a happy sight to watch. I see that dynamic
happen every day of my life.
It is unethical for
immigrants to exploit that social reality for their own ends, knowing
that African Americans will, as a result, be even further marginalized.
Racism Toward People of African Ancestry Committed by Latin Americans
and Members of the Latin American Immigrant Community
I have heard many
dozens of racist and hateful comments from Latino immigrants in regard
to African Americans during the past 25 years. Some of those
attitudes are driven by a desire to kiss-up to perceptions that
going-along with racism in U.S. society will ingratiate them with some
The below examples
are all anecdotal, but very real, true experiences that myself and
people around me have experienced. Certain nationalities deserve
special attention in regard to their cultural biases against people of
Latin American societies have a strong, anti-Black racist streak.
Colombia’s wealthy elite have particular problems in dealing with race.
One TV show in
Colombia was censured by an international human rights organization
because it was so overtly and hatefully anti-Black.
A family friend
from Bogotá, who counts three medical doctors among her children, told
me during her time living with us, about the dynamics of racism among
Bogotá's white elites (known as arribistas or the 'upper-crust').
One of her sons is in medical practice in Colombia with a partner who is
Afro-Colombian. Apparently, NO Afro-Colombian person is allowed
to attend any medical school in that nation. This
Afro-Colombian physician had to go to Cuba to get his medical education.
Our friend also
told me that NO Afro-Colombian is ever allowed to receive officer
training in the Colombian Navy. Yet the United States Government,
using tax dollars from Black, White and other citizens, provides
billions of dollars in aid to a society that openly discriminates
against Afro-Colombians in all walks of life.
Fifteen years ago,
when I worked a part-time job in my local public library, a Colombian
woman from Medellin engaged on a regular basis in treating African
Americans with hostility. White library users were treated with
My next door
neighbor, his wife and his adult son are all Colombian immigrants.
They are very big about flying the U.S. flag on holidays. The son,
who is about 30 now, never said one word to me, despite my repeated
polite attempts to engage him in conversation. Three days after
9-11-2001, he was walking from his car to his entrance and called me the
“N” word under his breath. The next day I told him that if I ever
heard that from him again, he would find out who I am.
immigrant who lives across the street from me (nationality unknown)
responded to my effort to say hello to him with a cold, racist stare.
other Latino neighbors are completely friendly.
almost-brother-in-law, the son of an Afro-Haitian diplomat who was very
dark-skinned (and who went on to run all Haitian government computer
services after getting his advanced education in Washington, DC), told
me that his time living in Chile, during his father's tour of duty at
their embassy, was the worst time of his life. The anti-Black
racism of Chileans was overt and aggressive. Other Chileans have
told me openly of the racism that they traditionally grew up with in
When a Black jury
in a federal criminal case in Washington, DC awarded damages to families
of the victims of a Chilean government ordered car bomb that killed
former Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier on the city's Embassy Row
(Massachusetts Avenue), the president (dictator) of Chile, General
Agosto Pinochet, openly made remarks that he would comply with a
decision by a bunch of Blacks in Washington. (The U.S.
government later seized a Chilean commercial airliner as payment for
A Black coworker
who grew up in Costa Rica told me that the racism there was pure hell.
When he married a mestiza (mixed Native and Spanish) woman from
Honduras, his wife’s family did not accept him, because he was Black.
On Latin American
popular TV talk shows such as Univision Network’s The Cristina Show,
seen by more viewers than The Oprah Show, I have personally observed
Miami’s majority white Cuban community make racist jokes without shame.
Since seeing this spectacle on TV during the late 1990s, I have never
again watched another segment of Cristina Saralegui's otherwise great
One of my aunts,
who is a New York professional woman of dark complexion, traveled to
Miami several years ago. She reported to me that she and other
African-Americans, waiting in line to buy items at a retail store, were
not attended to by the store's White Cuban clerks. The same clerks
did wait on White Latino customers. My aunt turned to the local
African American persons in line and said "How can you stand to live
like this!" My own theory is that the racist culture of the 1950s
and 1960s U.S. South, into which the Cubans fleeing Fidel Castro came,
was compatible with Cuban concepts of machismo and racial
As a musician who
has performed professionally over 600 times with 27 Latin American
performing groups in the Washington, DC region, I can recall that the
first group I played with, (La Orquesta de) Tulio Arias, a white Cuban
immigrant band leader and one of my many mentors, would, unknown to me
at the time, sometimes not call me to perform because they were
performing (during the 1980s) at whites-only, racially segregated Elks
Club events in nearby Virginia.
It must also be
recalled that one of Fidel Castro's first acts after taking control of
Cuba in 1958 was to repeal the previous, Batista-era ban on allowing
Black Cubans (who are 60% of the population) to use the nation's public
See the writings of
Dr. Carlos Moore, and Dr. Miguel de la Torre (Black and White Cuban
scholars, respectively), for additional information on the racial
dynamics of Cuba and how racism and sexism mix in the ‘code’ of
A former girlfriend
from the Dominican Republic, a largely Black country, told me about how
only people of color with “good (non-curly) hair” were allowed to be
admitted to her local Catholic school 30 years ago.
During 2001 I
worked in the Boston, Massachusetts area, where I am from. Large
numbers of Latin American residents live in the area. Many,
including Ecuadorian friends of mine, have great friendships with
During a lunchtime
visit to a Burger King in the city of Framingham, Massachusetts, I was
waiting in line to order. An Ecuadorian man in his 30s was talking
to two women co-workers, one of whom was his manager. He began to
look at me, and, assuming that I did not speak Spanish, he said, “I can
see it now, I would just like to piss all over him (he said this in a
derogatory, not a sexual context). His manager tried to warn him
that he should shut up, mostly because she could sense that I was in
fact bilingual. I spoke to this arrogant creep with a lot more
respect that he had shown to me with his racist banter.
A documentary about
life in the Pacific Coast region of Ecuador, which has a large
population of African peoples who still live a traditional African
lifestyle, included several interviews with villagers. One
villager interviewed indicated that White Ecuadorians only gave up using
leather whips on Black people in 1960.
uttered a racist statement during 2005, saying that “Mexican immigrants
take jobs that not even Blacks want.” That declaration was highly
offensive to the African American community.
President Fox added
fuel to the fire by praising the Mexican federal postal service’s
efforts to print a series of stamps of a 1940’s racist stereotype of
Africans called “Memin Pinguin.” Although the issue received a lot of
mainstream U.S. press coverage, almost no coverage was given
to statements by leaders of Mexico’s southwest coastal (Acapulco) region
Afro-Mexican community, who declared that, contrary to President Fox's
public assertions, anti-Black racism was alive and well in Mexico.
The community’s view was that, indeed, Memim Pinguin was a racially
offensive stereotype for Afro-Mexicans.
exploited the issue of the printing of this racially objectionable
postal stamp to needle the U.S. for reacting so strongly to his “not
even Blacks” statement. Now, he gripes about U.S. prejudice
against Mexican immigrants (a valid complaint, but quite hypocritical).
During the 1990s
mainstream press articles circulated a story that police in Acapulco
actively chased Afro-Mexicans away from local tourism beaches.
During 2005, I took
my family to buy Mexican breads and pastries in Baltimore’s Latino
community. As we sat in my car sampling what we had just bought,
Mexican guys stood on the street, starting at me, grabbing their
crotches in a typical gang stance, and generally letting me know that I,
as a Black man, was “in their turf, and I should therefore leave.”
Having been married
to a Latina immigrant woman from northern South America for 22 years, I
have also seen these racist attitudes among my own in-laws. Other
Latina friends married or in relationships with African Americans have
faced the same issues of racial hostility from their in-laws.
There is a
widespread concept in Latino communities, especially from South and
Central America, of “mejorando la raza” (improving one’s race).
This ignorant and racist concept dictates that Latin Americans should
always find someone lighter in skin tone than themselves (if they are
not White already)… to marry. That means that if you are of
African or Indigenous ancestry, and if you have been brought up to
believe in this garbage, you actively try to marry someone lighter
skinned, and more European-looking than yourself. My Mother-in-Law
used to be fond of making comments such as, “my granddaughter has gotten
worse” – meaning that her skin had gotten darker during the Summer.
My family and I
have traveled frequently in the past to Bergen, New Jersey, a huge
Latino community just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, New York.
We can find dozens of restaurants from my wife’s home country, and the
food is good. As I walked around Bergen, I got the ‘vibe’ from
some Latinos, and also from a white American policemen, that, I, as an
African American, should not be in that neighborhood and I should
therefore leave. During one trip, a group of Latino youth in their
teens actually insulted me and told me not to come back.
During a trip to
Orlando, Florida in 2000, I experienced a number of hostile acts from
Latinos. One young man, eating near us in a family style
restaurant, suggested to his mother and other relatives (speaking in
Spanish), that I should perform fellatio on him. My wife had to
detain me from ‘verbally’ responding!
During a recent
working trip to Oakland, California, I stood at a bus stop where a group
of 15 Latino guys were standing around drinking strong coffee, talking
about Christianity and waiting to go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
One of them yelled out to me, “Get out of here!”
Christmastime in 2004 I went with friends to a Salvadoran restaurant.
The cooks could see that I was present. I was the only non-Latino
in the restaurant, and the only person of African descent. The
cooks, showing some visible discomfort delayed serving my order for half
an hour beyond what anyone else in the restaurant experienced. (In
1996 I went through a similar experience of ‘illegal denial of food
service’ at a predominantly White Denny’s restaurant.)
people of African, and (even worse) against persons of indigenous
ancestry is pandemic across Latin America. It is unacceptable that
these attitudes, and the many acts of impunity and gender, social and
labor discrimination that are associated with them, continue to be
allowed to flourish in U.S. society without an open and emphatic demand
that those practices change and end. This impunity often
hides behind a language barrier, making the acts of discrimination and
crime almost invisible to the public, the press and the courts.
acceptable. Converting the U.S. into a mirror image of the
racially hostile and sexist environment that exists in most of Latin
America is... unacceptable. The fact that most Latin
Americans deny that racial prejudice is a problem raises concerns from
experts in the field such as Dr. Carlos Moore, an Afro-Cuban scholar.
Increased immigration from Latin America is a potential source of
increased racial conflict largely because of their denial of the issue.
I agree. Racism is a
Trojan Horse that will migrate to the U.S. en-mass over time.
between the African American and Latin American communities
In some communities
in the United States, African Americans have received new immigrants
with hostility and violence. Here are a few examples that I have
A former girlfriend, who’s Honduran family bought a row house in a
lower working class community in Washington, DC, had every member of
their household (about 8 adults) robbed and/or beaten by local
As a former worker in the local Latin American Youth Center, also in
Washington, DC, I used to see, 27 years ago, African American middle
school boys openly throw empty glass bottles across a street at
Latina high school girls after the local schools let out. This
I was once playing Afro-Cuban drumming (rumba) on the Latino
community’s main drag (Colombia Road) in DC, and saw an older Black
teen walk by a Central American immigrant at about 8 PM on a busy
street, and punch him in the face for no reason, knocking him out
In another incident, my own Latina step-daughter was chased around
for several hours at 2 AM in a well-off suburban community by a
car-load of young Black men bent on doing no-good (obviously intent
A young Salvadoran woman I worked with witnessed the kidnapping from
a bus stop (at night) of another young Latina, by three Black men.
The victim was later found raped and murdered. The Salvadoran
woman and her husband, both witnesses to the kidnapping, refused to
testify for fear of their lives.
A Salvadoran man I know was shot four times by a young
African-American man, although his wounds were slight from the .22
caliber handgun. Before that incident I used to hear his
father talk about carrying around a handgun while he lived in that
Washington, DC neighborhood. I no longer consider him to be a
racist for carrying a gun in Columbia Heights.
A Latino community center director serving pre-teen and teenage
girls of all races, but mostly Latinas, wrote me a letter in 1999
explaining how Latino gangs were raping local girls, from the age of
9 up, in Washington, DC’s poor Latino neighborhoods, with impunity.
Latino gang members would then intimidate family members with
violence if they reported the rapes to police. This advocate
for girls was especially incensed that the Metropolitan Police
Department and the public school system (majority African American
institutions) showed a complete lack of interest in helping these
victims. This activist later helped to form a local task force
to assist girls of all races with preventing and responding to this
In the city of Langley Park, the largest Latino community in
Maryland, a Peruvian friend once witnessed a minor auto accident in
a parking lot, between a Latino driver and an African American
driver. According to my friend, the African American driver
was at fault. Upon calling a police officer to the scene, the
officer heard only the African American driver’s account of the
problem, because the Latino driver did not speak English. The
Latino driver was arrested by the police officer.
The same Peruvian friend went to a gas station in Langley Park, MD
at night, and paid for his gas through the cashier’s window with a
$50 dollar bill. Instead of giving my friend his $40.00 in
change, the African, or African American attendant passed a ten
dollar bill back through the window, and dared my friend to do
anything about it.
Also in Langley Park, a Salvadoran woman, who I had done workplace
discrimination advocacy work for, told me an interesting story.
She said that on her street, she witnessed a Latino man being
stopped by two Black police officers for having expired 30 day tags
on his car. The Latino driver explained to the officers that
the permanent license tags had not been mailed to him yet. A
number of Latino drug dealers were standing on the street nearby,
and began to throw rocks at the two police officers, who hid behind
their car doors to avoid being hit. According to the witness,
the officers, being extremely angry at that point, decided to take
revenge by arresting the driver they had stopped. This driver
filed a civil suit, but neither the witness I talked to, nor any
other Latino witness on that street was willing to come forward,
because of fear of deportation.
In Washington, DC, a Salvadoran friend who is a lay pastor at his
Evangelical church (a former co-worker) told me about how both he
and his brother were held up at gunpoint by young African American
The same lay pastor told me that he witnessed a traffic accident in
Washington, DC, where an African American man was at fault and a
Latino driver’s car was hit. The policeman who arrived on the
scene was not bilingual, and proceeded to cite the Latino driver for
a traffic violation.
The same lay pastor told me that a member of his church who is
Latino had his apartment trashed and property destroyed because
police had the wrong address for a drug raid. An officer told
him not to report the event, or the police “could” plant drugs in
his apartment. He kept his mouth shut.
My wife’s car was rear-ended by an immigrant woman from India (who
later wiggled out of any liability for the accident by lying).
Upon calling a young African-American woman agent at Nationwide
Insurance several times, the agent treated my wife (who is Latina)
with disrespect. The agent returned no phone calls to my wife
until a White American male relative left a message for the agent.
THEN the agent called back.
American immigrants who go through these types of experiences do not
have a positive view of African Americans. Many Latino immigrants
have also suffered similar treatment from White Americans. Latino
on Latino crime is also a very large problem.
During the early 1980s, when my wife and I were dating, a White
American man got out of a car and attempted to grab her and force
her into his car. This act of attempted kidnapping and rape
followed a pattern that had been seen elsewhere in the region.
Because she was undocumented at the time, we did not report this
event to police.
When my stepson came to Maryland from South America in the mid
1980’s, a carload of White teenagers stopped near a bus stop where
he and my wife were waiting for a bus. They were aggressively
and other violent criminals from all races actively target Latin
American immigrants because their undocumented status will ‘keep them
Crime in the Latin
American immigrant community is also severe. Gang violence and
sexist impunity have created hundreds of thousands of cases or rape,
child rape and sexual demands targeting poor Latina and other women in
the modern U.S. workplace. Latino immigrant communities also drive
much of the demand for women and children kidnapped in Latin America and
forced to be prostitutes in every city, town and migrant labor camp in
the U.S. A cultural code of silence within the Latin American
community that prevents reporting crime, and a fear of deportation aid
and abet the actions of the huge criminal element that today subjects
Latin Americans and Latin American immigrants in the U.S. to terror.
My web site,
www.LibertadLatina.org, is devoted
to documenting these harsh but very real issues. The cases are too
numerous to describe here. Suffice it to say that I have more than
1,200 factual documents describing the incredibly high rate of sexual
harassment, rape, forced prostitution and kidnapping into sex
trafficking that Latin American and Indigenous women face from many
thousands of men who act with total impunity. Corruption and
intimidation cover up these crimes.
It is my sense that
the anti-African American racism that many immigrants, especially elite
immigrants, bring with them into the U.S. is separate from the racism
that comes from the very small percentage of Latin American immigrants
who are victims of African American crime. The fact that racial
exclusion still exists on the major Spanish language networks is one
clear sign that the elites in the Latino community have a powerful and
negative influence in regard to issues of race in the U.S.
The Impact of
Expanded Immigration on Race Relations in the United States
immigration from countries with a history of strong anti-Black racist
sentiments expands to 66 or 100 million people during the next 20 years,
as analysts have predicted under the new U.S. Senate Immigration Bill,
African-American people will increasingly be subjected to the harsh and
aggressive forms of racism and lawless impunity that are commonplace in
The bar for women's
rights, which are extensively trampled today in Latin America (millions
of women and children are forced to work in prostitution, and many are
enslaved), will also be lowered in the United States. That process
has already happened as sex traffickers bring many thousands of enslaved
women and underage girls into the U.S. to 'service' the large male
immigrant population. Many of those men have no sense of remorse
whatsoever about paying for 20 minutes of sex with a 14 year-old girl
who was kidnapped from Mexico or Central America, and is beaten and
raped every single day of her now-shortened life.
Executive Director of the UNICEF during the 1990s and early 2000s,
presented a speech on the crisis of impunity facing all of Latin
America. Presented on International Women's Day in 1999, the
Executive Director's statement included the following description of the
rampant level of impunity that exists in sexual exploitation in the
region. That level of exploitation can be said to be a marker for
impunity in racist action as well.
On International Women’s Day, designated
by the United Nations as UN Day for Women’s Rights and International
Peace, UNICEF, in support of the United Nations’ campaign for the
eradication of violence against women, calls on society in Latin
American and Caribbean to eradicate violence against women and children.
Violence is a problem that still remains largely hidden from the public
eye; and most countries in the region have only scarce systematic
information on the scope of it.
Society’s silence is the main accomplice
in allowing widespread impunity. Latin America and the Caribbean face
enormous challenges in the prelude to the twenty-first century. 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".
Recent studies indicate that no less than six million children and
adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean are subjected to severe
aggression, and that 80,000 of these die each year as a result of
violence unleashed in their own families. Sexual harassment,
maltreatment, child labor, violence in the home and sexual exploitation
occur with such frequency that they can be considered a daily
- Carol Bellamy
On March 8, 1999
(International Women's Day
The conditions of
social injustice that Carol Bellamy accurately described in 1999 have
not improved, they have gotten much worse. These realities are one
of the strongest motives for women to leave Latin America seeking not
only income, but safety in the U.S. I consider the United
States to have a special moral responsibility to remain available as a
refuge for women and children who are facing what is literally a
'gender-hostile environment’ across all of Latin America.
massive-immigration is approved and allowed to happen legally, U.S.
society will have to discover mechanisms to control and stop the effects
(in the U.S.) of the rampant 'racism and sexism with impunity' that
today dominates in every region of Latin America, creating what is
literally a human catastrophe.
Black, White, Latino and Asian, have no obligation to lower the bar on
human rights, and allow an expansion of the blatant and open prejudices
that racially exclusive Latino media, and some Latino cultural practices
are allowing to take hold in every corner of the U.S. today. All
citizens deserve a place at the table when decisions are made about
what level of increased impunity we will accept as a result of
importing these often hidden social problems.
Everyone in the
Latin American immigrant community in the U.S. knows that these human
rights abuses exist in their communities. I have knocked on the
doors of Latino leaders for over a decade seeking to have them engage in
the fight against the exploitation of women and children, with little
These issues are
rarely, if ever raised during public and legislative debate about
immigration. While pro-immigration organizations may not want to
see such an open discussion, citizens have a right to decide what to do
about these concerns.
the Debate on Immigration to All People in the United States
debates taking place today have included little consideration of the
powerful impact that massive immigration has in the African-American
encourages all parties to open up that honest dialog. African
Americans certainly deserve a place at the table in national media and
legislative debate about these issues.
The issue is being
further explored by a growing number of African American organizations.
A majority of African Americans, including the author, strongly support
the Latin American immigrant community and have strong ties to it.
However, we must address the real impact of immigration on the Black
community. We will not hide our heads in the sand as our community
members loose jobs and dignity. We will also not condone impunity
in U.S. society.
The loss of jobs,
and the social conflict in schools and other social settings caused by
massive immigrant into Los Angeles and other major population centers
has had a very real and negative impact on the African-American
community that all parties must acknowledge.
