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Deputy Rosi Orozco
hoto: Noticiero Milamex
Piden más recursos para combatir la trata

Ante el crecimiento de la explotación y el turismo sexuales en territorio mexicano, la presidenta de la Comisión Especial para la Lucha contra la Trata de Personas de la Cámara de Diputados, Rosi Orozco (PAN), demandó una ampliación presupuestal para destinar recursos a los estados, específicamente para prevención, combate y erradicación de este delito.

La legisladora federal dijo que se ha detectado el aumento de estas prácticas en Acapulco, Cancún, Tijuana y Ciudad Juárez, por el arribo de turistas sexuales de EU, Canadá y Europa.

Expuso que los recursos se requieren para capacitar, llevar a cabo programas concretos de combate a la trata de personas y desarrollar infraestructura que permita enfrentar el problema “con elementos científicos y tecnológicos”.

Por eso se pronunció por recursos etiquetados para esas tareas en el Presupuesto de Egresos de la Federación (PEF) 2012, y que “los estados contemplen recursos para la prevención, combate y erradicación de este delito, ya que continúa creciendo la explotación y el turismo sexual”.

Dijo que de acuerdo a la información con que cuenta, en las entidades del país se carece de recursos e infraestructura para la vigilancia, control y operación de sistemas de inteligencia en el combate de la trata de personas.

Opinó que si en verdad se pretende combatir ese delito, se les deben brindar los recursos suficientes.

Hace un año, recordó, la Coalición Regional contra el Tráfico de Mujeres y Niñas en América Latina tenía registrados un millón 200 mil personas víctimas de trata y por eso ubicó a México en el quinto lugar de América Latina. Se estima que de cada diez víctimas dos son menores de edad.

El organismo internacional estimó que nuestro país se ubica después de República Dominicana, Haití, Brasil y Argentina pero, indicó Orozco, el delito de trata de personas es minimizado por algunas autoridades debido a su ignorancia, indiferencia o complicidad, ya que es considerado como el tercer delito más redituable para el crimen organizado.

Algunas autoridades, dijo la legisladora, le dan poca importancia a los diagnósticos, estudios, recomendaciones y demanda de infraestructura para combatir a los tratantes y atender a las víctimas.

Es por esa situación que consideró indispensable invertir en capacitación de autoridades para hacer conciencia de que la trata de personas lesiona la dignidad de la persona y se expresa principalmente en la explotación laboral y sexual de menores y mujeres jóvenes de quince a veinte años de edad.

A call for more resources to combat human trafficking

In response to the growth of exploitation and sex tourism in Mexico, the president of the Special Commission for Combating Trafficking in Persons of the Chamber of Deputies, Rosi Orozco (PAN), has demanded an expansion of the budget allocations for specifc states to allow them to prevent, combat and eradicate human trafficking crimes.

The federal lawmaker said that she has detected an increase these criminal activities in the cities of Acapulco, Cancun, Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, driven by demand from sex tourists who are arriving from the United States, Canada and Europe.

Deputy Orozco explained that the resources will be required to train people and carry out specific programs to combat trafficking, and to develop infrastructure to tackle the problem "with scientific and technological support."

Orozco has therefore come out in favor of increases in the 2012 Proposed Budget of the Federation (PEF) 2012. She also called upon state officials to consider resources for prevention, control and eradication of these crimes, given the continual growth in sexual exploitation and sex tourism.

According to information available to Orozco, Mexico lacks the resources and infrastructure that are required for the operation of the surveillance and intelligence systems that are needed to combat human trafficking.

Orozco exclaimed that, if the government says that they really want to fight human trafficking, then they should provide adequate resources to allow that to happen.

The congressional deputy recalled that one year ago, the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Girls in Latin America (CATW-LAC) had documented the fact that 1.2 million victims of human trafficking exist in Mexico, placing Mexico in fifth place in numbers of victims among Latin American nations. It is estimated that 20% of these victims are minors. The CATW-LAC ranks Mexico after the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Brazil and Argentina.

Orozco added that human trafficking crimes are minimized by some authorities, despite the fact that it is regarded as being third most profitable activity for organized crime [after drug and arms smuggling].

She said that certain officials give little credence to the diagnostic studies, recommendations and the related demands to create the infrastructure that will be needed to fight the traffickers and assist victims.

Deputy Orozco therefore believes that an investment in training for government officials and authorities is essential to raising their awareness of the damage that sex and labor trafficking inflicts on the dignity of its victims, who are typically girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 20.

Carina García

El Universal

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Oct. 24, 2011

Added: Oct. 27, 2011


Lydia Cacho
hoto: Melanie Haider - IPS

Women Reject Normalization of Gender Violence

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro receives death threats on a regular basis.

New York, New York - Ninety percent of the non-governmental organizations in Mexico are founded and run by women, says journalist and women's rights activist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, even as crimes against women remain cloaked in impunity.

Cacho was recently in New York, where she was awarded the Civil Courage award from the Train Foundation, and also spoke at a special event hosted by Columbia University.

When Felipe Calderón became president in 2006, he deployed the military in a federal offensive against drug cartels and criminal groups, resulting in a virtual war in which more than 40,000 people have died. In 2010 alone, the death toll exceeded 15,000, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Human rights abuses and violence against women are widespread in Mexico, perpetrated by all actors in society, including the military and police.

Nine out of 10 women in Mexico who suffer human rights violations do not report it to the authorities, and "those who (do) report them are generally met with suspicion, apathy and disrespect", according to Human Rights Watch's latest country report.

"The normalization of gender violence is increasing incredibly," Cacho said.

Even though some legal measures have been put in place to prevent and punish gender-based violence, the implementation has been very limited and impunity remains the norm for murder or other crimes against women, according to human rights groups.

However, Cacho stressed that there is a growing feminist movement in Mexico to empower women and to discuss gender violence, including that perpetrated by the military.

"The problem right now in Mexico, regarding this discussion, is that the Mexican government is so obsessed with the media, with the main media that is pretty much linked with war discourse, that everything has to do with the war against drugs. And they won't talk about human rights (even) if we want to take back the conversation about gender violence," she said.

The issue is especially difficult since many of the same people responsible for public safety are also responsible for human rights violations.

Cacho said the military is involved in abuses such as human trafficking, and police occasionally attack women's shelters, either because they have a personal connection to a woman in the shelter or because they want to protect the traffickers.

Ten years ago, she founded such a shelter for women and their children who are fleeing various kinds of gender violence, called the Women's Assistance Centre (Centro Integral de Atención a la Mujer) in Cancún. It started mainly as a refuge for victims of domestic violence, but it soon became clear that most of the women had been involved in trafficking, especially forced prostitution.

The centre now has high security, with a barbed wire fence and cameras everywhere to keep the women safe.

Cacho recounted how the shelter was attacked by police who came to retrieve the wife of a policeman, whom she had helped to flee an abusive situation. The police didn't get inside, and the attack was caught on film, but when Cacho sought accountability and showed the tape to the district attorney, she said he told her "that there isn't much we can do, (and) the best thing you can do is just to close down".

Perseverance in the face of death threats

In the last decade, 80 journalists have been killed in Mexico, according to Reporters Without Borders, and many journalists and human rights defenders have been forced to flee the country or censor themselves.

Cacho chose to do neither. She has investigated gender violence and sex trafficking and published numerous stories and books on the subject. Her 2005 book "The Demons of Eden" exposed an international child pornography and sex trafficking ring in Cancún which involved senators and politicians.

She was thrown in jail and tortured for publishing that book. When she finally came out and started talking, the government tried to label her a terrorist, but without success. She traveled for six years to investigate the world of international sex trafficking of women, resulting in her latest book "The Slaves of Power" in 2010.

Together with non-governmental organizations and a grassroots activist network, Cacho started a prevention campaign called "No estoy en venta" - "I am not for sale" - against sex trafficking that includes a video to give young people tools they need to protect themselves. The video explains anti-trafficking laws, the tactics traffickers use to lure their victims, and other aspects of the issue.

"It is getting away from discourse of fear and moral panic and all this (crap) and going back to the discourse of 'you have the power of the information, use it for your own good and how to protect yourself and other kids in school'," she stressed.

But her fight has not come without a price. Cacho told IPS that she has a lengthy checklist of safety strategies she must adhere to in her daily life because of the threats she receives, such as using a different name to make hotel reservations when she travels and constantly switching phone cards.

"I guess right now in Mexico my biggest challenge is to stay alive," she said…

Melanie Haider

Inter Press Service (IPS)

Oct. 24, 2011

Added: Oct. 26, 2011

Latin America

Participants from the Second Ibero-American Summit Against Human Trafficking

Latin America fights human trafficking

The number is staggering

…There are an estimated 2.5 million people being trafficked at any given time throughout the world, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

“In Latin America alone, the number of human trafficking victims is around 700,000. I am talking about estimates because we know data, in most countries, are imprecise,” said Bo Mathiesen, UNODC’s regional representative for Brazil and the Southern Cone, during the Second Ibero-American Summit Against Trafficking of Human Beings, held recently in Santiago, Chile.

Women, girls and boys represent 90% of human trafficking victims worldwide, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO)…

Human trafficking victims are often taken from Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and the Antilles, but Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Peru are emerging as hotbeds for the crime, according to the Organization of American States (OAS).

“It is estimated that, yearly, close to 100,000 women and adolescents from these countries are led by deception and false promises of work in the United States, Spain, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Israel, Japan and other Asian countries,” wrote Fernanda Ezeta, with the Mexican office of the International Migration Organization (IMO) in the “Trafficking in Persons: Basic Aspects” report.

“The regions of Central America and the Caribbean are experiencing increased rates of trafficking and slavery of women, girls and boys for sexual exploitation, with different characteristics and challenges which must be considered when designing public strategies,” the report read. “In addition to this, the region suffers from a lack of strategies for prevention, protection and bringing the traffickers before the courts.”

The General Directorate of the Spanish Civil Guard reported “around 70 percent of the victims of human trafficking in that country are women from Latin America.”

In Latin America alone, the number of human trafficking victims is around 700,000…

Attorney generals and officials from throughout Latin America, the United States and Spain recently met at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile, creating an initiative where their nations will work together to curtail the crime.

The initiative calls for the strengthening of prosecution and provide better protection to victims and witnesses of the crime. It also mandates countries exchange information regarding missing persons who are suspected of being victims of human trafficking and notifying officials when a suspect has been arrested on human-trafficking charges.

“The members of the Ibero-American Association of Public Ministries, as well as the Public Ministries within MERCOSUR, sent the Public Ministry of Chile their profound interest in taking a new step in the fight against human trafficking,” said Chilean Attorney General Sabas Chahuán during the closing ceremonies of the Second Ibero-American Summit against the Trafficking of Human Beings.

The initiative also empowers officials throughout the region to freeze or seize assets that derived from human trafficking.

“[We are] convinced that to advance our fight in the crime of human trafficking, international cooperation is necessary,” the initiative stated. “[There must be] cooperation between organizations in charge of criminal prosecutions, which includes the area of investigations as well as the attention and protection of victims and witnesses, according to the role carried out by the respective legal systems.”

Adrián Martínez

Oct. 23, 2011

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Added: Oct. 26, 2011

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Fiscales Generales crearán red iberoamericana sobre trata de personas

Fiscales Generales de Iberoamérica crearán una red regional de Fiscales Especializados contra la Trata de Personas. La red es parte del protocolo de cooperación firmado durante la II Cumbre Iberoamericana contra la Trata de Seres Humanos, desarrollada en Santiago de Chile, entre el 21 y el 23 de septiembre. El objetivo es el de fortalecer la persecución penal, y la atención y protección a víctimas y testigos de la trata de personas, delito que afecta a millones de personas en todo el mundo…

Attorneys General will create Ibero-American network on human trafficking

Attorneys General of Latin America will create a regional network of specialized prosecutors against Trafficking in Persons. The network is part of the cooperation protocol signed during the Second Ibero-American Summit against the Human Trafficking held in Santiago, Chile, from 21 to 23 September 2011. The aim is to strengthen the prosecution of traffickers, the assistance and protection provided to victims and witnesses of human trafficking, a crime that affects millions of people around the world…

Procuradores-Gerais criarão Rede Ibero-Americana sobre o tráfico de pessoas

Procuradores-Gerais da América Latina irão criar uma rede regional de procuradores especializados contra o Tráfico de Pessoas. A rede faz parte do protocolo de cooperação assinado durante a segunda Cúpula Ibero-americana contra o Tráfico de Seres Humanos, realizada em Santiago, Chile, entre 21 e 23 de Setembro. O objetivo é fortalecer a perseguição penal, os cuidados e a proteção às vítimas e às testemunhas do tráfico de seres humanos, um crime que afeta milhões de pessoas em todo o mundo.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Office for Brazil and the Southern Cone of Latin America

Sep. 26, 2011

Added: Oct. 25, 2011

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Puebla Attorney General Víctor Antonio Carrancá Bourget

Participa procurador en encuentro binacional sobre trata de personas

Puebla, Pue.- De acuerdo con autoridades federales, Puebla es el estado que durante los últimos meses ha iniciado y consignado más averiguaciones previas por el delito de trata de personas, lo que representa un fuerte trabajo que coloca a la entidad entre los primeros lugares a nivel nacional en resultados positivos contra este delito.

