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A Focus on Women's Rights Activist and Published Author Lydia Cacho Ribeiro


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Mexican Activist and Journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro


This section of LibertadLatina.org contains information regarding the human rights case of women's rights activist and published author Lydia Cacho Ribeiro.  For having the moral courage to stand up to powerful criminals who run child sex trafficking and sex tourism rings, Ms. Cacho Ribeiro has been dealt with by employing the accusation of defamation to silence her.  Defamation is a criminal offense in Mexico and most of Latin America.

We at LibertadLatina support Lydia Cacho Ribeiro 100%!

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Updated Dec. 5, 2009

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Added: Mar. 7, 2010

Mexico

Jean Succar Kuri (left) is escorted in a straight jacket by federal agents

Photo: Crónica

PRD, PRI, PAN y PT unen fuerzas para que no se beneficie al pederasta Succar Kuri

“Esta Cámara no tolera a los malditos pedófilos; para ellos mano dura”, afirma Leticia Quezada

The Party of the Democratic Revolution, the Institutional Revolutionary party, the National Action Party (PAN) and the Labor Party (PT) Unite to Prevent Pedophile [Kingpin] Jean Succar Kuri From Benefiting From the 'System.'

Deputy Leticia Quezada: "The Chamber of Deputies will not tolerate these evil pedophile; throw the book at them."

La Cámara de Diputados aprobó un exhorto al Poder Judicial para revertir la decisión del juez Alfonso Gabriel García Lanz de trasladar a una cárcel de Cancún al pederasta Jean Succar Kuri, y que en caso de cumplirse su cambio de prisión se ejerza una vigilancia especial para evitar que escape.

En la sesión de ayer, diputados de todos los partidos lamentaron que Succar Kuri, sentenciado por abuso a menores de edad en Cancún, Quintana Roo, sea enviado a una prisión de mínima seguridad, aun cuando fue catalogado en el proceso judicial como reo de alta peligrosidad.

En todos los tonos, legisladores de los partidos Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Acción Nacional (PAN), de la Revolución Democrática (PRD) y del Trabajo (PT) reprocharon las facilidades que el juez García Lanz concede a Succar Kuri...

The Chamber of Deputies have passed a non-binding resolution that calls upon he Judiciary to reverse a decision by Judge Alfonso Gabriel García Lanz that will permit the transfer of [millionaire child pornographer] pedophile Jean Succar Kuri to a minimum security prison in the city of Cancún. The resolution also call for extreme vigilance to be used in the case that Succar Kuri is transferred, so that he is not allowed to escape.

In a plenary session of the Chamber, all of Mexico’s political lamented the fact that Succar Kuri, who was convicted and sentenced to prison for the sexual abuse of children in Cancún, is scheduled to be transferred to a minimum security jail when he had previously been categorized during the judicial process as a dangerous prisoner. The Party of the Democratic Revolution(PRD), the Institutional Revolutionary Party(PRI), the National Action Party (PAN) and the Labor Party (PT) all denounced the special access that Judge García Lanz is permitting Succar Kuri to have.

From the podium of the Chamber, PRI deputy Pedro Ávila Nevárez decried “the evil intentions that this man [Succar Kuri] had against Mexican children. If possible, the Army should pick this individual up, but don’t allow him to be taken to Cancun as if he had just won a prize. Send him instead to the Marias Islands or some other place that he can’t escape from!”

PAN deputy Guillermo Zavaleta stated that the crime committed by Succar Kuri should be punished by the death sentence. “He doesn’t deserve to see even the light of day tomorrow” stated Deputy Zavaleta from the podium. “Nonetheless, the political system guarantees him that he will be allowed to live.”

PRD legislator Emilio Serrano also spoke, saying that the transfer of Succar Kuri involves an attempt to allow his escape. “What can we say, now, to the ‘precious gover’ [a nickname used by Succar Kuri accomplice Kamel Nacif, heard in secretly recorded phone calls, where he refers to Governor Mario Marín of Puebla state by this term]? That he take Succar Kuri to Puebla, because he would be protected there – a place where  Miguel Ángel Yunes and Emilio Gamboa Patrón, and other [wanted] men hide, men who are in the same business and have the same tastes as Sucar Kuri?”

Labor Party deputy Gerardo Rodolfo Fernández stood to propose an end to the sheltering of pedophiles. “Often special privileges are offered to those who are rich and influential, those who have the protection of politicians, such as in the case of this person, Jean Succar Kuri. That is what the cases of Succar Kuri, Miguel Ángel Yunes and Emilio Gamboa have in common, that they are gravely serious and related cases of impunity.

The Party of the Democratic Revolution’s spokesperson in the Chamber, Leticia Quezada Contreras, upon voting for the resolution stated: “This Chamber will not tolerate these perverted pedophiles who want to hide between the gaps in the law. Throw the book at them!”

The Chamber also approved a proposal by Labor party deputy César González Yáñez, that Deputy Rosi Orozco, in her role as Chair of the newly created Special Commission to Fight Human Trafficking, personally present the resolution to the Judiciary, and specifically to Judge García Lanz.

Enrique Méndez and Roberto Garduño

Periódico La Jornada

March 05, 2010


Added: Mar. 7, 2010

Mexico

National Action Party (PAN) legislator Guillermo Zavaleta speaks from the podium in the Chamber of Deputies to denounce judicial  favoritism shown to child porn kingpin Jean Succar Kuri

La Cámara Baja Exige al Poder Judicial Combatir Eficazmente la Pederastia

El pleno de la Cámara de Diputados aprobó por unanimidad, un punto de acuerdo para exhortar al Poder Judicial, a la PGR y a las procuradurías de Justicia de todo el país a combatir con eficacia la pornografía infantil y el abuso sexual a menores.

Diputados de todas las fracciones parlamentarias coincidieron en que se trata de delitos cada vez con mayor incidencia en México.

La propuesta fue presentada por la legisladora panista Rosi Orozco...

Chamber of Deputies Passes Non-binding Resolution Requesting That the Attorney General's Office and State Prosecutors Across Mexico Effectively Combat Child Pornography and the Sexual Abuse of Children.

Daniel Blancas Madrigal

Crónica

March 05, 2010

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Added: Mar. 7, 2010

Mexico

Avala Pleno de Diputados Punto de Acuerdo para que la SSP Evite Traslado de Succar Kuri

Chamber of Deputies Passes Non-binding Resolution Requesting that the Secretariat of Public Security Not Transfer [Millionaire Child Pornographer] Jean Succar Kuri to a Minimum Security Jail in Cancún that is known as one of the most insecure facilities in the nation.

México, D. F. Palacio Legislativo.- El Pleno de la Cámara de Diputados aprobó un punto de acuerdo de urgente y obvia resolución para exhortar a la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SSP) para que a través de la Dirección General de Traslado de Reos y Seguridad Penitenciaria se tomen todas las medidas de seguridad necesarias para evitar el traslado de Jean Succar Kuri a una prisión de Cancún, Quintana Roo. Lo anterior porque es procesado por un delito sumamente ofensivo para la sociedad –pederastia y pornografía infantil- y se pretende trasladarlo del penal de máxima seguridad del Altiplano, de Almoloya de Juárez, al centro penitenciario municipal de Cancún, el cual ha sido catalogado como uno de los más inseguros del país...

Notilegis

March 05, 2010

 


Added: Mar. 6, 2010

Mexico

Piden Partidos Políticos Evitar Traslado de Succar Kuri a Cancún

México, DF.- Llaman partidos políticos en San Lázaro a la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SSP) a que tome las medidas necesarias para evitar el traslado del pedrastra Jean Succar Kuri a una prisión de Cancún, Quintana Roo, al tiempo que exhortaron a procuradurías a redoblar esfuerzos contra la explotación sexual.

Durante la sesión de la Cámara de Diputados de este jueves fue aprobada una iniciativa para integrar un banco de datos sobre la trata de personas.