It is not morally
right that some immigrants offer to replace Black people because some in
the dominant culture are willing to collaborate in exploiting existing
racial divides between White and Black. African Americans and
other ethnicities are NOT replaceable components in U.S. society, to be
switched out of the nation's proverbial 'car body' as if we were 30
million burnt-out car batteries.
Many economists and
corporate executives appear eager to flood the U.S. with foreign workers
while our own economy is unstable. Let’s first allow the best and
the brightest foreign economists and executives to replace them
at their jobs.
If Latin America,
and the U.S. Latin American immigrant community truly have no problem
with race, and if they really believe in the principle of free
migration, let’s propose allowing Sudanese, Somali and Congolese
migrants to travel to Latin America and replace all of the Latin
American migrants who have come to the U.S., leaving their home towns
almost abandoned. Hard working Africans living in poverty
certainly could benefit from that opportunity. If pro U.S.
immigration advocates object to that idea, I would like to know their
The bottom line is
that Latin America’s poor and middle classes are suffering through a
tragic human rights and economic crisis. They need our help.
So do people in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
So do millions of U.S. citizens suffering from unemployment,
underemployment, job displacement by aggressive H1-B and L-1 migrant
workers from India, outsourcing, and the mass-closings of U.S.
immigration policy has encouraged an assumption among Latin Americans
that the U.S. border would always be open. That, together with the
Latin American concept that there is a ‘right’ to immigrate, and a
‘right’ to experience the American Dream have caused generations of
Latin Americans, and immigrants in the U.S., to ‘bet the farm’ that the
U.S. will always be there to be their escape route from conditions of
severe poverty and corrupt impunity. The word ‘America’ in the
Latin American context means the entire western hemisphere. So to
Latin Americans, “the American Dream” implies a right to migrate to
where that dream is… the United States. Today’s immigration debate
challenges, for the first time, those assumptions and that sense of
There is also a
sense of arrogance among some (but not all) persons in Latin America in
regard to U.S. immigration. In addition to a sense of entitlement,
they believe that U.S. citizens don’t deserve to keep the U.S. to
themselves. In 1995, while conversing with a group of housewives
in South America, the hostess stated: “Those dumb Americans, we’re just
going to walk right over them.”
I personally know
an entire family of South American immigrants who paid bribes to U.S.
embassy staff in one country to come to the U.S. In another case,
a coyote (people smuggler) paid-off a U.S. customs inspector in Texas to
allow two people to pass through the border station into the U.S.
without visas. In another case, the person simply engaged in a
fake marriage to become ‘legal.’ All of these persons today openly
express disdain for African Americans, and in some cases, Americans in
general. Their attitudes can only be called racist arrogance.
My compassion and
love for the Latin American and immigrant communities and people runs
very deep. I cannot, however, condone racist and sexist impunity
by what is hopefully a minority of immigrants who openly apply those
ideas in the U.S.
subset of the immigrant population includes a criminal element that is
used to operating in Latin America without fear of prosecution.
Official corruption allows such persons to commit violent acts
uncontested. When such persons arrive in the U.S. as immigrants,
they continue to commit crime, and typically express disdain for U.S.
One marker of this
trend is the fact that Operation Predator, a U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations to catch and deport child sex
offenders, has arrested more than 7,500 persons as of April 2006.
More than 85% of arrests are of foreign national sex offenders.
Approximately 40% of these are lawful permanent resident immigrants.
An additional 40% are undocumented persons. Those deported represent
predators from more than 100 nations, not only Latin America.
Those arrested often are surprised, because they know that they can
commit such crimes in almost any Latin American nation without worry.
A number of
undocumented migrants have committed murders in the U.S. and then run
back over the border to Mexico and Central America (where police will
not touch them). U.S. law enforcement officers have been among the
victims. This fact causes deep-seated anger among law-abiding U.S.
citizens of all races.
The solution to the
current immigration crisis must lie in ending impunity, and reforming
corrupt governments and economic systems. Mass migration into the
United States is not the answer. Those undocumented migrants who
are here now do deserve our help. That position is supported by
most U.S. citizens, Black, White and others. Among that group are
many immigrants who originally came to the U.S. as war refugees from El
Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua.
The Spring, 2006
U.S. House immigration reform proposal, that would have made felons out
of the existing undocumented immigrant population was racially
offensive. Naturally, Latin American immigrants took to the
streets to protest it.
While I agree that
current undocumented migrants should have the right to become legal
workers, citizenship deserves further debate. The pro-immigration
movement is asking the population of the U.S. to agree to have its
internal politics forever changed by immigrants from Latin America who
effectively forced their way into the country. Granting
citizenship will generate never-ending conflict from citizens who
understand that point and are offended by that fact.
immigration has already skewed U.S. politics by allotting more
congressional seats to states with large immigrant populations, actively
taking representation away from states with lower rates of immigration.
(The U.S. Constitution requires congressional apportionment based on
total population. This causes the undocumented population to be
counted in the division of the nation’s 435 elected House members
between the states. Should people in Michigan feel good about
loosing votes to California because of this process?)
that the recent U.S. Senate immigration reform bill will allow 60 to 100
million new migrants to come to the U.S. during the next 20 years.
reform package that allows such marked increases in the rate of
immigration (bringing with it an unending flow of family reunification
migrants), without the consent of the U.S. population, will also
generate conflict. That wave of new immigrants will necessarily
displace even more of this nation’s citizens in employment, housing,
schooling and national political voice.
The wishes of the
nation’s citizens must be the primary voice heard by law-makers in this
debate. Congress exists to work for them.
If the politicians
and corporate leaders in the U.S. made a deal to allow today’s
uncontrolled immigration in exchange for allowing the NAFTA and CAFTA
trade agreements to raid Latin American economies (thus creating waves
of new poor – 40 million in Mexico’s case)… let those profiteers foot
the bill for that damage.
It is up to each
and every one of us to take this dialog in a direction that acknowledges
the needs of the immigrant community AND U.S. citizens. Your
contribution to the dialog and decision-making also needs to be heard!
interests of building an honest conversation that includes African
American's and women's human rights issues at the heart of the 2006 U.S.
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Colombia - Brazil
Doctor Maricel Mena
Colombian theologian now
living in Brazil
Dr. Maricel Mena Lopez, a
37-year-old Colombian woman, was the youngest in a family of eight
brothers and sisters. She traveled to brazil to study education
and religious science. Today she is a professor of Old Testament
Studies at the Upper Theology School in Sao Leopoldo (Saint
Maricel and one of her
sisters were the only family members who were able to study, thanks to
the efforts of her mother, a White Colombian woman who had five children
in her first marriage. A seamstress, Maricel’s mother ended up
raising eight children by herself, living in a house with two rooms… a
living room and a kitchen.
Maricel learned about
discrimination firsthand at a young age. Her mother’s family never
accepted her mother’s Black children.
Dr. Maricel Mena Lopez…
“White feminism is elitist. It thrives in an elite, white academic
world, because it was the middle class who had access to education.
They focused on their own concerns as if they were universal, valid for
all women, including Black and Indigenous women.”
Latin America feminism has many diverse characteristics. Many feminists
in the region do not come from the middle class. The feminist
movement is racially diverse here. It was important to struggle
hard to achieve that result, so that the voices of Black and Indigenous
(Native Latin American) women would be heard. And that is what we
want to achieve. White feminists continue to never see Black women
as being protagonists. Only themselves.”
"Indigenous feminism does also exist. It is not yet well developed
because Indigenous women have had less access to education."
would say that [Black feminism in Latin America] addresses three
concerns: sexism, classism and racism. Black women are exposed to
a triple discrimination in society. Middle class white women only
suffer sexism. Poor women suffer classism and sexism. Black
women face, in addition, another element, which is racism."
"In Colombian society
racism is stronger than it is in Brazil. Black neighborhoods live
in a form of "Apartheid." A Black person can only gain employment
I Am Black and Beautiful (In Spanish).
with Dr. Maricel Mena Lopez
Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Comunicación (ALC)
American and Caribbean Communication Agency
A project of
the Latin American Lutheran Churches United in Communication
Added May 25,
America - United States
The Subtle Racism
of Latin America
Carlos Moore sees a disguised racism
permeating Latin American society, invented by Arabs in the Iberian
Institute's report on a lecture given by Dr. Moore at the Institute on
June 2, 2003.
Afro-Cuban scholar Dr. Carlos Moore
many believe that Arab and Latin American societies have a better track
record in regard to race than the United States, Dr. Carlos Moore,
resident scholar at Brazil's Universidade do Estado da Bahia, contends
that this impression is wrong. Moore, a black man raised in pre-Castro
Cuba, believes that while these societies may look color blind on the
surface, race actually dominates every aspect of social and political
Moore expressed some concern about
the implications for race relations in the United States
posed by the increasing immigration from Mexico and
While he clearly regarded the often overt racism of the
North as perhaps even more objectionable than the
Arab-Spanish form in the South, he saw a particular
problem in the general Latin American denial of race as
an issue. This has made it socially disreputable to
raise demands for reform in Latin America around race
Moore concluded by
expressing the hope that these new Latin American
immigrants will not import their Arab-Latin American
model of race relations, as with it comes a false color
blindness. To Moore, the U.S. model of dealing with
race, while far from ideal, enables groups to make
demands on society, and to be able to work for change.
Moore is best known for
his book Castro, the Blacks, and Africa (CAAS, 1989), and African
Presence in the Americas, co-edited with Shawna Moore and Tanya R.
Sanders (Africa World Press, 1996).
- Anson Musselman
Added May 25,
Abuse In Latin America Growing
Child sex abuse and prostitution
are rising in Latin America and children are most threatened
in Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and
Cuba, United nations officials said Wednesday... "Poverty and
race ... are decisive. It is mainly poor, black women who suffer
the worst abuse'.'
Added May 25,
Clash On Jobs
this era of mass immigration, no group has benefited less or been harmed
more than the African-American population," says Vernon Briggs, a
Cornell University professor who researches immigration policy and the
American labor force.
…Today, the black
community is split over how to address immigration. The NAACP, the
Congressional Black Caucus and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
generally support the immigrant marches. They're against exposing all
illegal immigrants to felony charges as outlined in a bill passed by the
US House in December. A California Field Poll in April found that 82
percent of blacks instead support a US Senate measure, which would give
undocumented workers currently in the US for more than five years the
opportunity of citizenship.
But a vocal subset of blacks has a different view. Choose Black America,
a coalition of business, academic, and community leaders, formed this
week to advocate for stronger border security and not allow illegal
immigrants to become citizens.
In April, a band of protesters marched in front of the office of Rep.
Maxine Waters (news, bio, voting record) (D) of California because she,
along with the Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, supports citizenship
for illegal immigrants. Blacks also have "singed the phone lines at
black radio talk shows with anti-immigrant tirades" and "bombarded black
newspapers with letters blasting illegal immigrants," says Hutchinson.
"It's definitely one of the hottest topics on talk radio I've ever
seen," says Greg Johnson, marketing director of KJLH, a leading black
radio station in Los Angeles. The majority of callers favor more
conservative enforcement solutions to immigration, but the station is
getting callers on all sides, he says.
- Daniel B. Wood
Christian Science Monitor
May 25, 2006
Added May 25,
Fugitive Slaves And African American Job-Seekers: New Perspectives On
The Immigration Debate
are of course, many angles from which to view the escalating immigration
debate. Mexican immigrants, who constitute the largest share of the
undocumented, have a unique history with the African population inside
the United States. As the Black community weighs-in on this very
contentious issue, it becomes necessary for us (both black and brown) to
review the history that we share.
Wilkins is a former member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee (SNCC) and is presently a professor in the Department of
Africana Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
- Professor Ron
April 23, 2006
Added May 25,
Black Americans Oppose Illegal Alien Amnesty; Urge Passage of
Enforcement Only Bill in the Senate
Amnesty Will Hurt All Americans and Blacks the
Most, Contends New Coalition Choose Black America
- As the U.S. Senate, with the backing of President Bush, rushes to
complete work on a bill that grants amnesty to tens of millions of
illegal aliens and opens the doors to millions more "guest workers," a
new coalition of African American leaders is calling the proposal a
"disaster for all Americans that will hit black citizens the hardest."
April 22, 2006
Added May 25,
Cuba, Latin America,
am a recovering macho, a product of an oppressive society, a society
where gender, race and class domination do not exist in isolated
compartments, 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. The
understanding of machismo requires a full consideration of sexism,
heterosexism, racism, ethnocentrism and classism. All forms of
oppression are identical in their attempt to domesticate the Other. The
sexist, who sees women playing a lesser productive role than men,
transfers upon the non-elite male Other effeminate characteristics,
placing him in a feminine space for "easy mounting."
- Dr. Miguel de la
June 2, 2003
More About Machismo
June 2, 2003
crisis facing women & children of African Ancestry
in the Americas: the Caribbean; Latin America; the United States and
Mexican government's sale of the racially offensive cartoon character
Memin Pinguin as a commemorative stamp is an outrageous sign that top
Mexican officials still refuse to deal with the country's racism. But
it's just that a sign. Racism goes much deeper in the country. Even
while Mexican writers and politicians rail in articles against American
racism, many Mexicans are quick to boast of differences in skin color
among their own family members.
Many Mexicans refer to dark skinned persons, both Mexican, and
non-Mexican, as negritos or little Black people. This is not seen as
racially offensive, but rather as a term of affection even endearment. A
popular afternoon telenovela (soap opera) has a comedian in Blackface
chasing madly after light complexioned actresses in skimpy outfits. Ads
have featured Blacks in Afros, Black face, and distorted features. The
most popular screen stars in film and on TV, and the models featured on
magazines and billboards, are white or fair skinned with sandy or blond
hair. That's the standard of beauty, culture, and sophistication that's
held up as the penultimate standard to emulate, and that standard is
unabashedly commercialized, and peddled as top commodities in Mexico and
other Latin American countries. Mexican President Vicente Fox and most
of Mexico's past presidents, top officials, business leaders, educators,
and government leaders, for instance, are light skinned or Castellan
Spanish. They routinely boast that they can trace their bloodlines to
Spain (Fox's mother is from Spain).
- Earl Ofari
Ethnic Media Try To Defuse Ethnic Tensions In L.A.
ANGELES - Aug 26, 2005 - Black and Latino media are training the
spotlight on the state of relations between blacks and Latinos in this
increasingly Hispanic city, in an effort to defuse sensationalism in the
coverage of thorny problems between the two communities.
It has been a bumpy
ride for race relations in recent months. Last April, fights broke out
between more than 100 black and Latino students at Jefferson High School
in South Central Los Angeles, the latest in a series of brawls that took
place in schools in the area, including the Crenshaw, Manual Arts and
Jordan high schools.
In July, African
American victims of a spate of freeway shootings identified their
assailants as Latinos, prompting rumors that Latino gang members were
targeting blacks at random. "Whether or not that's true -- and I don't
think it is -- it speaks to relations between blacks and Latinos in the
inner city," says Andre Herndon, editor of The Wave Newspapers.
- Elena Shore and
Pacific News Service
August 26, 2005
Store Shooting Brings More Calls for Black-Brown Unity
Los Angeles - In an effort to quell more brown-on-black violence - most
recently a 16-year-old girl wounded allegedly by a Latino gang member -
some area activists have called for an immediate cease-fire and
The 16-year-old [African American] girl was shot in the leg by an
occupant in a passing car [of Latino youth] last Friday as she was
getting out of a vehicle to console the mother of [African Americans]
Courtney Whaley, 17, who with William Armistead, 23, was killed by a
Latino storeowner at the Super Discount Store, 6728 S. San Pedro St. on
“To my understanding, [the girl is] doing well,” said activist
The store owner, Rovidio “Ruben” Espana, has been charged with
murder in connection with the shooting deaths of Whaley and Armistead.
Ali added that even though Espana allegedly shot the two unarmed
victims, the shooting was not racially motivated.
“No matter what happened [on Sept. 25], it was not a black against
Latino issue,” Ali said. “It’s a right-and-wrong thing, first and
foremost.” He also called on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to become more
involved in the black/Latino issue. “Certainly, blacks and Latinos have
to get along.”
United States, Mexico
President Fox Blew it with NAACP Snub
plainly chagrined NAACP chairman Julian Bond lashed out at Mexican
President Vicente Fox for flatly turning down the NAACP's invite to
address its annual convention that opened this week. Fox begged off with
the standard politician's duck and dodge excuse of a scheduling
Fox didn't bother. His no show at the convention could be chalked up in
part to ethnic callousness, and perhaps in bigger part to a belief that
now that Hispanics have become a growing economic and political force in
the United States, there is no need to engage in dialogue with Black
organizations. If that's the case, Fox is wrong, dead wrong. His blunder
in dragging Blacks into the debate on illegal immigration, his
passionate defense of a Mexican racist commemorative stamp, his arrogant
knock at Black activists for protesting the stamp, and the tense and in
some cases violent clashes between Blacks and Latinos in some American
cities, are urgent reasons to engage in that dialogue.
- Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Racial Tirade Gets Man Two Days In Jail
Washington state man stormed from a Yamhill County courtroom Thursday,
furious at getting a two-day jail term for threatening to kill a black
state trooper, calling him a "nigger" and telling him, "Well, you're
black; you should be used to it."
Manuel Thomas Diaz,
52, of Vancouver, was sentenced to two days of jail time, two years of
probation, 100 hours of community service and a $100 fine after pleading
guilty to one count of second-degree intimidation.
Richardson stopped Diaz in September 2004 on suspicion of drunk driving.
"I'm no closer to being drunk than you are to being white," Diaz told
After flunking a set
of field sobriety tests, Diaz was hauled to jail for a blood alcohol
test. And he continued his racial tirade there, records show.
"No wonder whites
hate blacks," he said. "I should go north to Portland and kill me two of
Facing Judge Cal
Tichenor in court, Diaz took an apologetic tack.
"I did get upset,"
he told Tichenor. "I don't want to make no excuses for myself.
"My mother had just
died. I had to take care of my dad. I had this lady to take care of
(pointing to his ex-wife, dependent on a wheelchair from a bout with
Tichenor then asked
Diaz, "Did you serve any time in jail on this?" And Diaz said he had
Attorney Will Lathrop recommended 20 days, but Tichenor settled for two.
"Two days in jail?"
Diaz said, incredulous.
court-appointed attorney Charles Lisle whispered to his client.
"I think it's sad
you're sending me to jail," Diaz told Tichenor, who ignored him.
Diaz continued to
mutter about the jail time component, but failed to raise the judge's
ire. Then he stormed from the courtroom, leaving his ex-wife behind to
maneuver her wheelchair through the heavy double-doors on her own.
Out in the safety of
the hall, Diaz vented his feelings about Judge Tichenor more
"What a jerk," he
said. "It's a bunch of crap. Two days in jail!"
The News-Register - Oregon
Sexual Predators Arrested: More Than 7,500 As Of April 2006
Predator is a comprehensive initiative designed to protect young people
from alien smugglers, human traffickers, child pornographers and other
This operation brings to bear the broadest range of law enforcement
authorities in the federal government to target those who exploit young
people. Children are one of the most important and vulnerable assets to
America's homeland. ICE will do everything in its power to protect them.
Operation Predator draws on the full spectrum of intelligence,
investigative, cyber and detention and removal functions of ICE to
target those who exploit children. In a way unachievable before the
creation of Homeland Security, ICE is coordinating once-fragmented
resources into a united campaign again child predators.
Under Operation Predator, ICE is taking several new steps to
identify, investigate and remove child predators from America’s streets.
ICE is targeting for removal fugitive criminal aliens
with sex offense histories.
ICE is identifying alien sex offender inmates before
release from prison.
ICE is partnering with foreign governments.
More than 85% of arrests are of foreign national sex
Approximately 40% of these are lawful permanent
Approximately 40% of these are illegal aliens.
Nationwide, approximately 42% of those foreign nationals
arrested have been deported to date.
Represent predators from more than 100 nations.
- U.S. Immigration and
Updated:Oct. 09, 2011
Added Oct. 09, 2011
The Indigenous Americas
A Call to Action
During the past ten years the
called attention to the crisis of
large scale sexual exploitation and
trafficking that continually plagues
Latin America, the Caribbean and
indigenous and African descendent
peoples from across the Americas.
One of our core focus areas has been
to highlight the fact that
indigenous children and women are
uniquely targeted by criminal sex
traffickers and rapists within the
larger societies that they live in.
This occurs in Latin America, the
United States and in Canada. The
documentary evidence for this
proposition may be found in the
archives of our publication.