Derivado de lo anterior, el procurador de justicia estatal Víctor Antonio Carrancá Bourget fue invitado por la embajada de Estados Unidos al Encuentro Binacional de alto nivel en el tema de trata de personas que se realiza en la ciudad de Washington.

A partir de este lunes y hasta el próximo miércoles un grupo de legisladores y funcionarios federales, junto con los procuradores de Puebla y el Distrito Federal, sostendrán diversas reuniones con miembros de los departamentos de Justicia y de Estado, así como del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés), a fin de conocer los programas y acciones implementados en aquel país en materia de trata de personas y juicios orales.

Dentro de las actividades en las que participará el procurador Carrancá Bourget, destacan reuniones con Lou de Baca, Embajador encargado de vigilar y combatir la trata de personas; con la congresista involucrada en la legislación de trata de personas, Chris Smith, y con John Morton, Director de la ICE.

Además, en este encuentro auspiciado por el departamento de justicia de EUA, la delegación mexicana presenciará un juicio oral y pronunciamiento de sentencia, aunado a que visitará organizaciones no gubernamentales  de asistencia a víctimas de trata, así como el Departamento de Justicia de la Unión Americana, el Centro Nacional e Internacional para Niños Desaparecidos y Explotados, y la INTERPOL.

Previo a la inauguración de este encuentro internacional, el embajador de Estados Unidos en México, Anthony Wayne, expresó "su admiración por los fiscales mexicanos y las agencias de procuración de justicia por su cooperación en la lucha contra la trata de personas", al tiempo de destacar que su nación y México comparten la convicción de que la trata de personas se debe atender de manera coordinada y con enfoque en las víctimas.

Cabe destacar que de febrero a la fecha, la Procuraduría de Justicia de Puebla ha detenido a cerca de cincuenta personas vinculadas con el delito de trata de personas y sus ilícitos relacionados.

La participación del procurador Víctor Carrancá en este encuentro sin precedentes para la entidad poblana, es un importante paso para fortalecer las acciones de investigación y reacción operativa  contra la trata de personas en el estado, pero sobre todo para mejorar la atención a las víctimas y sensibilizar en mayor medida la labor de las autoridades involucradas en este rubro.

Puebla Attorney General participates in binational meeting on human trafficking

The city of Puebla, capital of Puebla state - According to federal authorities, the state of Puebla has opened and moved forward with a significant number of preliminary investigations into human trafficking crimes. The state's actions place it among the leading states in the nation in regard to positive responses against modern human slavery.

As a result of these activities, Puebla Attorney General Víctor Antonio Carrancá Bourget has been invited by the Embassy of the United States to participate in a high level binational meeting on human trafficking that is taking place in Washington, DC.

From Oct. 24th through the 26th, a group of federal legislators and officials, together with the attorneys general of Puebla and Mexico City will hold a wide range of meetings with U.S. officials from the Departments of Justice and State, as well as with representatives of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to learn about best practices that have been developed in the U.S. in regard to combating human trafficking.

The meetings will be held with U..S. Ambassador Lou CdeBaca, director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons [at the U.S. State Dept.], Congressman Chris Smith, author of U.S. federal legislation on human trafficking, and John Morton , Director of the ICE, among others.

In addition, the Mexican delegation will witness a sentencing proceeding, and will visit local non-governmental organizations that assist victims of trafficking as well as the offices of the U.S. Department of Justice, the National and International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Interpol.

Prior to the opening of the international gathering, U.S. ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne expressed "admiration for Mexican prosecutors and law enforcement agencies for their cooperation in the fight against human trafficking." The ambassador added that the U.S. and Mexico share a conviction that human trafficking should be addressed through coordinated efforts that focus on care for the victims.

The unprecedented participation of the Puebla Attorney General in this meeting is an important step toward strengthening the state's investigative and enforcement activities against human trafficking. Most importantly, the event helps to bring focus to the need to improve care for victims and raise awareness among [state] authorities who work in the fight against human trafficking.

 Puebla Noticias

Oct. 24, 2011

Added: Oct. 25, 2011

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Consignan a dos presuntos tratantes de personas en Chiapas

Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.- Un hombre y una mujer fueron consignados ante el Juez Mixto del Ramo Penal e ingresados al Centro de Reinserción Social número seis como probables responsables del delito de trata de personas.

De acuerdo con la Ley para Combatir, Prevenir y Sancionar la Trata de Personas en Chiapas -aprobada en 2009 por el Congreso local-, el propietario y la encargada del bar "El Amigo", en el municipio de Frontera Comalapa, podrían alcanzar una pena hasta de 18 años de prisión.

Derivado de una denuncia anónima ciudadana, la Fiscalía Especializada realizó un operativo en el inmueble y fue rescatada una menor de 17 años de edad, originaria de Guatemala, quien relató haber sido enganchada por la encargada del bar.

La mujer la obligaba a consumir bebidas alcohólicas con los clientes, vendiendo las "fichas" a 30 pesos cada una, dinero que era para el propietario del negocio.

Los agentes investigadores en el operativo detuvieron al mexicano, Jorge Ariel de la Cruz Morales, de 47 años, y a María Leticia Hernández Godínez, de 29 años, de nacionalidad hondureña.

En cuanto a la menor se le brindó atención médica, psicológica y victimológica, en pleno respeto a sus derechos humanos, mientras que la Fiscalía de Migrantes dio aviso al Consulado de Guatemala para los efectos de asistencia integral a la joven.

Two suspected traffickers are held for trial

The city of Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas state - A man and woman have faced a judge and are being held in pre-trial detention at a local prison on charges of human trafficking.

According to the 2009 Chiapas state Law to Combat, Prevent and Punish Human Trafficking, the owner and manager of the El Amigo bar, located in the [Mexican / Guatemalan border] town of Frontera Comalapa, could face a sentence of up to 18 years in prison.

Acting on an anonymous tip received from a private citizen, agent's of the state Special Prosecutor's office conducted a raid and rescued a 17-year-old girl from Guatemala. The victim told authorities that she had been entrapped by the woman who manages the bar.

The bar manager forced the victim to drink alcohol with the bar's customers, and to sell them 30 peso tickets - money that was pocketed by the bar's owner.

Mexican citizen Jorge Ariel de la Cruz Morales, age 47, and Honduran Maria Leticia Hernandez Godinez, age 29, were arrested.

The state is providing medical and psychological care for the victim, as well as assistance to her as a victim of crime. The Guatemalan consulate in Chiapas has been contacted so that they may provide the victim with additional, comprehensive assistance.


Oct. 24, 2011

Added: Oct. 24, 2011

Mexico, New York, USA

Lydia Chacho (right) has received the 2011 Civil Courage Prize

Leading Figures in the fight against sex trafficking win 2011 Civil Courage Prize

New York, New York - Lydia Cacho Ribeiro of Mexico and Triveni Acharya of India will receive the 12th annual Civil Courage Prize in New York on October 19. The Prize of $50,000 will be divided between the two women in acknowledgement of their leadership roles in the fight against the abuse of women and children…

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro is one of Mexico's best known investigative journalists and a prominent women's rights activist. She is the founder of the Women's Assistance Center in Cancún, which provides free legal, psychological and medical services to women and child victims of domestic and sexual violence and trafficking, as Mexico is a top destination for sex trafficking from other countries in the region.

Following the 2005 publication of her book, The Demons of Eden, in which she implicated a number of influential businessmen and politicians in a child pornography network, she was wrongfully arrested, detained and ill treated before being subjected to a yearlong criminal defamation trial. She was cleared of all charges but continues to be a target of harassment and threats to her life for her continued work on behalf of abused women and children.

Many have suggested that she leave Mexico as a safety precaution. She has replied, "I am not going away. I am not going anywhere other than forward, to shed light on everything. Those, the corrupt, the evil are in reality very few. We men and women, on the other hand, keep being the majority, and so I do not lose the hope that Mexico can change."

A Sorbonne graduate and linguist, Cacho is the author of seven books, most recently Slaves of Power: A Journey to the Heart of World Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls (2010). Currently a columnist for the Mexico City newspaper, El Universal, she has spoken about how many lesser known journalists feed her information that they are too afraid to publish under their own name.

Triveni Acharya is President of the Rescue Foundation, an organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and repatriation of women and children who have been victims of kidnapping and sex trafficking. The victims, who are from India, Nepal and Bangladesh, are sold into forced prostitution in India...

The Train Foundation

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The Civil Courage News - highlighting the work of Lydia Cacho Ribeiro and Triveni Acharya

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Added: Oct. 24, 2011

New York, USA

Lydia Cacho Blasts Facebook

Mexico’s most prominent human-rights activist says the site has become a tool for sex predators—and isn’t doing enough to combat the problem. Facebook says otherwise.

A prominent human-rights advocate has accused Facebook of becoming the stomping grounds for sex predators, traffickers, and child pornographers.

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, a Mexican journalist and activist known for busting pedophile rings, made the comments in New York on Wednesday night, while accepting the Civil Courage Prize from the Train Foundation, an organization that awards an annual $50,000 prize to activists. Cacho Ribeiro challenged [keynote speaker] United Nations Under-Secretary General Michelle Bachelet [head of UN Women] and 130 others in attendance to join her new campaign to pressure Facebook to take serious action against child abusers.

“If anyone has the power to do it, talk to the owners and CEO of Facebook to stop child pornography that is going on Facebook every day,” she said. “We are seeing thousands of children—babies from 2 and 3 months old to girls from 7 to 10 years old—that are being sold, and having pictures taken by guys, predators, on Facebook,” she continued. “Stop Facebook. Tell them to stop child pornography.”

Facebook strongly denied the accusations when contacted by The Daily Beast. Joe Sullivan, the company’s chief of security, said Facebook’s security software constantly searches the site’s pages for evidence of sexual predators and child abusers. Every picture uploaded by Facebook users is run through a program called “Photo DNA,”  he said, to look for possible matches with offenders. The company saves the data, he said, and makes referrals to law-enforcement agencies…

Cacho Ribeiro first gained international attention as a journalist and activist in the '90s in Cancun, Mexico, where she established a high-security shelter for female victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. In her book, Demons of Eden, published in 2004, Cacho exposed a high-profile businessman and politicians involved in a child pornography ring. Now an award-winning author of seven books, she recently accused the Mexican drug cartels of smuggling underage girls to the U.S. for prostitution…


Oct. 21, 2011

Added: Oct. 23, 2011

Congressional anti trafficking leader acknowledges that 1.2 million victims of sex and labor slavery exist in Mexico


Deputy Rosi Orozco is the president of the Special Commission to Combat Human Trafficking in the Chamber of Deputies in the Congress of the Repiblic

México, quinto lugar en AL en trata de personas

México. D.F. México ya ocupa el quinto lugar en América Latina con el mayor número de víctimas de la trata; se estima que un millón 200 mil personas son explotadas sexual y laboralmente en territorio mexicano. Y la cifra de víctimas va en aumento, mientras federales, estatales y municipales, poco o nada hacen para combatir ese delito.

Así lo advirtió la presidenta de la Comisión Especial de Lucha contra la Trata de Personas, diputada federal, Rosi Orozco, quien alertó que en todo el territorio nacional continúan despareciendo niñas y niños, con la consecuente angustia y desesperación al interior de las familias afectadas.

Señaló que uno de los casos representativos de este delito, es el de Georgina Ivonne Ramírez Mora, de 22 años de edad, quien trabajaba en un casino situado en el municipio de Atizapán, y desapareció el 30 de mayo de 2011, días después de manifestar a una de sus compañeras de trabajo su intención de renunciar a dicho empleo.

Aclaró la legisladora que la Procuraduría mexiquense tiene conocimiento de este caso y sin embargo no se ha avanzado en la investigación.

Por ello, propuso que la Cámara baja haga un llamado tanto a los gobernadores, como a las procuradurías estatales para que, en el seno de la Conferencia Nacional de Gobernadores (Conago) den a conocer los resultados de los operativos en contra de la trata de personas, así como las estadísticas reales de menores recuperados.

Mexico holds fifth place in human trafficking in Latin America

[Deputy Rosi Orozco declares that 1.2 million victims exist across the nation]

Mexico City – According to Deputy Rosi Orozco, who is the president of the Special Commission to Combat Human Trafficking in the Chamber of Deputies [lower house of Congress], Mexico currently has the fifth highest number of human trafficking victims among Latin America nations, with an estimated 1.2 million victims of sex and labor exploitation. The numbers of victims continue to increase as federal, state and local authorities do little or nothing in response, said Deputy Orozco.

The anti trafficking leader warned that girls and boys continue to disappear across Mexico, which has a devastating impact on their loved ones.

