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  Oppression of Latina & Indigenous Women & Children in the Americas


 

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Our 2005 Report on Modern Latina Slavery

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Rescue the Child Sex Slaves of San Diego!

Paper (PDF or HTML)

Modern Bondage:

Sex Slavery in Central America / Caribbean.

The Int. Human Rights Law Inst, & the OAS.

Paper (PDF): A Cultural History & Description of Prostitution in Southern México - Jayne Howell

Incluido Dic. 24, 2005

El Grupo de Acción para Proteger a los Niños de la Explotación Sexual en Turismo

Added Dec. 24, 2005

The Task Force to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation in Tourism

Centro de Justicia para Mujeres - California, US

Si eres una mujer inmigrante en los Estados Unidos y sufres violencia doméstica o fuiste víctima de violación...


NEWS INDEXES


SPECIAL SECTIONS UPDATED IN 2005


Dr. Laura Bozzo Updated

Oct.. 5, 2005


The Indigenous Crisis

Natve Latin America

Native Colombia

Native Guatemala -

   Femicide & Genocide

Crisis - Native Mexico

Crisis - Native Peru

Crisis - United States

Crisis - Canada

 

Latin American Crisis

Afro-Latin America

Crisis-Argentina

Crisis - Brazil

Crisis-Columbia

Crisis-Ecuador

Crisis in México

Juarez Femicide

Crisis-Nicaragua

Crisis - U.S. Latinas

Crisis: U.S. Latinas

Montgomery Co., MD

San Diego, California

Workplace Rape

U.S. Rape Cases

Other Disasters

The Global Crisis

HIV-AIDS Issues

Darfur Genocide

Hurricanes Stan/Wilma

Hurricane Katrina


New (Dec., 2005)

IOM Caribbean Anti-Trafficking Conference 03/05

The Crisis facing women & children of African Ancestry in the Americas: the Caribbean; Latin America; the United States and Canada


Why I, as an Afro-Native American man, do this work, and a salute to the other men in this movement.

- Chuck Goolsby

Dec. 11, 2005


About Lifetime Television's movie:

"Human Trafficking"


Support Lydia Cacho Ribeiro!!

Join the global human rights letter-writing campaign in her support

Mexico

Mexican Activist and Journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Latest News


Added Dec. 23, 2005

 Auto de formal prisión, golpe a la justicia (Order of detention a blow to justice.)

 Campaña internacional en favor de Lydia Cacho (About the international campaign for Lydia Cacho.)

 Mexico City - A judge handed down an indictment Friday against Mexican reporter and rights activist Lydia Cacho.

 - EFE News

Dec. 23, 2005

 Debe castigarse el abuso vs niñas, no a Lydia: legisladoras. (Mexican women legislators say that child molesters, not Lydia Cacho, should be on trial.  Also, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) begins campaign for Lydia Cacho.)

- CIMAC Noticias

Dec. 23, 2005

 Journalist detained and charged with defamation.

- Committee

to Protect Journalists

New York

Dec. 21, 2005

 Amnesty International and the Inter American Press Association  condemn arrest of Lydia Cacho.

- China Post

Taiwan

Dec. 21, 2005


Mas Noticias...

More News...


THE ACTEAL MASSACRE

MAYAN WOMEN RESIST

IMPUNITY!

Commemorating the 8th anniversary of the murder of 45 pacifist Mayan women, children and men attending church in Chiapas state, México.

Those murdered on that day included 15 children, 21 women (four of them pregnant) and 9 men.  Sixty people were wounded.  The attackers were organized by corrupt officials in the state government of Chiapas, and have never been brought to justice.


Dec. 21, 2005

Alrededor de dos mil personas recordaron hoy en una misa el octavo aniversario de la masacre en Acteal, una comunidad del estado sureño de Chiapas, donde fueron asesinados 45 indígenas, en su mayoría mujeres y niños.

Approximately 2,000 Mayan Indigenous people gathered at a mass to remember the 45 Indigneous victims of a massacre in Acteal, Chiapas state, on December 22nd, 1997

- EFE News Service

Dec. 22, 2005


Mas Noticias...

More News...




LibertadLatina

October 2005


Grief in Guatemala

Photo: Reuters

Sección Especial de Nóticias Sobre los Disastres del Otoño de 2005 en Mexico and America Central.

Special Section on Fall 2005 Natural Disasters in Mexico and Central America,

Nicaragua

La Prensa/AFP


¿Que pasó despues del Huracán Mitch?

What happened after Hurricane Mitch?