Historically, indigenous children
and women have been sexually
exploited by men of the dominant
society. Those abuses occurred 500
years ago across the Americas, and
they occur today.
United States, women and
girls from the indigenous population
suffer 3.5 times the rate of sexual
assaults compared to other groups of
women in this society. Some 80% of
the perpetrators in those cases are
white U.S. men. They often get away
with their crimes without being
Canada, 90% of
children in prostitution are of
indigenous (first nations)
ethnicities, which is a direct
result of the condoned sexual
abuse of native children at the
hands of priests and others in the
nation's now-closed mandatory native boarding school
The figures for abuse
are many times
higher, by comparions, given that governments and
civil society have no need to hide
their continuing racial hostility
toward first inhabitants.
The most highly concentrated waves
of atrocities against Latin American
indigenous women have occurred
during the past 30 years. They
in Central America that entangled
indigenous communities, leading in
the most horrific case to
the deaths of 50,000 mostly Mayan
rape of almost all Mayan
women and girls of any age
during the 1970s and 1980s;
during the 1990s,
when former president Alberto
Fujimori authorized the
sterilizations of 300,000 indigenous
women without their consent
- unethical acts that were carried
out by medical doctors during childbirth
3) the present-day mass kidnapping
and enslavement of
indigenous girls and women,
as well as socially condoned
domestic and agricultural
labor servitude (peonage)
with impunity in modern
Our project has written essays for
years calling for an end to these
mass violations of basic human
During our nearly 11 years of
existence, we have insisted that the
anti trafficking ‘movement’ and
government agencies such as the U.S.
State Department end the almost
deliberate denial of the existence
of the mass sex trafficking crisis
in Latin America, the Caribbean and
in indigenous communities across the
Only during 2011 have we seen evidence
that U.S. government policy and
Mexican government action is placing
more emphasis on the crisis in the
The important role of
the United Nations Office on Drugs
and Crime (UNODC)
in bringing about that change is
also to be saluted.
publications in Mexico have
highlighted concerns raised by
activists in Mexico and Central
The alarm bell has been
sounded to warn the world that
organized criminal sex traffickers
are rapidly accelerating their
kidnappings and efforts to entrap
indigenous children and youth for
the purposes of either prostituting
them directly, or reselling them to
global trafficking networks who will
enslave them in Japan, Western
Europe or, more recently, the Middle
We ask, what has the U.S. State
Department’s Office on Trafficking
in Persons done to identify and act
to stop the human trafficking crisis
that affects indigenous women and
girls? What have they, or the
governments of Mexico and Japan done
to investigate the trafficking of
thousands of poor, underage
indigenous girls from southern
Mexico’s heavily indigenous states –
From what we can observe, the answer
is that nothing at all has been done
to address the targeting of
indigenous children as a major source
of 'raw material' for the global forced
The anti trafficking
movement and government agencies in
the U.S. cannot rely only upon the
appointment of officials with
and the engagement of
serve the Latin America immigrant
community to ‘handle’ the Latin
American human trafficking issue. Dynamics of intra-Latino
oppression permeate both the region
and the immigrant diaspora. Many
Latin Americans who otherwise have the
education and required social consciousness
to take action against human
trafficking also have culturally
ingrained prejudices against
indigenous (and African descendent)
These realities are especially
problematic in Mexico.
Therefore, we are glad to see
Mexican congressional representative
and anti trafficking leader Rosi
of the National
for the Development of
Peoples - further
raise the alarm in an October 8,
2011 article in La Jornada, a
Leading Mexico City daily paper, in
regard to the crisis facing
indigenous victims in Mexico.
We are also
encouraged by the efforts of Teresa Ulloa,
director of the Regional Coalition
Against Trafficking in Women for
Latin America and the Caribbean, who
has shone a constant spotlight on
the crisis facing indigenous girls
who confront enslavement by sex
More must be done. This crisis has
become increasingly dire over time.
Indigenous leaders such as Mayan
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta
Menchu, who is also an activist
against the sex trafficking of
indigenous children in the region,
must be allowed to have a prominent
place at the table of deliberations
on the subject.
dollar drug cartels seek to
diversify their earnings by engaging
in the mass kidnapping and sex
trafficking of poor Mexican girls
and young women. They need large
numbers of victims to feed into the
wholesale global market for sex
slaves. At the end of the day, the
most accessible and vulnerable
source of victims are young
indigenous girls who may not speak
Once entrapped, these children are
beaten, gang raped, starved, pimped
out and then are resold to
trafficking operations across
Mexico, Central America, the United
States, Europe, Asia and the Middle
We call upon the anti trafficking
community and applicable government
agencies to bring more focus to this
aspect of the global trafficking
crisis. We cannot sit by and watch
yet another generation of our
indigenous children be subjected to
this obscene mass gender atrocity.
The government of Mexico must be
held to account for its indifference
in the face of the mass sex
trafficking of indigenous girl
The government of Japan must also be held
to account for its indifference in
the face of the mass sex trafficking
of indigenous Mexican girl children
to Japan - to become sex slaves and geishas to
the tune of several thousand
All who are victims, and all who are
at risk deserve the world's
attention. Indigenous girl children
from the Americas must not continue
to be left on the sidelines of that
We the people will hold
both government and the NGO
community accountable for their
inaction to rescue these innocent
children from a life of rape,
torture and early death.
are not second
class human beings.
Enough is enough.
End this atrocity
Oct. 09, 2011
Added Oct. 08, 2011
trafficker's war against indigenous
children in Mexico
Indigenous girls in Mexico
are constantly under threat
from local and global sex
traffickers and sxex
México, 45% de las víctimas de trata
son niñas indígenas: legisladores
México, DF. En México “45 por
ciento” de las víctimas de la trata
son niñas indígenas dieron a
conocer, Rosi Orozco, presidenta de
la Comisión Especial para la Lucha
contra la Trata de Personas y Xavier
Abreu Sierra, director general de la
Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo
de los Pueblos Indígenas (CDI),
quienes expresaron la urgencia de
contar con una ley general que
combata este crimen que arrebata la
infancia a más de 20 mil niños
La diputada federal señaló que
aunque en 2007 se promulgó la Ley
para Prevenir y Sancionar la Trata
de Personas, existen importantes
vacíos que llenar, sobre todo que en
las indagatorias no se “revictimice”
a las niñas que han sufrido esta
situación y se sancione de manera
ejemplar también a los clientes.
Recordó que el 13 de julio, Felipe
Calderón promulgó un decreto que
reforma el artículo 73, lo que
faculta al Congreso a expedir una
Ley General en la materia.
La legisladora llamó a crear
conciencia y advertir a las familias
de estos pueblos originarios a no
dejarse engañar por los tratantes,
pues las formas para enganchar a las
menores no sólo son múltiples, sino
que muy efectivas”.
45% of trafficking
victims in Mexico
Mexico City -
In Mexico, "45
percent" of the victims
of trafficking are
declared federal congressional
deputy Rosi Orozco,
president of the
in Persons and
of the National
urgent need for
the passage of a
that robs [the freedom of]
noted that despite
the fact that the
to Prevent and
in Persons was
passed in 2007,
gaps ]in criminal law] that must be
in regard to
so that they do
experienced being trafficked. Johns
should also be punished, she added.
Orozco recalled that on July 13th
of 2011 President Felipe
a decree amending
Article 73 of the
a general law
awareness about trafficking
families not to be
the traffickers, because
techniques used by traffickers to
entrap children are not only many in
number, but they are also very
Carolina Gómez Mena
Oct, 08, 2011
Added Oct. 08, 2011
Mexico / New York, USA
About sex trafficker's
war against indigenous children in Mexico
Photos of four suspects who were
arrested on October 6, 2011 for running a sex trafficking ring
in the center of Mexico's forced prostitution 'industry' -
Tlaxcala state, located just east of Mexio City, Victims were
transported to New York City.
Above photos: The Secretariat for
(border in red) is located just to
the east of metropolitan Mexican
Tlaxcala is used by
sex traffickers as a destination for
sex trafficking victims, who are
beaten, raped and prostituted in
Mexico City before being 'exported'
to destinations around the world.
Desarticulan red de trata de personas que
operaba en México y EU
Elementos de la Policía Federal desarticuló ayer, 6 de octubre, una
organización de presuntos delincuentes dedicados a la trata de personas
que operaba en México y Estados Unidos. Entre los cinco detenidos se
encuentra Antonio Lira Robles, alias "Coñazo", quien es requerido por
autoridades de Estados Unidos.
Elementos de la Policía Federal desarticuló ayer, 6 de octubre, una
organización de presuntos delincuentes dedicados a la trata de personas
que operaba en México y Estados Unidos.
De acuerdo a un comunicado, reportes de inteligencia indican que este
grupo delictivo operaba identificando y reclutando a sus víctimas en
parques y centros recreativos; posteriormente mediante promesas y
engaños las trasladaban a los estados de Tlaxcala, Puebla y al Distrito
Federal para obligarlos a trabajar en la prostitución.
La Policía Federal, en coordinación con la Oficina de Inmigración y
Administración de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement), se tuvo conocimiento que las víctimas también eran
trasladadas Nueva York, Estados Unidos, con fines de explotación sexual.
Ente estos hechos, Policías Federales, en atención una orden de
aprehensión con fines de extradición internacional, girada por el
Juzgado Décimo Octavo de Distrito en Procesos Penales Federales en el
Distrito Federal, así como a la orden de cateo otorgada por el Juez
Tercero, contra cuatro inmuebles en la localidad San Miguel Tenancingo,
Tlaxcala, realizó un operativo en combinación con la Siedo.
Como resultado de estas acciones se detuvo a Antonio Lira Robles
"Coñazo", originario de Tlaxcala, a quien se le identifica como
encargado de reclutar y explotar a víctimas en México y trasladarlas
ilegalmente a los Estados Unidos.
Al realizar el cruce de datos con el Centro de Inteligencia de la
Policía Federal se pudo confirmar que esta persona es requerida por
autoridades de Nueva York por los delitos de tráfico de personas con
fines de explotación sexual.
Asimismo se detuvo a Heladio Ramírez Granados "Eladio", Moisés Ramírez
Granados, Francisca Granados Rojas "La Pancha" y Pedro Ramírez Lira.
Así como el aseguramiento de 3 vehículos, 2 armas de fuego, 4 equipos de
comunicación y documentación diversa.
Los detenidos y lo asegurado serán puestos a disposición de las
autoridades correspondientes, quienes determinarán la situación jurídica
de los presuntos responsables.
[Note: The publisher of this article,
, was recently honored for its decision to remove
sexual services advertising frrom its publications. -LL]
Oct. 07, 2011
Added Oct. 08, 2011
Mexico detains 5 in US sex slave case
Mexico City - Police arrested four men and a woman for allegedly helping
force women to work as prostitutes in Mexico and the United States,
authorities said Friday.
Mexican federal police said they acted on information from the U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement office indicating some of the women
were taken to New York. Police did not say where in New York the women
were prostituted, but said there were outstanding U.S. extradition
requests for some of the suspects.
The arrests were made Thursday during raids on four homes in the town of
Tenancingo in central Tlaxcala state, which has long served as a center
for Mexican pimps and the forced-prostitution trade.
The alleged leader of the gang, Antonio Lira Robles, lured women with
promises and trickery to Mexico City and later forced them into
prostitution, authorities said. Some were later taken to the United
Pimps in Tenancingo are know for wooing women to their town with false
promises of marriage or good jobs. Isolated and under psychological
pressure and sometimes beatings, the women are forced to become
In some cases, they are held against their will, or their children are
taken away and the pimps threaten the women that they won't see their
kids again if they disobey orders.
The suspects were turned over to prosecutors for investigation on
possible human trafficking charges.
Police also seized
two pistols in the raids.
Oct. 08, 2011
About the crisis of
forced prostitution of minor girls and young women in the largest
center for organized sex trafficking in Mexico: Tlaxcala state.
see within this section:
Quinientas mujeres son explotadas en Nueva York por Bandas de Tenancingo
Some 500 women and girls have been trafficked from the city of
Tenancingo in Tlaxcala state into prostitution in just
one borough of New York City.
Added Oct. 08, 2011
ONU advierte sobre ‘crisis’ por homicidios
en América Central y el Caribe
VIENA, Austria - La Oficina de las Naciones Unidas contra las Drogas y
el Crimen (UNODC, sigla en inglés) advirtió que la tasa de homicidios en
América Central y el Caribe se estaba acercando a un "punto de crisis",
en el primer estudio del organismo sobre homicidio global, publicado el
6 de octubre.
En América Central, por ejemplo, uno de cada 50 hombres de 20 años será
asesinado antes de alcanzar la edad de 31 años, porcentaje varios
cientos de veces más alto que en algunas partes de Asia, según informó
el estudio del organismo, con sede en Viena.
Durante 2010, ocurrieron 468 mil homicidios en todo el mundo, 36 por
ciento de ellos en África, 31 por ciento en América, 27 por ciento en
Asia, 5 por ciento en Europa y 1 por ciento en Oceanía.
Tomando en cuenta la densidad poblacional de cada región, la tasa de
homicidio en África y América supera en más del doble el promedio
global, mientras que en Asia, Europa y Oceanía es aproximadamente la
"Desde 1995, la tasa de homicidios ha disminuido en muchos países,
principalmente en Asia, Europa y América del Norte, tanto que podría
definirse como de rara ocurrencia", decía el informe.
"Sin embargo ha aumentado en otros, especialmente en América Central y
el Caribe, donde hoy puede decirse que se está acercando a un punto de
El estudio también muestra que existe un claro vínculo entre el crimen y
el desarrollo; los países con graves disparidades en el nivel de
ingresos tienen cuatro veces más posibilidades de ser escenario de
crímenes violentos que las sociedades más equitativas, según informó la
"Para alcanzar los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio, deben combinarse
las políticas de prevención del crimen con el desarrollo económico y
social y gobiernos democráticos basados en el estado de derecho", dijo
Yury Fedotov, jefe de la UNODC.
El informe está disponible
Oct. 06, 2011
Added Oct. 08, 2011
UN study: Homicides soar in Central America
Mexico City - Honduras and El Salvador have the highest homicide rates
in the world as killings reach a crisis point in Central America, a
United Nations report said Thursday.
The study on homicides by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
blamed organized crime for the region's surge in violence.
Honduras had 6,200 killings in 2010 out of a population of 7.7 million
people, while El Salvador with 6.1 million people had 4,000 homicides.
The 2011 Global Study on Homicide calculated a rate of 82.1 homicides
per 100,000 people for Honduras and 66 per 100,000 people for El
Salvador. Cote D'Ivoire in West Africa followed with 56.9 and the
Caribbean nation of Jamaica with 52.1. The United States had a homicide
rate of 5 per 100,000 people in 2009, the report said…
Mexico has seen a 65 percent increase in killings since President Felipe
Calderon launched his offensive against drug cartels in late 2006, the
report found. The country is considered part of Central America in the
Mexico had a homicide rate of 18.1 per 100,000 people last year, among
the lowest in the region, although the 112 million-person nation
dominates headlines for its brutal killings and bloody drug gang turf
Over the past 15 years, the study said, homicides have gone down in
Asia, Europe and North America while increasing in Central America and
the Caribbean. It said bloodshed in the latter two regions "can be seen
to be nearing crisis point."
The U.N. blamed firearms and widening income disparities for the
violence. It said guns were used in three-quarters of all homicides in
Central America and the Caribbean.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime report
Adriana Gomez Licon
The Associated Press
Oct. 08, 2011
Added Oct. 06, 2011
More than 400 Peruvian
police took part in a three
day operation that rescued
almost 300 sex
trafficking victims in the
nation's Amazon Jungle
Detienen a 5 por trata de personas
en zona minera
Lima — La fiscalía informó el lunes
la detención de cinco personas tras
un operativo policial que duró tres
días y donde se rescató a 293
mujeres de prostíbulos de una zona
selvática donde miles de mineros
informales explotan oro.
"Se ha ordenado la detención
preliminar de cinco individuos por
el delito de trata de personas",
dijo a la AP el fiscal Fernando de
Santa María, quien intervino en el
gigantesco operativo, el primero del
gobierno de Ollanta Humala.
La acción se realizó entre el
viernes y la madrugada del domingo
en más de 60 prostíbulos ubicados en
la ciudad de Puerto Maldonado,
capital de la región Madre de Dios,
ubicada a 861 kilómetros al sureste
Madre de Dios, una región rica en
biodiversidad, sufre la fiebre de la
explotación ilegal de oro lo que
conlleva a la contaminación de ríos,
destrucción de bosques tropicales,
intensa migración y el aumento de la
En un primer momento el viceministro
de Interior, Alberto Otárola, dijo
el domingo a la AP que se rescataron
234 prostitutas, de las cuáles 15
eran menores de 18 años. Pero el
lunes, el fiscal de Santa María
precisó que el número de prostitutas
rescatadas era 293 y cinco de ellas
eran menores de 18 años: una de 13 y
cuatro de 17.
El delito de trata de personas se
castiga en Perú con penas de entre
cinco y diez años de prisión y el
delito se agrava con hasta 12 años
de cárcel si se prostituye a menores
The Associated Press
Oct. 03, 2011
Police free 300 women
400 police took part in the
Police in Peru say they have rescued
nearly 300 women from sexual
exploitation in a raid in the
country's Amazon region.
At least four people were arrested
in Puerto Maldonado on suspicion of
Among those rescued from about 50
brothels were at least 10 minors -
the youngest was a 13-year-old girl.
More than 400 police took part in
the three-day operation in the
region, known for its illegal gold
The region has seen an influx of
fortune-hunters trying to make a
living from the trade.
Prosecutors say young girls are
lured to the area by women who
travel around offering them jobs in
shops or as domestic helpers, but
that the girls often end up being
forced to work as prostitutes in
Last month, the charity Save the
Children said that more than 1,100
underage girls were being used as
sexual slaves in illegal mining
camps in the south-eastern Peruvian
state of Madre de Dios.
Camps set up along the main highway
have also attracted unlicensed bars
used for prostitution.
The gold rush is contributing to the
destruction of the rain forest and
contaminating the environment with
tons of mercury, used in processing
the precious metal.
Peru is the world's fifth largest
Oct. 03, 2011
prostitución infantil golpea la
Prostituyen a niñas de 14 años.
Ofrecen sus servicios sexuales por
50 soles la hora.
Child prostitution is rampant in
Peru’s Amazon Jungle region
Fourteen year old girls are sold.
Services are offered for as little
as 50 new soles ($18 US dollars).
[Includes video report - in Spanish]
about child prostitution in the gold
mining camps of the Amazon Jungle
According to June Kane's 1998 book,
estimated 2,000 child prostitutes
were at that time being exploited in
Brazil's Amazon Jungle gold minig
town of Fortaleza, a place where
arrived 9-year-old girls were being auctioned off to
local gold miners as sex slaves.
Their ages were:
15 to 16
approx. 400 girls
13 to 14
8 to 10
Younger than 8
Prostitution A Way Of Life In Peru
…Of the 3.8 million people living in
extreme poverty [in Peru], 2.1
million are children, with more than
60% of the under-18 population
living below the poverty line…
Victoria Huerta, a psychologist at
La Restinga, a local nonprofit
organization [located in the
Amazonian city of
that works with at-risk children,
said that many girls are lured into
prostitution by a family member --
sometimes even a parent -- or a
neighbor with the promise of quick
...About half of the 600 male
inmates in the Iquitos prison, which
was built to house 300, were
arrested on charges of rape of a
minor under age 14.
Part of the problem is a social
attitude that views sex with
adolescent girls as normal, said
Luis Gonzalez-Polar Zuzunada,
president of La Restinga.
"It's not seen as a crime," he said.
"People think that's the way it is.
Here, anyone is a potential client…"
Once children become involved in
prostitution, it is difficult for
them to get out. Many were raped by
relatives before becoming involved
in prostitution, and "it's hard for
them to recognize what has happened
to them," Huerta said. "They want to
(get out), but there is no process
that supports them in that…"
The work is not easy, however,
because both the family situations
that led the girls to get involved
in prostitution and the sexual
exploitation leave serious
psychological scars. Many of the
girls are also addicted to drugs,
and Huerta said that La Restinga's
staff members need specialized
training -- or some expert
assistance -- in dealing with that
combination of problems. Because the
city is fairly remote, accessible
from the rest of the country only by
air or river, such expertise is hard
Many of the children involved in
prostitution have dropped out of
school -- and some have never been
to school, especially if their
families have moved to the city from
remote villages. La Restinga offers
summer school and tutoring to help
them get up to their grade level…
La Restinga is currently working
with nearly 50 girls who have been
sexually exploited or are at risk of
being drawn into prostitution. The
girls take part in summer school
sessions and art workshops, partly
funded by Catholic Relief Services,
the U.S. bishops' international
relief and development agency.