Al respecto, fue ampliamente criticada la decisión del juez Alfonso Gabriel García Lanz, de trasladar de un penal de máxima seguridad del Estado de México, a una cárcel de mínima seguridad, al pederasta Succar Kuri, quien fue catalogado en el proceso judicial como un reo de alta peligrosidad.

Legislators Ask That Jean Succar Kuri Not Be Transferred to Cancún

Mexico City - Legislators from across Mexico's political parties have asked the Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) to take all necessary measures to avoid the transfer of [millionaire child pornographer] Jean Succar Kuri to a jail in Cancún, in Quintana Roo state. They also called for prosecutors to redouble their efforts against sexual exploitation.

During the March 4th session of the Chamber of Deputies [lower house of Congress], a bill was passed that will create a national human trafficking database.

During the session, judge Alfonso Gabriel García Lanz was widely criticized for his decision to allow child pornographer Succar Kuri to be transferred from a maximum security prison in Mexico state to a minimum security jail in Cancún. A pervious assessment of Succar Kuri during the judicial process had identified him as a dangerous, high risk prisoner.

CIMAC Women's News Agency

March 05, 2010

 


Added: Mar. 5, 2010

Mexico

Imprisoned child pornographer Jean Succar Kuri photo-graphed with one of his 200 child victims (Now older, the victim was interviewed for a documentary on the repression of journalist Lydia Cacho by associates of Succar Kuri.)

Piden operativo para evitar fuga de Jean Succar Kuri

México.- Por unanimidad el pleno de la Cámara de Diputados exhortó a las procuradurías General de la República y General de Justicia del Estado de Quintana Roo a implementar un operativo de seguridad para evitar la fuga del pederasta Jean Succar Kuri, cuando éste sea trasladado al centro penitenciario de Cancún.

La Cámara de Diputados también solicitó la intervención de la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública, para que a través de la dirección general de traslados de reos y seguridad penitenciaria adopte las medidas necesarias para impedir que el pederasta pudiera ser liberado durante el viaje a la prisión local…

Lower Chamber of Congress Unanimously Calls for Special Security Measures to Prevent Child Pornographer Jean Succar Kuri's Escape from Prison

Mexico City - The Chamber of Deputies (lower house) of Congress has unanimously passed a non-binding resolution that requests that the Attorney General of the state of Quintana Roo mount a security operation to insure that convicted millionaire child pornographer Jean Succar Kuri does not escape during his upcoming transfer from a maximum security prison to a minimum security jail in Cancún.

The Chamber of Deputies also requested the intervention of the federal Secretary of Public Security, through its directorate for prisoner transfers and security, asking that they take all possible precautions to prevent any escape attempt by Succar Kuri.

The vote on the non-binding resolution was held with a sense of urgency and obvious determination. It was supported by all political parties. The resolution was presented by National Action Party (PAN) congressional deputy Rosi Orozco, who is Chair of the newly formed Special Commission to Fight Human Trafficking in the Chamber of Deputies.

The resolution also calls upon federal agencies and state governments to redouble their efforts to eradicate and prevent child sexual exploitation, and asks that they find and prosecute more cases like that of pedophile Jean Succar Kuri.

From the Chamber of Deputies all of Mexico's political parties attacked pedophilia and stood in favor of defending the rights of Mexican children.

Nonetheless, Emilio Serrano, a deputy from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) asked the Chamber why they were 'tearing their clothes up' about this issue, given that the same institution, Congress, had previously protected pedophiles and human rights violators. He recalled the case of Puebla state governor Mario Marín, and his collusion with millionaire businessman Kamel Nacif, who himself is linked to Succar Kuri.

[See the below link to the Lydia Cacho case for additional context to this statement. - LL]

Mónica Romero

W Radio

March 04, 2010

 


Added: Mar. 4, 2010

Mexico

Deputy Rosi Orozco

Es peligroso trasladar a Succar Kuri al penal de Cancún, advierten diputados

La Comisión Especial de Lucha Contra la Trata de Personas de la Cámara de Diputados presentará este jueves un punto de acuerdo ante el pleno legislativo, con la finalidad de exhortar al juez federal Gabriel García Lanz “para que entienda” que tener al pederasta Jean Succar Kuri, El Johnny, en el penal municipal de Cancún, Quintana Roo “es sumamente peligroso”, no sólo porque podría fugarse, sino “fundamentalmente porque las niñas, niños y jóvenes que fueron sus víctimas recibirían un golpe emocional y sicológico terrible, irreparable, al saber que su victimario estaría otra vez tan cerca de ellos”.

La diputada federal y presidenta de esa comisión, Rosi Orozco, buscó este miércoles a La Jornada para informar, directamente, que “esta comisión especial que presido ha decidido de último minuto presentar un punto de acuerdo, exhortando al juez (García Lanz) para que reconsidere su decisión”.

También “exhortaremos a la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SSP) federal para que si ya no queda otra cosa más que trasladar a esta persona a Cancún, las autoridades garanticen que no se fugue durante o después del traslado, y que cuiden que (Succar) no atente contra la seguridad de sus víctimas”.

Congressional Leaders: Transferring Imprisoned Millionaire Child Pornographer Jean Succar Kuri to Cancun is Dangerous

On Thursday, March 4, 2010, the Special Commission to Fight Human Trafficking of the Chamber of Deputies in Congress will present a non-binding resolution before the Chamber, with the objective of calling upon federal magistrate Gabriel García Lanz "so that he will understand" that the pending transfer of Jean Succar Kuri, "El Johnny," from a maximum security prison to a minimum security jail in Cancún is "an extremely dangerous move." It is a danger not only because of the risk that Succar Kuri may flee [he is a millionaire based in Cancún], but because his transfer will subject the [200] children and underage youth in Cancún who were his victims to an irreparable psychological blow from knowing that their victimizer has been moved back to Cancún.

Deputy Rosi Orozco, Chair of the Commission, noted that the resolution also asks that the head of the federal security secretariat assure that, in the case that Succar Kuri is transferred, he is not allowed to escape during the transfer process.

Alfredo Méndez

Periódico La Jornada

March 4, 2010

 


Added: Mar. 3, 2010

Mexico

Lydia Cacho

Photo: La Jornada

Vigilen a Esos Jueces

Las y los legisladores expusieron dos casos ejemplares que nos permiten entender lo que en realidad sucede en los juzgados de este país

Las y los diputados del PRD, PAN y PT, se pronunciaron en el Congreso para solicitar una supervisión detallada de las actuaciones de jueces que estén a cargo de casos de pornografía y explotación sexual de menores de edad. Llamó la atención el silencio del PRI y del Verde. Está claro que éste es un tema que indigna y enoja a cualquiera que sea incapaz de disfrutar con los abusos de infantes. Justo por eso resulta vital recordar que México ha avanzado en este tema y debe seguir haciéndolo. Las y los legisladores expusieron dos casos ejemplares que nos permiten entender lo que en realidad sucede en los juzgados de este país.

Watch Those Judges

Members of Congress have proposed a closer look at two cases that allow us to understand exactly what goes on in our nation's courtrooms.

Congressional deputies from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), the National Action Party (PAN) and the Labor Party (PT) have called for a detailed review of the actions of judges in two cases involving child pornography and the sexual exploitation of children. The absence of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Ecological Green Party (Verde) in this announcement was notable.

It is clear that these topics outrage all who are incapable of abusing children. For that very fact it is important to note that Mexico is making progress in regard to this issues, and it should continue its efforts to change.

The criminal case against Father Rafael Muñiz demonstrated how the public prosecutor's office in Veracruz state engaged in a mediocre effort to formulate charges against the priest. Later, a federal judge asked the Veracruz court to improve its legal arguments. But the local court ignored the law and allowed Father Muñiz to be freed on bail. Two days after his recent release from jail, he was making crosses from ashes to celebrate his freedom.