Deputy Orozco discussed a representative case, that of Georgina Ivonne Ramírez Mora, age 22, who worked at a casino located in the municipality of Atizapán. Ramírez Mora disappeared on May 30, 2011, just days after she mentioned to one of her coworkers her intentions to resign from her job.

The attorney general’s office for Mexico state has opened an investigation in the case, but no progress has been made toward resolving it.

Deputy Orozco has recently proposed that the Chamber of Deputies issue a call to the nation’s governors and state prosecutors, calling upon them to use the forum of the National Conference of Governors to share their state statistics in regard to the numbers of enforcement operations being carried out in their states.. She added that state leaders should discuss [and be honest about] the actual numbers of minors who have been rescued in their respective states.

Alfredo Plascencia Sánchez

Diario Portal

Oct. 17, 2011

Added: Oct. 23, 2011


Harvard Law School graduate James H. Thessin was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on September 8, 2011

Embajador de EEUU en Paraguay, preocupado por desafuero de fiscala Teresa Martínez

El embajador de Estados Unidos en Paraguay, James Thessin, manifestó su preocupación sobre el desafuero de la fiscala Teresa Martínez al fiscal general del estado, Rubén Candia Amarilla, según comentó a la prensa este último.

Durante una visita protocolar que realizó este viernes el embajador estadounidense Thessin al Ministerio Público, se reunió con el fiscal general Candia Amarilla a quien le expresó su preocupación por la decisión que tomó el Jurado de Enjuiciamiento de Magistrados (JEM), de desaforar a la agente Teresa Martínez.

El desafuero ocurrió luego de que la agente fiscal fuera denunciado por difamación, calumnia e injuria, por haber allanado una casa de citas, en donde según una denuncia de la Secretaría de la Niñez, explotaban a una adolescente.

Anastasio Gómez, el dueño de la casa de citas, querelló a la fiscala Teresa Martínez, que finalmente fue desaforada por el JEM.

U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay, expresses his concerns about the impeachment of human trafficking prosecutor Teresa Martinez

The U.S. ambassador to Paraguay, James Thessin, has expressed concern about the the impeachment of federal prosecutor Teresa Martinez to Paraguayan Attorney General Ruben Candia Amarilla.

During a diplomatic visit that took place this past Friday at the Public Ministry, Ambassador Thessin expressed his concerns in regard to the decision by the Trial Jury for Magistrates (JEM) to impeach prosecutor Martinez.

The impeachment process began after the fiscal agent was sued for defamation, libel and insult in the aftermath of a raid by authorities on a brothel where, according to the Secretariat for Children, an adolescent girl was being exploited.

Anastasio Gomez, the owner of the brothel, sued Matrinez, resulting in the impeachment charges being brought by the JEM.

Última Hora


Oct. 21, 2011

Added: Oct. 23, 2011

North Carolina, USA

Man accused in Charlotte human trafficking operation

Charlotte - A human trafficking operation was going on inside a southwest Charlotte home, according to investigators. They said a man who is in the country illegally sold women for sex...

Filemon Guzman-Martinez is charged with human trafficking and forcing women into prostitution.

Court documents said agents found business cards with pictures of women posed in a sexually suggestive manner and the phrase “What do you have to lose” written in Spanish.

In a bedroom of the house he rented, they found a bulk package of condoms and a woman with a suitcase. Almost all of the clothing, agents said, consisted of lingerie.

“It's a growing problem,” said Del Richburg, a special agent with Charlotte's Homeland Security Office. “It's a problem we've seen on the rise.”

Richburg said human trafficking is bringing a steady stream of victims from Mexico and Central America to Charlotte on the promise of jobs that don't exist.

“Might be as a nanny or working in a restaurant -- where they're brought up here and forced into prostitution,” Richburg said...

Neighbors said they hope federal agents won't stop investigating now.

“Just the tip of the iceberg -- there's four more houses of them,” Ronald Caldwell said.

Federal agents wouldn’t comment on whether they're looking at other houses in that neighborhood, but said new victims are being moved in and out of Charlotte every week.

Martinez, who was apparently in the country illegally, will make a first appearance in federal court on Thursday.


Oct. 12, 2011

Added: Oct. 23, 2011


Youth Career Initiative pilots human trafficking awareness training for hotel staff in Mexico

Press Release

The Youth Career Initiative (YCI), a six-month education program that provides disadvantaged young people with life and work skills in leading hotels, launches its first training workshop in Mexico this week for hotel staff working with participants who have survived human trafficking. Course attendees include General Managers, HR and training managers, representatives of YCI’s local coordinating partners, and staff of local shelters.

The half-day training program is also aimed at representatives from other partner organizations in the target locations for this project. This workshop is conducted with partial support from the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP).

The training has two main aims: to raise awareness about the complex issue of human trafficking, particularly within the context of the hotel industry; and to enable hotel staff coordinating the YCI program to better support participants who have survived human trafficking. Facilitated by a team comprised of human trafficking experts, as well as hotel staff, the training workshop offers a general overview of the issue before delving into particular challenges within the hospitality industry. It also provides an insight into the victims’ experience including the rescue and recovery process, while encouraging discussions about how to support the re-integration of survivors. 

The training course was developed with input from a range of local shelters, anti-trafficking organizations, governmental organizations and hotel companies. Leading hotel companies participating in this Mexico pilot include InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International Inc., and NH Hoteles.

As a new adaptation of the YCI model, this pilot project aiding the re-integration of survivors of human trafficking will initially run in three pilot countries (Mexico, Brazil and Vietnam). The first pilot is currently running in Mexico City with 45 young people, 15 of whom are survivors of human trafficking. The eventual aim is to scale up the project to involve all 11 participating YCI countries.

3BL Media / theCSRfeed

Oct. 21, 2011

Added: Oct. 21, 2011


Soledad Griensen

Hallan pruebas de trata de personas vs Griensen

El Ministerio Público que sigue la investigación sobre el caso de Soledad Griensen, dio a conocer que existen elementos de prueba suficientes para consignarla ante un juez de Garantía por los delitos de trata de persona, cuya pena máxima llega a los 24 años de prisión.

La investigación se fortaleció luego de que agentes investigadores realizaron un cateo en el refugio Mujeres Unidas Contra la Violencia ubicado en el cruce de las calles Delicias y Jiménez de la colonia 9 de Septiembre.

"Ahí se encontraron documentos y una serie de evidencias que llevaron al Ministerio Público a solicitar dos órdenes de aprehensión", dijo ayer el fiscal Jorge González Nicolás, quien rechazó dar a conocer las identidades, sin embargo trascendió que se trata de la misma Griensen y un familiar cercano.

El propio gobernador del estado, César Duarte Jáquez, refirió durante un evento celebrado ayer en Cibeles que se buscará la pena máxima para esta mujer al tiempo que llamó a los representantes de distintas organizaciones sociales a no utilizar la bandera de organizaciones para intereses mezquinos.

El fiscal Jorge González, manifestó que el albergue Mujeres Unidas Contra la Violencia, estaba dentro de un grupo de ocho organismos a los que se canalizaba a personas que eran víctimas de la violencia, entre ellas mujeres y niñas.

"Desde luego que se canalizaron a personas a ese lugar, pero a partir de este año, Gobierno del Estado ya no apoyaba a este albergue económicamente, además de que del estudio que se hizo se determinó que no se cumplía con ciertos requisitos", reconoció el funcionario estatal.

Añadió que lamentablemente existe un vacío en la ley que no permite una supervisión constante a este tipo de centros, pero por ello mismo, este año no se otorgó ningún tipo de subsidio por parte del Estado.

"Hay un gran vacío, pero en cuanto a la comisión de un delito, definitiva-mente que existe responsabilidad por parte de la Fiscalía para investigarlos tan es así que ya está detenida esta persona", señaló.

Dijo que la Fiscalía escuchó en declaración a las cinco mujeres que fueron víctimas del maltrato por parte de la señora Soledad Griensen pero además de la trata de personas, incurrió en la privación ilegal de su libertad.

Félix A. González

Norte Digital

Oct. 21, 2011

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Added: Oct. 21, 2011


Owner of Juarez Women’s Shelter Being Investigated for Abuse, Human Trafficking

Soledad Griensen Porras being investigated for abuse, human trafficking

A battered women’s shelter in Mexico is at the center of a human trafficking, abuse, and forced prostitution investigation, where a woman thought to be “a charitable soul” has been accused of abusing the women of the shelter.

Soledad Griensen Porras, 55, is being accused of forcing a number of women into prostitution and holding them against their will at the Mujeres Unidas contra la Violencia (Women United Against Violence). Some even claim Griensen punished them by putting chile on their private parts.

Many in the community are shocked to hear these allegations, as Griensen is known to donate food and blankets to those in need, and is said to regularly fight for women’s rights.

However, according to police, while everything looked copacetic, the women say men routinely came to the shelter soliciting sex, for which Griensen requested payment. Others claim they were forced to pay her in order to leave the shelter.

When officers searched the shelter, they say they found pornographic material, though it is unclear what exactly was found.

A neighbor who asked to remain anonymous told the El Paso Times she knew the community saw Griensen as the woman who gave the less fortunate groceries, blankets and toys, but she saw how Griensen was when in or around the shelter, which not only helps battered women, but is said to help those with substance abuse issues.

“I’m not going to tell you she was a nice person,” she told the Times. “Outside, she helped a lot, but she didn’t treat well the people inside.”

The unnamed neighbor said she once heard from one of the girls in the shelter that the place was “hell” and once had her hair shaved off for misbehaving.

But while this neighbor is not entirely surprised by the accusations against Griensen, others are having trouble believing them.

Irma Casas, director of the women’s rights organization Casa Amiga, said she was in the shelter about four months ago and did not see anything out that would lead her to believe anything sinister was going on.

Casas said the shelter was well kept and clean. Adding that a woman she had recently conversed with from the shelter did not report anything like what is being claimed.

However, Casas did suggest police look at all the shelters in the area to ensure nothing like this was happening elsewhere.

“This is a symptom of the little or null political and social intervention in this topic,” she said. “We should evaluate if in the case of Mrs. Griensen there had been an inspection of the spaces and who was in charge of them.”

So far, four of the five women who spoke to police have filed complaints against Griensen with state authorities.

Authorities say Griensen is currently being held and is facing human trafficking charges, and may face additional charges for threats, injuries, and deprivation of liberty.

Hispanically Speaking News

Oct. 20, 2011

Added: Oct. 19, 2011


Nueve mexicanas eran obligadas a prostituirse en un refugio para mujeres

Ciudad Juárez (México), 18 oct (EFE).- Nueve mujeres de Ciudad Juárez (norte de México) fueron rescatadas hoy por agentes de la Policía Municipal de un refugio para víctimas de violencia donde eran obligadas a prostituirse, informaron fuentes oficiales.

Las mujeres denunciaron que el lugar funcionaba como una "casa de citas", donde acudían hombres invitados por la directora del refugio, señaló Adrián Sánchez, portavoz de la Policía.

Las nueve víctimas aseguraron que también varios niños que vivían en el refugio fueron igualmente obligados a prostituirse.

La directora del refugio Mujeres Unidas contra la Violencia, Soledad Griensen, de 53 años, fue detenida y presentada ante el Ministerio Público, dijo Sánchez a Efe.

Ciudad Juárez cobró notoriedad en la década de 1990 por la muerte de cientos de mujeres, principalmente jóvenes trabajadoras de empresas maquiladoras (de ensamblaje). Muchos de estos crímenes, cometidos por miembros de la delincuencia organizada, asesinos seriales o imitadores de estos, no fueron esclarecidos.

Las autoridades locales han expresado su preocupación por el alto índice de trata de personas en esta urbe fronteriza con la estadounidense El Paso (Texas).

Women and children are forced into prostitution at women's shelter

Police in the city of Cuidad juarez in Chihuahua state today rescued nine women and several children from a domestic violence shelter where the victims had been forced into prostitution.

Those rescued reported that the shelter [effectively] functioned as a brothel, where the female director invited men [to exploit the shelter’s residents], said Adrian Sanchez, spokesman for the police.

The nine adult victims also claim that several children who lived at the shelter were forced into prostitution.

The director of the Mujeres Unidas (Women United) shelter against Violence, Griensen Soledad, age 53, was arrested and brought before the local prosecutor’s office, Sanchez told EFE.

Ciudad Juarez gained notoriety in the 1990s due to the death of hundreds of women. Those victims were mostly young maquiladora (assembly plant) workers [those with indigenous characteristics were especially targeted]. Many of the crimes had been committed by organized crime members, murderers and serial imitators…

Local authorities have expressed concern about the high incidence of human trafficking in this city, which sits adjacent to El Paso, Texas.


Oct. 18, 2011

Added: Oct. 17, 2011

Policías agreden sexualmente y torturan a mujer indígena

La detuvieron en Tulum luego de que fue asaltada en un bar

Tulum, Cuatro policías de este municipio de Quintana Roo fueron suspendidos por haber cometido los delitos de lesiones, abuso de poder y violación en grado de tentativa, contra una trabajadora de origen maya en el interior de la cárcel municipal.