Integrating them into the larger
group helps keep the girls from
feeling stigmatized, Huerta said.
"When they come here," she added,
"they turn into what they are --
May 11, 2007
Added Oct. 04, 2011
Attorney General Marisela
Morales takes action against
sex traffickers in Chiapas
state, the largest region
for commercial sexual
exploitation of children in
the entire world, according to NGO
Save the Children.
Chiapas state is located in
southern Mexico along the
border with Guatemala.
Close to 1 million of
Chiapas state's 3.5 million
inhabitants speaks one of
the state's 56 indigenous
languages. One third of those
do not speak Spanish, a fact
that increases their
vulnerability to human
autoridades mexicanas rescataron a
137 víctimas del delito de trata de
personas en el sureste del país.
Las autoridades mexicanas realizaron
un operativo para poner en libertad
a 137 víctimas de la trata de
personas que fueron sometidas
durante dos años a la explotación
sexual en el estado de Chiapas, al
sur de México.
En la red de tráfico de personas,
las autoridades detuvieron a 143
presuntos responsables La mayoría de
las víctimas son menores de edad, 70
de ellas tienen entre 12 y 17 años,
76 son mexicanos, 27 originarios de
Honduras, 14 de Guatemala, tres de
El Salvador y de 17 aún no se ha
determinado su nacionalidad.
Las mujeres integrantes de esta red
de trata de personas, 131 de los 137
retenidos, se encargaban de
“enganchar” a jóvenes
centroamericanas con promesas de
trabajo. Sin embargo, eran obligadas
a prostituirse bajo amenaza de ser
entregadas al Instituto Nacional de
Migración, además de privarlas de
alimento por varios días.
La procuradora Marisela Morales
señaló que la trata de personas no
sólo lesiona la integridad física de
las víctimas, sino que después del
tráfico de drogas y armas, es el
delito que más rendimientos genera a
“No menos indignante es constatar
que la trata de personas es un
negocio rentable para quienes la
ejercen, esta deleznable práctica se
ha multiplicado en años recientes”,
señaló la procuradora.
La titular de la PGR reconoció a la
Agencia de los Estados Unidos para
el Desarrollo Internacional la
estrecha colaboración en el combate
de este delito.
Mexican authorities rescue 137
victims of the crime of human
trafficking in the state of Chiapas
authorities have conducted an
operation that resulted in the
release the 137 victims of human
trafficking. The victims had been
subjected to sexual exploitation in
the [border] state of Chiapas in
Authorities arrested 143 alleged
members of the trafficking network.
Most of the victims are minors, with
70 of them being between the ages of
12 and 17. Some 76 of the victims
are Mexican, 27 are Honduran, 14 are
from Guatemala and three are
Salvadorans. The nationalities of 17
victims have not yet determined.
Women suspects comprise 131 of of
those arrested. They worked to
entrap Central American [migrant]
youth through the use of false
offers of legitimate employment.
However, they were forced into
prostitution under threat of being
handed over to the National
Migration Institute. They were also
threatened with being deprived of
food for several days.
[Federal] Attorney General Marisela
Morales said that human trafficking
not only harms the physical
integrity of its victims, but is
also the most profitable crime after
drug and arms trafficking.
"It is revolting to see that human
trafficking is such a profitable
business for those who exercise this
despicable practice, one that has
increased in recent years," said the
Attorney General Morales
acknowledged the United States
Agency for International Development
for their cooperation in combating
América / Voice of America
Added Oct. 02, 2011
Accused sex traffickers
Darío Lara Lara (left) and Abimail
Prostituían a mujeres en antros y
Las llevaban por
todo el país para explotarlas
La Procuraduría capitalina detuvo a dos personas acusadas de privar de
la libertad a dos mujeres, una de ellas menor de edad, para explotarlas
sexualmente, burdeles, cantinas y hoteles de la Ciudad de México, Baja
California, Morelos, Puebla y Veracruz.
Darío Lara Lara y Abimail Muñoz Cotilla, esposo de la denunciante
quienes, fueron consignados.
Entre los detenidos se encuentra el marido de una de las denunciantes.
Ambos sujetos fueron capturados en el estado de Tlaxcala. En conferencia
de prensa, el doctor Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa informó que los
imputados son Darío Lara Lara y Abimail Muñoz Cotilla, esposo de la
denunciante quienes en su momento quedarán a disposición del Juez Penal
32, como probables responsables de los delitos de trata de personas,
privación de la libertad y delincuencia organizada.
Consta en el expediente que el 30 de agosto pasado, la víctima logró
escapar del hotel donde la mantenían privada de la libertad y solicitó
ayuda de elementos de la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública del Distrito
Federal. Fue canalizada a la Fiscalía Central de Investigación para la
Atención de Delitos Sexuales.
Al rendir declaración ministerial, una de las víctimas señaló que a
finales de mayo de este año cuando regresaba de su trabajo y al
descender del transporte público en Panzacola, Tlaxcala, dos sujetos la
obligaron a subir a una camioneta negra, para llevarla hacia una
vivienda, donde la tuvieron encerrada ocho días y fue agredida
sexualmente por Darío Lara.
Por todo el país
Posteriormente, la llevaron a un bar en Izúcar de Matamoros, Puebla,
donde la obligaron a prostituirse; de ahí la condujeron hacia otro
establecimiento en Poza Rica, Veracruz, y cuando se negaba a brindar
sexoservicio era golpeada y le quemaban las piernas y espalda con
cigarros. En esos lugares, dijo la afectada, otras mujeres eran también
obligadas a brindar sexoservicio y conoció a una menor de 16 años.
También la llevaron a la ciudad de Campeche, Campeche, donde había
varias jóvenes, entre ellas una menor de 11 años, y que hacían fiestas
para sujetos que llegaban armados; que en una ocasión la agraviada se
percató que a dos chicas, una de ellas era la menor de 16 años, una
mujer conocida como "La Mami" les ordenó y enseñó cómo introducir droga
en sus partes íntimas con un tampón.
Las trajeron después a la capital del país, donde seguían siendo
prostituidas en un hotel de la zona de La Merced. Huyeron a Tijuana,
Baja California, por el despliegue policíaco derivado de un operativo en
la zona. A esa ciudad fronteriza arribó su esposo Abimail Muñoz
Ocotitla, quien después de agredirla verbalmente fue a conversar con
La denunciante manifestó que al estar todavía en Tijuana, los probables
responsables llevaron a siete chicas para intentar internarlas a Estados
Unidos, pero cuando la menor pretendió huir, Darío Lara Lara la mató de
un balazo. Su cuerpo lo abandonaron en un terreno baldío.
De ahí un bar de Cuautla, Morelos, los inculpados y sus víctimas
tuvieron que huir porque sujeto armados los balearon a consecuencia de
la venta de droga que realizaban, por lo que a bordo de una camioneta
llegaron a un hotel del sur del Distrito Federal de donde la denunciante
huyó cuando sus captores se encontraban bajo los influjos de enervantes.
La afectada proporcionó información al Ministerio Público para
investigar la trata de personas en agravio de mujeres, entre ellas
menores de edad, que son explotadas sexualmente, por lo que solicitó
medida cautelar de arraigo en contra los inculpados.
Con la denuncia de las víctimas y oficio de colaboración con autoridades
ministeriales del estado de Tlaxcala, Darío Lara Lara y Abimail Muñoz
Ocotitla fueron detenidos por agentes de la Policía de Investigación y
sujetos a investigación en el Centro de Arraigo de la PGJDF, bajo
pronunciamiento del Juez 32 Penal; se ejercitará acción penal contra los
dos inculpados, en agravio de ambas víctimas.
Trafficking victims were prostituted in clubs and hotels
The enslavers trafficked their victims across Mexico
The Mexico City Attorney General’s Office has arrested two men who are
accused of holding a woman and a minor youth against their will, and
then sexually exploiting them in brothels, bars and hotels in Mexico
City and the states of Baja California, Morelos, Puebla and Veracruz.
The suspects were placed in pre-trial detention.
Both subjects were arrested in the state of Tlaxcala. At a press
conference, Mexico City Attorney General Dr. Miguel Ángel Mancera
Espinosa reported that the suspects are Darío Lara Lara and Abimail
Muñoz Cotilla, who is the husband of one of the complainants. They will
be turned over to Criminal Court #32 for trial. They are charged with
the crimes of human trafficking, deprivation of liberty and organized
The record shows that on August 30, 2011,
one of the victims managed to escape the hotel where she was then being
enslaved. She requested help from Mexico City’s Ministry of Public
Security. The case was forwarded to the Sex Crimes Investigations
section of the city Attorney General’s Office.
During a formal declaration one of the victims stated that in May of
2011 she was returning from work when, as she stepped-off of a public
bus in the city of Panzacola,
Tlaxcala, two men forced her into a black SUV. They took her to a house
where she was imprisoned for eight days. There, she was sexually
assaulted by Dario Lara.
Taken across Mexico
The victim was later taken to a bar in the city of Izucar de Matamoros,
in Puebla state, where she was forced into prostitution. She was then
taken to another location in the city of Poza Rica, in Veracruz state.
When she refused to prostitute herself, she was beaten and her back and
legs were burned with cigarettes. This victim testified that she met
other women who were forced into prostitution at these locations. One of
them was a 16-year-old girl.
This woman was also taken to the city of Campeche, in Campeche state,
where she witnessed the fact that several minors, including an
11-year-old girl, [were also being forced into prostitution]. At that
location, parties were held for men who arrived carrying weapons. She
once observed that two girls, one of whom was less than 16 years were
forced by a woman who went by the name of ‘Mami’ to introduce drugs into
themselves through the insertion of tampons.
The victims were brought to Mexico City, where they were again
prostituted in a hotle located in the city’s La Merced [prostitution
tolerance zone]. The traffickers later took the victims and fled the
[recent, anti trafficking] heavy police deployment in the area. They
were taken to the city of Tijuana, in Baja California, state. The
victim’s husband, Abimail Muñoz Ocotitla, then arrived in Tijuana and
verbally assaulted her. He then went to talk to Dario Lara.
The complainant said that while she was in Tijuana, the alleged
traffickers brought seven girls to try to enslave the in the United
States. When the underage girl in the group attempted to flee, Darío
Lara Lara killed her with a single shot. Her body was abandoned in a
From there, the traffickers and their victims were taken to the city of
Cuautla, in Morelos state. The group had to flee the area after rivals
shot at them as the straffickers attempted to sell illicit drugs.
The group then arrived in the southern section of Mexico City. At that
point, the complainant fled while her captors were under the influence
The victim supplied detailed information to the City Attorney General’s
human trafficking investigations office. The suspects were investigated
for crimes against their adult and minor victims. As a result,
prosecutors requested pre-trail detention for the suspects.
Having obtained the statements of the victims and the coorperation of
the Tlaxcala state authorities, Darío Muñoz Lara Lara and Abimail
Ocotitla were arrested by police investigators and were interrogated in
the arraignment center of the Mexico City Attorney General’s office.
They will be tried by the 32nd Judge of the Criminal Court
for crimes committed against the two [known] complainants.
Tomás Rojas Madrid
Added Oct. 02, 2011
Congressional Deputy Rosi
Orozco (far left), President of the
Special Commission to Combat
Trafficking in Persons in
the Chamber of Deputies,
sits at the speakers table
as El Universal newspaper
publisher Juan Francisco
Ealy Ortiz, announce that
his paper, one of Mexico
City's two largest dailies,
will end sexual services
advertizing on its pages.
From a story published on
Sep. 20, 2011
avance en combate al delito de trata
de personas, afirma Rosi Orozco
México, Distrito Federal - La
presidenta de la Comisión Especial
de Lucha contra la Trata de
Personas, Rosi Orozco, del grupo
parlamentario del PAN, presentó la
revista “México Social” y comentó
que comienza a avanzar el combate a
la impunidad de este delito como
resultado de la serie de reformas
que se han impulsado.
No obstante, la legisladora
manifestó que es necesario brindar
mayor certeza jurídica a la
población, por lo que urgió aprobar
la Ley General para Prevenir,
Sancionar y Erradicar la Trata de
Personas y Delitos Relacionados.
Comentó que estas publicaciones
mensuales contribuirán a mantener a
la sociedad informada sobre los
temas de trata de personas y
violación a los derechos humanos, de
manera que las víctimas se animen a
denunciar ante las autoridades para
erradicar el problema que cada vez
se hace más evidente.
Recordó que el tres de agosto se
propuso ante el Pleno de la Comisión
Permanente del Congreso de la Unión,
la Ley General para Prevenir,
Sancionar y Erradicar la Trata de
Personas y delitos relacionados, a
fin de solventar los problemas en la
materia para la procuración de
Explicó que dicha ley tiene como
objetivo establecer definiciones
claras y armonizar el marco jurídico
nacional en materia de trata de
personas y los compromisos
internacional de los que el país
“Es importante atender el problema
de trata de personas de manera
interna y no sólo los compromisos
internacionales del país en materia
de derechos de las víctimas
nacionales y extranjeras”, dijo.
En su intervención, el director de
la revista “México Social”, Mario
Luis Fuentes, consideró que parte de
la erradicación del problema es
hacerlo visible, por lo que el tema
de trata de personas será analizado
y plasmado en estas ediciones
“Este problema debe ser visible a
los jóvenes que están en situaciones
de riesgo, de ser víctimas para
construir mecanismos de prevención,
protección y reintegración de las
víctimas una vez que han sido
Mario Luis Fuentes señaló que el
Estado debe reconocer que aún no
cuenta con los elementos
suficientes, ni con los diagnósticos
que ayudarán a atacar el problema de
trata, por lo que las fuentes de
investigación deben ampliarse para
conocer las dimensiones reales de
las sociedades que se encuentran en
leader Deputy Rosi Orozco says that
advances are being made in the fight
against human trafficking
Mexico City - The president of the
Special Commission for Combating
Trafficking in Persons in the
Chamber of Deputies [lower house of
Congress], Deputy Rosi Orozco of the
National Action Party (PAN),
recently commented about advances
that are being made in the fight
against human trafficking in Mexico.
She also introduced a new journal,
"Social Mexico," that will cover
Deputy Orozco added that it will be
necessary to provide greater legal
certainties to the public [to
demonstrate the government’s serious
commitment to confront trafficking].
She urged Congressional members to
approve the General Law on the
Prevention, Punishment and
Eradication of Trafficking in
Persons and Related Offences [a bill
that has been awaiting passage
during many months of impasse caused
Orozco said that Social Mexico will
be a monthly publication that will
inform society about issues related
to human trafficking and other human
rights violations, and will
encourage victims to report
trafficking, which is an ever
The current anti-trafficking bill
was presented to on August 3rd,
2011 to a plenary session of the
Permanent Committee of Congress,
says Orozco. The General Law on the
Prevention, Punishment and
Eradication of Trafficking in
Persons and related crimes is
designed to solve problems [that
exist today] in anti-trafficking
Orozco explained that the law is
designed to establish clear
definitions [of activities that
constitute trafficking] and will
standardize the national legal
framework to fight trafficking in
persons and assure compliance with
"It is important to address the
problem of trafficking internally,
and not just focus on the nation’s
international responsibilities to
protect foreign and domestic
victims,” said Orozco.
Mario Luis Fuentes, director of
Social Mexico, stated that he
believes that part of the effort to
eradicate human trafficking must
involve giving the issue higher
public visibility. Social Mexico
will therefore cover human
trafficking in-depth in its monthly
"This problem must be made visible
to the young people who are at risk
of becoming. We must also build
prevention mechanisms, design ways
to protect those who are at risk and
reintegrate victims into society,”
Fuentes added that the State must
recognize that it still does not
have adequate information or studies
to understand the dimensions of
human trafficking in the nation.
Therefore, institutions should
increase their research efforts to
understand the true dimensions of
the situation facing vulnerable
populations in Mexico.
El Observador Diario
Sep. 28, 2011
Added Oct. 02, 2011
PGR a presunto tratante de personas
Elementos de la Procuraduría General
de la República detuvieron a Jorge
Cuahutle Pérez, a quien apodaban “el
Tlacuache y/o El Moreno”, presunto
tratante de personas, con fines de
En un comunicado, la PGR señaló que
esta persona es señalada como
responsable del delito de trata de
personas y el aseguramiento se
realizó en el municipio de
Esta comunidad está ubicada al sur
de esta capital y es señalada como
un sitio donde se ubican redes de
trata de personas.
La dependencia federal señaló que
“de acuerdo con el expediente
PGR/TLAX-AMPDC/475/2011, una mujer
denunció a Cuahutle Pérez, señalando
que mediante amenazas y haciendo uso
de la violencia, el 12 de julio de
2011, la introdujo a su domicilio y
la mantuvo por más de dos meses
privada de su libertad”.
Sin embargo, el pasado 14 de
septiembre, “la víctima logró
escapar de su cautiverio y acudió al
agente del Ministerio Público
Federal a denunciar esta situación”.
Después de integrarse la
averiguación previa respectiva, se
realizó un operativo “para la
detención de Cuahutle Pérez, en el
centro de Tenancingo”.
La PGR indicó que al momento de su
detención, “le fueron encontrados
diversos paquetes conteniendo hierba
verde al parecer marihuana, así como
“Al verse acorralado trató de
ofrecerles a los elementos
aprehensores, la cantidad de 60 mil
pesos para evitar ser puesto a
disposición de la autoridad
Es importante señalar que Jorge
Cuahutle Pérez cuenta con
antecedentes por el delito de
lesiones y lenocinio en el estado de
México y Tlaxcala, acotó la
Indicó asimismo que a la víctima se
le brindará protección en un
Federal agents arrest suspected
human trafficker in Tlaxcala state
Tlaxcala city in Tlaxcala
state - La enforcement agents
from the federal attorney general’s
office (PGR) have arrested Jorge
Cuahutle Perez, who was nicknamed
"the opossum and / or the dark one"
on allegations of sex trafficking.
In a statement, the PGR said that
Cuahutle Perez has been identified
as having engaged in the crime of
human trafficking. The suspect was
arraigned in the city of Tenancingo.
Tenancingo is located south of the
capital and is a known center for
human trafficking networks.
The PGR related that a woman
denounced Cuahutle Perez. The victim
stated that on July 12, 2011, the
suspect had taken her to his home
and had deprived her of liberty by
holding her there against her will
for over two months through the use
of threats and violence.
On Sep. 14, 2011 "the victim managed
to escape from captivity and went to
the Federal Prosecutor's Office to
report the situation," stated
officials of the PGR.
After conducting a preliminary
investigation, authorities conducted
an operation “to detain Cuahutle
Perez in Tenancingo’s downtown
The PGR said that at the time of his
arrest, "he was found with several
packets that apparently contained…
marijuana and cocaine."
"Finding himself cornered, Cuahutle
Perez attempted to offer the
arresting officers a bribe of 60,000
pesos to avoid federal detention."
Federal officials pointed out that
Cuahutle Perez has a history of
involvement in violent crimes and
pimping in the states of Mexico and
His victim will be provided with
protection in a shelter.
Sep. 30, 2011
Added Oct. 02, 2011
de las víctimas de trata en
Argentina son Paraguayas
Los gobiernos argentino y paraguayo
fortalecerán la cooperación para
combatir este flagelo. Se firmará un
convenio con Migraciones por este
Buenos Aires . Funcionarios y
especialistas de Argentina y
Paraguay se reunieron en Buenos
Aires para fortalecer la cooperación
entre ambos países con el fin de
prevenir y combatir la trata de
Durante la jornada organizada por la
embajada paraguaya, Josefina Keim,
coordinadora de Prevención y Combate
de la Trata de la Cancillería de ese
país, confirmó que una investigación
argentina “asegura que el 80 por
ciento de las mujeres explotadas en
Argentina son paraguayas”. “Por eso
nuestros países necesitan articular
mejor el trabajo”, agregó.
Por su parte, la titular de la
Dirección Nacional de Política
Criminal de Argentina, calificó como
“intenso” el trabajo que realizan
ambos países en conjunto, en
relación a este tema.
Explicó que se intercambia
información con la fiscalía
especializada en trata de Paraguay
de forma tal que, “cuando se detecta
el ingreso al país de una persona
que manifiesta que va a un domicilio
con antecedentes de allanamientos,
se puede agilizar las actuaciones
judiciales y avanzar en la
investigación para evitar la
explotación de esa persona”.