Honduras


El número de menores en la calle subió a  10,000 depues del Huracán Mitch. Cerca del 40% se dedicaron a la prostitución.

The number of street children increased substantially to 10,000 following Hurricane Mitch.  About 40% of them regularly engaged in prostitution.

Guardian Angel / Save the Children


"The going rate for the purchase of a 12-15 year old girl by the brothels is US$ 100-200. The girls leave their post Hurricane Mitch devastated country thinking they are going to be given jobs waiting tables."

- Casa Alianza /

 AM Costa Rica

Dec. 19, 2001


Houston Anti-TraffickingTask Force takes down major Latin American sex trafficking ring.


Added Nov. 20, 2005

El Salvador

María Isabel Martínez - Disappeared

Photo: Prensa Grafica

Vinculan a coyote Salvadoreño con 10 desaparecidas.

Wálter Alexánder Coreas has been arrested in Houston, Texas on charges of running a human trafficking ring (see below stories).

Upon hearing news of Coreas' arrest, the families of 10 women from Morazán province in El Salvador  petitioned a Salvadoran judge to investigate Coreas in regard to the 1997 disap-pearances of their loved ones.

Coreas, a human smuggler, has stated that he abandoned the undocumented travelers in southern Mexico and boarded a flight to take a child to Los Angeles. 

The women have not been heard from since.  It is possible that up to 30 travelers  'disappeared' [were trafficked?] on the trip in question.

- DiariosRumbo.com

Nov. 19, 2005


Added Nov. 20, 2005

U.S. Ice Action

Texas, USA

Houston - Eight persons of Salvadoran heritage, including Walter A. Corea (Coreas) have been charged in a federal criminal complaint for enticing and then smuggling dozens of young women and minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras into the United States.

Instead of the good jobs they were promised, the women were made to work as "bar-girls" and were required to submit to the sexual demands of the defendants, bar patrons, or close associates of the defendants.

- U.S. ICE

Nov. 14, 2005


Added Nov. 20, 2005

Texas, USA

Houston - Traficantes de mujeres y jovenas amenazaron a sus víctimas.

U.S. prosecutor Joe Magliolo has announced that women and minor girls enslaved by a Houston trafficking organization, and other witnesses have been threat-ened with harm to themselves and to their loved ones in El Salvador if they cooperate with U.S. authorities.

- DiarioRumbo.com

Nov. 19, 2005


Added Nov. 20, 2005

Texas, USA

Coreas sex trafficking case

Rape, beatings - and the threat of even worse - were used to force victims into prostitution once they were here, investigators said.

- Houston Chronicle

Nov. 15, 2005


Added Nov. 20, 2005

Texas, USA

Houston - Eight people have been charged with an alleged conspir-acy to smuggle Central and South American women and girls into the United States.

- Associated Press

Nov. 14, 2005


Added Nov. 10, 2005

After Hurricane Stan Guatemala

Indigenous family in Guatemala shows Hurricane Stan's affect on their main food source - maiz (corn).

Photo: Aurelia Ventura - La Opinión

Guatemaltecos pierden cosecha de todo el año.

The impoverished northwest region of Guatemala, home to the Mayan majority of the population, has lost its crops, and its ability to grow crops, due to Hurricane Stan in early October, 2005.  Many fields had their entire layer of topsoil washed away by heavy rains.

Communities depend on local corn and bean cultivation for their survival.

- La Opinión

 Nov. 9, 2005

See also:

(Even before Stan)Guatemala and Nicaragua have some of the worst hunger problems in the region, including pockets of famine.

Native Guatemala

Femicide & Genocide


Added Oct. 27, 2005

Native Canada

Canada's Supreme court has ruled that churches must share the liability for sexual abuse suffered by aboriginal residential school students.

More than 10,000 compensation claims are  unresolved. About 2,200 have resulted in negotiated settlements.

- theglobeandmail.com

 Oct. 22, 2005

LibertadLatina

See our section on the history of mass-rape that First-Nations children were subjected to in Canada's forced boarding school system that ended in 1984.

From the Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada:

...According to the testimony of a nurse in Alberta, doctors sterilized entire groups of Native children when they reached puberty.

The report also says that Canadian clergy, police, and business & government officials “rented out”  children from residential schools to pedophile rings.

Gerry Oleman, a counselor to residential school [rape] survivors in British Columbia:

“Of the first 29 men who publicly disclosed sexual abuse in Canadian residential schools, 22 committed suicide.”


Updated Oct. 21, 2005

Impunity!