Dos policías son mujeres –participaron en la detención– y dos más varones, quienes custodiaban la cárcel en el lapso en que ocurrieron los hechos. Se trata de Gisela Morales Reyes, Selena Torres Hernández, Liborio May May y Martín López Dorantes.

Sin embargo, otros cuatro elementos policiacos –de quienes se desconoce sus nombres y están en libertad– estarían implicados en la agresión contra Gabina Pat Díaz, de 24 años de edad y cocinera en un hotel de la Riviera Maya, quien fue obligada a desnudarse ante la presencia de seis agentes que la acariciaron y uno de ellos la presionó para tener relaciones sexuales a cambio de su libertad.

La indígena maya fue detenida por supuesta alteración del orden público, la cual es una falta administrativa de acuerdo con el Bando de Policía y Buen Gobierno Municipal.

Díaz relató a los medios de comunicación que los policías la insultaron y la colgaron esposada y desnuda contra los barrotes de los separos durante tres horas, tiempo –acusó– en el que fue torturada física y psicológicamente.

Los hechos se asentaron en la averiguación previa 845/2011 del Ministerio Público del Fuero Común en este municipio por violación en grado de tentativa y lesiones. Se informó que la investigación está en curso y que en breve se darían a conocer avances de la misma.

Los cuatro policías municipales identificados fueron suspendidos como una medida administrativa, pero no fueron detenidos ni arraigados por lo que se teme que haya impunidad en el caso.

La Comisión de Derechos Humanos del estado de Quintana Roo (Cdheqroo) ya atrajo también el caso con la apertura del expediente 151 por abuso de autoridad y trato cruel y degradante.

Gabina Pat Díaz fue detenida por los uniformados a las 5 de la mañana del pasado 8 de octubre, cuando se encontraba con unos amigos adentro de una discoteca.

Personal de seguridad del local llamó a la policía municipal luego de que Díaz decidió buscar por cuenta propia su bolso que –alegó la mujer– le sustrajeron en ese negocio. Ahí guardaba sus documentos personales, tarjeta bancaria y dinero en efectivo.

La agraviada narró que dos policías mujeres y un varón la sometieron con lujo de violencia, tirándola al piso, para luego subirla a rastras a una patrulla y trasladarla a la cárcel municipal.

Police torture and sexually assault Indigenous woman

The victim had been arrested in the city of Tulum after being assaulted in a bar

Four police officers friom [the tourist center and  Mayan cultural site of] Tulum, in the state of Quintana Roo have been suspended after they were accused of attempted rape, assault and abuse of power. The victim was an indigenous  Mayan woman who had been detained on disorderly conduct charges after she had been assaulted in a bar. The sexual assault took place in the city’s jail.

Two female officers who had participated in the arrest and two male guards who were on duty at the jail during the sexual assault were  accused in the case. Gisela Morales Reyes, Selena Torres Hernandez, Liborio May May and Martin Lopez Dorantes were suspended from duty.

An additional four police officers, who’s identities and whereabouts are not known, are also implicated in the assault of 24-year-old Gabina Pat Díaz, who works as a cook in a hotel in the Riviera Maya tourist area.

While in custody, Díaz was forced to strip naked in front of six of the officers. She was then handcuffed to the bars of her cell as the officers put their hands on her. One of the officers pressured the victim to have sex with him in exchange for her freedom.

The victim had been arrested for disorderly conduct, which is an administrative charge in the city’s criminal code.

Diaz told the media that the officers insulted her and hung her naked and handcuffed to the bars of her holding cell for three hours, during which time she says that she was tortured physically and psychologically.

The facts were documented during a preliminary investigation conducted by prosecutors in Tulum. It was reported that the investigation is ongoing. The results will be announced shortly.

The four officers who have been identified were given administrative suspensions, but they have not been arrested or arranged, leading to fears that the case will be left in impunity [the case will be covered up].

The Human Rights Commission of the state of Quintana Roo (CDHEQROO) plans to open an investigation into abuse of authority and cruel and degrading treatment.

Gabina Pat Diaz was arrested at 5 am on Oct. 8, while she was with friends in a nightclub.

The club’s security staff had called police after Díaz decided to search on her own for her purse, which had been stolen in the club. Díaz stated that two female and one male police officer threw her to the ground and dragged her to their patrol car before taking her to the city jail.

Eduardo Cocom Sosaya

CIMAC Women’s News Agency

Oct. 13, 2011

Added: Aug. 04, 2011


Huánuco region in central Peru

CHS organiza talleres contra la trata de personas en Huánuco y Tingo María

Dirigido a autoridades y líderes indígenas

Con el objetivo de generar un espacio de reflexión sobre las funciones y obligaciones de los operadores de justicia en el tema de la trata de personas y la vulnerabilidad de la población indígena frente a este delito, la organización Capital Humano y Social Alternativo (CHS Alternativo) realizará talleres en Tingo María y Huánuco, ciudades de captación y de tránsito para la trata de personas con fines de explotación sexual a mujeres menores de edad.

Se informó que el  taller en Tingo María se realizará el miércoles 12 de octubre en el Hotel Madera Verde, en tanto que el taller en Huánuco será el viernes 14 de octubre en el Grand Hotel Huánuco.

En dichos eventos se presentarán asimismo los resultados del análisis de expedientes sobre trata de personas en la región, el último suceso ocurrido en Madre de Dios y el documental “La noche de Jhinna”, reciente caso de explotación sexual presentado en el nightclub La Noche, en Piura.

Ambos talleres son auspiciados por la fundación alemana Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) y cuentan con el apoyo de la Defensoría del Pueblo, Paz y Esperanza y de la Federación Departamental de Comunidades Campesinas y Nativas – Región Huánuco (FEDECCANH).

ONG conducts workshops against human trafficking in Huánuco and Tingo María

Training is designed for indigenous leaders and authorities

With the aim of creating a space for reflection on the roles and responsibilities of criminal justice workers in regard to the issue of human trafficking and the vulnerability of indigenous peoples to this crime, the organization Human and Social Capital Alternative (CHS Alternativo) will present workshops in in the cities of Tingo Maria and Huanuco, which are known as locations where traffickers entrap and transport underage girl victims for purposes of sexual exploitation.

The workshop in Tingo Maria will be held Oct. 12th at the Hotel Madera Verde, while the Huánuco workshop will be held on Oct. 14th at the Grand Hotel Huanuco.

The events will include discussion of an analysis performed of trafficking cases in the region, the most recent of which occurred in the city of Madre de Dios. The documentary "The Night of Jhinna" will also be shown. The film presents a recent case of sexual exploitation at a nightclub in the city of Piura.

Both workshops are sponsored by the German foundation Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and have the support of the office of the [federal] Ombudsman of the People, Peace and Hope, and the Departmental [State] Federation of Peasant and Native Communities for the Huánuco Region (FEDECCANH).



Oct. 11, 2011

Added Oct. 15, 2011


Hero: Internationally recognized Praguayan anti-trafficking prosecutor Teresa Martínez is currently facing  impeachment based on defamation complaints brought by suspects whom she had actually investigated.


Hero: Patricia Villamil - former consul for Honduras in Chiapas state on Mexico's southern border, was removed from her post in mid-2011 in retaliation for her criticism of Mexican officials' failure to respond to the mass sex trafficking of Central American women and girls into Chiapas. 


Hero: Lydia Cacho lives with continual death threats in the aftermath of her 2005 jailing and trial that was concocted by corrupt authorities in retaliation for her work to expose a wealthy child sex trafficker in the resort city of Cancun.

Hot spot:

Paraguay is located in the "Triple Frontier" region of South America, where its border converges with that of Argentina and Brazil.

The Triple Frontier is one of the very largest sex trafficking marketplaces in South America.



Effective anti trafficking activists face retaliation across the Americas

Currently, Libertad Latina is providing coverage of the impeachment process that anti-trafficking prosecutor Teresa Martínez is facing in the South American nation of Paraguay. We have aggregated and translated several important news articles on the subject.

We regard the actions of the Paraguayan Trial Jury for Magistrates in bringing the impeachment charges against Teresa Martínez to be highly suspect. We agree with the conclusions of Paraguayan congressional deputy Aída Robles, who is the chairwoman of the Commission on Equality and Gender, that the decision to impeach Martínez is the result of the actions of powerful, unseen individuals who seek to bring an end to effective anti-trafficking prosecutions in that nation. The Paraguayan Association of Prosecutors and the Inter-agency Roundtable for Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Paraguay - made up of more than a 20 federal agencies and NGOs - have both released press statements in support of Martínez.

To paraphrase the statement released by the Paraguayan Association of Prosecutors, since when in western jurisprudence can a criminal suspect bring defamation charges against the prosecuting attorney in their case, and then have that complaint accepted by a judicial body as grounds for the impeachment of that prosecutor?

Paraguay is a poor nation. It also has a large indigenous population that has been subjected to sexual oppression for centuries. All poor and young Paraguayuan women are at risk of being sex trafficked to supply the voracious forced prostitution markets that thrive in the neighboring wealthy nation of Argentina. A recent press article noted that 80% of all women and girls who are sexually exploited in Argentina are from Paraguay.

Dozens of news stories have discussed the work of Teresa Martínez. They show that Martínez has been an effective leader in waging the nation's war against sex trafficking. Paraguay is located in the "Triple Frontier" region, where the borders of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil intersect. For over a decade, the Triple Frontier has been one of the largest centers for criminal sex trafficking activity in the Americas. The challenges faced by Teresa Martínez in confronting the multi-billion dollar drug-and-sex trafficking cartels (both local and global) that are active in the region are daunting. Martínez has committed only one offense, that of daring to challenge the status quo that today allows poor indigenous and other Paraguayan women and children to be sex trafficked en-mass with impunity.

The impeachment action taken against Martínez follows a pattern of behavior that has been seen in other nations in the region. These underhanded responses have in common the fact that they are acts of retaliation that are designed to punish both public officials and private citizens who have become 'too' effective in their efforts to fight modern human slavery. Other victims of that scenario have included anti child sex trafficking activist, women's center director and journalist Lydia Cacho, who was jailed and tried for defamation (the same change being levied against Teresa Martínez) in Mexico in 2005 after publishing the book 'The Demons in Eden" - that exposed child pornographer Jean Succar Kuri and his corrupt associates in government and business - and, during 2011, Honduran Consul to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, Patricia Villamil, who was removed from her post for speaking out publicly in regard to the fact that Mexican officials in Chiapas state were not taking action against the sex traffickers who were expoiting the many Honduran women and girls who had been lured to the region (we note that Chiapas state has been identified by Save the Children as being the largest zone for the commercial sexual exploitation of children - CSEC - in the entire world).

Recently, Libertad Latina has spoken with anti sex trafficking advocates who are active in Argentina and the Dominican Republic. Like Paraguay, the Dominican Republic is a major source nation for sex trafficking victims who are destined to arrive in Argentina, where they will be sexually exploited. From Argentina, a number of these victims - as well as Argentine women and girls - will be resold into the global sex market.

Our sources inducate that government entities as well as certain non-governmental agenices in the region actively work to cover-up sex trafficking cases. These include organizations that receive U.S. funds. The U.S. State Department is fully aware of these allegations through complaints that have been submitted to them.

The cases of Teresa Martínez, Lydia Cacho and Patricia Villamil represent part of a disturbing but not unfamiliar pattern. Although Latin America has moved away from its past traditions of authoritarian rule and political repression as its standard response to unconventional viewpoints, some of those in power continue to use such tactics when they find it convenient to achieving their more sinister goals.

Mexico and the Triple Frontier region in South America are two of the most critical hot spots for sexual slavery in the world. Any prosecutor or activist who dares to stand-up and defend the innocent children, adolescents and women who are victimized by this multi-billion dollar criminal business can expect to face retaliation. In other cases, such as those involving the mass sex trafficking of women and girls from the Dominican Republic to Argentina and other global destinations, the corrupt practices that allow these tragedies to continue to occur are not-yet clearly visible to the general public.

We who engage in anti-trafficking analysis work and news coverage will continue to bring these little-known dynamics to light. 

There is an important lesson to be learned by the anti-trafficking movement and government entities working in the field in regard to this theme. The fact is that not everyone with official powers actually wants to see human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children with impunity ended. Whether they are driven by greed and payoffs, or by the fact that their worldview is based on a sexist machismo that condones exploitation, or whether it is because they themselves exploit victims, many politicians and law enforcement authories across the Americas do not support the effort to stop the modern day slavers in our midsts.

Acknowledging that fundamental reality must become the first step to re-building the currently less-than-effective global strategies that are in-use for tackling traffickers and shutting them down for good. 

A global campaign of condemnation that denounces the retaliatory action taken against Teresa Martínez must also be organized. A similar effort was highly effective in rescuing Lydia Cacho from unjust imprisonment in Mexico. People of conscience must make that happen once again. This time, it is  Teresa Martínez who needs our help.