Adelantó que “se firmará un convenio
con la Dirección Nacional de
Migraciones para generar un mayor
conocimiento de la problemática y
utilizar toda la información de las
distintas áreas del Estado, para
lograr un trabajo coordinado”.
Por su parte, Ida González de
Paredes, ministra de la embajada de
Paraguay, explicó que la motivación
para organizar el encuentro era
“proteger a los connacionales”.
“Estamos tratando de coordinar
actividades y mejorar la
comunicación con las instituciones
En Madrid. La Policía española
detuvo en Madrid al rumano Ion
Clamparu, considerado uno de los
mayores capos de la trata de blancas
y presunto cabecilla de una red de
explotación de prostitutas, cuyo
nombre figura en la lista de los
criminales más buscados de Interpol.
La detención de Clamparu, de 43 años
y conocido como “cabeza de cerdo”,
se produjo el pasado jueves, por
agentes llevaban tiempo vigilándolo.
Él mismo se entregó.
Eighty percent of sex trafficking
victims in Argentina are Paraguayan
The governments of Argentina and
Paraguay are strengthening their
cooperation to better combat the
scourge of modern slavery. Both
nations will sign an accord on
migration to address the issue.
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Officials
and experts from Argentina and
Paraguay recently met in Buenos
Aires to strengthen cooperation
between the two countries to prevent
and combat trafficking.
During a conference organized by the
Embassy of Paraguay, Josefina Keim,
coordinator of preventing and
fighting human trafficking within
Paraguay’s Foreign Ministry,
confirmed that an investigation
conducted in Argentina "shows that
80 percent of the women who are
[sexually] exploited in Argentina
are Paraguayan." "For that reason,
our two nations need to improve
their efforts in this area," she
Paula Honisch, the head of the
National Directorate of Criminal
Policy in Argentina, noted that both
nations are working “intensively” on
Honisch explained that Argentina
exchanges information with
Paraguayan prosecutors in such a
manner that, “when a person enters
Argentina stating that they plan to
arrive at a location that the
authorities have previously raised,
judicial action can be quickly taken
to avoid the exploitation of that
Honisch added that Paraguay "will
sign an agreement with Argentina’s
National Directorate of Migration to
generate greater awareness of the
problem and to bring together
information from across state
agencies to achieve a coordinated
Ida Gonzalez de Paredes, Minister of
the Embassy of Paraguay, said the
meeting was "to protect our
co-nationals". "We're trying to
coordinate activities and improve
communication with the relevant
institutions," she said.
EFE y Télam
Sep. 25, 2011
Added Oct. 02, 2011
millón de emigrantes con registros
Un total de 2.901 inmigrantes
indocumentados, con antecedentes
criminales, fueron arrestados en
todo Estados Unidos. Se trata del
mayor operativo policial, hasta la
fecha, informó ayer la agencia de
Aduanas e Inmigración (ICE).
La operación Verificación
(Cross Check) se desarrolló
en los 50 estados y
territorios de ultramar del
17 al 23 de este mes.
De los detenidos, 1 282 tenían
múltiples condenas, y más de
1.600 habían purgado penas
por delitos como asaltos a
mano armada, tentativa de asesinato,
secuestro o narcotráfico, informó en
rueda de prensa el director de la
ICE, John Morton.
detenidos habían sido expulsados del
país tras sus condenas penales, pero
ilegalmente. De los
aproximadamente 11 millones de
indocumentados que se calcula
viven en EE.UU., cerca de un
algún tipo de antecedente y
sigue en las calles, dijo Morton.
Entre los detenidos hubo ciudadanos
de México, República Dominicana,
Panamá, Honduras y Nigeria.
Alrededor de un millón de
inmigrantes ilegales que tienen
condenas penales y están sujetos a
deportación aún se encuentran en
EE.UU. La agencia dijo que deporta a
cerca de 390 mil personas al año,
aproximadamente la mitad de las
cuales son criminales convictos.
One million immigrants with criminal
records live in the U.S.
A total of 2,901 undocumented
immigrants with criminal records
have recently been arrested in the
United States. U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced
that the effort was the largest law
enforcement operation of its type to
Operation Verification (Cross Check)
was carried out in 50 states and
U.S. territories from Sep. 17th
through the 23rd.
Of those arrested, 1,282 people had
multiple convictions, and over 1,600
had been convicted of serious crimes
such as armed robbery, attempted
murder, kidnapping or drug
trafficking, said ICE director John
Morton at a press conference.
Some 681 detainees had been deported
after their criminal convictions,
but reentered the U.S. illegally...
Among those arrested were citizens
of Mexico, the Dominican Republic,
Panama, Honduras and Nigeria.
About one million illegal immigrants
have criminal convictions and are
subject to deportation in the U.S.
are still The agency said it deports
about 390,000 people per year. About
half of that number are convicted
AFP, Reuters, ANSA
Sep. 20, 2011
Added: Sep.27, 2011
About sex trafficker's war against
indigenous children in Mexico
Indigenous girls in Mexico live under constant threat from
local and international sex traffickers
de trata es recurrente en la Zona
Montaña de Guerrero
state - México ocupa la segunda
posición a nivel mundial en el
delito de trata de personas, tan
sólo superado por Tailandia.
papeles agudiza el problema
Activistas reportan explotación
sexual y laboral en comunidades
indígenas que padecen marginación y
Acapulco, Guerrero state -
la Montaña de Guerrero, la
marginación y pobreza extrema orilla
a algunos indígenas nahuatlecos,
mixtecos, amuzgos y tlapanecos a
vender a sus hijos menores de edad;
otros son robados y los padres no
pueden reclamarlos “por falta de
papeles”, además de que muchos
“desaparecen” en la búsqueda de
mejores condiciones de vida.
No existe un registro oficial ni de
ninguna otra clase, pero por las
escasas denuncias ante organismos no
gubernamentales como Tlachinollan
—reconocido mundialmente por su
férrea defensa de los derechos
humanos—, se sabe que muchos de esos
niños desaparecidos terminan
reclutados para la pizca de jitomate
en Sinaloa, como víctimas de las
redes de prostitución infantil o
como esclavos domésticos.
Neil Arias, vocera de Tlachinollan,
dijo que, por usos y costumbres,
cuando las hijas cumplen 12 años,
sus padres las entregan en
matrimonio a cambio de una “dote”
que se traduce en dinero en
La organización tiene registrados
siete casos de desaparición de
menores en 2010 luego de que sus
padres los enviaron a las ciudades
de Tlapa, Chilpancingo y Acapulco en
busca de trabajo, pero como son
“cazados” por los tratantes,
Sin embargo, la Procuraduría de
Justicia del Estado tiene
confirmadas 15 denuncias por la
desaparición de niños indígenas que
habían sido secuestrados fuera de
No obstante, “los casos que son
denunciados ante la Procuraduría no
son investigados, sólo los
archivan”, dijo Neil Arias, miembro
del área jurídica de la
Basándose en publicaciones locales,
la abogada aseguró que sólo en Tlapa
de Comonfort se dan al mes de dos a
tres casos de niños o niñas
indígenas desaparecidos. Otros casos
se han registrado en Metlatónoc,
Cochoapan El Grande, Atixtlac y
Entre los casos documentados por
Tlachinollan está el de Claudia, una
joven de 19 años de edad que tiene
tres meses de haber desaparecido en
la comunidad de Yoxondacua del
Carmen, de Cochoapan El Grande, uno
de los municipios más pobres del
La joven viajó al municipio de Tlapa
de Comonfort para buscar trabajo y
fue empleada por una comerciante
ambulante de frutas. Hasta ahí sus
huellas; nadie ha sabido más de
Además, como sucede en muchos casos
de desaparición, la familia no tiene
ningún documento de la existencia de
Claudia, ni acta de nacimiento ni
fotografías, lo que dificulta la
intervención de las autoridades.
“Es un trauma para las familias.
Aquí, en la Montaña, carecemos de
documentos y hay muchos niños y
adultos que no tienen registro
oficial. Muchos casos no son
denunciados porque para poder
denunciar a una persona extraviada
es necesario presentar documentos de
De acuerdo con la Coordinación
Técnica del Sistema Estatal del
Registro Civil, en Guerrero hay 300
mil personas que no tienen acta de
nacimiento ni otro documento para
identificarse. De esa cantidad, 60%
son niños y 40% adultos.
Dotes y ventas
Tlachinollan documentó denuncias en
la región de la Montaña de padres
que se llevan a sus hijos a trabajar
como jornaleros en otros estados
para luego regresar sin ellos y
asegurar que desaparecieron. Otras
denuncias fueron por la entrega de
las hijas de entre 12 y 15 años de
edad a cambio de dinero, según la
práctica de usos y costumbres.
En algunos casos, las jóvenes son
llevadas a las familias de sus
novios a cambio de una “dote” de 100
mil pesos, lo que la organización no
gubernamental calificó de “un
comercio” que propicia la violencia
familiar debido a que los novios
consideran a las mujeres un objeto
de su propiedad.
La venta de niñas se mantiene en
municipios como Cochoapan El Grande
y Metlatónoc, así como en Atixtlac y
Acatepec, considerados entre los más
pobres del país.
En ellos, las familias mantienen a
las hijas como una mercancía.
En 2008, en el municipio de
Atixtlac, tres niñas de 14, 15 y 16
años de edad fueron vendidas por
cantidades de entre 30 y 50 mil
pesos por un hombre que actualmente
es procesado por el delito de trata
El hombre se hizo pasar por su padre
para venderlas luego de atraerlas
ofreciéndoles trabajos de cinco mil
pesos mensuales. Después las obligó
a realizar trabajos domésticos sin
salario y en calidad de esclavas.
The crime of human trafficking is
commonplace in the mountain region
of Guerrero state
ranks second worldwide in the crime
of human trafficking, surpassed only
The lack of paperwork documenting
the existence of indigenous children
exacerbates the problem
Activists report the existence of
sexual and labor exploitation in
indigenous communities suffering
from extreme poverty and
Acapulco, Guerrero state - In the
mountains of Guerrero,
marginalization and extreme poverty
of some indigenous causes some
Nahuatleco, Mixtec, Amuzgo and
Tlapaneco families to sell their
underage children. Others are
kidnapped, and their parents cannot
supply the police with documentation
[or even photos] of their child,
because they don’t have any.
Children and youth also disappear as
they migrate in search of better
opportunities in life.
The Tlachinollan Center is known
globally for its fierce defense of
human rights. Although no official
registries of the plight of
trafficked indigenous children exist
in Mexico, the Center and other
nongovernmental organizations have
documented the few formal complaints
of missing children that indigenous
parents have been willing to make.
From that work it is known that many
of these missing children are taken
to work in the tomato fields of
Sinaloa state, are forced into child
prostitution networks or are
enslaved in domestic servitude.
Tlachinollan Center spokesman Neil
Arias says that by custom, when a
family’s daughter reaches age 12,
the parents give her away in
marriage in exchange for a "dowry"
which translates into cash.
During 2010 the organization
registered seven cases of missing
children after their parents had
sent them to the cities of Tlapa,
Chilpancingo and Acapulco in search
of work. They had been "hunted" by
traffickers and disappeared.
The Guerrero Attorney General’s
Office has also confirmed 15 cases
involving indigenous children who
were abducted outside of their
However, "cases that are reported to
the Attorney General are not
investigated, they are only
archived," said Arias, who is a
member of the Tlachinollan Center’s
Based on news reports found in local
publications, Arias said that in the
town of Tlapa de Comonfort alone,
two or three indigenous children
disappear each month. Other cases
have been reported in the towns of
Metlatónoc, Cochoapan El Grande,
Atixtlac and Acatepec.
Among the cases documented by the
Tlachinollan Center is that of
Claudia, a 19-year-old indigenous
woman who has been missing for three
months from the community of
Yoxondacua del Carmen, in the
Cochoapan El Grande municipality –
one of the poorest regions in
She traveled to the town of Tlapa de
Comonfort to find work and was
employed by a street vendor who sold
fruit. That is the last that anyone
has heard from her.
The family has no documentation of
the existence of Claudia, neither a
birth certificate nor photographs,
which makes the intervention of the
"This is traumatic for the families.
Here in the Mountain region, many
children and adults are not
officially registered. Many cases go
unreported because in order to file
a report of a missing person, the
present documentation of their
existence," says Arias.
According to the technical
coordination of the State System of
Vital Records, Guerrero is 300 000
people who have no birth certificate
or other document to be identified.
Of that amount, 60% are children and
Dowries and sales
The Tlachinollan Center documented
allegations in the Mountain region
of parents who take their children
to work as laborers in other states
before returning without them. The
parents then report them as having
disappeared. In other cases,
complaints were filed because
families had handed over their 12-
to 15year-old daughters in exchange
for cash, in accordance with their
In some cases, girls are taken to
the families of their boyfriends in
exchange for a "dowry" of 100
thousand pesos [$7,300 US dollars].
One nongovernmental organization
called this a "business" that
fosters domestic violence because
the boyfriend consider the woman [or
underage girl] to be their property.
The sale of underage girls continues
to take place in towns such as
Cochoapan El Grande, Metlatónoc,
Atixtlac and Acatepec, which are
considered to be among the poorest
areas in Mexico.
In these regions, families view
their daughters as merchandise.
In 2008 in the municipality of
Atixtlac, three girls - ages 14, 15
and 16 - were sold for amounts
between 30 and 50 thousand pesos
[between $2,200 and $3,600 US
dollars] by a man who is now on
trial for the crime of human
The man had posed as the father of
the girl victims, after having
entrapped them with false job offers
stating that he would pay them 5,000
pesos [$360 US dollars] per month to
perform domestic work. After
accepting the offers, the girls were
put to work as unpaid domestic
Added: Sep. 25, 2011
traffickers are increasingly
targeting underage indigenous girls
victims, who are typically between
the ages of 12 and 15, are for the
most part taken to Mexico's southern
border city of Tapachula, in the
state of Chiapas. We note that Save
the Children has identified the
southern Mexico border region near
Guatemala as being the largest zone
of commercial sexual exploitation of
children (CSEC) in the world.
Tapachula is the center of that
About sex trafficker's war against
indigenous children in
Miskito indigenous girl
children in Honduras
Indigenous communities in
Honduras – like indigenous
communities around the world
– are among the most poor
and marginalized. Working
Change for Children's
local partner Alianza Verde,
[our] project works with
associations to build
capacity, develop a strong
network amongst indigenous
communities, educate about
women’s rights and engage
communities in national
level policy dialogue.
Change for Children
trata de niñas indígenas en Honduras
La mayoría de las menores tienen
entre 12 y 15 años de edad
Tegucigalpa, Honduras - La trata de
niñas indígenas de Honduras hacia
México ha aumentado, denunciaron
organizaciones mexicanas en contra
de la explotación sexual infantil.
de la organización Enlace,
Comunicación y Capacitación, Ana
Elena Barrios, aseguró que la
mayoría de las menores tienen entre
los 12 y 15 años de edad y son
explotadas en la ciudad de Chiapas,
fronteriza con Tapachula.
advirtió que este es “uno de los
puntos de prostitución más grande
del mundo”. Opinó que aparte de
Honduras, igualmente ha aumentado la
trata de niñas indígenas de
Guatemala y El Salvador, hacia
de la investigación "Sur inicio de
un camino", que versa sobre los
derechos de la población migrante
centroamericana, reveló que hay
nuevas rutas, más aisladas, para
introducir centroamericanas a través
de la zona de la Mesilla, del
municipio Frontera de Comapala,
fenómeno a la alza es ignorado en
México por discriminación racial y
de género, señaló América Martínez,
de la Asociación para el Desarrollo
Integral (APADI), que realiza
campañas de salud sexual en
sexoservidoras y contra la trata.
Así funciona la trata
compradores pueden ser hombres de la
comunidad que migraron y ahora son
"enganchadores", o desconocidos que
emborrachan a los padres o
autoridades locales y van por niñas
desde los ocho años de edad, revelan
busca sexualmente a estas niñas
obviamente es mucho más violento,
porque es una expresión absoluta de
poder, donde ellas no tienen ninguna
opción de defenderse, ni siquiera de
usar condón”, lamentó América
mecanismo de los "enganchadores" es
el de enamorar a las adolescentes y
prometerles casarse, y uno más el de
ofrecer empleo fuera de la
terminan en prostíbulos de la
región, son esclavas laborales o se
trafica con sus órganos, por lo que
también se les lleva a otros estados
mexicanos o incluso a Estados
Unidos, indican los estudios.
Ulloa, titular de la Coalición
Regional Contra el Tráfico de
Mujeres y Niñas en América Latina y
el Caribe (CATW en sus siglas en
inglés), observa que el incremento
de este delito también se debe a “la
llegada del crimen organizado a las
comunidades indígenas” y a la
fallida estrategia del Estado contra
opinión el narco recién descubrió en
las niñas en general un potencial a
explotar “porque no se les pone
atención, y ya las empezaron a
reclutar de halconas, sicarias,
mulas o de esclavas sexuales, y eso
es trata, porque al final las están
usando para proteger su negocio”.
Igualmente responsabilizó del
aumento de la trata infantil a la
estrategia del Estado contra el
narco: “generalmente donde se mueve
el operativo conjunto hay más trata
hacia ese lugar, más violaciones de
mujeres, más consumo de
prostitución, y más feminicidos”.
sex trafficking of
indigenous children is on
the increase in Honduras
Most of victims are between
12 and 15 years old
Tegucigalpa, Honduras –
organizations that work
against child sexual
exploitation in Mexico have
denounced the fact that the
sex trafficking of underage
girls from Honduras into
Mexico is on the increase.
Ana Elena Barrios of the
Communication and Training
noted that most of the girls
who are being victimized are
between the ages of 12 and
15 years. They are typically
taken to city of Tapachula
in Mexico’s southern border
state of Chiapas.
Barrios warned that “this is
one of the largest centers
of prostitution in the
world.” She added that the
enslavement of minor
indigenous girls from
Guatemala and El Salvador to
Mexico is also increasing.
Barrios is the co-author of
"The South, the Beginning of
a Journey", which
investigates the state of
human rights of Central
American migrants. She
revealed that traffickers
have now developed new, more
isolated routes for human
trafficking that are located
in the Mesilla area in the
Comapala region of the
Mexican Border in Chiapas
This rising phenomenon is
being ignored by Mexico’s
government due to racial and
according to América
Martínez of the Association
for Integral Development,
which provides health
services to those in
prostitution and works
against human trafficking.
This is how trafficking
Those who work as
traffickers may be migrant
men who now who work as
‘trappers,’ or other
anonymous men who scheme to
get [indigenous] parents
drunk. These traffickers
target girls as young as age
8, according to research.
"The men who seek out sex
with these underage girls
are obviously much more
violent, because their
actions are an absolute
expression of power, when
the girl has no option
available to defend herself
– not even to use a condom,”
lamented América Martínez.
Another tricks used by these
"recruiters" is to pretend
to fall in love with the
victim and then promise to
marry her, or to offer the
girl a false employment
opportunity outside of her
These girls end up in
brothels in the region, face
labor slavery or have their
human organs taken from
them. They are taken to
states within Mexico or to
the United States.
Teresa Ulloa, president of
the Regional Coalition
Against Trafficking in Women
and Girls for Latin America
and the Caribbean (CATW),
notes that the increase of
this crime is also due to
"the arrival of organized
crime in indigenous
communities" and is also a
byproduct of Mexico’s failed
strategy against drug
In Ulloa’s view, the drug
cartels recently discovered
that the sex trafficking of
girls in general was
profitable, "because nobody
pays attention [to their
and because the drug
traffickers have begun to
recruit [large numbers of
youth] to work are street
hawkers, assassins, sex
slaves and drug mules. All
of those activities
because at the end of the
day they are using these
minors to protect their
Ulloa equally blamed the
rise in child trafficking on
the State's strategy against
“Generally, we see an
increase in trafficking,
more violations of women’s
rights, more consumption of
prostitution and more
femicide [gender based
murders] in areas where
anti-drug operations are
Sep. 22, 2011
A sample of
other important news stories
Added: Aug. 05, 2011
About sex trafficker's war against indigenous
children in Mexico
Indigenous women and children in Mexico
During the over ten years that the
project has existed, our ongoing analysis of the
crisis of sexual abuse in the Americas has lead us to the conclusion that our
top priority should be to work to achieve an end to the rampant sex trafficking
and exploitation that perennially exists in Mexico. Although many crisis hot
spots call out for attention across Latin America and the Caribbean, working to see
reform come to Mexico appeared to be a critical first step to achieving major
change everywhere else in the region.