Although the truth is that Father Muñiz is only free on bond and his case is being reviewed, he is enjoying the fruits of a judicial decision that has resulted from ignorance, fumbling and pressure from the Archdiocese of Veracruz. Judge Martín has taken no specialized training in child sexual exploitation. He therefore continues to make judicial decisions as if this were the year 2000, when Mexico didn't have the precise legal instruments and judicial arguments that exist today, which  permit serious sentences to be handed down.

In the case of [millionaire accused child pornographer] Jean Succar Kuri, the self-confessed "pedophile of Cancun," he was never charged with child sex trafficking, because he was extradited from the United States on charges of child pornography and the corruption of minors. It has been six years since Succar Kuri was arrested in Arizona. His many attorneys, despite not having done a spectacular job in defending him, have won a victory recently in the fact that Succar Kuri will be transferred from a [maximum security] federal prison to a local [minimum security] jail in his home town city of Cancún. According to authorities, Succar Kuri was one of the planners of a prisoner escape by 103 inmates in 2006.

The magistrate in the case made it clear that federal prosecutors had a responsibility to submit a request for revocation of the judicial order that will send Kuri to a local jail in Cancún, and instead, the prosecutors had submitted an appeal of the judge's order. This is equivalent to saying that a given person went to the hospital for a kidney translation and was offered a liver transplant. As yet we don't know if the prosecutor in this case made an intentional error. It is incompre-hensible that such an error could occur when this case is being scrutinized by the U.S. Justice Department, which had extradited Succar Kuri under an agreement that President Calderón's government would bring him to justice.

Succar Kuri will arrive in Cancún this week. His return to this city will be watched by many.

Judge Martin is also being closely watched. This week we will find out whether Father Muñiz received special treatment. It is clear that there is an urgent need in Mexico to train judges and prosecutors on the law as it applies to sex trafficking cases.

To feel outrage at these developments is essential, but it is not a sufficient response. Only through professional training and oversight of the judiciary will we be able to eliminate the ignorant excuses and the faulty interpretations of the law that allow corruption into the process.

The message that we send out to the millions of boys and girls who are exploited each year must be clear: child pornography is a crime, and the judiciary will protect children.

Lydia Cacho

www.LydiaCacho.net

March 01, 2010

 


Added: Feb. 23, 2010

Mexico, New York, USA

Lydia Cacho at Syracuse University

Photo: Dr. Alejandro Garcia

Tully Award to Mexican Journalist: Lydia Cacho Exposes Child Trafficking

Syracuse, New York - ...Last Monday [the] El Tropical [restaurant] was the scene of a two-and-a-half hour lunch hosted by La Casita, the Syracuse University [SU] project to strengthen ties with the city’s Latino community, for Mexican journalist and writer Lydia Cacho. Cacho was in town to receive the Tully Award for Free Speech on Tuesday evening at SU’s Newhouse School of Public Communi-cation. Cacho, 45, is an investigative print reporter, with a background in radio and TV, who wrote a series of articles for the newspaper “Por Esto” in Cancún about child trafficking, sexual tourism and the political protection afforded to organized crime in that upscale resort.

After Random House Mexico asked her to write a book, she published these findings in 2005 as “Los Demonios del Edén” (Demons of Eden: The Power that Protects Child Pornography). In particular Cacho focused on the fates of some 200 children at the hands of Jean Succar Kuri, the wealthy Lebanese owner of the Sol y Mar [Sun and Sea] Villas resort, and his cohort, international textile magnate Kamel Nacif. Nacif had a well-established relationship with Mario Marín, governor of the state of Puebla, where some of his plants were located. Eight months [after publication of Cacho's book], at Marín’s orders – Nacif was suing her for defamation, then a criminal charge that could put her in prison – Cacho was arrested, driven across Mexico and on the way tortured in an unsuccessful attempt to force her to recant her work. Last Monday, Cacho was clear that her captors would simply have killed her in the end – she recounted in chilling detail a cell phone call and the terse phrase “change of plans” that interrupted their stop at a dark beach – had not a network of callers from Amnesty International, PEN International and other groups bombarded both Marín and the media... ...One friendly state senator showed up at the Puebla jail holding Cacho.

“I always talk about the threats,” said Cacho on Monday. “And journalists often really don’t do that. They often don’t prepare. I sat down with my team and we planned what they would do if I were killed or arrested, who they would call. And because there are cameras outside on the street too, they knew who had taken me. We had it on tape.”

...Cacho’s experience in founding shelters for battered women and for persons with HIV as well as reporting on human rights issues may have provided extra lessons in the value of security and preparation. By 2005, Cacho’s team comprised the staff and volunteers at CIAM (Centro Integral de Atención a la Mujer / Comprehensive Center for Women’s Care), of which Cacho is president.

Reflecting on Kamel Nacif’s furious indignation at Cacho’s interference with what he called “my rights,” she has said elsewhere, “He’s like any other man at CIAM. We have seventy cases a month.” ...

“I was offered money too,” Cacho said Monday, who said she’d originally moved to Cancún from her native Mexico City, having studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and speaking four languages, to write poetry and cultural commentary. “They didn’t know what to do with me. I didn’t want money. I didn’t want to move out of my little apartment. I was offered a political office. I didn’t want to run for office. I was offered a spot on national TV. I didn’t want that. They couldn’t figure out what I wanted.” ...

Tere Paniagua’s students are also seeing the excellent 2007 film about Cacho’s work and the “narco-pederasty” trade made by veteran Mexican documentary filmmaker Alejandra Islas, which bears the same title as Cacho’s book, “Los Demonios del Edén.” While the 73-minute film hasn’t had official release in the US, it has screened at many festivals in the Americas, and the US-compatible DVD has English subtitles...

The Islas film makes use of that security camera footage of Cacho’s arrest by Puebla state police in the street outside CIAM, and follows her year-long defamation trial and her own counter-suit to Mexico’s Supreme Court. (On Monday Cacho added the postscript that she is currently taking her suit to the Inter-American Court, so the traffickers might stand trial.) The Islas film also provides considerable context to Cacho’s situation and that of her antagonists, detailing for example the labor practices, working conditions, graft and environmental damage generated by Kamel Nacif’s far-flung textile empire...

Additionally, the Islas film examines the matter of the dozen tape-recorded phone conversations anonymously delivered to the Mexico City daily “La Jornada” and major radio stations, beginning on Valentine’s Day 2006. Sometimes punctuated by crude laughter and in one case by preening about how he looked on TV, these exchanges document Nacif speaking with Puebla governor Marín and others about arresting Cacho and “setting a national precedent” that will help control journalists. “My precious governor!” says Nacif to Marín at one point, and promises to send him some fine cognac for arranging this favor. The tape revelations sparked protest marches of as many as 40,000 people, a rash of satirical performances and cartoons, and... demands for impeachment. (Cacho talked about the tapes on Monday and said Marín “couldn’t go anywhere for a while without people mobbing him and sending him cognac bottles – empty, of course.”) Marin wasn’t impeached, but Mexico did de-criminalize defamation as a result of this case. What Cacho calls more important is the tape in which Nacif and Kuri discussed the price of young virgins brought to Cancún from Florida, because that established a business venture above and beyond a personal taste for four-year-olds...

[Cacho,] “I do believe we can change the world.” “Mainstream media is show business and spectacle. Journalism is about contact with human beings, about respect for all people and showing compassion. We live in a very tiny world and we are destroying it because we don’t know how to live together.”

[The linked page contains a video excerpt of the film by Alejandra Islas - in Spanish]

Nancy Keefe Rhodes

Cnylink

Feb. 21, 2010

 


Added: Feb. 22, 2010

Mexico

Lydia Cacho's top says, "No Pedophiles; No Corruption; No Impunity!

Lydia Cacho Asegura que el Gobierno de Veracruz Protege a Pederastas

En su artículo semanal, la periodista Lydia Cacho, acusa que el gobierno de Veracruz encabezado por Fidel Herrera, así como la jerarquía católica, se confabularon para lograr la libertad del padre Rafael Muñiz López, acusado de pertenecer a una red de pederastas.