México

En los bares mexicanos se alquilan a bebés menores de seis meses para que sean utilizadas en filmaciones pornográficas.

The Senate of the Republic recently held hearings in regard to new legislation: "The Law to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking."

Teresa Ulloa, director of the Regional Coalition Against the Trafficking of Women and Children in Latin America and the Caribbean, and a former Nobel Peace Prize candidate, testified.

Ulloa described the ugly realities of child sexual exploitation, causing indignation among the Senators.

Teresa Ulloa:

"The worst aspect of this problem is that [exploiters] are utilizing six month old babies in pornography and in prostitution; girls that are 'rented out' by bar owners. 
 
The AFI (Federal Agency of Investigations) has film and photographic evidence [of these crimes.]"
 
[Also...]
 
'Twelve-year-old virgin Mexican girls, for example, are sold to brothels in Spain for $25,000, but if a beautiful young Indigenous girl is being sold, that raises the price even more because she is [exotic].'

- La Crónica de Hoy

México

 Oct. 20, 2005

Story update

Added Nov. 8, 2005

Investigan red de explotación sexual de recién nacidos.

Mexico's Prosecutor General has opened investigations into Mexico City sex trafficking networks who “rent” 6 month old baby girls for acts of prostitution and child pornography. 

 - Criterios.com

Mexico

Nov. 6, 2005

LibertadLatina
note:

Teresa Ulloa's important testimony emphasizes a major point that we raise awareness in regard to: the fact that Indigenous  children & women are especially targeted due to their race for rape, kidnapping and sex trafficking with impunity by the thousands, throughout the Americas.  That has been a reality for 500 years throughout all of the Americas.

Nobody in state authority is going to put out any effort to search for, much-less rescue indigenous [or Afro-Latina] girls and women in crisis.  Society's racism accepts the actions of rapists and traffickers. 

Until we address the impact that  race and poverty have in this crisis, our efforts to stop the epidemic of sex trafficking and  exploitation will fail.

- Chuck Goolsby LibertadLatina

 Oct. 21, 2005

LibertadLatina

This madness deserves extreme measures by México and by the U.S. and the rest of the World community.

To México's government (where the commercial sexual exploitation of 80,000 children is... accepted):

What are you going to do about this outrage!?

Better yet, what are we the people of the Americas and the world going to do to stop unspeakable crimes against children?  

A letter writing campaign to Mexico's President Fox and to representatives in your national governments is a good start!

- Chuck Goolsby LibertadLatina

 Oct. 23-27, 2005

See also:

Defending 'Little Brown Maria' in the Brothel.

 - Chuck Goolsby LibertadLatina

March 8, 2005

Racism and Sex Trafficking.

 Patricia Hyne

2002


Oct. 19, 2005


After Hurricane Stan, and a 5.8 Earthquake

Guatemala


Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Guatemalan Mayan woman leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchu, who has been appointed as Guatemala's Goodwill Ambassador by President Oscar Berger, has just finished a tour of the United States.

"...[Menchu] spoke seriously about the [anti-Mayan] genocide that occurred there in the 1980s leaving 200,000 dead and many more tortured, raped, homeless, orphaned or illegally imprisoned. "

"Now, Guatemalans are coming together in a new time of tragedy, as torrential rains and flooding connected to Hurricane Stan have caused devastating mudslides throughout the country."

- University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Post

Oct. 19, 2005

More about Ms. Rigoberta Menchu.


Casa Alianza rescues a young Guatemalan girl twice: first from sexual exploitation and then from the dangers of Hurricane Stan.

Casa Alianza:

"This situation is expected to worsen the problems of crime and violence in Guatemala.

...As is always the case, the most vulnerable population is children."

  - Casa Alianza
October 13, 2005


See Also:

The Crisis in Guatemala


Impunity!

The workplace rape of immigrant Latina women & girls in Rockville, Maryland.

  Case 1

  Case 2

  Case 3


U.S. Immigrant Law News

Al: End Gender Violence!



Guatemala

More Impunity!

Two Indigenous Children Grieve Upon Learning of Their Mother's Murder.  © AFP

Guatemala's population is 60% Mayan.

Added Sep. 21 2005

Se incrementa feminicidio en Guatemala.

Femicide Continues to Rise in Guatemala.

The latest statistics regarding the femicide in Guatemala indicate that as of September, 2005, the female murder rate jumped 26.3% from 2004 levels.

From January to September of 2004, 336 women were murdered.  During the same period in 2005, the figure was 458 victims killed.