We believe that this analysis continues to be correct. We also recognize the fact that the
Dominican Republic, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and Colombia are other emergency
zones of crisis. We plan to expand our coverage of these and other
issues as resources permit.
Mexico is uniquely situated among the nations of the Americas, and therefore
requires special attention from the global effort to end modern human slavery.
Is the world's largest Spanish speaking nation
Includes a long contiguous border with the U.S., thus making it a transit
point for both 500,000 voluntary (but vulnerable) migrants each year as well
as for victims of human slavery
Has multi-billion dollar drug cartels that profit from Mexico's proximity to
the U.S. and that are today investing heavily in human slavery as a
secondary source of profits
Has a 30% indigenous population, as well as an Afro-Mexican minority, both
of whom are marginalized, exploited and are 'soft targets' who are now
actively being cajoled, and kidnapped by trafficking mafias into lives of
slavery and death
Has conditions of impunity that make all impoverished Mexicans vulnerable to
sex and labor trafficking
Has a child sex tourism 'industry' that attracts many thousands of U.S.,
European and Latin American men who exploit vulnerable, impoverished
children and youth with virtual impunity
Is the source of the largest contingent of foreign victims of human slavery
who have been trafficked into the U.S.
Has a large and highly educated middle class which includes thousands of women who
are active in the movement to enhance human rights in general and women's
rights in particular
Has a growing anti-trafficking movement and a substantial women's rights
focused journalist network
Has a politically influential faction of socially conservative men who
believe in the sexist tenants of machismo and who favor
maintaining the status quo that allows the open exploitation of poor Mexicans and
Latin American migrants to continue, thus requiring assistance from the
global movement against human exploitation to help local activists balance
the scales of justice and equality
For a number years
commentaries have called upon Mexico's
government and the U.S. State Department to apply the pressure that is required
to begin to change conditions for the better. It appears that the global
community's efforts in this regard are beginning to have impact, yet a lifetime
of work remains to be done to end what we have characterized as a slow-moving
mass gender atrocity.
Recent developments in Mexico are for the most part encouraging.
These positive developments include:
The replacement of Chávez Chávez
Morales Ibáñez as the nation’s first female attorney general
was recently honored by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton)
Ibáñez’ reform-motivated purge of 174 officials and employees of the
attorney general’s office, including the recent resigna-tions of 21 federal
Ibáñez’ recent raid in Cuidad Juárez, that resulted in the arrests of 1,030
suspected human traffickers and the freeing of 20 underage girls
The recent appointment of Dilcya Garcia , a
former Mexico City prosecutor who achieved Mexico's first trafficking
convictions to the federal attorney general's office (Garcia
was recently honored by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her
The July, 2010 replacement of Interior Secretary
Fernando Gómez Mont with José Francisco Blake Mora. (Secretary Gómez Mont
openly opposed the creation of strong federal anti-trafficking legislation.)
Success by President Calderón and the Congress
of the Republic in achieving the first steps to bringing about a
constitutional amendment to facilitate human trafficking prosecutions
Recent public statements by President Calderon
imploring the public to help in the fight against human trafficking
Some progress in advancing legislation in
Congress to reform the failed 2007 federal anti trafficking law, a reform
effort that has been lead by Deputy Rosi Orozco
The active collaboration of both the U.S.
Government and the United Nations Office eon Drugs and Crime in supporting
government efforts against trafficking
Taken together, the above actions amount to a truly watershed moment in Mexico’s
efforts to address modern human slavery. We applaud those who are working for reform,
while also recognizing that reform has its enemies within Congress, government
institutions, law enforcement and society.
Mexico’s key anti-trafficking leaders, including journalist and author
Cacho, Teresa Ulloa (director of the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in
Women for Latin America and the Caribbean -
Orozco of the ruling National Action Party (PAN) have all raised the alarm in
recent months to indicate that corrupt businessmen, politicians and law
enforcement authorities continue to pressure Mexican society to maintain a
status quo that permits the existence of rampant criminal impunity in relation to
the exploitation of women, children and men. The fact that
Lydia Cacho continues to face credible deaths threats on a regular basis and
live with armed guards for 24 hours a day is one sobering indicator of
this harsh reality.
The use of slavery for labor and sexual purposes has a solid 500 years of
existence in Mexico and much of the rest of Latin America. Indigenous peoples
have been the core group of victims of human exploitation from the time of the
Spanish conquest to the present. This is true in Mexico as well as in other
nations with large indigenous populations such as Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru and
Colombia. African descendants are also victims of exploitation - especially in
Colombia, and like indigenous peoples, they continue to lack recognition as
These populations are therefore highly vulnerable to human trafficking and
exploitation due to the fact that the larger societies within which they live
feel no moral obligation to defend their rights. Criminal human traffickers and other
exploiters take advantage of these vulnerabilities to kidnap, rape, sex traffic
and labor traffic the poorest of the poor with little or no response from
A society like Mexico - where even middle class housewives are accustomed to
treating their unpaid, early-teen indigenous girl house servants to labor
exploitation and verbal and physical violence
and where the men of the house may be sexually abusing that child – is going to
take a long time to adapt to an externally imposed world view that says that the
forms of exploitation that their conquistador ancestors brought to the region
are no longer valid. That change is not going to happen overnight, and it is not
going to be easy.
Mexico’s current efforts to reform are to be applauded. The global anti-trafficking
activist community and its supporters in government must, however remain vigilant and
demand that Mexico continue down the path toward ending its ancient traditions
of tolerated human exploitation. For that transformation to happen effectively,
indigenous and African descendant Mexicans must be provided a place at the
table of deliberations.
Although extending equality to these marginalized groups is a radical concept
within the context of Mexican society, we insist that both Mexico, the United
Department (a major driver of
these reforms in Mexico) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC - another
major driver in the current reforms) provide the social and political spaces
that will be required to allow the groups who face the most exposure to
exploitation to actually have representation in both official and NGO
deliberations about their fate at the hands of the billion dollar cartels and
mafias who today see them as raw material and 'easy pickings' to drive their
highly lucrative global slavery profit centers.
Without taking this basic step, we cannot raise Mexico’s rating on our
anti-trafficking report card.
Time is of the essence!
End impunity now!
Aug. 05, 2011
Updated Aug. 11,2011
Note: Our August 4/5,
2011 edition contains a
number of stories that
accurately describe the
nature of the
indigenous children and
women face from modern
Added: Aug. 1, 2010
An editorial by anti trafficking activist Lydia puts the
spotlight on abusive domestic work as a form of human slavery targeting, for the
most part, indigenous women and girls
Esclavas en México
México, DF, - Cristina y Dora tenían 11 años cuando Domingo fue por ellas a la
Mixteca en Oaxaca. Don José Ernesto, un militar de la Capital, le encargó un par
de muchachitas para el trabajo del hogar. La madre pensó que si sus niñas
trabajaban con “gente decente” tendrían la posibilidad de una vida libre, de
estudiar y alimentarse, tres opciones que ella jamás podría darles por su
Cristina y Dora vivieron en el sótano, oscuro y húmedo, con un baño improvisado
en una mansión construida durante el Porfiriato, cuyos jardines y ventanales
hablan de lujos y riqueza. Las niñas aprendieron a cocinar como al patrón le
gustaba. A lo largo de 40 años no tuvieron acceso a la escuela ni al seguro
social, una de las hermanas prohijó un bebé producto de la violación del hijo
del patrón. Les permitían salir unas horas algunos sábados, porque el domingo
había comidas familiares. Sólo tres veces en cuatro décadas les dieron
vacaciones, siendo adultas, para visitar a su madre enferma...
Slaves in Mexico
[About domestic labor slavery in Mexico]
Mexico City – Cristina and
Dora were 11-years-old when Domingo picked them up in the state of Oaxaca. José
Ernesto, a military man living in Mexico City, had sent Domingo to find a pair
of girls to do domestic work for him. The girls’ mother thought that if they had
an opportunity to work with “decent people,” they would have a chance to live a
free life, to study and to eat well. Those were three things that they she could
never give them in her condition of extreme poverty.
Cristina and Dora lived in the dark and humid basement of a
mansion built during the presidency of
Porfirio Díaz (1876
to 1910). Their space had an improvised bathroom. Outside
of the home, the mansion’s elaborate gardens and elegant windows presented an
image of wealth and luxury. The girls learned to cook for the tastes of their
It is now forty years later. Cristina and Dora never had access
to an education, nor do they have the right to social security payments when
they retire. One of the sisters had a child, who was the result of her being
raped by one of their employer’s sons.
They are allowed out of the house for a few hours on Saturdays.
On Sundays they had to prepare family meals for their patron (boss).
Today, some 800,000 domestic workers are registered in Mexico.
Ninety three percent of them don’t have access to health services. Seventy Nine
percent of them have not and will not receive benefits. Their average salary is
1,112 pesos($87.94) per month. More than 8% of these workers receive no pay at
all, because their employers think that giving them a place to sleep and eat is
Sixty percent of domestic workers in Mexico are
indigenous women and girls. They began this line of work, on average, at the age
of 13. These statistics do not include those women and children who lived
locked-up in conditions of extreme domestic slavery.
Mexico’s domestic workers are vulnerable to
sexual violence, unwanted pregnancies, exploitation, racism and being otherwise
Recently, the European Parliament concluded that undocumented
migrant women face an increased risk of domestic labor slavery. In Mexico, the
majority of domestic slaves are Mexicans. Another 15% of these victims are
[undocumented] migrants from Guatemala and El Salvador. Their undocumented
status allows employers to prohibit their leaving the home, prohibit their
access to education or deny their right to have a life of their own. The same
dynamics happen to Latina women in the United States and Canada.
For centuries [middle and upper class white Mexican women] became
accustomed to looking at domestic labor slavery as something that ‘helps’
indigenous women and girls. We used the hypocritical excuse that we were lifting
them out of poverty by exploiting them. [They reality is that] millions of these
women and girls are subjected to work conditions that deny them access to
education, healthcare, and the enjoyment of a normal social life.
We (Mexico’s privileged) men and women share the responsibility
for perpetuating this form of slavery. We use contemptuous language to refer to
domestic workers. Like other forms of human trafficking, domestic labor slavery
is a product of our culture.
Domestic work is an indispensable form of labor that allows
millions of women to work. We should improve work conditions, formally recognize
it in our laws, and assure that in our homes, we are not engaging in
exploitation cloaked in the idea that we are rescuing [our domestic workers]
To wash, iron, cook and care for children is as dignified as any
other form of work. The best way for us to change the world is to start in own
“Plan B” is a column written by Lydia Cacho
that appears Mondays and Thursdays in CIMAC, El Universal and other newspapers
CIMAC Women's News Agency
July 27, 2010
Added: Aug. 4, 2011
applaud U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder, the U.S. Justice Department and all of the agencies and officers
involved in Operation Delego, which shut down a grotesque international
child pornography network that glorified and rewarded the torture and rape of
young children. We also wish you good hunting in taking down all child
pornography rings, wherever they may exist.
We call attention
to a recent story (posted on Aug. 4, 2011) on the rape with impunity of indigenous school children, from
very young ages, in the nation's now-closed Indian boarding school system. The
fact that the legislature of the state of South Dakota passed legislation that
denies victims the right to sue the priests and nuns who raped
them is just as disgusting as any of the horror stories that are associated
with the pedophile rapist / torturers who have been identified in Operation Delego.
Yet neither the
U.S. Justice Department nor the Canadian government, where yet more horrible
sexual abuses, and even murders of indigenous children took place, have ever
sought to prosecute the large number of rapists involved in these cases.
federal prosecutors drop a large number of rape cases on Indian reservations
despite the fact that indigenous women face a rate of rape in the U.S. that is
3.5 times higher that the rate faced by other groups of women. White males are
the perpetrators of the rape in 80% of these cases.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales fired eight U.S. attorneys in December of
2006, it turned out that 5 of those targeted had worked together to increase the
very low prosecution rates for criminal cases on Native reservations. Their
firings did a disservice to victims of rape and other serious crimes in Indian Country.
peoples of the Americas demand an end to the rampant sexual exploitation with
impunity of our peoples, be they from the United States, Mexico, Brazil,
Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru or Canada.
We expect the United Stated Government to set the
tone and lead the way in that change in social values.
Time is of the
End impunity now!
Aug. 05, 2011
Added: Apr. 17, 2011
Donna Gavin, commander of the Boston
Police Human Trafficking Unit, at
Norma Ramos, executive director of
Coalition Against Trafficking in
Wheelock professor and anti
Dr. Gail Dines,
and survivor and activist
Jimenez speak at Wheelock
Chuck Goolsby speaks up to represent
the interests of Latin American and
indigenous victims at Wheelock
Wheelock College anti-trafficking event
Stopping the Pimps, Stopping the Johns: Ending the Demand for Sex Trafficking
This event is part of Wheelock's sixth annual "Winter Policy Talks."
•Donna Gavin, commander of the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit and the Massachusetts Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking. She is a sergeant detective of the Boston Police Department.
•Cherie Jimenez, who used her own experiences in the sex trade to create a Boston-area program for women
•Norma Ramos, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
•Gail Dines, Wheelock professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and chair of the American Studies Department
March 30, 2011
Wheelock College to discuss Massachusetts sex trafficking
Wheelock College is set to hold a panel discussion on the growing sex trafficking in Massachusetts.
The discussion, titled "Stopping the Pimps, Stopping the Johns: Ending the Demand for Sex Trafficking," is scheduled for Wednesday and will feature area experts and law enforcement officials.
Those scheduled to speak include Donna Gavin, commander of the Boston Police human trafficking unit and the Massachusetts task force to combat human trafficking.
Experts believe around 14,000 to 17,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. every year, including those from Latin America, Asia and Africa.
The panel is part of the Brookline school's sixth annual "Winter Policy Talks."
The Associated Press
March 30, 2011
On March 30, 2011 Wheelock College in Boston
presented a forum that explored human
trafficking and ways to end demand. Like many
human trafficking gatherings held around the
world, the presenters at this event provided an
empathetic and intelligent window into current
thinking within the different interest
groups that make up this movement. Approximately
40 college students and local anti-trafficking
activists attended the event.
Norma Ramos, executive director of the Coalition
Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) spoke about
current human trafficking conditions around the
world. Pornography abolitionist Dr. Gail Dines
of Wheelock presented a slide show on
pornography and its link to the issue of
prostitution demand. Survivor Cherie Jimenez
told her story of over 20 years facing abuse at
the hands of pimps, and her current efforts to
support underage girls in prostitution.
Detective Donna Gavin discussed the Boston
Police Department’s efforts to assist women and
girls in prostitution, including the fact that
her department’s vice operations helping women
in prostitution avoid criminal prosecution to
the extent possible.
The presentation grew into an intelligent
discussion about a number of issues that the
presenters felt were impacting the effectiveness
of the movement. Among these issues were
perceptions on the part of Dr. Dines that a
number of activists in the human trafficking
movement have expressed pro-pornography points
of view. She added that the great majority of
college students in women’s programs with whom
she talks express a pro-pornography perspective. Panelists
also expressed the view that many men
who lead anti-trafficking organizations also
have a pro-pornography viewpoint.
Cherie Jimenez shared her opinion that U.S. born
victims do not get as much visibility and attention
relative to foreign born
victims. She emphasized that victims from all
backgrounds are the same, and should be treated
Jimenez emphasized that much of her work as an
activist focuses on helping young women who, at
age 18, leave state supported foster care, and
must then survive on their own. She emphasized
that foster care is a broken system that exposes
underage girls to routine sexual abuse. CATW’s
Ramos, who was a victim of that system herself,
Ramos, head of the global Coalition Against
Trafficking in Women and Girls for Sexual
Exploitation (CATW), emphasized that men who
operate in the arena of anti sex trafficking
activism must be accountable to women activists,
because the issue was a gender issue. She also
stated that she approached the human trafficking
issue from an indigenous world view.
In response to a question from a Latina woman
about services for transgender youth, Detective
Gavin of the Boston Police Department stated
that they have not run into sex trafficking
cases involving males. Norma Ramos did note that
sex trafficked male youth did exist in
significant numbers in the New
York City area.
During the question and answer period of the
forum, I spent about 15 minutes discussing
the issue of human trafficking from the Latin
American, Latin Diaspora and indigenous
* I noted that as a male anti-trafficking
activist, I have devoted the past dozen years of
that activism to advocating for the voiceless
women and girls in Latin America, the United
States and in advanced nations of the world in
Europe and Japan where Latina and indigenous
victims are widely exploited.
* I pointed out that within the Boston area as
elsewhere within the United States, the brutal
tactics of traffickers, as well as the
Spanish/English language barrier, the cultural
code of silence and tolerance for exploitation
that are commonplace within Latin immigrant
communities all allow sex trafficking to
flourish in the Latin barrios of Boston such as
East Boston, Chelsea, Everett and Jamaica Plain.
* I also mentioned that during the current climate
of recession and increased immigration law
enforcement operations, Latina women and girls
face a loss of jobs and income, and a loss of
opportunities to survive with dignity, which are
all factors that expose them to the risk of
commercial sexual exploitation.
* I mentioned that the sex trafficking of women
and girls in Latin America focuses on the crisis
in Mexico, which, I stated was the epicenter of
sex trafficking activity in the Americas.
* I stated that the U.S. anti-trafficking
movement cannot make any progress while it
continues to treat the sex trafficking crisis in
Mexico as a secondary issue.
* I mentioned that Teresa Ulloa, director of the
Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
for Latin America and the Caribbean (CATW-LAC),
was a stellar activist who has provided the
vanguard of leadership in anti sex trafficking
activism in the region. I added that Ulloa
recently promoted statistics developed by the
Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, that
state that 25% of the Gross Domestic Product
across all Latin American nations is derived
from human trafficking.
mentioned that a number
of years ago, I
called-on my local
police department to
enforce the law and
arrest an adult man who
was severely sexually
harassing an 11-year-old
These two officers
told me in a matter of fact way that they could not respond to what the
county Police Academy had taught them (in cultural sensitivity classes
there) was just a part of Latino culture.
As is the case in most public events that I
attend that address the crisis in human
trafficking, the issue of Latina and indigenous
victims (who are the majority of U.S. victims)
would not have been discussed in detail without
the participation of
The event was an enlightening experience. My
perception is that both the activists and the
audience were made aware of the dynamics of the
crisis of mass gender atrocities that women and
children are facing in Latin America, the
Caribbean and in their migrant communities
across the globe.
End impunity now!
shows the number of types of child slavery that occur in the
nations of Latin America and the Caribbean
Indigenous children are the focal point for underage sex and labor slavery in Mexico
Around 1.5 million children do not attend school at all in Mexico, having or choosing to work instead. Indigenous children are often child laborers. Throughout Central and South America, indigenous people are frequently marginalized, both economically and socially. Many have lost their traditional land rights and they migrate in order to find paid work. This can in turn make indigenous peoples more vulnerable to exploitative and forced labor practices.
According to the web site Products of Slavery.org, child slavery, especially that which exploits indigenous
children, is used to generate profits in the following industries in Mexico:
The production of Child
The production of coffee,
tobacco, beans, chile peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, melons, onions,
sugarcane and tomatoes - much of which is sold for export
Key facts about Mexican child sex
and labor exploitation defined on the Product of Slavery:
Many indigenous children in
Mexico aged between seven and 14 work during the green bean harvest
from 7am until 7pm, meaning they cannot attend school.
Amongst Mexico's indigenous
peoples, 86% of children, aged six years and over, are engaged in
strenuous physical labor in the fields six days a week working to
cultivate agricultural produce such as chile peppers.
Indigenous child labor keeps
costs of production down for Mexican companies as boys and girls
from indigenous families are frequently denied recognition of their
legal status as workers, charged with the least skilled tasks, such
as harvesting cucumbers, and so receive the lowest pay.
Child labor is widespread in
Mexico's agricultural sector; in 2000, it was discovered that 11 and
12 year olds were working on the family ranch of the then-President
elect, Vicente Fox, harvesting onions, potatoes, and corn for export
to the United States.
[I know a couple of U.S. ICE agents who can add 'another
paragraph' to the above statement -
Mexican children who are
exploited by the sex industry and involved in activities such as
pornography and prostitution suffer physical injuries, long-term
psychological damage with the strong possibility of developing
suicidal tendencies and are at high risk of contracting AIDS,
tuberculosis and other life-threatening illnesses.