Finally, we call upon U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, director of the Trafficking in Persons office at State to provide all necessary support for Martínez in her time of need.

We say: End impunity now! 

Chuck Goolsby


Oct. 15, 2011

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Deputy Aída Robles, chairwoman of the Commission on Equality and Gender in the Congress of Paraguay

Preocupación por desafuero de la fiscala Teresa Martínez

La diputada Aída Robles (PPC-Central), titular de la Comisión de Equidad y Género, en conferencia de prensa, manifestó su preocupación por la Resolución del Jurado de Enjuiciamiento de Magistrados, relacionado al desafuero de la Agente Fiscal, abogada Teresa Martínez, de la Unidad Especializada contra la trata de personas y explotación sexual de niños, niñas y adolescentes. El documento que involucra a la afectada fue caratulado por difamación, calumnia e injuria.

"Estamos muy preocupados por la situación de la fiscala Teresa Martínez, porque es una de la que ha demostrado una capacidad de lucha contra la trata de personas, explotación sexual de niños y niñas en nuestro país. La fiscala recibe esta mañana (viernes 30 de setiembre), la notificación de desafuero, aparentemente por dos casos específicos; uno de ellos, se refiere al caso de Tacumbú, sobre pornografía infantil y el otro por realizar allanamiento de un lupanar", explicó la parlamentaria Robles.

Finalmente, la diputada Aída Robles, informó que desde la comisión que preside, realizarán las investigaciones correspondientes para esclarecer el caso, teniendo en cuenta la labor que desempeña la fiscala Teresa Martínez, contra la trata de personas y la explotación sexual de menores.

Congresswoman expresses concerns in regard to the impeachment of Teresa Martínez

Congressional deputy Aída Robles of the PPC-Central Party, who is also the chairwoman of the Commission on Equality and Gender, held a press conference to express her grave concerns in regard to the recent resolution of the Trial Jury for Magistrates, in which that body moved to impeach Teresa Martínez, who is Paraguay’s anti trafficking prosecutor within the Attorney General’s special unit to combat human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. Martínez was charged [by a subject that she was investigating for child exploitation] with libel, slander and insult.

Deputy Robles, “We are very worried about the situation facing Teresa Martínez, because she has demonstrated that she has the ability to lead the struggle against human trafficking and child sexual exploitation in our nation. Prosecutor Martínez received the decision in regard to her impeachment on the morning of Sep. 30th, 2011. The charges refer to both a child pornography case that occurred in the Tacumbú barrio of the capital city of Asunción, and also to a raid on a brothel.”

Deputy Robles also announced that the congressional Commission on Equality and Gender will conduct hearings to clarify the events in this case in the context of the work that Teresa Martínez carries out against human trafficking and child sexual exploitation.

La Presna


Sep. 30, 2011

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La Diputada Aida Robles dijo que la fiscal Teresa Martínez es perseguida por gente poderosa

Deputy Aída Robles declares that prosecutor Teresa Martínez is being persecuted by powerful individuals

During a press conference organized in response to the impeachment of prosecutor Teresa Martínez, Paraguayan congressional deputy Aida Robles declared that the anti trafficking prosecutor is being persecuted by powerful people.

Deputy Robles noted that it is critically important that Paraguay have a point person in charge of anti trafficking prosecutions. She added that it would not be possible for the impeachment of Martínez to have occurred without the [behind the scenes] influence of powerful people being involved. She added that these forces want to see an end to the prosecution of human traffickers in Paraguay.

(Audio - In Spanish)

Radio Cardinal


Sep. 30, 2011

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Diputada Aida Robles lamenta influencias en relación con el desafuero de fiscala Teresa Martínez

Paraguayan Congressional deputy Aida Robles laments that external influences have cause the impeachment case against anti trafficking prosecutor Teresa Martínez to come about.

(Audio - In Spanish)

Radio Ñanduti


Sep. 30, 2011

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Context from 2010


U.S. Embassy cable on human trafficking conditions

...Most trafficking victims depart Paraguay via land border crossings near Ciudad del Este, Asuncion, and Encarnacion. The Women's Secretariat provided direct aid to 19 women in 2009. Of these, two were trafficked domestically, while the others went to Argentina (53%), Bolivia (31%), Japan (8%), and Spain (8%.).

Anecdotal evidence suggests that each year several thousand women, children, adolescents, and trans-gendered prostitutes (taxi boys) are trafficked internationally. An estimated 80 percent of victims are young women and adolescent girls. The Women's Secretariat (SMPR) estimated in January 2010 that 95 percent of TIP victims are exploited for commercial sexual purposes and that 52 percent of victims were minors.

...Paraguayan women, adolescent girls, and children are most at risk of being trafficked, primarily for purposes of sexual exploitation. Many street children are also trafficking victims. Studies show that most victims worked as street vendors when traffickers targeted them and that 70 percent of victims had drug addictions. Poor indigenous women living in the interior are also at significant risk. Argentine authorities speaking at seminars in Paraguay noted they frequently require translation assistance from Paraguayan consulates to interview TIP victims who speak only [the indigenous language] Guarani...

U.S. State Dept.

Feb. 17, 2010

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Context from 2005


U.S. Embassy cable on human trafficking conditions

TIP (Trafficking in Persons) Senior Reporting Officer Linda Brown visited Paraguay as part of a four-country tour of South America.  In meetings with Embassy officers, governing party officials, and representatives of NGOs, Brown discussed Paraguay's progress in combating trafficking in persons…

Brown had a number of meetings with various officials and NGOs, raising a number of issues in Paraguay's efforts to combat TIP.

Minister for Children and Adolescents Mercedes Britez de Buzo 

--The Minister described efforts to combat the trafficking in children, pointing to participation in Embassy Montevideo's regional project, participation in the Embassy's bilateral project, and efforts to criminalize child pornography...

-- She spoke of the need to prosecute traffickers but conceded, based upon her own experiences as a prosecutor and judge, that it is not career enhancing in the judicial system to focus on trafficking or children's issues.

Attorney General Oscar Latorre and Prosecutor Teresa Martinez

--Latorre offered general remarks about the importance of stopping trafficking, but was not positive about prospects for the creation of a specialized unit of anti-trafficking prosecutors.

 --Martinez described the history of TIP prosecutions in Paraguay, observing that the issue was unknown just 18 months ago, and is now an important focus in the Public Ministry (prosecutor’s office)...

Martinez described the difficulties in getting victims to cooperate, and the Attorney General's lack of legal authority to investigate independently.

Independent Women's Rights Activist and Consultant Andrea Cid

 --The discussion primarily dealt with Paraguayan culture and the ways in which it complicates both government and NGO efforts to fight trafficking.  In the eyes of many here, prostitution is not a bad thing in and of itself.  Given the levels of stark poverty in the country, many feel that prostitution is a legitimate way to earn a living.  Many families, she said, knowingly sell their own daughters into prostitution abroad in the hope that the girls will send money home.

--The legal culture in Paraguay complicates efforts to stop trafficking.  She described the Penal Code and the entire judicial system as lenient, with laws prescribing mild penalties for crimes such as trafficking. The authorities are unable to stop traffickers from threatening victims who file complaints with prosecutors.

U.S. State Dept.

Jan. 04, 2005

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Mujeres indígenas van perfilándose cada vez más como víctimas

La trata de personas es un delito que tiene como principales víctimas a personas de sectores vulnerabilizados en sus derechos, en particular cada vez más, a la población indígena.

La trata de personas es un problema sin visibilidad en las comunidades campesinas e indígenas, lo que constituye un negocio de pocos que nos desafía a todos.

El 14 de julio, en algunos medios de prensa, se publicó un caso de explotación de niñas indígenas del Chaco (como por ejemplo en el Última Hora Digital).

En la ocasión, realizamos la siguiente reflexión:

Es preciso estar cada vez más atentos ante el flagelo de la explotación sexual comercial, la explotación laboral, la servidumbre doméstica y el comercio de niños y niñas.

La trata de personas es un delito que tiene como principales víctimas a personas de sectores vulnerabilizados en sus derechos, en particular cada vez más, a la población indígena, que inmersa en situaciones de desigualdad y abandono, fácilmente escucha y accede a promesas de una mejora de vida hecha por personas inescrupulosas.

Las mujeres, más aún cuando son niñas y no hablan español, son muy proclives a ser engañadas. En este caso, se trató de niñas indígenas totalmente indefensas (que por razones de feria judicial en Argentina, todavía no han logrado retornar). En efecto, las jóvenes, niñas y adultas mujeres, al ser traficadas, una vez en el lugar de destino, ya se topan con un entorno desconocido, no cuentan con posibilidades de contacto familiar, ningún tipo de soporte, lo cual las coloca en una situación de desamparo total. Esta vez, el accionar de ambos Estados estuvo de su lado ¿pero, y el resto de casos denunciados y no denunciados? ¿y la trata interna de mujeres indígenas?

Paraguayan Indigenous women are increasingly being targeted as victims of human trafficking

Human trafficking is a problem without visibility in rural and indigenous communities. It is a business run by a few but which impacts many.

On July 14th a number of media outlets published reports about the case of the exploitation of indigenous girls in the nation’s Chaco region.

On occasion, we made the following observation: We must be increasingly vigilant against the scourge of commercial sexual exploitation, labor exploitation, domestic servitude and trade in children.

Human trafficking is a crime whose main victims are people from sectors of society whose rights are vulnerable. This includes, increasingly, the indigenous population, which continues to be immersed in [a social condition of] inequality and neglect, which makes them at-risk to going along with the false promises of a better life to which they are subjected by unscrupulous people.

Women, and especially girls who do not speak Spanish, are very much at-risk of being deceived. This case involved two completely defenseless indigenous girls (who for reasons of the justice process in Argentina have not yet been returned [to their families]).

Young women, girls and adult women who have been trafficked are, once they reach the [trafficker’s intended] destination, faced with an unfamiliar environment. They have no access to family or other forms of support, which makes them helpless.

In this particular case, the actions of both states (Argentina and Paraguay) stood with the victims. But what about the [many] cases that go unreported. And what about the problem of the internal trafficking of indigenous women?


July 20, 2011

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Teresa Martínez

Fiscales denuncian violación de Constitución en desafuero de Martínez

A través de un comunicado, la Asociación de Agentes Fiscales del Paraguay refiere que la decisión del Jurado de Enjuiciamiento de Magistrados, de levantar los fueros a la fiscala Teresa Martínez, es una flagrante violación de los artículos 255 y 270 de la Constitución Nacional, como una garantía del agente fiscal para el ejercicio independiente de su rol constitucional.

“Esta decisión establece un preocupante precedente que atenta en contra de la independencia en el ejercicio de las funciones de los Agentes Fiscales; pudiéndose llegar al absurdo de que el imputado en una causa penal podrá promover una querella por calumnia contra el funcionario fiscal encargado de la investigación con la finalidad de separarlo de la misma, con lo cual todo agente fiscal se encuentra expuesto a este tipo de acciones temerarias”, refieren.

En el texto, los fiscales instan al Jurado de Enjuiciamiento de Magistrados, a la rectificación inmediata de la medida tomada; a los Magistrados Judiciales, a valorar y fundar debidamente sus resoluciones en este tipo de casos, más aún teniendo en consideración la naturaleza y gravedad de los hechos punibles investigados por la fiscala Teresa Martínez, vinculados a la trata y explotación sexual de niños, niñas y adolescentes.

El viernes 30 de septiembre, el Jurado de Enjuiciamiento de Magistrados resolvió desaforar a la fiscala de la unidad de Trata de Personas, Teresa Martínez, a pedido del juez Manuel Aguirre, para ser juzgada por una acción de difamación, calumnias e injurias.

Durante la misma jornada del viernes, la Mesa Interinstitucional para la Prevención y Combate a la Trata de personas en el Paraguay solicitó a los miembros del Jurado de Enjuiciamiento de Magistrados reconsiderar la postura y las medidas respecto al desafuero de la fiscala Martínez.

Prosecutors denounce the impeachment of Teresa Martínez as a violation of the constitution

The professional association of prosecutors in Paraguay has issued a press release in which they declare that the recent decision by the Trial Jury for Magistrates to impeach anti trafficking prosecutor Teresa Martínez is a flagrant violation of Articles 255 and 270 of the Constitution, which guarantee the independence of prosecutors in the exercise of their constitutional role.

"This decision sets a disturbing precedent which threatens the independent exercise of the prosecutorial function. The decision could result in the absurd scenario where a defendant in a criminal case could initiate a defamation lawsuit against the prosecutor in their case, with the intent of removing them. All prosecutors would then be exposed to such reckless actions,” said the statement.

Prosecutors urged the Trial Jury for Magistrates to take immediate action to rectify the decision made to bring prosecutor Martínez to trial, especially taking into consideration the nature and severity of the offenses that are investigated Martínez, which involve cases of human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.

On Friday September 30, the Trial Jury for Magistrates ruled in favor of a request by judge Manuel Aguirre to bring Martínez to trial on charges of defamation, libel and slander.