Dice: "Los altos jerarcas de la Iglesia católica y el gobierno de Veracruz, acompañados de una sospechosa ayuda del Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Distrito Federal, dejarán en libertad al líder de una red de pornografía infantil que fue arrestado luego de una impresionante y exitosa investigación de la policía cibernética"...

Father Rafael Muñiz Lopez, front, far right, is presented by authorities to the press with the other suspected child pornography ring members, at the time of their arrest. The other accused suspects, except Father Muñiz Lopez's brother, remain in custody.

Lydia Cacho Accuses the State Government of Veracruz of Protecting Pedophiles

In her weekly newspaper column, journalist Lydia Cacho has accused the government of Veracruz state, headed by governor Fidel Herrera, as well as the state’s Catholic hierarchy of collusion to achieve the recent release of Father Rafael Muñiz Lopez, who had been accused of belonging to a child pornography distribution network.

Cacho declared that, “The high officials of the Catholic Church and the Government of Veracruz, together with the suspicious involvement of the Superior Tribunal of Justice of the Federal District, freed the leader of a child pornography network who had been arrested after an impressive and exhaustive investigation by cyber [Internet and computer] crimes police.”

Cacho, the author of books on child sex trafficking, noted that Father Muñiz Lopez used the online alias of "Lobo Siberiano" [Siberian wolf] to sell and transmit child pornography from his office computer at the San Pedro Apóstol [Saint Peter the Apostle] parish in the capitol of Veracruz, the city of Xalapa. Cacho went on to say that the child pornography ring involved [other] suspects, who were also arrested. The ring operated in Mexico City, and in the states of Hidalgo, Puebla, Aguascalientes, Veracruz and Yucatan.

Cacho says that [authorities have] documented the fact that Father Muñiz Lopez emailed child pornography to ciber-pedophiles in the United States, Russia, Spain, Chile and Colombia.

Nonetheless, Cacho says, the lawyers for the Archdiocese were able to convince the judge in charge of the case to allow Father Muñiz Lopez to [escape justice], because his acts of distributing child pornography were not ruled to be an act “against public morals,” because Father Muñiz Lopez only distributed the illegal photographs within a “closed circle of people.”

Cacho indicated that the Archbishop of the city of Xalapa, Hipólito Reyes Larios, intervened with the Veracruz state government to prevent further prosecutorial investigation in the case.

Cacho, “It is not by accident that the laws against child pornography [in Veracruz] don’t protect children. But these laws do protect cyber-pedophiles, as is the case on other states. Priests and judges constitute an infamous alliance that works to shelter impunity, and, therefore, the repetition of crimes against children. The nation stands in horror and demands action, legislators approve laws, police agents become trained to address the threat, and with one signature from a judge’s pen, they destroy our collective efforts to establish the rule of law.

Cacho: “Until when?”

Ignacio Carvajal

e-consulta.com

Feb. 16, 2010

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Jueces, Pedófilos y Sacerdotes

...La impunidad en México no es abstracta, tiene nombres y apellidos. En este caso hallamos que los cómplices concretos son los jueces, quienes ignoran las leyes de la mano de los líderes del clero, capaces de ejercer todo el poder político y dinero para liberar a sus pedófilos. No es culpa de la Iglesia que algunos de sus miembros cometan delitos, particularmente pederastia, pero ciertamente los que están libres de culpa podrían hacer algo más para prevenirla y evitarla. Lo inexplicable es la protección cómplice que otorga a este tipo de criminales, pese a que sus delitos atentan contra todo aquello que defiende la doctrina cristiana. Curas y jueces constituyen una alianza infame que prohíja la impunidad y, por ende, la repetición de crímenes contra la infancia. El país se horroriza y exige, las y los legisladores aprueban leyes, las policías se capacitan e investigan, llegan los jueces y de un plumazo destruyen los esfuerzos colectivos por restablecer un estado de derecho. ¿Hasta cuándo? ...

Judges, Pedophiles and Priests

A further excerpt from Lydia Cacho's original opinion column on the release of Father Rafael Muñiz Lopez

...Impunity in Mexico is not abstract, it has first and last names. In this case we have found that the definitive accomplices are the judges, who ignore the law at the behest of Church powers who are willing to exercise all of their political power, and their money, to free their pedophiles. It is not the Church’s fault that some of its members commit crimes, and especially pedophilia. But certainly those who are not guilty could do something more to prevent and avoid these acts.

What is inexplicable is the Church’s complicity in protecting these types of criminals, given that their crimes attempt to violate everything that Christian Doctrine defends. Priests and judges constitute an infamous alliance that shelters impunity, and therefore, allows the repetition of crimes against children. The nation stands in horror and demands action, legislators approve laws, police agents become trained to address the threat, and with one signature from a judge’s pen, they destroy our collective efforts to establish the rule of law.

Cacho: “Until when?”

Weekly Column of Lydia Cacho

El Universal

Mexico city

Feb. 15, 2010

 


Added: Feb. 22, 2010

Mexico

National Action Party legislators Rosi Orozco and Agustín Castilla

Demanda Acción Nacional cero tolerancia para pederastas 

Los legisladores panistas consideraron que es muy laxo el criterio del poder Judicial federal y local en este sentidoDiputados del PAN demandaron aplicar "todo el peso de la ley a los pederastas", independientemente de su poder político y económico, y que ante todo se garanticen los derechos humanos de la infancia.

Al hablar sobre la decisión judicial de trasladar a Jean Succar Kuri de un penal de máxima seguridad a una cárcel municipal de Cancún, al considerar que el procesado por pederastia no representa ningún peligro, consideraron que es muy laxo el criterio del poder Judicial federal y local...

National Action Party legislators demand zero-tolerance for pedophiles

National Action Party (PAN) congressional deputies Agustín Castilla and Rosi Orozco have announced that they consider the current federal and state judicial criteria used to punish the sexual abusers of children to be too lenient. Therefore, they say, they are calling for the full weight of the law to be applied to pedophiles, regardless of their economic and political power, and state that above all, children’s human rights must be guaranteed.

The legislators highlighted as an example of this laxity the current case of Jean Succar Kuri [a millionaire who was identified in journalist / activist Lydia Cacho’s 2005 book Demons of Eden as being a major child sex trafficker], and the recent decision by authorities to move him from a maximum security prison to a municipal jail in [his home city of] Cancun because, supposedly, Succar Kuri does not represent a threat.

Deputies Castilla and Orozco also talked about the recent freeing of Father Rafael Muñiz Lopez, who was caught in the possession of child pornography. The case of a pimp in Oaxaca state who exploited an underage girl was also mentioned.

Castilla and Orozco, who are members of the [recently formed] Special Commission for the Fight Against Human Trafficking [in the House of Deputies – the lower house of Congress], demanded a congressional review of these cases to assure that the rule of law is being followed, and that those who are guilty pay for their crimes.

Deputy Castilla, “We needed to send a very clear message of zero tolerance of child sexual abuse, child prostitution, child pornography and [other forms of] child sexual abuse.

Deputy Castilla added, “We will not allow these messages from the Judicial branch, which are of course terrifying, because it appears that [judges] are saying that [pedophiles] have a large space of impunity [to work in].”

Deputy Rosi Orozco [head of the newly formed anti-trafficking commission] called upon judges to be sensible and to educate themselves so that they know the law in regard pedophiles, so as to achieve a uniform application of the law.

Notimex

Feb. 16, 2010

 


Added: Feb. 22, 2010

Mexico

Víctimas apelan reubicación de Kuri

Cancún, Quintana Roo - La dirección de la cárcel de Cancún informó que Jean Succar Kuri, procesado por encabezar una red de pornografía y explotación sexual infantil, podría regresar en breve a esa prisión de baja seguridad por orden del Juzgado Segundo de Distrito en esta ciudad...