There are strong links between
tourism and the sexual exploitation of children in Mexico; tourist
centers such as Acapulco, Cancun and Tijuana are prime locations
where thousands of children are used in the production of
pornographic material and child prostitution is rife.
Mexican street children are
vulnerable to being lured into producing pornographic material with
promises of toys, food, money, and accommodation; they then find
themselves prisoners, locked for days or weeks on end in hotel rooms
or apartments, hooked on drugs and suffering extreme physical and
David Salgado was just eight
years old when he was crushed by a tractor as he went to empty the
bucket of tomatoes he had just collected on the Mexican vegetable
farm where he worked with his family. The company paid his funeral
expenses but refused to pay compensation to his family as David was
not a formal employee.
The web site explores child enslavement in all of the nations shown in the above
Products of Slavery
North Carolina, USA
Sale" - A composite from a poster announcing Davidson College's
recent event on Human
See the complete poster
Chuck Goolsby speaks at Davidson College
February 3rd of 2011 I travelled to Davidson College, located in a beautiful
community north of Charlotte, North Carolina, to provide a 90 minute
presentation on the crisis of sexual slavery in Latin America, and in Latin
American immigrant communities across the United States. I thank the members of
Davidson's Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) and the Vann
Center for Ethics for cosponsoring the
presentation, and for their hospitality and hard work in setting up this event.
During my talk I described many of the dynamics of how sexual slavery works in
the Americas. I summarized the work of
as one of the few English
language voices engaging the world in an effort to place Latin American gender
exploitation issues on an equal footing with the rest of the world's struggle
against sex trafficking. I covered the facts that:
Sexual slavery has long been condoned in Latin America;
Community tolerance of sexual exploitation, and a cultural code of
silence work to hide crimes of violence against women across the
The multi-billion dollar pockets of Latin American drug cartels,
together with the increasing effectiveness of anti-drug trafficking
law enforcement efforts are driving cartel money into major
investments in kidnapping, 'breaking-in' and selling underage girls
and young women into slavery globally, en mass;
Men in poverty who have grown up in [especially rural] cultures
where women's equality does not exist, are prime candidates to
participate in the sex trafficking industry - this is especially
true in locations such as Tlaxcala state, just east of Mexico City,
where an estimated 50% of the adults in the La
Meca neighborhood of the major city of Tenancingo are involved in
Male traffickers, often from family organized mafias of adults and
teens [especially in Tlaxcala], either kidnap women and girls
directly, or engage in false romances with potential victims that
result in the victim's beating, gang rape and enslavement, getting
the victim pregnant - and then leaving the infant with the
trafficker's family as a form of bribery [threatening the baby's
death if the victim does not continue to submit to forced sexual
Traffickers typically take their victims from Tlaxcala, to Mexico
City, and to Tijuana on the U.S. border - from which they are
shipped like merchandise to Tokyo, Madrid, Amsterdam, Los Angeles,
Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington, DC and New York City;
Traffickers also bring victims to farm labor camps large and small
across the rural U.S.;
North Carolina, including the major population centers of
Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte are places where Latina immigrant
sexual slavery is a major problem (given the rapid growth in the
local immigrant population, who see the state as a place with lots
of jobs and a low cost of living);
Mexico's government is reluctant (to be polite) to engage the issue
of ending human trafficking (despite recent presidential rhetoric),
as exemplified by the multi-year delay in setting up the regulations
and inter-agency collaborations needed to actually enforce the
nation's 2007 Law to Prevent and Punish Human Trafficking (note that
only in early 2011 has the final element of the legislation been put
into place to actually activate the law - which some legislators
accurate refer to as a "dead letter.");
heroes such as activist
Lydia Cacho have faced retaliation and death
threats for years for having dared to stand-up against the child sex
trafficking networks whose money and influence corrupts state and
it is up to each and every person to decide how to engage in
activism to end all forms of human slavery, wherever they may exist.
Virtually everyone in the crowd that attended the event had heard about human
trafficking prior to the February 3rd presentation. They left the event knowing important details about the
facts involved in the Latin American crisis and the difficulties that activists
face in their efforts to speak truth to power and the forces of impunity. A number of
attendees thanked me for my presentation, and are now new readers of
The below text is from Davidson College's announcement for this event.
Slavery is (thankfully) illegal
everywhere today. But sadly, it is still practiced secretly in many
parts of the world. One persistent form of it occurs when women and
girls are forced into prostitution or sexual slavery, sometimes by
being kidnapped and trafficked or smuggled across national borders.
Chuck Goolsby has worked tirelessly
for decades to expose and end this horrific, outrageous practice. As
the founder and coordinator of
LibertadLatina, much of his work has
focused on sex-trafficking in the Latin American context. Join us
to hear from him regarding the nature and scope of the current
problem, and what we can do to help stop it.
We have given similar presentations to groups such as Latinas
United for Justice, a student organization located at the John Jay College
for Criminal Justice in New York City.
We are available for conferences and other speaking engagements
to address the topics of human trafficking in its Latin American, Latin
Diaspora, Afro-Latina and Indigenous dimensions.
Please write to us in regard to your event.
Feb. 26, 2011
The United States
Tiffany Williams of the Break the Chain Campaign
Highlighting New Issues in Ending Violence Against Women; More Women Afraid To Come Forward And Access Services
Congressional leaders will participate in an ad-hoc hearing examining violence against immigrant women this Thursday on Capitol Hill
Washington, DC—Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Gwendolyn Moore (D-WI) will co-chair an ad-hoc hearing this Thursday afternoon, bearing witness to the testimony of immigrant women and advocates who are speaking out about increasing barriers to ending violence against immigrant women and families. Honorable guests Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) will join the co-chairs.
Maria Bolaños of Maryland will share her personal story. Juana Flores from Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), an immigrant women’s organization in California and the Rev. Linda Olson Peebles from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington will share the perspective of community groups, and legal advocates Leslye Orloff (Legal Momentum) and Miriam Yeung (NAPAWF) will offer testimony in light of the expected 2011 re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
WHAT: Ad-hoc hearing on violence against immigrant women
WHEN: Feb. 10, 2011 - 2 pm-3 pm
WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2456
WHO: Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Gwendolyn Moore, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Napolitano, members of the press, domestic violence advocates, immigrant rights advocates, and other invited guest
Co-Sponsoring Organizations: 9to5, AFL-CIO, Family Values @ Work Consortium, Franciscan Action Network, Institute for Policy Studies, Legal Momentum, MomsRising, Ms. Foundation for Women, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, National Immigration Law Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, South Asian Americans Leading Together, United Methodist Women/Civil Rights Initiative, Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Contact: Tiffany Williams
Tel. (202) 787-5245; Cell (202) 503-8604; E-mail:
The Institute for Policy Studies / Break the Chains Campaign
Feb. 9, 2011
The United States
Silencing human trafficking victims in America
Women should be able to access victim services, regardless of their immigration status.
Thanks to a wave of anti-immigrant proposals in state legislatures across the nation, fear of deportation and family separation has forced many immigrant women to stay silent rather than report workplace abuse and exploitation to authorities. The courts have weakened some of these laws and the most controversial pieces of Arizona's SB 1070 law have been suspended. Unfortunately, America's anti-immigrant fervor continues to boil.
As a social worker, I've counseled both U.S.-born and foreign-born women who have experienced domestic violence, or have been assaulted by either their employers or the people who brought them to the United States. I'm increasingly alarmed by this harsh immigration enforcement climate because of its psychological impact on families and the new challenge to identify survivors of crime who are now too afraid to come forward.
For the past decade, I've helped nannies, housekeepers, caregivers for the elderly, and other domestic workers in the Washington metropolitan area who have survived human trafficking. A majority of these women report their employers use their immigration status to control and exploit them, issuing warnings such as "if you try to leave, the police will find you and deport you." Even women who come to the United States on legal work visas, including those caring for the children of diplomats or World Bank employees, experience these threats.
Though law enforcement is a key partner in responding to human trafficking, service providers continue to struggle with training authorities to identify trafficking and exploitation in immigrant populations, especially when the trafficking is for labor and not sex. While local human trafficking task forces spend meetings developing outreach plans, our own state governments are undermining these efforts with extremely harsh and indiscriminate crackdowns on immigrants...
Regardless of their legal status, these women are human beings working hard to
feed their families. Their home countries' economies have been by shattered by
globalization. Our economic system depends on their cheap labor. Yet much of the
debate about U.S. borders fails to acknowledge immigrants as people, or
appreciate the numerous cultural contributions that ethnic diversity has
provided this country. As a result, humane comprehensive immigration reform
remains out of reach in
We're a nation of immigrants and a nation of hard-working families. An economic crisis caused by corporate greed has turned us against each other in desperation and fear. We should band together to uphold our traditional values of family unity, to give law enforcement the tools they need to provide effective victim protection and identification rather than reactionary laws, and ensure that women can access victim services, regardless of immigration status.
Tiffany Williams is the advocacy director for Break The Chain Campaign, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.
The Huffington Post
Feb. 07, 2011
salute the Break the
Chain Campaign and their
advocacy director, Tiffany
Williams, for bringing voice
to the voiceless immigrant
working women and girls
(underage teens) across the
United States. Latin
American and other immigrant
women routinely face
quid-pro-quo sexual demands
of "give me sex or get out"
from male managers and
supervisors across the
low-wage service sector of
the U.S. economy.
My advocacy for victims of
began with efforts to
provide direct victim
assistance to Latina women
facing workplace gender
in the Washington,
DC region. My work included
rescuing two Colombian women
from the fearful labor
slavery that they faced in
two diplomatic households in
Montgomery County, Maryland,
just north of Washington,
DC. I also assisted six
women in bringing complaints
to police and to our local
Montgomery County human rights commission
(a local processor of U.S.
Immigrant women have never
had free and equal access to
the legal system to address
these employer abuses. The
Break the Chain Campaign
rightly identifies the fact
that the social and
political climate in the
U.S. in the year 2011 is
creating conditions in which
immigrant women and girl
victims fear coming forward.
It is encouraging that the
Break the Chains Campaign
openly identifies the sexual
and labor exploitation of
immigrant women and girls in
domestic and other low wage
service jobs as being forms
of human trafficking. Ten
years ago, local
organizations in the
Washington, DC region did
not buy into that view of
Conditions have not changed
for the better for at-risk
immigrant women and girls
since we first wrote about
this issue in the year 1994
These community continues to need our
persistent help on this
End impunity now!
- Chuck Goolsby
Feb. 10, 2011
during the 1990s.
Our section covering human trafficking, workplace rape and community exploitation facing Latina women and children in the Washington, DC regional area.
Latina Workplace Rape
workers face managerial threats of 'give me sex or get out!'
across the U.S. and Latin America.
On the Front Lines of the War Against
Impunity in Gender Exploitation
and the press ignored
all of these victims
cases in which Chuck
Workplace Rape with
corporation working on defense and civilian
U.S. government contracts permitted
quid-pro-quo sexual demands, sexual coercion
and retaliatory firings targeted at Latina
adult and underage
teen cleaning workers.
Rockville, Maryland -
Workplace Assault and Battery
slapped across the chest
and knocked to the floor by
her manager in
the Rockville offices
of a federal agency, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric
The local Maryland
State's Attorney's Office repeatedly
pressured the victim (through calls to Chuck
Goolsby) to drop her insistence
on having her assailant prosecuted.
- Case 3
Central Plaza office complex
Workplace Rape and Forced
Over a dozen
women were illegally fired for not giving in
the sexual demands of three Latino
cleaning crew managers who forced women and
underage girls into quid-pro-quo sexual
relationships as a condition of retaining
Some women were forced to
commit acts of prostitution in this office
building, that housed Maryland state government
and other offices.
doctor who leased office space at One
Central Plaza filed a formal complaint with
the building owners
and stated that
was finding his
dirtied by sexual activity after-hours
(cleaning managers had keys to access these
offices to have them cleaned).
A pregnant woman was
severely sexually harassed, and was fired
and told to come back after her child was
born, when she could be sexually exploited.
The Montgomery County,
Maryland County Human Relations commission
in 1995 literally buried the officially
filed casework of this pregnant woman and
another victim, who had an audio tape of a
20 minute attempt by her manager to rape her.
Both detectives at the Montgomery County
Police Department (where I worked part-time
during those times) and a team of Washington
Post reporters refused to investigate this
crisis of workplace impunity.
A Latina Washington Post reporter, when
explaining to me why she would not cover the
story said, "well, after all, you are trying
to accuse these guys (the perpetrators) of
felonies." The same reporter stated that her
manager would not allow her to cover the
story because it was a "dangerous
To this day I continue to ask myself,
If it was a
dangerous situation, was it not, then,
The above three cases
are among those
documented in my below
report from 1994.
1994 Report on the Sexual Exploitation
of Latina immigrant Women and Girls in
Montgomery County, Maryland (a suburb of
project grew directly
out of these initial
efforts to speak truth
to the official and
criminal impunity in our
society that openly
and girls for sexual
Human trafficking slur
on Commonwealth Games
The jinxed Commonwealth
Games could have done
without this. After
being troubled by
CWG 2010 has now been
blamed for a jump in
trafficking of women and
children from the
accusation has come from
Meghalaya People’s Human
Rights Council (MPHRC)
general secretary Dino
D.G. Dympep. The
platform he chose on
Tuesday was the general
debate discussion on
xenophobia and other
intolerance at the 15th
Human Rights Council
Session at the UN
headquarters in Geneva,
“The human rights
situation of indigenous
peoples living in
Northeast India is
said, adding New Delhi
has chose to be
indifferent to human
trafficking of and
toward these indigenous
“What worries the
indigenous peoples now
apart from racial and
gender-based violence is
the fear of alleged
human trafficking for
flesh trade.” The number
of indigenous women and
particularly for the
upcoming CGW could be
15,000, he said.
The rights activist also
underscored the racial
profiling of people from
the Northeast on the
basis of their
religious, cultural and
Dympep also pointed out
86 per cent of
studying or working away
from their native places
various forms such as
sexual abuses, rapes,
physical attacks and
“The UN has condemned
India's caste system and
termed it worse than
racism. The racism faced
by indigenous peoples of
the Northeast is
definitely the outcome
of the caste system.
Such negative attitude
as ignoring the region
will only lead to deeper
self-alienation by the
which comes in the way
of integration in
India,” he said.
Sep. 28, 2010
across the world face
the problem of being
marginalized by the
dominant societies that
surround them. They
become the easiest
targets for human
traffickers because the
larger society will not
stand up to defend their
basic human rights.
Exploiting the lives and
the sexuality of
indigenous women is a
key aspect of this
dynamic of oppression.
denounce all forms of
exploitation. We call
the world's attention to
the fact that tens of
thousands of indigenous
peoples in the Americas,
and most especially
women and girls in
Guatemala and Mexico,
are routinely being
kidnapped or cajoled
into becoming victims of
centuries, the economies
of Latin America have
relied upon the forced
labor and sexual
exploitation of the
peoples as a cornerstone
of their economic and
social lives. Mexico,
with an indigenous
comprises 30% of the
nation, is a glaring
example of this dynamic
of racial, ethnic and
gender (machismo) based
oppression. In Mexico,
indigenous victims are
not 'visible' to the
authorities, and are on
nobody's list of social
groups who need to be
assisted to defend
themselves against the
criminal impunity of the
sex and labor
Mexico to arrive in the
21st Century community
of nations, it must
begin the process of
ending these feudal-era
End impunity now!
New York, USA
from left) and
at UN / Brandeis
Hidden in Plain Sight: The
News Media's Role in
Exposing Human Trafficking
The Schuster Institute for
Investigative Journalism at
cosponsored a first-ever
United Nations panel
discussion about how the
news media is exposing and
explaining modern slavery
and human trafficking -- and
how to do it better. Below
are the transcript and video
from that conference, held
at the United Nations
headquarters in New York
City on June 16 and
co-sponsored by the United
States Mission to the United
Nations and the United
Nations Office on Drugs and
Take a look as some leading
policymakers debate coverage
of human trafficking. What
hinders good reporting on
human trafficking? What do
journalists fear when they
report on slaves and
slavery? Why cover the
subject in the first place?
What are the common
reporting mistakes and
missteps that can do more
harm than good to
trafficking victims, and to
government, NGO, and
individual efforts to end
the traffic of persons for
others' profit and pleasure?
Among the main points:
Panelists urged reporters
and editors to avoid
salacious details and
splashy, "sexy" headlines
that can prevent a more
nuanced examination of
trafficked persons' lives
Journalists lamented the
lack of solid data, noting
that the available
insufficient, and often
skewed by ideology.
As an example, the two
officials on the panel --
Ambassador Luis CdeBaca,
head of the U.S. Office to
Monitor and Combat
Trafficking in Persons, and
Antonio Maria Costa,
executive director of the
U.N. Office on Drugs and
Crime -- disagreed on the
number of rescued
trafficking victims. Costa
thought the number was
likely less than half
CdeBaca's estimate (from the
Organization) of 50,000
victims rescued worldwide...
July 15, 2010
In response to the above
article by the Huffington
Post, on the topic of press
coverage of the issue of
human trafficking, we would
like to point out that the
project came into existence
because of a lack of
interest and/or willingness
on the part of many (but not
all) reporters and editors
in the press, and also on
the part of government
agencies and academics, to
acknowledge and target the
rampant sexual violence
faced by Latina and
indigenous women and
children across both Latin
America and the Latin
Diaspora in the Untied
States, Canada, and in other
advanced economies such as
those of western Europe and
Ten years after starting
more substantial press
coverage is taking place.
However, the crisis of
ongoing mass gender
atrocities that plague Latin
America, including human
trafficking, community based
sexual violence, a gender
hostile living environment
and government and social
complicity (and especially
in regard to the region's
indigenous and African
descended victims - who are
especially targeted for
victimization), continue to
be largely ignored or
intentionally untouched by
the press, official
government action, academic
investigation and NGO
Therefore we persist in
broadcasting the message
that the crisis in Latin
America and its Diaspora
cannot and will not be
End impunity now!
Video of Mexican Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont's presentation at the Feb. 23rd and 24th, 2010 congressional Forum for Analysis and Discussion in Regard to Criminal Law to Control Human Trafficking.
[Ten minutes - In Spanish]
Deputy Rosi Orozco
Feb. 26, 2010
Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way!
Mexican Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont's presentation at the congressional Forum for Analysis and Discussion in Regard to Criminal Law to Control Human Trafficking has been widely quoted in the Mexican press. We have posted some of those articles here (see below).
The video of Secretary Mont's discourse shows that he is passionate about the idea of raising awareness about human trafficking. He states: "Making [trafficking] visible is the first step towards liberation."
Secretary Mont believes that the solution to human trafficking in Mexico will come from raising awareness about trafficking and from understanding the fact that machismo, its resulting family violence and also the nation's widespread extreme poverty are the dynamics that push at-risk children and youth into the hands of exploiters.
During Secretary Mont's talk he expressed his strongly held belief that federalizing the nation's criminal anti-trafficking laws is, in effect, throwing good money after bad. In his view, the source of the problem is not those whom criminal statutes would target, but the fundamental social ills that drive the problem.
The Secretary's views have an element of wisdom in them. We believe, however, that his approach is far too conservative. An estimated 500,000 victims of human trafficking exist in Mexico (according to veteran activist Teresa Ulloa of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women - Latin American and Caribbean branch - CATW-LAC).
A note about the figures quoted to describe the number of child sexual exploitation victims in Mexico...
Widely quoted 'official' figures state that between 16,000 and 20,000 underage victims of sex trafficking exist in Mexico.
We believe that, if the United States acknowledges that 200,000 to 300,000 underage children and youth are caught-up in the commercial sexual exploitation of children - CSEC, at any one time, based on a population of 310 million, (a figure of between .00064 and .00096 percent of the population), then the equivalent numbers for Mexico would be between 68,000 and 102,000 child and youth victims of CSEC for its estimated 107 million in population.
Given Mexico's vastly greater level of poverty, its legalization of adult prostitution, and given that southern Mexico alone is known to be the largest zone in the world for the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), with 10,000 children
in the city of Tapachula (according to ECPAT figures), then the total number of underage children and youth caught-up in prostitution in Mexico is most likely not anywhere near the 16,000 to 20,000 figure that was first released in a particular research study from more than five years ago and continues to be so widely quoted today.
being prostituted just
Regardless of what the actual figures are, they include a very large number of victims.