On the same day, the Inter-agency Commission for the Prevention and Combating Trafficking in Paraguay [a federal inter-agency coordinating committee] also asked the members of the Trial Jury of Judges to reconsider their decision to impeach prosecutor Martínez.

ABC Color


Oct. 03, 2011

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Jurado deja sin fueros a fiscala Martínez

El Jurado de Enjuiciamiento de Magistrados resolvió desaforar a la fiscala de la unidad de Trata de Personas, Teresa Martínez, a pedido del juez Manuel Aguirre, para ser juzgada por difamación, calumnias e injurias.

El Jurado de Enjuiciamiento de Magistrados finalmente resolvió desaforar a la fiscala de la unidad de Trata de Personas, Teresa Martínez, luego de que Anastacio Gómez Romero la denunciara ante el juez Manuel Aguirre.

La fiscala Teresa Martínez expresó a ABC Digital que el Jurado de Enjuiciamiento de Magistrados no le había notificado, y que recién a las 10 del viernes le enviaron una notificación.

“Es algo muy grave. Voy a contratar un abogado y defenderme. Tengo que pedir una copia de la denuncia. Es la primera vez en 30 años que recibo una denuncia”, expresó Martínez a nuestro medio…

La fiscala expresó que sus casos están concluyendo, y lamenta profundamente que no la hayan escuchado antes de tomar la medida.

Jurists remove Teresa Martinez’s prosecutorial authority

The Trial Jury for Magistrates has resolved to impeach Paraguay’s human trafficking prosecutor Teresa Martinez. Judge Manuel Aguirre requested that Martinez be tried for libel, slander and insult.

The decision was made after Anastacio Gómez Romero had filed a complaint against Martinez before Judge Aguirre.

Martinez told ABC Digital that the Trial Jury for Magistrates had not notified her of the decision until 10 AM on Friday.

Martinez, "This is very serious. I will hire a lawyer and defend myself. I have to ask for a copy of the complaint. This is the first time in 30 years that I have received a complaint...”

Martinez said that her cases [active human trafficking prosecutions] are concluding. She said that she deeply regrets that the cases were not heard before the action against her was taken.

ABC Digital


Sep. 30, 2011

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Fiscala Teresa Martinez respecto a su desafuero y proceso por difamación

Prosecutor Teresa Martinez speaks out in regard to the defamation case against her

(Audio - In Spanish)

Radio Ñanduti


Sep. 30, 2011

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Dr. Manuel Aguirre aclara sobre recepción de desafuero a fiscala Teresa Martinez

Judge Manuel Aguirre explains his actions in requesting the impeachment of prosecutor Teresa Martinez

(Audio - In Spanish)

Radio Ñanduti


Sep. 30, 2011

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Paraguay's anti trafficking prosecutor - Teresa Martínez

La Fiscal Teresa Martínez enfrenta jucio por difamación

Boletín de Prensa

Mexico City - La Fiscal Teresa Martínez es desaforada para ser juzgada por difamación, calumnia e injurias, por defender el caso de una adolescente de 16 años que estaba siendo explotada sexualmente.

La Abogada y fiscal de Paraguay, que desde hace tiempo ha desarrollado un intenso trabajo a favor de las víctimas de trata de personas y de explotación sexual en Paraguay, será enjuiciada como defensora de derechos humanos

El viernes 30 de septiembre, el Jurado de Enjuiciamiento de Magistrados resolvió desaforar a la fiscala de la unidad de Trata de Personas, Teresa Martínez, a pedido del juez Manuel Aguirre, para ser juzgada por una acción de difamación, calumnias e injurias.

El caso de la Abogada Teresa Martínez, fiscal de Paraguay, que desde hace tiempo ha desarrollado un intenso trabajo a favor de las víctimas de trata de personas y de explotación sexual en Paraguay, quien también ha llevado casos en las investigaciones con sus países hermanos de Chile y Argentina en donde se han encontrado casos de trata.

En esta ocasión, Teresa llevaba un caso en el que estaba defendiendo a una chica de 16 años que estaba siendo explotada sexualmente. Por esta razón, le han demandado bajo los cargos de difamación, injurias y calumnias lo que ha llevado a su desafuero.

No podemos permitir que defensores que han estado trabajando en la impartición de justicia queden sin protección del estado y que sean incluso encarcelados por cumplir con su deber…

El resultado de su trabajo ha permitido la penalización y desarticulación de grupos dedicados al delito de la traía de personas en Paraguay y países colindantes.

Este desafuero resulta suspicaz ya que interfiere con algunas investigaciones en curso.

Repudiamos este desafuero que obstaculiza el combate a la trata de personas.

Solicitamos se reconsidere el desafuero de la fiscal, teniendo en cuenta la. trayectoria Teresa Martínez en la lucha contra la trata de personas, reconocida a nivel Nacional e Internacional.

Teresa Martínez es punta de flecha en el combate a la trata de personas a nivel Latino-americano, puntal en las operaciones de investigación y persecución para la desarticulación de las bandas delictivas e individuos que comercian con los seres humanos en todas sus modalidades.

Decisiones como ésta, exponen a los defensores de los Derechos Humanos frente a los delincuentes e impiden que puedan ejercer sus funciones como operadores de justicia quedando expuestos a denuncias que buscan evitar la aplicación de la Ley por parte de delincuentes.

Anti trafficking prosecutor faces impeachment for defamation in relation to her work

 Press Release

Mexico City - Paraguayan human trafficking prosecutor Teresa Martínez will face a lawsuit on charges of defamation, libel and insult as a result of her work to defend a 16-year-old victim of sexual exploitation.

Martínez has a long history of advocating for the rights of human trafficking and sexual exploitation victims in Paraguay.  Her investigations have involved the neighboring nations of Argentina and Chile [which are destinations for trafficked Paraguayan women].

She will be tried for actions taken in her role as a defender of human rights. The trial is set for Sep. 30, 2011.

Martínez was defending a 16 year old girl who was being sexually exploited when a lawsuit was brought against her on charges of defamation, libel and slander.

We cannot allow human rights defenders who have been working in the administration of justice as public employees to remain unprotected, and even risk imprisonment for doing their duty…

Martínez’ [extensive history of advocacy] has led to the and dismantling of human trafficking rings operating in Paraguay and neighboring countries.

The charges being brought against her are suspicious because the trial interferes with certain ongoing investigations.

We condemn this trial as an outrage that hinders the fight against human trafficking.

Teresa Martínez’ work in the fight against trafficking in persons has been recognized nationally and internationally.

We ask that the public good being done by Martínez be considered in this case.

Martínez is the tip of the arrowhead in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking in the Latin America. She has lead investigations and prosecutions aimed dismantling criminal gangs and individuals who engage in all forms of the   trade in human beings.

Decisions like this expose human rights defenders to the whims of criminals who would like to avoid effective application of the law by preventing their targets from exercising their duties as judicial officers.

Myra Rojas

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Oct. 07, 2011

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Protest sign says, "We simply will not accept the impeachment of Teresa Martínez"

Organismos se manifiestan contra el desafuero a la fiscal Teresa Martínez

Los integrantes de la mesa interinstitucional para la prevención y combate a la trata de personas en el Paraguay solicitaron, a los miembros del Jurado de Enjuiciamiento de Magistrados, la reconsideración de la postura y las medidas adoptadas con respecto al desafuero de la fiscal Teresa Martínez.

A través de un comunicado, los integrantes de dicha mesa, que incluye tanto al Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Ministerio del Interior, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Ministerio de Salud y la Secretaría de la Niñez y la Adolescencia, solicitaron al jurado que “recapacite”.

La mesa coordinadora aprovechó para hacer un llamado a la opinión pública, a las entidades oficiales y a la sociedad civil a elevar sus voces en contra de procedimientos que buscan inhibir las acciones de profesionales, según manifestaron en un comunicado.

La mesa se reunió para analizar la situación que afecta a la fiscal Martínez, especializada en Trata de Personas y Explotación Sexual Infantil.

En la ocasión, mencionaron el porqué la profesional no puede cesar la labor que actualmente desempeña.

“Teniendo en cuenta que la abogada tiene una lucha contra la trata de personas reconocida a nivel nacional e internacional, además es integrante activa de esta Mesa interinstitucional y coordinadora de la Subcomisión de Investigación y de Legislación, desempeñando un rol fundamental en la investigación de un gran número de casos, actividad ésta que no puede cesar ante el crecimiento y visualización del problema que aqueja a miles de compatriotas en el país y en el exterior”, aseguraron en el escrito.

Finalmente, expresaron que consideran que decisiones como éstas exponen a los operadores de Justicia e impiden que puedan ejercer sus funciones quedando de esta manera expuestos a denuncias que buscan evitar la aplicación de la ley y la protección a las víctimas.

El Jurado de Enjuiciamiento de Magistrados resolvió desaforar a la fiscala, el viernes pasado a pedido del juez Manuel Aguirre, para ser juzgada por difamación, calumnias e injurias.

Agencies speak out against the impeachment trial of anti trafficking prosecutor Teresa Martínez

The members of the inter-agency roundtable for the prevention and combating trafficking in Paraguay asked, members of the Jury for the Prosecution of Magistrates to reconsider their position and measures that have been taken to date with regard to the impeachment of prosecutor Teresa Martínez.

In a press release the members of the inter-agency board asked the jury to reconsider  its position. The Board includes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Children and Adolescents.

The board took the opportunity to appeal to the public, to government entities and to civil society to raise their voices against procedures that seek to inhibit the actions of [officers of the Court].

The board met specifically to discuss the situation involving prosecutor Martínez, who specializes in human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children.

During their session, the Board discussed the reasons why Martínez cannot stop the work that she is now carrying out.

The Board’s press release stated that, "Martínez is waging a fight against human trafficking  that has been recognized nationally and internationally. She is an active member of this Board and its Subcommittee on Research and Legislation. Martínez plays a key role in the investigation of many trafficking cases. This work cannot cease in the face of the growth and growth in this crime, one which affects thousands of  compatriots at home and abroad."

The statement concluded by pointing out that decisions [such as the action to prosecute Martínez] expose [officers of the Court] to to having their work impeded through the use of complaints that have as their actual motive avoidance of the application of the law to protect victims.

The Jury for the Trial of Magistrates decided to impeach Martínez last Friday at the request of Judge Manuel Aguirre. She will be tried for slander, libel and insult.

La Nación


Oct. 03, 2011

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The Indigenous Americas




Chuck Goolsby

A Call to Action

During the past ten years the Libertad Latina project has 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.

Within the United States, women and girls from the indigenous population suffer 3.5 times the rate of sexual assaults compared to other groups of women. Some 80% of the perpetrators in those cases are white U.S. men. They often get away with their crimes without being prosecuted.

In 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 system.

The figures for abuse in Latin America are many times higher, by comparion, given that governments and civil society have no need to hide their continuing racial hostility toward indigenous peoples.

The most highly concentrated waves of atrocities perpetrated against Latin American indigenous women during the modern era have occurred during the past 30 years. They include::

1) six wars in Central America that entangled indigenous communities, leading in the most horrific case to the deaths of 50,000 mostly Mayan women in Guatemala, the orphaning of 200,000 children and the rape of almost all Mayan women and girls of any age during the 1970s and 1980s;

2) Peruvian abuses during the 1990s: 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 procedures;

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 Mexico and Guatemala,

Our project has written essays for years calling for an end to these mass violations of basic human rights.

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 Americas.

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 region. We commend the important role that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has played in bringing about that change.

Recently, prominent publications have highlighted concerns raised by activists in Mexico and Central America. 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 to resell them to global sex trafficking networks that will enslave them in Japan, Western Europe or, more recently, the Middle East.

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 – to Japan?

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 prostitution trade.

The anti trafficking movement and government agencies in the U.S. cannot rely only upon the appointment of officials with Spanish surnames, and the engagement of agencies that 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) peoples.

These realities are especially problematic in Mexico.

Therefore, we are glad to see Mexican congressional representative and anti trafficking leader Rosi Orozco and Xavier Abreu Sierra, director general of the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous 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 traffickers.

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.

Multi-billion 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 Spanish.

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 East.

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 children.

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 victims.

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 effort.

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.

We are not second class human beings.

Enough is enough.

End this atrocity now!

Chuck Goolsby


Oct. 09, 2011

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Added June 28, 2008

Guatemala, Mexico

Mayan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Rigoberta Menchu Tum

Rigoberta Menchú denuncia venta de niñas indígenas Centroamérica y México

Rigoberta Menchu denounces the sale of indigenous girl children in Central America and Mexico

Mayan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchu denounces the sale of indigenous children into sexual slavery

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

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

Menchu regretted that the sale of children, mainly girls, occurs with the knowledge of officials within indigenous communities.

Menchu protested the fact that in Guatemala, there is an extensive, underground trade in boys and girls, which authorities find hard to detect.