Victims Appeal Succar Kuri’s Relocation to a Minimum Security Jail in Cancun

The city of Cancun in Quintana Roo state – The administrators of the Cancun municipal jail have announced that Jean Succar Kuri, who have been prosecuted for heading-up a child pornography ring and engaging in child sexual exploitation, may be relocated from a high security prison to this minimum security prison, as a result of orders from the Second District Court in this city.

Nevertheless, lawyer Xavier Olea, who has worked for several of Succar Kuri’s child victims, denied the possibility that the transfer would take place, and said that the judge’s decision has been appealed to the Unitary Tribunal of the state of Quintana Roo.

Olea: “We will offer the necessary proof to confirm that Succar Kuri in a dangerous person, that the transfer is not appropriate, and because Succar Kuri has the economic means [he is a millionaire hotelier] to buy-off the authorities.

Second District Judge Gabriel García Lanz decided that Succar Kuri is not a danger, and ordered him transferred from the El Altiplano maximum security prison in Mexico State, to the municipal jail in Cancun. The transfer could occur as early as tomorrow.

A Lebanese born immigrant, Succar Kuri fled Cancun at the end of 2003 to evade an arrest warrant issued against him. At the start of 2004, he was arrested in Chandler, Arizona. On July 16, 2006 he was extradited to Mexico, when Judge García Lanz ordered him jailed for the crime of child pornography.

Later Succar Kuri was taken to the Center for Social Re-adaptation (CERESO) in Chetumal. Upon discovering that he was receiving special privileges, he was returned to prison in Cancun. In November 2006, he was ordered transferred to the maximum security prison of El Altiplano, based on psychological assessments performed by personnel of the federal Office of the Attorney General.

The announcement of the return to prison of Cancun came four years after the detention of writer and journalist Lydia Cacho, author of book The Demons of Eden, which exposed the activities of a pedophile ring.

Cacho, who was arrested in Cancun in December 2005 and taken to Puebla state under a criminal charge of defamation, considers that there is a very high probability that, once in Cancun, Succar Kuri will use his influence to live a comfortable life, and will escape and exact revenge against his victims.

Cacho, “Succar Kuri promised that he would return to Cancun to get revenge on girls who denounced him and, of course, to take revenge on me."

Adriana Varillas

El Universal

Feb. 16, 2010


Added: Feb. 22, 2010

Mexico

Horror Story: Lydia Cacho's Exposé of Pedophilia Has Her Critics Up in Arms

Cancun, Mexico - The bodyguards linger in the steakhouse foyer, conspicuous with their handguns in lumpy fanny packs. The bulletproof SUV sits in quick-getaway position outside.

And now Lydia Cacho Ribeiro's cellphone rings.

"Yes, I got in okay," Cacho says from an out-of-the-way table. "I'm fine."

Cacho sets the phone down, a weary smile forming beneath high cheekbones and dark, deep-set eyes.

"He was worried," she says of her longtime partner, the prominent Mexican editor and columnist Jorge Zepeda Patterson. "This is my life."

A crusade against pedophiles has made Cacho, who will be in Washington tomorrow and Tuesday to be honored by Amnesty International, one of Mexico's most celebrated and imperiled journalists. She is a target in a country where at least 17 journalists have been killed in the past five years and that trailed only Iraq in media deaths during 2006. Do-gooders and victims want to meet her, want to share their stories. Bad guys -- well, they want her in a coffin.

In the spring of 2005, Cacho published a searing exposé of the child abuse and pornography rings flourishing amid the $500-a-night resorts and sugar-white beaches of Cancun. Her book "The Demons of Eden: The Power That Protects Child Pornography" chronicles in cringe-inducing detail the alleged habits of wealthy men whose sexual tastes run to 4-year-old girls...

...Seven months after her book was published, Cacho says, police officers from the far-off state of Puebla shoved her into a van outside the women's center she runs on a crumbling side street well removed from Cancun's gaudy hotel strip. They drove her 950 miles across Mexico, she says, jamming gun barrels into her face and taunting her for 20 hours with threats that she would be drowned, raped or murdered. The police have disputed her version of events, saying she was treated well.

Cacho found herself in police custody because Mexico's "Denim King," the textile magnate Kamel Nacif, had accused her of defamation, which at the time was a criminal offense under Mexican law. (Inspired by Cacho's case, the Mexican Congress recently passed a law decriminalizing defamation.) Cacho had written that Nacif used his influence to protect a suspected child molester, Cancun hotel owner Jean Succar Kuri, and that one of Succar's alleged victims was certain Nacif also abused underage girls...

Manuel Roig-Franzia

Washington Post Foreign Service

April 1, 2007


Added: Dec. 03, 2009

Mexico

Award-winning anti-child sex trafficking activist, journalist, author and women's center director Lydia Cacho

Muertes por violencia en México podrían ser plan de limpieza social: Cacho

Especialistas indagan si asesinatos vinculados con el crimen son una estrategia del Estado, dijo.

Madrid. Las muertes por violencia en México en los últimos años, 15 mil en los últimos tres años, podrían formar parte de un plan de "limpieza social por parte del Estado mexicano", declaró este lunes en Madrid la periodista mexicana Lydia Cacho….

Deaths from violence in Mexico could be the results of social cleansing: Lydia Cacho

Specialists are investigating whether murders are state strategy, Cacho says.

Madrid. Deaths from violence in Mexico in recent years, including 15,000 during the past three years, could form part of a plan of "social cleansing by the Mexican State," declared Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho in Madrid, Spain on Monday.

"Experts are beginning to investigate at this time in Mexico whether these 15,000 murders are linked to intentional social cleansing by the Mexican State," Cacho said in a press conference in which she denounced human rights violations and persecution of the press in her country.

Since President Felipe Calderón [became president] three years ago, we have been witnessing a growing authoritarianism in Mexico "justified by the war " (on drugs), in which " militari-zation, and harassment of journalists and human rights defenders is increasing danger-ously," stated Cacho.

Cacho was kidnapped [by rogue state police agents] and tortured in Mexico after divulging information about a pedophile ring in which businessmen and politicians were involved.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) will determine in an upcoming decision whether Mexican authorities violated the rights of the journalist in that case.

The foundation that bears Cacho's name, created in Madrid a year ago, is organizing a concert to raise funds to help pay for her defense before the IACHR...

Cacho is the author of [the child sex trafficking exposé] The Demons of Eden. In recent years she has received several awards for her work on behalf of human rights carried out through investigative journalism, including the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Award.

Agence France Presse (AFP)

Nov. 23, 2009

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Mexican Government Part of Problem, Not Solution, Writer Says

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EFE

Nov. 24, 2009

LibertadLatina

Special Section

Journalist / Activist

Lydia Cacho is

Railroaded by the

Legal Process for

Exposing Child Sex

Networks In Mexico

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

Americas Program Commentary

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laura Carlsen

Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)

Nov. 23, 2009


Added: Dec. 03, 2009

Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 1, 2009

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LibertadLatina Commentary

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

El Yunque holds the belief that all social activists, including those who advocate for improving the lives of women, indigenous people and the poor, are literally the children of Satan.

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

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

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

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

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

Defeat the drug cartels?

Yes!

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

No!

Chuck Goolsby

LibertadLatina

Dec. 4, 2009

About El Yunque

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

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

About El Yunque on Wikipedia.com


Added: Jan. 30, 2009

Mexico

Lydia Cacho with her new book “Not With My Child” Photo: Deborah Bonello / Los Angeles Times

Lydia Cacho publishes manual for parents on detecting child abuse

Lydia Cacho’s celebrity was apparent from the get-go last Thursday night in the trendy Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, where the journalist launched her new book “Not With My Child” (Con Mi Hij@ No).

...Her latest book [is] a manual for parents in Mexico to help them recognize if their children are being abused and, if so, what they can do about it...

The sexual abuse of minors is a topic she has specialized in, and Cacho has been the victim of harassment due to her investigations into the issue.