While officials such as Secretary Mont philosophize about disabling anti-trafficking law enforcement and rescue and restoration efforts, while instead relying upon arriving at some far-off day when Mexican society raises its awareness and empathy for victims (and that is Mont's policy proposal as stated during the recent trafficking law forum), tens of thousands of victims who are being kidnapped, raped, enslaved and sold to the highest bidder need our help. They need our urgent intervention. As a result of their enslavement, they typically live for only a few years, if that, according to experts.
The reality is that the tragic plight of victims can and must be prevented. Those who have already been victimized must be rescued and restored to dignity.
That is not too much to ask from a Mexico that calls itself a member of civilized society.
Mexico exists at the very top of world-wide statistics on the enslavement of human beings. Save the Children recognizes the southern border region of Mexico as being the largest zone for the commercial sexual exploitation of children on Planet Earth.
Colombian and Mexican drug cartels, Japanese Yakuza mafias and the Russian Mob are all 'feeding upon' (kidnapping, raping, and exporting) many of the thousands of Central and South American migrant women who cross into Mexico. They also prey upon thousands of young
Mexican girls and women (and especially those who are Indigenous), who remain unprotected by the otherwise modern state of Mexico, where Roman Empire era feudal traditions of exploiting the poor and the Indigenous as slaves are honored and defended by the wealthy elites who profit (economically and sexually) from such barbarism.
Within this social environment, the more extreme forms of modern slavery are not seen as being outrageous by the average citizen. These forms of brutal exploitation have been used continuously in Mexico for 500 years.
We reiterate our view, as expressed in our Feb. 26th and 27th 2010 commentary about Secretary Mont.
Interior Secretary Mont has presided over the two year delay in implementing the provisions of the nation's first anti-trafficking law, the Law to Prevent, and Punish Human Trafficking, passed by Congress in 2007.
The regulations required to enable the law were left unpublished by the Interior Secretary for 11 months after the law was passed.
When the regulation were published, they were weak, and left out a role for the nation's leading anti-trafficking agency, the Special Prosecutor for Violent Crimes Against Women and Human Trafficking in the Attorney General's office (FEVIMTRA).
The regulations failed to target organized crime.
The Inter-Agency Commission to Fight Human Trafficking, called for in the law, was only stood-up in late 2009, two years after the law's passage, and only after repeated agitation by members of Congress demanding that President Calderón act to create the Commission.
Today, the National Program to Fight Human Trafficking, also called for in the 2007 law, has yet to be created by the
In early February of 2010, Senator Irma Martínez Manríquez stated that the 2007 anti-trafficking law and its long-sought regulations were a 'dead letter' due to the power of impunity that has contaminated the political process.
All of the delaying tactics that were used to thwart the will and intent of Congress in passing the 2007 anti-trafficking law originated in the National Action Party (PAN) administration of President Felipe Calderón. All aspects of the 2007 law that called for regulations, commissions and programs were the responsibility of Interior Secretary Mont to implement. That job was never performed, and the 2007 law is now accurately referred to as a "dead letter" by members of Congress.
Those of us in the world community who actively support the use of criminal sanctions to suppress and ultimately defeat the multi-billion dollar power of human trafficking networks must come to the aid of the many political and non governmental organization leaders in Mexico who are working to create a breakthrough, to end the impasse which the traditionalist forces in the PAN political machine have thrown-up as a gauntlet to defeat effective anti-trafficking legislation.
Interior Secretary Mont's vision for the future, which involves continuing on a course of complete inaction on the law enforcement front, must be rejected as a capitulation to the status quo, and as a nod to the traffickers.
While "Little Brown Maria in the Brothel" - our metaphor for the voiceless victims, suffers yet another day chained to a bed in Tijuana, Acapulco, Matamoros, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico City, Tlaxcala, Tapachula and Cancun, the entire law enforcement infrastructure of Mexico sits by and does virtually nothing to stop this mass gender atrocity from happening.
That is a completely unacceptable state of affairs for a Mexico that is a member of the world community, and that is a signatory to international protocols that fight human trafficking and that defend women and children's human rights.
We once again call upon U.S. Ambassador at Large Luis CdeBaca, director of the Trafficking in Persons office at the State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama to stand-up and speak out with the moral authority of the United States in support of the forces of change in Mexico.
Political leaders and non governmental organizations around the world also have a responsibility to speak-up, and to let the government of President Felipe Calderón know that the fact that his ruling party
(finally) supported presenting a forum on trafficking, and the holding of a few press conferences, is not enough of a policy turn-around to be convincing.
The PAN must take strong action to aggressively combat the explosive growth in human slavery in Mexico in accordance with international standards. Those at risk, and those who are today victims, await your effective response to their emergency, President Calderón.
Enacting a 'general' federal law that is enforceable in all of Mexico's states would be a good fist step to show the world that sincere and honest voices against modern day slavery do exist in Congress, and are willing to draw a line in the sand on this issue.
As for Secretary Mont, we suggest, kind sir, that you consider the age-old entrepreneurial adage, and either "lead, follow, or get out of the way" of progress.
No more delays!
There is no time to waste!
End impunity now!
- Chuck Goolsby
March 1, 2010
Víctimas del tráfico de personas, 5 millones de mujeres y niñas en América Latina
De esa cifra, más de 500 mil casos ocurren en México, señalan especialistas.
Five million victims of Human Trafficking Exist in Latin America
Saltillo, Coahuila state - Teresa Ulloa Ziaurriz, the director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women's Latin American / Caribbean regional office, announced this past Monday that more than five million women and girls are currently victims of human trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean.
During a forum on successful treatment approaches for trafficking victims held by the Women's Institute of Coahuila, Ulloa Ziaurriz stated that 500,000 of these cases exist in Mexico, where women and girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation, pornography and the illegal harvesting of human organs.
Ulloa Ziaurriz said that human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world today, a fact that has given rise to the existence of a very large number of trafficking networks who operate with the complicity of both [corrupt] government officials and business owners.
Mexico is a country of origin, transit and also destination for trafficked persons. Of 500,000 victims in Mexico, 87% are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation.
Ulloa Ziaurriz pointed out that locally in Coahuila state, the nation's human trafficking problem shows up in the form of child prostitution in cities such as Ciudad Acuña as well as other population centers along Mexico's border with the United States.
- Notimex / La Jornada Online
Dec. 12, 2007
Mexico: Más de un millón de menores se prostituyen en el centro del país: especialista
Expert: More than one million minors are sexually exploited in Central Mexico
Tlaxcala city, in Tlaxcala state - Around 1.5 million people in the central region of Mexico are engaged in prostitution, and some 75% of them are between 12 and 13 years of age, reported Teresa Ulloa, director of the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean...
La Jornada de Oriente
Sep. 26, 2009
[Note: The figure of 75% of 1.5 million indicates that 1.1 million girls between the ages of 12 and 13 at any given time engage in prostitution in central Mexico alone. - LL]
stands next to a
police car with an
About Child Sexual
Slavery in Mexico
of foreign sex
tourists arrive in
Cancun daily from
the U.S., Canada and
Europe with the
intention of having
sex with children,
according to a short
documentary film by
a local NGO (see
below link). Police
business model, that
of engaging in child
sex tourism, exists
border with the
U.S., along Mexico's
southern border with
Belize], and in
Cancun and Veracruz.
Thousands of U.S.
men cross Mexico's
border or fly to
tourist resorts each
day to have sex with
Mexico's well heeled
business model of
selling children for
sex to every major
city as well as to
migrant farm labor
across the U.S.
Human trafficking in
the U.S. will never
despite the passage
of more advanced
laws and the
existence of ongoing
improvements to the
model, until the
sexual slavery in
Mexico is brought to an
within the federal
Mexico show little
interest in ending
the mass torture and
rape of this
We must continue to
pressured them to do
End Impunity now!
Dark Side of Cancun
- a short
Produced by Mark
About the case of
Our one page flyer
Maria Jirón Silva (Microsoft Word
Added: Dec. 03, 2009
Award-winning anti-child sex trafficking activist, journalist, author and women's center director Lydia Cacho
Muertes por violencia en México podrían ser plan de limpieza social: Cacho
Especialistas indagan si asesinatos vinculados con el crimen son una estrategia del Estado, dijo.
Madrid. Las muertes por violencia en México en los últimos años, 15 mil en los últimos tres años, podrían formar parte de un plan de "limpieza social por parte del Estado mexicano", declaró este lunes en Madrid la periodista mexicana Lydia Cacho….
Deaths from violence in Mexico could be the results of social cleansing: Lydia Cacho
Specialists are investigating whether murders are state strategy, Cacho says.
Madrid. Deaths from violence in Mexico in recent years, including 15,000 during the past three years, could form part of a plan of "social cleansing by the Mexican State," declared Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho in Madrid, Spain on Monday.
"Experts are beginning to investigate at this time in Mexico whether these 15,000 murders are linked to intentional social cleansing by the Mexican State," Cacho said in a press conference in which she denounced human rights violations and persecution of the press in her country.
Since President Felipe Calderón [became president] three years ago, we have been witnessing a growing authoritarianism in Mexico "justified by the war " (on drugs), in which " militari-zation, and harassment of journalists and human rights defenders is increasing danger-ously," stated Cacho.
Cacho was kidnapped [by rogue state police agents] and tortured in Mexico after divulging information about a pedophile ring in which businessmen and politicians were involved.
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) will determine in an upcoming decision whether Mexican authorities violated the rights of the journalist in that case.
The foundation that bears Cacho's name, created in Madrid a year ago, is organizing a concert to raise funds to help pay for her defense before the IACHR...
Cacho is the author of [the child sex trafficking exposé] The Demons of Eden. In recent years she has received several awards for her work on behalf of human rights carried out through investigative journalism, including the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Award.
Agence France Presse (AFP)
Nov. 23, 2009
Mexican Government Part of Problem, Not Solution, Writer Says
Madrid - A muckraking Mexican journalist known for exposes of pedophile rings and child prostitution said on Monday that President Felipe Calderón’s bloody campaign against Mexico’s drug cartels is “not a battle for justice and social peace.”
Lydia Cacho, who has faced death threats and judicial persecution for her writings, told a press conference in Madrid that Mexico’s justice system is “impregnated with corruption and impunity.”
Accompanied by the head of the Lydia Cacho Foundation, Spanish screenwriter Alicia Luna; and Madrid Press Association President Fernando Gonzalez Urbaneja, the author said the nearly three years since Calderón took office have seen increased “authoritarianism” and harassment of journalists and human rights advocates.
The period has also witnessed “15,000 documented killings,” Cacho said, exceeding the carnage in Colombia at the height of that country’s drug wars.
“Specialists are beginning to investigate if those 15,000 killings are linked with intentional social cleansing on the part of the Mexican state,” she said.
Calderón, she noted, “insists on saying that many of those deaths are collateral effects and that the rest are criminals who kill one another.”
“It is a war among the powerful and not a battle for justice and social peace,” she said of the military-led effort against drug cartels, which has drawn widespread criticism for human rights abuses.
Cacho also lamented “self-censorship” in the highly concentrated Mexican media, saying that many outlets color their reporting to avoid trouble with the government and other powerful interests.
A long-time newspaper columnist and crusader for women’s rights, Lydia Cacho became famous thanks to the furor over her 2005 book “Los demonios del Eden” (The Demons of Eden), which exposed wealthy pedophiles and their associates in the Mexican establishment.
In the book, she identified textile magnate Kamel Nacif as a friend and protector of accused pedophile Jean Succar Kuri, who has since been sent back to Mexico from the United States to face charges.
Nacif, whose business is based in the central state of Puebla, accused Cacho of defamation - a criminal offense - in Mexico and arranged to have her arrested for allegedly for ignoring a summons to appear in court for the case.
In February 2006, Mexican dailies published transcripts of intercepted phone conversations in which Nacif was heard conspiring with Puebla Governor Mario Marin and other state officials to have Cacho taken into custody and then assaulted behind bars.
The transcripts indicated that Nacif, known as the “denim king” for his dominance of the blue-jeans business, engineered the author’s arrest by bribing court personnel not to send her the requisite summonses.
Cacho was subsequently released on bail and the case against her was ultimately dismissed.
Nov. 24, 2009
Journalist / Activist
Lydia Cacho is
Railroaded by the
Legal Process for
Exposing Child Sex
Networks In Mexico
Perils of Plan Mexico: Going Beyond Security to Strengthen U.S.-Mexico Relations
Americas Program Commentary
Mexico is the United States' closest Latin American neighbor and yet most U.S. citizens receive little reliable information about what is happening within the country. Instead, Mexico and Mexicans are often demonized in the U.S. press. The single biggest reason for this is the way that the entire binational relationship has been recast in terms of security over the past few years...
The militarization of Mexico has led to a steep increase in homicides related to the drug war. It has led to rape and abuse of women by soldiers in communities throughout the country. Human rights complaints against the armed forces have increased six-fold.
Even these stark figures do not reflect the seriousness of what is happening in Mexican society. Many abuses are not reported at all for the simple reason that there is no assurance that justice will be done. The Mexican Armed Forces are not subject to civilian justice systems, but to their own military tribunals. These very rarely terminate in convictions. Of scores of reported torture cases, for example, not a single case has been prosecuted by the army in recent years.
The situation with the police and civilian court system is not much better. Corruption is rampant due to the immense economic power of the drug cartels. Local and state police, the political system, and the justice system are so highly infiltrated and controlled by the cartels that in most cases it is impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
The militarization of Mexico has also led to what rights groups call "the criminalization of protest." Peasant and indigenous leaders have been framed under drug charges and communities harassed by the military with the pretext of the drug war. In Operation Chihuahua, one of the first military operations to replace local police forces and occupy whole towns, among the first people picked up were grassroots leaders - not on drug charges but on three-year old warrants for leading anti-NAFTA protests. Recently, grassroots organizations opposing transnational mining operations in the Sierra Madre cited a sharp increase in militarization that they link to the Merida Initiative and the NAFTA-SPP [North American Free Trade Act - Security and Prosperity Partnership] aimed at opening up natural resources to transnational investment.
All this - the human rights abuses, impunity, corruption, criminalization of the opposition - would be grave cause for concern under any conditions. What is truly incomprehens-ible is that in addition to generating these costs to Mexican society, the war on drugs doesn't work to achieve its own stated objectives...
Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)
Nov. 23, 2009
Added: Dec. 03, 2009
The Numbers Don't Add Up in Mexico's Drug War
Drug Seizures are Down; Drug Production, Executions, Disappearances, and Human Rights Abuses are Up
Just a week before Mexican president Felipe Calderón completes half of his six-year term, [leading Mexico City newspaper] La Jornada reports that 16,500 extrajudicial executions [summary murders outside of the law] have occurred during his administration. 6,500 of those executions have occurred in 2009, according to La Jornada’s sources in Calderón’s cabinet...
While executions are on the rise, drug seizures are down, and drug production is up, Mexico is also experiencing an alarming increase in human rights abuses perpetrated by government agents - particularly the army - in Calderón’s war on drugs. As Mexican human rights organizations have noted, human rights violations committed by members of the armed forces have increased six-fold over the past two years. This statistic is based on complaints received by the Mexican government’s official National Human Rights Commission (CNDH).
No Mas Abusos (No More Abuses), a joint project of the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center, the Fundar Center for Analysis and Investigation, and Amnesty International’s Mexico Section, monitors human rights abuses committed by soldiers, police, and other government agents.
Dec. 1, 2009
LibertadLatina News Archive - October 2009
El Paso - …Mexican human rights official Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson [has] reported 170 instances of Mexican soldiers allegedly torturing, abusing and killing innocent people in Chihuahua [state].
The Associated Press
According to press reports from Mexico, the Yunque secret society is the dominant faction within the ruling National Action party (PAN).
El Yunque holds the belief that all social activists, including those who advocate for improving the lives of women, indigenous people and the poor, are literally the children of Satan. They take aggressive political action consistent with those beliefs.
During the 1960s, El Yunque perpetrated political assassi-nations and murders targeting their opponents. Although today they profess to adhere to the political process to affect change, it is not a stretch, given their violent history, to conclude that Lydia Cacho's concern, that the federal government of Mexico may be engaging in 'social cleansing through "extrajudicial killings" (which is just a fancy way to say state sanctioned murder of your opponents), may be valid. Cacho is a credible first hand witness to the acts of impunity which government officials use at-times to control free and independent thinking in Mexico.
We have documented the steady deterioration of human rights for women in Mexico for several years. Mexico is one of the very hottest spots for the gender rights crisis in the Americas.
The systematic use by military personnel of rape with total impunity, targeting especially indigenous women and girls, is one example of the harshness of these conditions. The case of the sexual assaults carried out by dozens of policemen against women social protesters in the city of Atenco, Mexico in 2006 is another stark case.
The Mérida Initiative, through which the U.S. Government is funding Mexico's drug war to the tune of $450 million over several years, is financing not only that war, but it is also, apparently, strengthening the authoritarian rule of the El Yunque dominated PAN political party.
El Yunque, which has been identified as being an anti- women's rights, anti-indigenous rights, anti-Semitic, anti-protestant and anti-gay 'shadow government' in Mexico, does not deserve even one dollar of U.S. funding.
Defeat the drug cartels?
Provide funding for El Yunque's quest to build empire in Mexico while rolling-back women and indigenous people's basic human rights?
Dec. 4, 2009
About El Yunque
The National Organization of the Anvil, or simply El Yunque (The Anvil), is the name of a secret society... whose purpose, according to the reporter Alvaro Delgado, "is to defend the [ultra-conservative elements of the] Catholic religion and fight the forces of Satan, whether through violence or murder "and establish" the kingdom of God in the land that is subject to the Mexican Government, to the mandates of the Catholic Church, through the infiltration of all its members at the highest levels of political power.
Wealthy business-men and politicians (mostly from the [ruling] National Action Party) have been named as alleged founders and members of The Anvil.
About El Yunque on Wikipedia.com
¡Feliz Día Internacional de la Mujer!
Happy International Women's Day!
Nuestra declaración de 2005 Día Internacional de la Mujer es pertinente hoy en día, y define bien la emergencia hemesferica que enfrentan las mujeres y en particular as niñas de todas las Américas.
Pedimos a todas las personas de conciencia que siguimos trabajando duro para inform al público en general acerca de esta crisis, y que aumentamos nuestra presión popular sobre los funcionarios electos y otros encargados de tomar decisiones, que deben cambiar el statu quo y responder con seriadad, por fin, a las atrocidades de violencia de género -en masa- que afectan cada vez mas a las mujeres y las niñas de las Américas.
¡Basta ya con la impunidad y la violencia de genero!
Our 2005 statement for International Women's Day is relevant today, and accurately defines the hemispheric emergency facing women and especially girl children in the Americas.
We ask that all people of conscience work hard to continue informing the general public about this crisis, and that we all ramp-up the pressure on elected officials and other decision makers, who must change the status quo and respond, finally, to the increasingly severe mass gender atrocities that are victimizing women and girls across the Americas.
End Impunity and violence against women now!
March 8, 2008
Read our special section on the crisis in the city of Tapachula
The city of Tapachula, located in Chiapas state near Mexico's border with Guatemala, is one of the largest and most lawless child sex trafficking markets in all of Latin America.
Our new news section tracks events related to this hell-on-earth, where over half of the estimated 21,000 sex slaves and other sex workers are underage, and where especially migrant women and girls from Central and South America, who seek to migrate to the United States, have their freedom taken from them, to become a money-making commodity for gangs of violent criminals.
A 2007 study by the international organization ECPAT [End Child Prostitution and Trafficking]... revealed that over 21,000 Central Americans, mostly children, are prostituted in 1,552 bars and brothels in Tapachula.
- Chuck Goolsby
Added June 15, 2008
A woman is paraded before Johns on Mexico City's Santo Tomás Street, where kidnap victims are forced into prostitution and are 'trained'
(C) NY Times
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Hurricane Wilma - 2005
The impact of natural
disasters on women and
children's human rights
in the Americas
Trafficking of Women and
Children in the Americas
- Organization of
More than 163,000
Hispanic children... are
reported missing and
exploited in the United
States every year.
- National Center for
Missing & Exploited
March 22, 2006
Beyond Machismo - A
Cuban Case Study
"I am a recovering
macho, a product of an
oppressive society, a
society where gender,
race and class
domination do not exist
compart-ments, nor are
they neatly relegated to
uniform categories of
repression. They are
created in the space
where they interact and
conflict with each
other, a space I will
theologian and ethicist
Miguel de la Torre
We work for all of the children and
women who await our
society's effective and substantial help
to escape criminal
utter brutality and impunity!
End Impunity... Now!
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Charles M. Goolsby, Jr.
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