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

The Nobel laureate said that in southeastern Mexico and across Guatemala this practice is common, and asked that the public report these sales of children.

Finally, Menchu announced that the Rigoberta Menchu Foundation has signed an agreement with the Government of Veracruz [Mexico] to perform various prevention measures in rural [indigenous] communities.


Guatemalan Human Rights News

June. 27, 2008

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Teresa Ulloa

En Japón, de 3 a 4 mil niñas mexicanas víctimas de ESCI

Afirma la experta Teresa Ulloa

Teresa Ulloa: Three to four thousand underage indigenous girls from the poor states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero and the state of] Mexico have become victims of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in Japan.

Puebla city, in Puebla state - Teresa Ulloa, Latin America and Caribbean Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking of Women (CATW) announced her estimates of the numbers of indigenous children sex trafficked to Japan, and explained that traffickers trick their victims using offers of thousands of dollars for their parents in exchange for [obtaining permission] to take their daughters. The parents are told that their girls are going to the United States to work in fast food restaurant jobs.

Taking advantage of the condition of submission that Mexico's indigenous communities are forced to live in, the traffickers take their victims to Japan where they are prostituted and work as geishas...

Ulloa said that before these victims from Japan are repatriated, the home conditions of these girls must be investigated to assure that they can be reintegrated without facing the risk of being sold or sexually exploited again.

Ulloa noted that in the year 2002 the CATW helped to repatriate two sisters, ages 8 and 10, who had been prostituted in a brothel in New York. They were subjected to exploitation again, 15 days later, because their family "had sold their daughters in exchange for two goats and two cases of beer."

Ulloa added that today these two girls live with a new family in the U.S., and are now learning English.

During her interview with CIMAC Noticias, Ulloa declared: "the subject [of child protection] is not on the national agenda. Much attention is paid to drug trafficking, but the government hasn't even realized that the same drug trafficking networks are used for the [sex] trafficking of children, and that organized crime regards this activity to be one of their most important businesses."

Ulloa stated the above knowing that "a nation that doesn't guarantee the lives, security, dignity and liberty of its children is condemned, sooner or later, to loose its ability to progress or to have social values."

For these reasons, Ulloa insists that the government of Mexico comply with the international agreements that it has signed in regard to these matters, and that it supply the resources needed to protect children, given that the anti-drug efforts are much better funded.

Nadia Altamirano Díaz

CIMAC Noticias

Dec. 12, 2008

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El año que "trafiqué" con mujeres

Niñas virgenes de 13 años. Presentadoras famosas que se venden por varios millones de pesetas... Antonio Salas publica en Temas de Hoy una escalofriante investigación sobre la prostitución en España. Publicamos tres extractos

Reporter: The year that I 'trafficked' in women.

An undercover reporter in Spain reports on how he was offered six 13-year-old 'virgin' Mayan indigenous girls who were for sale by sex traffickers.

The sale price in Europe for underage Mayan girls kidnapped from Chiapas state in Mexico is $25,000 each, because they are considered to be 'exotic.'

Antonio Salas and Joan Manuel Baliellas


Feb. 29, 2004

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Added Oct. 08, 2011

About sex trafficker's war against indigenous children in Mexico

Indigenous girls in Mexico are constantly under threat from local and global sex traffickers and sex tourists

En 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 mexicanos.

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”.

Officials: Some 45% of human trafficking victims in Mexico are indigenous girls

Indigenous peoples are between 15% and 30% of Mexico's population

Mexico City - In Mexico, "45 percent" of the victims of trafficking are indigenous girls, declared federal congressional deputy Rosi Orozco, president of the Special Commission for Combating Trafficking in Persons and Xavier Abreu Sierra, director general of the National Commission for Development Indigenous Peoples (CDI). They expressed an urgent need for the passage of a comprehensive law to combat human trafficking, a crime that robs [the freedom of] more than 20,000 Mexican children.

Deputy Orozco noted that despite the fact that the [ineffective] Law to Prevent and Punish Trafficking in Persons was passed in 2007, there are important gaps ]in criminal law] that must be filled, especially in regard to structuring investigations so that they do not "re-victimize" girls who have experienced being trafficked. Johns should also be punished, she added. Orozco recalled that on July 13th of 2011 President Felipe Calderón issued a decree amending Article 73 of the constitution, which empowers Congress to issue a general law addressing human trafficking.

Orozco called for creating awareness about trafficking and warning families not to be fooled by the traffickers, because techniques used by traffickers to entrap children are not only many in number, but they are also very effective."

Carolina Gómez Mena

La Jornada

Oct, 08, 2011

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Special Section:

The war against indigenous women and girls in the Americas

See within this special section:

Afirma la experta Teresa Ulloa
Entre 3 y 4 mil niñas indígenas originarias de entidades pobres de México, como Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero y el Estado de México, son víctimas de explotación sexual comercial infantil en Japón...

Teresa Ulloa: Three to four thousand underage indigenous girls from the poor states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero and the state of] Mexico have become victims of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in Japan.

Taking advantage of the condition of submission that Mexico's indigenous communities are forced to live in, the traffickers take their victims to Japan where they are prostituted and work as geishas...

Note: Neither Mexico nor Japan have ever publicly lifted a finger to take action against this atrocity. - LL

Added Oct. 08, 2011

Mexico / New York, USA

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 Public Security

Tlaxcala state (border in red) is located just to the east of metropolitan Mexican City.

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, Grupo Fórmula, was recently honored for its decision to remove sexual services advertising frrom its publications. -LL]

Grupo Fórmula

Oct. 07, 2011

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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 States.

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 prostitutes.

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.

twPolice also seized o pistols in the raids.

 The Associated Press

Oct. 08, 2011

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Special Section:

About the crisis of forced prostitution of minnor girls and young women in the largest center for organized sex trafficking in Mexico: Tlaxcala state.

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Quinientas mujeres son explotadas en Nueva York por Bandas de Tenancingo
Some 500 women trafficked from the city [trafficking center] of Tenancingo in Tlaxcala state have been forced 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 mitad.

"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 crisis"…

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 UNODC.

"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 aquí.

InfoSur Hoy

Oct. 06, 2011

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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 report.

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 battles…

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 region.

Photo: Reuters

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 de Lima.

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 prostitución.

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 de edad.

The Associated Press

Oct. 03, 2011

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Police free 300 women in Amazon

More than 400 police took part in the three-day operation

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 human trafficking.

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 mining.

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 local bars.

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 gold producer.

BBC News

Oct. 03, 2011

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La prostitución infantil golpea la Selva

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]


Feb.. 06, 2011

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More about child prostitution in the gold mining camps of the Amazon Jungle

According to June Kane's 1998 book, Sold of Sex, an estimated 2,000 child prostitutes were at that time being exploited in Brazil's Amazon Jungle gold minig town of Fortaleza, a place where newly 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

approx.  620 girls

 8 to 10

approx.  340 girls

Younger than 8 

approx.    20 girls

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Child 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 Iquitos] 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 cash...

...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 to find.

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 -- children."

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 people do not speak Spanish, a fact that increases their vulnerability to human traffickers..

Las 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 los criminales.

“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

Mexican 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 southern Mexico.

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.

Attorney General Morales acknowledged the United States Agency for International Development for their cooperation in combating human trafficking.

Sara Pablo

Voz de América / Voice of America

Oct. 03, 2011



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Mexico / Argentina

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

El “caso Martins”, al Congreso de la Unión

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

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

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

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Congress considers the case of Raúl Martins

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

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

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

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Por Esto

Feb. 2012

Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Mexico / Argentina

Lorena Martins, daughter of Raul Martins

Argentine ex-spy accused of sex trafficking

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

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

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

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Jan. 31, 2012

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Mexico / Argentina

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

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

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

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The Yucatan Times

Jan. 31, 2012

Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Mexico / Argentina

Tratan de expulsarlo por la trata

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

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

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

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

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Congressional members call for the expulsion of Raúl Martins from Mexico

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

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

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

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

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Feb. 09, 2012

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Mexico / Argentina / Paraguay / Dominican Republic

Prostitution ring brought people from Argentina to Mexico

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

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

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

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Cecilia Gonzalez


Feb. 02, 2012

Added: Mar. 14, 2012


Mayoría de víctimas de trata de personas en NY son hispanos

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

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

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

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The majority of human trafficking victims in New York are Hispanic

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

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

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

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The Associated Press

Feb. 04, 2012

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New York City, USA / Mexico

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

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

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

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

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Erica Pearson

New York Daily News

Feb. 12, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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El Observador Diario

Feb. 04, 2012

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California, USA / Mexico

Human Trafficking Continues To Rise Along San Diego-Tijuana Border

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

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

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

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Marissa Cabrera

Fronteras Desk

Jan. 16, 2012

Added: Mar. 14, 2012

New York City, USA / Mexico

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

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

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

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

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Erica Pearson

New York Daily News

Feb. 12, 2012

Added: Mar. 14, 2012


Presentan marcas de abuso sexual, bebes recuperados en Jalisco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb. 08, 2012

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Deputy Rosi Orozco at recent anti-trafficking forum

México, segundo lugar en pornografía infantil a nivel mundial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grupo Fórmula

Jan. 24, 2012

Added: Mar. 14, 2012


México, Segundo en Pornografia Infantil en el Mundo

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

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

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

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Mexico: The second largest producer of child pornography globally

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

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

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

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Jaime Arizmendi


Jan. 25, 2012

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Mexico No. 2 Producer Of Child Porn, Lawmakers Say

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

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

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

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Jan. 26, 2012

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Estados más pobres, vulnerables a trata de personas: PAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Paola Rojas

Grupo Fòrmula

Jan. 25, 2012

Added: Mar. 14, 2012


Avances, no descartan riesgos de frenar ley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Luz María Alonso Sánchez

El Punto Critico

Feb. 03, 2012

Added: Mar. 14, 2012


Ritmoson combate con música trata de personas

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

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

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

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

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Ritmoson TV channel to run anti-trafficking campaign

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

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

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

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Josue Fabián Arellano M.

El Universal

Feb. 10, 2012

Added: Mar. 14, 2012

California, USA / Mexico

Bill Aims to Make It Easier to Prosecute Child Sex Traffickers

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

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

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

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Amita Sharma

Fronteras Desk

Aug..12, 2011

Added: Mar. 14, 2012


Lideraba "La Niurka" red de prostitución de menores

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

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

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

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Police arrest child sex trafficker known as "La Niurka"

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

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

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

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Manuel Cordero

El Sol de Tijuana

Jan. 17, 2012

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

Lydia Cacho wins Olof Palme Prize 2011

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

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

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

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Göteborg Book Fair

Jan. 30, 2012

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Lanzan campaña contra la trata de menores en la minería informal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Jan. 30, 2012

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Indigenous Mexico

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

Voces del pueblo indígena

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

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

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

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Voices of indigenous peoples

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

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

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

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Deisy Francis Mexidor

Prensa Latina

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Agents save 13 from sex slavery in Mexican bar

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

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

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

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The Associated Press

Feb. 4, 2012

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Mexico unravels child trafficking ring

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

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

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

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Jan. 24, 2012

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Mexico / Central America

Rescatan a centroamericanos víctimas del tráfico de personas

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

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

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

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Central American human trafficking victims are rescued

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

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

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

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El Universal

Feb. 10, 2012

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The World

UNODC: The Role of Corruption in Trafficking in Persons

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

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

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

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Insight Crime

Feb. 13, 2012

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Oklahoma Human Trafficking Operation May Have Ties To Mexican Cartels

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

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

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

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Adrianna Iwasinski

Oklahoma News 6

Feb. 06, 2012

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Pretenden regular pornografía en Baja California

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

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

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

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Legislators work to regulate online pornography in Baja California state

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

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

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

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Uni Rdio Informa

Feb. 13, 2012

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

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

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

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

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Emily Alpert

Indian Country Today

Feb. 08, 2012

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Mexico Official Admits Some Areas Out of Government Control

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

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

InSight Crime Analysis

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Geoffrey Ramsey

InSight Crime

Feb. 10, 2012

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Operan 47 redes de trata de personas en México

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

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

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

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

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Some 47 human trafficking networks are operating in Mexico

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

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

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

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

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Israel Navarro and José Luis Martínez


Feb. 05, 2012

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica lags in sex-trafficking fight

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

“Mariel” fears that she will be kidnapped again.

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

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Dominique Farrell

The Tico TImes

Jan. 27, 2012

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Costa Rica

La pornografía infantil existe en Costa Rica

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

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

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

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Child pornography exists in Costa Rica

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

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

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

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Daniela Araya

Costa Rica Hoy

Feb. 16, 2012

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Arrestan a pastor por violar niñas

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

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

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

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

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Pastor is arrested on charges of child rape

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

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

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

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

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Marisol Marín

Feb. 08, 2012

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Children in Mexican adoption scam show signs of sexual abuse

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

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

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

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Jan. 12, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb. 08, 2012

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Former Guatemala dictator to give testimony in genocide trial

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

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

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Matthew Pomy


Jan. 22, 2012

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Dictan prisión contra tres hombres por trata de personas en Chiapas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb. 08, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb. 08, 2012

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Ohio, USA

Man guilty of raping girl in 2005

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

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

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

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Denise G. Callahan

The Oxford Press

Feb. 01, 2012

A sample of other important news stories and commentaries

Added: Aug. 05, 2011

About sex trafficker's war against indigenous children in Mexico

LibertadLatina Commentary

Indigenous women and children in Mexico

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

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

Mexico is uniquely situated among the nations of the Americas, and therefore requires special attention from the global effort to end modern human slavery.