Andrea Barrios, of the Center for Legal Action in Human Rights (CALDH) said:

"The state has not provided an environment of safety for women, which is reflected in these high rates of murder."

Soraya Long, the director of The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) indicated that 'it is important that women's rights groups keep up the pressure on the Guatemalan government, which has been dismissive of the issue of femicide.'

Long:

"Impunity in government entities has caused the Citizenry to loose faith in the system of justice."

Hilda Morales, ambassador of conscience of Amnesty International stated:

"The indifference of the state in the face of this outrage defiles the memory of the victims and affects the dignity of their families, who have to face the corruption of government agencies when they seek justice."

According to monitoring of press reports on murders by the Cerigua agency, femicide victims are most often shot, and they are typically between 18 & 40 years old.

- CimacNoticias

Sep.14, 2005

See Also:

Crisis-Guatemala


LibertadLatina Special Section


The Crisis of Gang Violence & Sexual Exploitation in the Maryland Suburbs of Washington, DC


August, 2005


May 30, 2005

LibertadLatina Analysis of the Minuteman Project and Racist Reaction to Immigrant Sex Crimes in the U.S.

May 28, 2005 

LibertadLatina Analysis of Latina Sexual Exploitation in the Washington, DC Region.


San Diego Crisis Los Cristeros Post TV Network News Report Showing  Hidden Camera Film of Child Prostitution in Tijuana (Often Catering to U.S. Tourists) and in San Diego, California.


Find or Start an Anti-Trafficking Meet-Up in Your Area.


November 2, 2005

The Oprah Show

Human Trafficking: The Preventable Disaster.

CNN's Christiane Amanpour and anti-trafficking activist / pop-star Ricky Martin

Oprah: Write letters to Congress!

Our letter of thanks to Oprah.


Lifetime Televison for Women

Presented on October 29th, 2005

Human Trafficking

A 4-Hour Miniseries

Serie televisión embiste contra la trata de blancas.

LibertadLatina Adds its advocacy perspectives to:

Lifetime's

Forum on

Trafficking


SPECIAL SECTIONS


THE ACTEAL MASSACRE

MAYAN WOMEN RESIST

IMPUNITY!

Commemorating the 7th Anniversary of the Murder of 45 Pacifist Mayan Women, Children and Men Attending Church in Chiapas State, México.

-  Added December 24, 2004


SLAVERY INDEX

LibertadLatina's Index of Indigenous and Latina Women and Child Sexual Slavery Issues Listed by Region and Date.

-  Added December 20, 2004

Native America

July 01 2005

Cherokee Feminist Author Andrea Smith Writes Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, a Comprehensive Analysis of the  Ongoing 'Colonial' Sexual Violence Facing Indigenous Women.

U.S. Native Issues.


February 23, 2005

SPECIAL REPORT Transcript:

CBS News 48 Hours Explores Sex Trafficking in Europe & México.


UPDATED FEB. 2005

Montgomery

  County, Maryland

UPDATED DEC. 2004

Crisis-Brazil

Native México


PINCC-Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer, a New Non-Profit Providing Access for the High-Risk Victims of Sex Trafficking, is Initially Focused on Aiding Women in Central America.

LibertadLatina

Commentary

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On September 28, 2005, leading Republican strategist William (Bill) Bennett declared on his national radio show that crime could be reduced by 'aborting all Black babies.'

We insist on a FULL APOLOGY from Bill Bennett and  the Republican National Committee!

- Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina.org
Oct. 3-4, 2005

 NOW joins in protests against racist comments by Bill Bennett on the public airwaves.

 - National Organization

for Women
October 5, 2005

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Debating Machismo


Racism & Trafficking


About the Deliberate Shootings of Young  Palestinian Girls by Israeli Troops.


The World's Apathy Towards Victims of Genocide in Darfur (Sudan), Guatemala, El Salvador and in Chiapas, México.


Recommendations to the U.S. National Center for Missing Children:

We Insist! Kidnapped, Raped, Enslaved and Murdered Latin Immigrant Children Deserve an Amber Alert Too!!


Global Search  HumanTrafficking.com


The rise and fall of street children's rights activist Bruce Harris.

MORE ISSUES


World AIDS DayOur HIV-AIDS Issues Page


October 4, 2004

"The Sellout of Mexican  Preteen Girls"

Advocacy Group in California's Exposé Shows Complicity of Agencies in Covering Up the Child Rape Camps of San Diego and Preventing the Rescue of 100's of Child Rape Victims as Young as 7 - for Over Five Years.