She was a relatively unknown journalist until she published a book in 2006 that alleged the existence of a child sex ring in the southern [city] of Cancun, after which she was illegally arrested and harassed by some of the powerful men she implicated in “Los Demonios del Eden.”

She catapulted to fame when she challenged her aggressors by going public and filing a legal action against them — although it was ultimately unsuccessful.

Since then, Cacho has become something of a symbol for the issue of the repression of journalists and freedom of expression in Mexico. Her last book, “Memories of a Disgrace (Memorias de una Infamia)” detailed the events that unfolded after the publication of “Los Demonios del Eden.”

Speaking to a packed auditorium on Thursday, Cacho said that after “Los Demonios del Eden” was published, she was inundated by more than 3,000 e-mails from people who were worried their children were being abused, or who knew their children had been abused and didn’t know what to do about it. That prompted her to write “Not With My Child,” which she says is an effort to answer the questions she received from her anxious public...

“Not With My Child” includes chapters on the history of pedophilia and the sexual abuse of children, as well as how to negotiate Mexico’s ineffective justice system. Cacho says that building strong social networks is one of the most important means of detecting and putting a stop to child abuse in Mexico...

Deborah Bonello

Mexico Reporter

Jan. 26, 2009


Added: Jan. 23, 2009

Mexico

Leticia Valdez Martell

Lydia Cacho

Puebla y Oaxaca, historia de un país productor de pornografía infantil

Desde el poder político y judicial, los pedófilos se fortalecen

Puebla and Oaxaca states, the history of a child pornography producing nation

Pedophiles are protected by the heads of political and judicial power

Lydia Cacho - [This] is the story of the nation of Mexico as a producer of child pornography, where the kidnapping of children is, in many cases, linked to sexual exploitation. It is the story of a nation where, from the seats of political and judicial power, pedophiles are strengthened, a nation where such men unite and celebrate their power.

Three months ago, the mother of a victim of a child pornography network sought me out. Her daughter was abused at the age of 5 by a crime network that was run by [millionaire businessmen] Succar Kuri and Kamel Nacif.

Their criminal enterprise was protected by [Puebla state governor] Mario Marin and Emilio Gamboa, among others...

Succar Kuri [now on trial] has... insisted that the daughter return to court to retell her story for the umpteenth time.

The girl, now age fifteen, speaks of committing suicide if she is forced to go to [the trial court in] the prison of La Palma to confront her abuser once again, and if another judge dares to ask her to narrate, again, her memories of childhood terror...

The victim’s mother is even less motivated to return to court given that the Supreme Court of the Nation made a ruling that effectively protected the child sex trafficking network of Kamel Nacif and Governor Mario Marín.

The Court’s decision [in the Lydia Cacho case] shielded the network of pedophiles and politicians, who protect each other's shared personal and business interests and who engage in political money laundering.

Like the families in the Succar Kuri case, Leticia Valdez brings to court the videos of her young son’s abuse, and carries photographs and medical evaluations that describe the damage caused to her baby by pedophiles. And she talks and talks, seeking that her country believe her…

Leticia Valdez… demands that the guilty pay for the crimes that are clearly visible in the videos: acts of the rape of young children carried out in a school.

While Valdez Martell dares to tell the truth, Oaxaca state governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz gives orders intended to silence any discussion of the case. According to a court secretary in Oaxaca, there are clear orders from the governor for the case to be prolonged, so as not to allow the further accumulation of evidence to take place….

But Valdez Martell is not alone. She has already benefited from the fact that the Attorney General of Oaxaca has provided her with twelve files of similar cases involving the same suspects. In addition, the names of state police agents from Veracruz and Oaxaca, as well as PRI [Institutional Revolutionary Party] officials, and, according to sources, a PRD [Party of the Democratic Revolution] member, also appear.

None of these 12 cases has ever been follow-up on…

Meanwhile, the media evades getting to the root of the problem.

Why have the mothers and fathers of the other children who were raped and used to produce child pornography by the same clan [at the San Felipe Institute]  remained silent?

Why did Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora insist during a news interview with tv talking head Carlos Loret de Mola, that human rights violations reported by Amnesty International are [just] individual cases?

Why have special prosecutors denied the existence of pornography networks despite the fact that journalists and the victims themselves have, time and again, demonstrated that they do exist?

These networks of criminal impunity are not created in silence, but in view of the entire country. They are woven together beginning at the seats of power.

Pedophilia, Before the Supreme Court

Why did the Valdez case reach the Supreme Court?

…The case reached the Supreme Court because Ulises Ruiz, the constitutional governor of Oaxaca, indirectly protects the network of pedophiles that is involved in the case.

The case never came to court [in Oaxaca state] because one of the lawyers for the [accused] pedophiles and their accomplices is Jorge Franco Jimenez, who is the father of Jorge Franco Vargas, the current president of the PRI political party in Oaxaca…

The state government of Oaxaca will [act to save their friends]. Meanwhile the production of “home” child pornography, as one INTERPOL agent has called it, continues to grow under the protection of those in power.

Mexico’s Attorney General will find arguments to make this case, like millions before it, into one of “individual acts” of human rights violations, while ignoring the role of the use of state power in the defense of  criminals.

We know that the federal government of Mexico rejects the defense of human rights, and they spit in the face of [president of the National Human Rights Commission] Jose Luis Soberanes, the Ombudsman who dreams of presenting the Supreme Court with cases that the victim's [lawyers] have prepared well...

The attacks against Leticia Valdez and her family will not remain hidden. Society is watching Governor Ulises Ruiz and the child pornography networks that he protects. One thing is clear: Neither Leticia nor her family are alone. Millions of Mexican men and women are on her side.

Full English Translation

Hace tres meses, me buscó la madre de una de las niñas que fuera utilizada, a los 5 años, para fabricar pornografía infantil por la red de Succar Kuri, protegido de Kamel Nacif, de Mario Marín y Emilio Gamboa, entre otros.

Con la mirada inundada de desesperanza, con la voz cansada, con la ira colgada de su pecho, me dijo que luego de casi cuatro años de abogados, de juicios, de amenazas de muerte, Succar otra vez quiere que su hija vaya a verlo y declare por enésima vez.

Y la niña, ahora de quince años, habla de quitarse la vida si la fuerzan a ir al penal de La Palma a ver a su abusador; si otro juez se atreve a pedirle que narre sus recuerdos de terror infantil. Y la madre dice que si tiene que matar a alguien, pues mata, pero a su hija no la vuelven a llevar a un juzgado.

Lydia Cacho

Appearing in CIMAC Noticias

Jan. 21, 2009


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Lydia Cacho Starts Foundation

In October, 2008 Lydia Cacho formed the Lydia Cacho Foundation, based in Madrid, Spain.

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Video excerpt from the 2007 film Demons of Eden, that documents the campaign of retaliation against Lydia Cacho.

This film clip includes a short statement by a girl who was trapped by the Jean Succar Kuri / Kamel Nacif child sex trafficking network, and includes video of Kamel Nacif confronting Lydia Cacho during legal proceedings. Also included is a audio conversation recorded between Kamel Nacif and Puebla governor Mario Marin, during which Nacif admits that he took revenge (with Governor Marin's help) against Lydia Cacho for exposing what Nacif states were his "parties with children."

Despite this extensive audio evidence, the Supreme Court (which can investigate cases of high-level state corruption), denied that any violation of Lydia Cacho's basic rights took place (and thus shielding the child sex trafficking network from scrutiny).

(See the below listed video for the Mexican public's reaction to this decision by the Court.)

(In Spanish)

TVCiudania (Citizen TV)

Presented on YouTube

Dec. 3, 2007

Video documentation

Leticia Valdez Martell speaks out at rally for Lydia Cacho

Leticia Valdez Martell speaks at large rally in front of Mexico's Supreme Court to protest the Court's decision to reject a Court investigation of Puebla governor Mario Marin and accused pedophile millionaire Kamel Nacif, plotters in the kidnapping and torture of activist journalist Lydia Cacho in revenge for publishing her exposé against pedophile networks in Cancun: Demons of Eden.