  • Is the world's largest Spanish speaking nation

  • Includes a long contiguous border with the U.S., thus making it a transit point for both 500,000 voluntary (but vulnerable) migrants each year as well as for victims of human slavery

  • Has multi-billion dollar drug cartels that profit from Mexico's proximity to the U.S. and that are today investing heavily in human slavery as a secondary source of profits

  • Has a 30% indigenous population, as well as an Afro-Mexican minority, both of whom are marginalized, exploited and are 'soft targets' who are now actively being cajoled, and kidnapped by trafficking mafias into lives of slavery and death

  • Has conditions of impunity that make all impoverished Mexicans vulnerable to sex and labor trafficking

  • Has a child sex tourism 'industry' that attracts many thousands of U.S., European and Latin American men who exploit vulnerable, impoverished children and youth with virtual impunity

  • Is the source of the largest contingent of foreign victims of human slavery who have been trafficked into the U.S.

  • Has a large and highly educated middle class which includes thousands of women who are active in the movement to enhance human rights in general and women's rights in particular

  • Has a growing anti-trafficking movement and a substantial women's rights focused journalist network

  • Has a politically influential faction of socially conservative men who believe in the sexist tenants of machismo and who favor maintaining the status quo that allows the open exploitation of poor Mexicans and Latin American migrants to continue, thus requiring assistance from the global movement against human exploitation to help local activists balance the scales of justice and equality

For a number years LibertadLatina's commentaries have called upon Mexico's government and the U.S. State Department to apply the pressure that is required to begin to change conditions for the better. It appears that the global community's efforts in this regard are beginning to have impact, yet a lifetime of work remains to be done to end what we have characterized as a slow-moving mass gender atrocity.

Recent developments in Mexico are for the most part encouraging.

These positive developments include:

  • The March 31, 2011 resignation of Attorney General Arturo Chávez Chávez (who had earlier failed to address the crisis of femicide murders facing women in Ciudad Juarez as Chihuahua state attorney general)

  • The replacement of Chávez Chávez with Marisela Morales Ibáñez as the nation’s first female attorney general (Morales Ibáñez was recently honored by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton)

  • Morales Ibáñez’ reform-motivated purge of 174 officials and employees of the attorney general’s office, including the recent resigna-tions of 21 federal prosecutors

  • Morales Ibáñez’ recent raid in Cuidad Juárez, that resulted in the arrests of 1,030 suspected human traffickers and the freeing of 20 underage girls

  • The recent appointment of Dilcya Garcia , a former Mexico City prosecutor who achieved Mexico's first trafficking convictions to the federal attorney general's office (Garcia was recently honored by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her anti-trafficking work)

  • The July, 2010 replacement of Interior Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont with José Francisco Blake Mora. (Secretary Gómez Mont openly opposed the creation of strong federal anti-trafficking legislation.)

  • Success by President Calderón and the Congress of the Republic in achieving the first steps to bringing about a constitutional amendment to facilitate human trafficking prosecutions

  • Recent public statements by President Calderon imploring the public to help in the fight against human trafficking

  • Some progress in advancing legislation in Congress to reform the failed 2007 federal anti trafficking law, a reform effort that has been lead by Deputy Rosi Orozco

  • The active collaboration of both the U.S. Government and the United Nations Office eon Drugs and Crime in supporting government efforts against trafficking

Taken together, the above actions amount to a truly watershed moment in Mexico’s efforts to address modern human slavery. We applaud those who are working for reform, while also recognizing that reform has its enemies within Congress, government institutions, law enforcement and society.

Mexico’s key anti-trafficking leaders, including journalist and author Lydia Cacho, Teresa Ulloa (director of the Regional Coalition Against Trafficking in Women for Latin America and the Caribbean - CATW-LAC), and Congresswoman Rosi Orozco of the ruling National Action Party (PAN) have all raised the alarm in recent months to indicate that corrupt businessmen, politicians and law enforcement authorities continue to pressure Mexican society to maintain a status quo that permits the existence of rampant criminal impunity in relation to the exploitation of women, children and men. The fact that anti-trafficking activist Lydia Cacho continues to face credible deaths threats on a regular basis and must live with armed guards for 24 hours a day is one sobering indicator of this harsh reality.

The use of slavery for labor and sexual purposes has a solid 500 years of existence in Mexico and much of the rest of Latin America. Indigenous peoples have been the core group of victims of human exploitation from the time of the Spanish conquest to the present. This is true in Mexico as well as in other nations with large indigenous populations such as Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. African descendants are also victims of exploitation - especially in Colombia, and like indigenous peoples, they continue to lack recognition as equal citizens.

These populations are therefore highly vulnerable to human trafficking and exploitation due to the fact that the larger societies within which they live feel no moral obligation to defend their rights. Criminal human traffickers and other exploiters take advantage of these vulnerabilities to kidnap, rape, sex traffic and labor traffic the poorest of the poor with little or no response from national governments.

A society like Mexico - where even middle class housewives are accustomed to treating their unpaid, early-teen indigenous girl house servants to labor exploitation and verbal and physical violence – and where the men of the house may be sexually abusing that child – is going to take a long time to adapt to an externally imposed world view that says that the forms of exploitation that their conquistador ancestors brought to the region are no longer valid. That change is not going to happen overnight, and it is not going to be easy.

Mexico’s current efforts to reform are to be applauded. The global anti-trafficking activist community and its supporters in government must, however remain vigilant and demand that Mexico continue down the path toward ending its ancient traditions of tolerated human exploitation. For that transformation to happen effectively, indigenous and African descendant Mexicans must be provided a place at the table of deliberations.

Although extending equality to these marginalized groups is a radical concept within the context of Mexican society, we insist that both Mexico, the United States State Department (a major driver of these reforms in Mexico) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC - another major driver in the current reforms) provide the social and political spaces that will be required to allow the groups who face the most exposure to exploitation to actually have representation in both official and NGO deliberations about their fate at the hands of the billion dollar cartels and mafias who today see them as raw material and 'easy pickings' to drive their highly lucrative global slavery profit centers.

Without taking this basic step, we cannot raise Mexico’s rating on our anti-trafficking report card.

Time is of the essence!

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby


Aug. 05, 2011

Updated Aug. 11,2011

Note: Our August 4/5, 2011 edition contains a number of stories that accurately describe the nature of the vulnerabilities that indigenous children and women face from modern day sex traffickers, pedophiles and rapists.

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Added: Aug. 1, 2010

An editorial by anti trafficking activist Lydia puts the spotlight on abusive domestic work as a form of human slavery targeting, for the most part, indigenous women and girls


Esclavas en México

México, DF, - Cristina y Dora tenían 11 años cuando Domingo fue por ellas a la Mixteca en Oaxaca. Don José Ernesto, un militar de la Capital, le encargó un par de muchachitas para el trabajo del hogar. La madre pensó que si sus niñas trabajaban con “gente decente” tendrían la posibilidad de una vida libre, de estudiar y alimentarse, tres opciones que ella jamás podría darles por su pobreza extrema.

Cristina y Dora vivieron en el sótano, oscuro y húmedo, con un baño improvisado en una mansión construida durante el Porfiriato, cuyos jardines y ventanales hablan de lujos y riqueza. Las niñas aprendieron a cocinar como al patrón le gustaba. A lo largo de 40 años no tuvieron acceso a la escuela ni al seguro social, una de las hermanas prohijó un bebé producto de la violación del hijo del patrón. Les permitían salir unas horas algunos sábados, porque el domingo había comidas familiares. Sólo tres veces en cuatro décadas les dieron vacaciones, siendo adultas, para visitar a su madre enferma...

Slaves in Mexico

[About domestic labor slavery in Mexico]

Mexico City – Cristina and Dora were 11-years-old when Domingo picked them up in the state of Oaxaca. José Ernesto, a military man living in Mexico City, had sent Domingo to find a pair of girls to do domestic work for him. The girls’ mother thought that if they had an opportunity to work with “decent people,” they would have a chance to live a free life, to study and to eat well. Those were three things that they she could never give them in her condition of extreme poverty.

Cristina and Dora lived in the dark and humid basement of a mansion built during the presidency of Porfirio Díaz (1876 to 1910). Their space had an improvised bathroom. Outside of the home, the mansion’s elaborate gardens and elegant windows presented an image of wealth and luxury. The girls learned to cook for the tastes of their employer.

It is now forty years later. Cristina and Dora never had access to an education, nor do they have the right to social security payments when they retire. One of the sisters had a child, who was the result of her being raped by one of their employer’s sons.

They are allowed out of the house for a few hours on Saturdays. On Sundays they had to prepare family meals for their patron (boss).

Today, some 800,000 domestic workers are registered in Mexico. Ninety three percent of them don’t have access to health services. Seventy Nine percent of them have not and will not receive benefits. Their average salary is 1,112 pesos($87.94) per month. More than 8% of these workers receive no pay at all, because their employers think that giving them a place to sleep and eat is payment enough.

Sixty percent of domestic workers in Mexico are indigenous women and girls. They began this line of work, on average, at the age of 13. These statistics do not include those women and children who lived locked-up in conditions of extreme domestic slavery.

Mexico’s domestic workers are vulnerable to sexual violence, unwanted pregnancies, exploitation, racism and being otherwise poorly treated…

Recently, the European Parliament concluded that undocumented migrant women face an increased risk of domestic labor slavery. In Mexico, the majority of domestic slaves are Mexicans. Another 15% of these victims are [undocumented] migrants from Guatemala and El Salvador. Their undocumented status allows employers to prohibit their leaving the home, prohibit their access to education or deny their right to have a life of their own. The same dynamics happen to Latina women in the United States and Canada.

For centuries [middle and upper class white Mexican women] became accustomed to looking at domestic labor slavery as something that ‘helps’ indigenous women and girls. We used the hypocritical excuse that we were lifting them out of poverty by exploiting them. [They reality is that] millions of these women and girls are subjected to work conditions that deny them access to education, healthcare, and the enjoyment of a normal social life.

We (Mexico’s privileged) men and women share the responsibility for perpetuating this form of slavery. We use contemptuous language to refer to domestic workers. Like other forms of human trafficking, domestic labor slavery is a product of our culture.

Domestic work is an indispensable form of labor that allows millions of women to work. We should improve work conditions, formally recognize it in our laws, and assure that in our homes, we are not engaging in exploitation cloaked in the idea that we are rescuing [our domestic workers] from poverty.

To wash, iron, cook and care for children is as dignified as any other form of work. The best way for us to change the world is to start in own homes.

“Plan B” is a column written by Lydia Cacho that appears Mondays and Thursdays in CIMAC, El Universal and other newspapers in Mexico.

Lydia Cacho

CIMAC Women's News Agency

July 27, 2010

Added: Aug. 4, 2011

LibertadLatina Commentary

We at LibertadLatina applaud U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the U.S. Justice Department and all of the agencies and officers involved in Operation Delego, which shut down a grotesque  international child pornography network that glorified and rewarded the torture and rape of young children. We also wish you good hunting in taking down all child pornography rings, wherever they may exist.

We call attention to a recent story (posted on Aug. 4, 2011) on the rape with impunity of indigenous school children, from very young ages, in the nation's now-closed Indian boarding school system. The fact that the legislature of the state of South Dakota passed legislation that denies victims the right to sue the priests and nuns who raped them is just as disgusting as any of the horror stories that are associated with the pedophile rapist / torturers who have been identified in Operation Delego.

Yet neither the U.S. Justice Department nor the Canadian government, where yet more horrible sexual abuses, and even murders of indigenous children took place, have ever sought to prosecute the large number of rapists involved in these cases.

In addition, federal prosecutors drop a large number of rape cases on Indian reservations despite the fact that indigenous women face a rate of rape in the U.S. that is 3.5 times higher that the rate faced by other groups of women. White males are the perpetrators of the rape in 80% of these cases.

When former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales fired eight U.S. attorneys in December of 2006, it turned out that 5 of those targeted had worked together to increase the very low prosecution rates for criminal cases on Native reservations. Their firings did a disservice to victims of rape and other serious crimes in Indian Country.

The indigenous peoples of the Americas demand an end to the rampant sexual exploitation with impunity of our peoples, be they from the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru or Canada.

We expect the United Stated Government to set the tone and lead the way in that change in social values.

Time is of the essence!

End impunity now!

Chuck Goolsby


Aug. 05, 2011

Added: Apr. 17, 2011

Massachusetts, USA