LibertadLatina.org Speaks Out and Advocates for San Diego Girl Rape Camp Victims at Washington, DC Conference on Latin American Sex Trafficking Attended by NGO's, CBO's and U.S. Federal  Justice Dept., Homeland Security and State Dept. Officials. (12/2003)

LibertadLatina's San Diego Page


08/01/2004

Updated 03-2005

Latin American Immigrant Women Who Work at the U.S. National Science Foundation (a U.S. Federal  Agency) in Arlington, Virginia Faced Sexual Coercion and Retaliatory Firings.

End Impunity Now!


06/23/2004

Rapes Jumped Nearly 40% in 1st Qtr. of 2004 in Montgomery County, MD.  Information Withheld from Public by Police.


Plus - LibertadLatina Facts on the Abu Ghraib Style Torture of an Innocent 15 Year Old Latino Youth in Montgomery County, Maryland.


United States

Washington, DC

June 3, 2005

U.S. Secretary of State Coldoleezza Rice Releases  2005 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.

June 14 2004

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell Releases the 2004 Trafficking in Persons Report.

Countries of the Americas - 2003 TIP


Added 06/15/2004

Polaris Project Identifies Asian and Latin Brothels within Blocks of the White House Patronized by Federal Workers and Foreign Diplomats.  National Public Radio.


May 3, 2004

'Modern-Day Slavery' Prompts Activist Rescue Efforts in the Greater Washington, DC Region.  Many Immigrant Women Face Labor Abuses, Stolen Wages, Rape and Enslavement.


March 1994-March 2004

Ten Years Since the Release of: The  Exploitation of Latin American Women & Girls in Montgomery County, Maryland

- By Chuck Goolsby


Dec. 18, 2003

LibertadLatina speaks Out and Advocates for Latina Women & Girl's Human Rights at a Washington, DC Conference on Sex Trafficking in the Latin American & Caribbean Region.


Huracán Katrina

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 Huracán Katrina Cobertura Especial.

Hurricane Katrina News, Commentary

Why race, social class and gender do indeed have an impact on victim services both in the case of Katrina, and in the case of official responses to the mass trafficking and exploitation of Latina and other  women & children of color across the U.S. and the Americas.

New Orleans

Added Sep. 14 2005

Updated Sep. 17 '05

'Official' Violence Against Women, Children.

Suburban Gretna City and Jefferson Parrish police officers deliberately blocked public access to a bridge leading out of New Orleans, and fired live-ammo gun shots over the heads of over 800 hungry elderly,  and women, children and men who sought aid in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

Later, Gretna City Police, standing on the City of New Orleans side of the bridge, pointed pistols at children, yelled epithets, stole the group's food and water, destroyed their shelters and forced them from the safety of the elevated highway.


LibertadLatina

This event, like so much that we report on, was a deeply immoral act of impunity and abomination!

End Impunity Now!

- Chuck Goolsby

Sep. 14-15, 2005

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Puerto Rican Pop Superstar Ricky Martin Launches PeopleforChildren.org


National Geographic:   

21st Century Slaves 2003 - A great multimedia web site on global human trafficking.


Pumpkins, Squashes first developed by Indigenous peoples.

An ancient gift from Central Americans to all of the Americas.

Photo: Larry Sagers

EEUU - Sobre el Dia de Acción de Gracias y... como hacer una torta de calabasa.

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Mayans loose corn crop after Hurricane Stan.

Dear Reader,

The issues presented on this web site are not new.  The deliberate sexual exploitation of indigenous, African and Latina women and especially children across the Americas has been an ongoing crisis for centuries.

Historic exploitation is now converging with the multi-billion dollar pockets of drug cartels and other criminal gangs who seek to kidnap and sell women and girls literally by the millions into a life of forced (slave) prostitution (that is, ongoing, daily forcible rape) as unpaid slaves. 

Globally, about 30,000 sexual slavery victims die each year from rape, torture & abuse.

Community, school and workplace based sexual exploitation are equally serious issues not visible today in the global anti-trafficking movement's work. We cover these issues and their 'feeder' relation-ship to sexual slavery.

Only public awareness and political pressure will cause national, state/provincial and local judicial systems in the United States, Canada and across Latin America to stand up and respond seriously to this crisis of criminal impunity.

Traffickers, rapists and   harassers are now protected indirectly by institutional apathy across the Americas.

This web site documents the interrelationships that exist between the many complex issues involved in this crisis. 

We encourage you to write us and to find other ways to get involved in defending  women and girls from this rapidly growing wave of  brazen criminal impunity.

Time is of the essence!

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