(In Spanish)

 TVCiudania (Citizen TV)

Presented on YouTube

Dec. 3, 2007

Rogelio Mora-Tagle entrevista a la periodista mexicana Lydia Cacho

Extensive TV news report on the the Lydia Cacho case with Rogelio Mora-Tagle, including an interview with Lydia Cacho in which she explains her arrest and torture, the involvement of corrupt politicians and the impunity that provides protection to accused child sex traffickers in Mexico.

(In Spanish)

 TV Ciudania (Citizen TV)

Presented on YouTube

Nov. 27, 2007

Lydia Cacho  interview after receiving the 2007 CNN Hero of the World award.

(In English)

 CNN

Presented on YouTube

Dec. 3, 2007


Added: Jan. 1, 2009

Mexico

Lydia Cacho: tres años de lucha contra la impunidad

Su caso, en la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Lydia Cacho: three years of combating impunity

"My dear Spanish poet Angel Petisme wrote: It is forbidden to mourn without learning. I have cried tears to wash away the sadness for my violent and corrupt country. But I have learned ... tears healed my pain ... they made me stronger ... "

This is an excerpt from a letter written by the journalist Lydia Cacho in February 2006, two months after her arrest on December 16, 2005 by judicial agents from Puebla state who went to Cancun, Quintana Roo, to execute an arrest warrant [against Cacho].

In her letter Cacho defends the right to freedom of expression and the importance that such work has for allowing her to show the legality [...only in Mexico...] of journalism.

"I will prove my journalistic work was created to give a voice to victims, to prove that I wrote this book [Demons in Eden] not hurt my accuser [Kamal Nacif], because the damage he did was to commit illegal acts that created for him a sinister history, which was already public information. He, like all of us, is solely responsible for their actions. "

Three years after the fact [of offical state retaiation against her for exposing a child sex trafficking ring run by millionaires in Cancun], Cacho Ribeiro's hopes of obtaining justice have focused on the international arena., where no later than next February she will submit her case, and the cases of other human rights activists before the Inter-American Human Rights System.

Cacho is now at the end of her struggle for justice. She has had to go outside of Mexico after having exhausted all of the legal avenues there.

"And when we win this trial, we will continue to complete two tasks: the criminal decriminalization of journalism in Mexico and the demand for justice in the case of Jean Succar Kuri the pedophile [a textile millionaire and the target of Cacho's accusations in Demons of Eden].

"And then, sisters and friends, we will celebratrte the fact that none of us, because we speak the truth, should have to live in situations of 'conditional freedom.'

"And who wouldn't cry, with a little bit of joy, excitement, as the teacher Petisme would say. We cry, because we have learned that in Mexico we are millions who share the same dreams, and we demand the right to build them together, together, because we are not alone."

Cacho's Case in the International Arena

These events are part of what is known in Mexico as the Cacho-Marin case, referring to the governor of Puebla state, Mario Marin, who Cacho denounced to on the federal Attorney General's office for influence peddling, abuse of authority and torture.

Lydia Cacho has traveled around the world to present his case in forums, meetings and talks, and to be honored for her fight against impunity.

On June 14, 2006 Cacho received the Yo Dona award for the best humanitarian work, presented by the newspaper El Mundo in Spain through its magazine Yo Dona.

In the same year also won the Francisco Ojeda award for journalistic valor and the Sergio Mendez Arceo prize for defending human rights.

Also in honor of Cahco's journalistic work in the face of persecution, during 2007 she received the Ginetta Sagan Award from Amnesty International, an award from the International Foundation for Women in Media, the Courage in Journalism Award, and the Hellman / Hammett fellowship from Human Rights Watch.

In May 2008 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) gave Cacho its Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, for her journalistic work against a network of child traffickers in Mexico.

This month the Union of Journalists of Valencia, awarded the International Freedom of Expression 2008.

In November of this year Cacho received a Tucholsky scholarship from the hands of Swedish Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn, with whom Cacho met to present, before that forum, a paper on freedom of expression.

First Anniversary of the Resignation of Alicia Elena Perez Duarte

December, 2008 marks the one year anneversary o fthe resignation in protest of the Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte, the federal Attorney General's Special Prosecutor for Crimes of Violence Against Women (FEVIM). Pérez Duarte left her post after the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation voted against recognizing the persecution of Lydia Cacho as having constituted an act the violated her 'fundamental guarantees' [of freedom].

Although Cacho filed a formal complaint of torture [while in state police detention] before a FEVIM panel chaired by Pérez Duarte, at this point in time, three years later, the case has [disappeared]... nobody knows what happened to the investigatory materials that were developed by FEVIM, that could have helped in the prosecution of the agents from Puebla state who tortured Cacho.

Neither the impeachment request against Mario Marin, nor the complaints presented to the federal Attorney General's Special Prosecutor for Journalists thrived. The state police agents who were sent to Cancun to arrest Cacho, and later tortured her while she was being transported from Cancun to Puebla on a journey of 30 hours, were acquitted by the second criminal court of Quintana Roo state.

Therefore, Lydia Cacho has put her last hope for 2009 in the international arena in the form of legal cases that she will resent to the European Parliament and to the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights.

“Mi querido poeta español Ángel Petisme escribió: Queda prohibido llorar sin aprender. Sí he llorado y con las lágrimas lavé la tristeza por mi país violento y corrupto. Pero he aprendido…las lágrimas sanaron mi dolor…me hicieron más fuerte…”

Este es un fragmento de una carta escrita por la periodista Lydia Cacho en febrero de 2006, dos meses después de su detención realizada el 16 de diciembre de 2005 por agentes judiciales de Puebla quienes se trasladaron hasta Cancún, Quintana Roo, para ejecutar la orden de aprehensión.

En el texto defiende su derecho a la libertad de expresión y la importancia que tiene para ella mostrar la legalidad de su trabajo periodístico.

“Voy a demostrar que mi trabajo periodístico tuvo como fin dar voz a las víctimas, voy a demostrar que no escribí ese reportaje para hacerle daño a mi acusador, porque el daño se lo hizo él mismo al cometer actos ilícitos que le costaron un oscuro historial que ya era público. Él, como todas nosotras, es el único responsable de sus actos”.

Lourdes Godínez Leal

CIMAC Noticias

Dec. 18, 2008


Added May 7, 2008

Mexico, Spain

Asegura Lydia Cacho que premios "no blindan"

Lydia Cacho: Receiving a Prize Does not “Shield Me”

Barcelona, Spain – Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho today received the House of Catalonia’s Freedom of Expression Award.  Accepting the prize,

Cacho declared that winning honors is no protection from the death threats she faces for denouncing pedophilia [specifically child sex trafficking] and corruption in Mexico.

Lydia Cacho:

“These awards don’t protect us, they are not bullet-proof vests shielding us from the death threats, but they do raise the ‘price’ a little for those who would like to eliminate[murder] us."

Cacho was also recently honored as the 2008 laureate of this year’s UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize during a ceremony in Mozambique.

These prizes honor a woman who faced torture and jail at the hands of Mario Marín, governor of the state of Puebla.

Her 2005 book “The Demons of the Eden, The Power That Protects Child Pornography”  lead to a long series of acts of retaliation against her by the [child sex] trafficking network that she exposed.

This year, Cacho has published “Memories of an Act of Infamy.”  In an intimate, diary-like tone, Cacho recounts, play by play, the acts of persecution and defamation that she suffered after publishing Demons of Eden.

For the past three years, Cacho has traveled by bulletproof car, accompanied by a permanent security detail.

Full Translation

- ElFinanciero.com.mx

(With inputs from

EFE and AYV)

May 06, 2008

 


Added April 18, 2008

Mexico - The World

Lydia Cacho

Photo:

Theresa Braine

 

Paris - Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro will be given the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize for her work exposing political corruption and organized crime, the UN cultural body said Wednesday.

“Through investigative journalism, she uncovered the involvement of businessmen, politicians and drug traffickers in prostitution and child pornography” in Mexico, said UNESCO in a statement announcing the award.

Her work continued “in the face of death threats, an attempt on her life and legal battles,” it added, noting that she had also been the victim of police harassment...

UNESCO’s director-general will hand over the $25,000 (€16,000) prize to Cacho in a ceremony to be held on World Press Freedom Day on May 3 in the Mozambican capital Maputo...

The news came as media freedom campaigners Reporters without Borders (RSF) condemned the killings Monday of two young women working for a community radio station in the south of the country.

RSF expressed its shock at the fatal shootings Monday of Teresa Bautista Flores, 24, and Felicitas Martinez, 20, at Putla de Guerrero, in the southern state of Oaxaca.

Both women worked for La Voz que Rompe el Silencio (The Voice that Breaks the Silence) a community radio station serving the Trique indigenous community...

- Agence France-Presse

April 10, 2008

See Also:

Mexico / The World

2008 UNESCO/ Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize awarded to Mexican reporter Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

- UNESCO

April 9, 2008

 


Added March 14, 2008

Mexico

El Gobierno apoya la pedophilia

Mexico's government aids and abets child sexual exploitation

The recent [February, 2008] four-day visit to Mexico of Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, resulted in inspired comments about human rights conditions in the nation.

Among High Commissioner Arbour's statements:

1 - Arbour asked the government of Mexico to apply the same level of resources to dismantling child sex trafficking networks, and protecting women's rights in 'femicide' plagued Ciudad Juarez, as it now applies to its war against organized crime.

2 - During meetings with families of women and girls murdered in Ciudad Juarez, Arbour heard that none of them have access to the criminal justice system...

[The article's author:]

This (the above list) is our international image today.

Mexico protects the operations of the cruelest international pedophile [child sex trafficking] networks on earth. This occurs despite the clearest proof that this activity is occurring, such as in the case of Puebla governor Mario Marin's involvement in the abuse of journalist Lydia Cacho. And in a shame of shames, the Supreme court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) itself acted in a sinister manner to justify these acts...

We say to President Felipe Calderon... that a great scandal would follow if the Mexican government ignored High Commissioner Arbour's recommendations.

It is undeniable that today, both federal institutions and big business provide assistance to child sex trafficking networks.

If such a denial of the facts by the Calderon government lead to a slowing of international investment in Mexico, then that would cause [Calderon and big business leaders] to tremble [but not the outrage of allowing uncontested pedophile sex trafficking and femicide to continue].

- Manú Dornbierer

El Siglo de Durango

Durango, Mexico

Feb. 19, 2008

 


Added March 14, 2008

Mexico

ONU: Pide a periodista Lydia Cacho dejar México por seguridad

Mexico City - During her most recent visit to Mexico, Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, asked renowned journalist and human rights activist Lydia Cacho to leave Mexico to avoid additional violations of her basic human rights.

After the Supreme Court of Justice the Nation (SCJN) ruled that no grave violations of Cacho's human rights occurred [during her kidnapping and beating by corrupt police under the orders of Puebla state governor Mario Marín and accused millionaire child sex trafficker Kamel Nacif], Cacho declared that she had lost faith in Mexico's criminal justice system.

Cacho has announced that she will present her case to the European Tribunal in April, 2008.

During her Mexican visit the UN's Arbour offered Cacho her complete support to gain political asylum outside of Mexico and mount a legal case before international judicial bodies.

On February 13, 2008, Journalists Without Borders reported that Mexico had the highest number of murders of journalists (as retaliation for their work) in the Americas. During 2007 two journalists were murdered, three other communications workers were killed and 3 journalists 'went missing.'

- El Semanario

Mexico

Feb. 19, 2008


Added Feb. 03, 2008

Mexico

Guadalupe Morfín Otero

Guadalupe Morfín promete atender violencia contra mujeres y trata

Mexico City - Guadalupe Morfín Otero, the former head of the Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women in Ciudad Juarez, has just taken charge of a new office defending the rights of women created in Mexico's department of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR).

The Special Prosecutor for Attention to Crimes of Violence against Women and Trafficking in Persons (FEDVCMTP) has been created to replace the former office of the Special Prosecutor for Attention to Crimes of Violence against Women, headed by Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte, who resigned in December, 2007.

The Citizen's Observatory on Femicide (OCF), a coalition of 40 organizations and 17 "federated entities"  demanded that the Attorney General present a strategic plan and a plan of accountability to govern the new office.

Toward that end, the OCF has requested a meeting with the Commission for Gender Equality and the the Femicide Commission of the Chamber of Deputies (lower house of Congress) and the Attorney General of the Republic, Eduardo Medina Mora.

The feminists of the OCF insist that the multiple government agencies set up to address violence against women must be held accountable for achieving the goals defined in their charters.

The newly created entity, FEDVCMTP, expands the previous agency's role in fighting violence against women, to include enforcement of the new federal Law to Prevent and Punish Human Trafficking, passed by Congress in November, 2007.

Morfín Otero stated that she will work to reorganize FEDVCMTP to assure an increase in the prosecution rates in regard to crimes against women.

Morfín Otero noted that she laments the fact that the Mexican government missed the opportunity to use the Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women in Ciudad Juarez, which she headed, to effectively address the issue of femicide in that city.

Next week Louise Arboure, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will visit Mexico.

- Carolina Velázquez

CIMAC Noticias

New for Women

Mexico City

Feb. 03, 2007

 


Added Dec. 20, 2007

Mexico

Special Prosecutor for Crimes Against Women Alicia Pérez Duarte openly declares her "indignation and disgust" at the Supreme Court's recent decision in the Lydia Cacho case

Alicia Pérez Duarte

Photo: GenteSur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renuncia fiscal por vergüenza en resolución sobre Cacho

At midday on Friday, December 14th Alicia Pérez-Duarte resigned her post as director of the [federal] Attorney General's office of the Special Prosecutor for Violent Crimes Against Women [Fevim].

Pérez-Duarte's motive was "indignation and disgust" at the [recent] decision by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) in the case of Lydia Cacho, in which the Court decided that "no grave" violations of Lydia Cacho's human rights had occurred.

In a meeting to announce her resignation to her staff, Pérez-Duarte stated: "If my voice breaks-up, you will understand why after you read the content [of my resignation letter]."  One of her staff recounts that during her statement, Pérez-Duarte declared that:

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

Pérez-Duarte went on to harshly criticize the fact that Mexico, despite being a signatory to a number of international human rights accords, does not live up to these standards, and allows the trampling of human rights in cases such as that of Lydia Cacho.

Witnesses stated that Pérez-Duarte moved out of her office to the applause and tears of her supporters.

Carlos Enrique Badillo, general coordinator of the office, will be acting special prosecutor until Guadalupe Morfín, chosen to replace Pérez-Duarte, takes charge. Morfín was the Special Commissioner to Prevent and Eradicate Gender Violence in Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua state (starting in 2003), and had been named head of the Human Rights Commission of the state of Jalisco in 1997.

- Gabriela Gutiérrez M.

El Universal

Mexico City

Dec. 15, 2007


Added Dec. 19, 2007

Mexico

Special Prosecutor for Crimes Against Women Alicia Pérez Duarte resigns in reaction to the Mexican Supreme Court's decision favoring Puebla's Governor Marín and Pedophile Networks

“No podía seguir adentro sin decir nada”

"I couldn't just continue to work on the inside and not say anything"

Mexico's director of the special prosecutor's office for violent crimes against women (Fevim), Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte has resigned her position in the federal office of the Attorney General of the Republic.

During a recent interview with Cimacnoticias, Pérez Duarte indicated that several recent events [setbacks in women's legal rights] lead to her decision. These included: 1) the inability to prosecute police officers in the city of Atenco, who raped 26 women (according to the federal Human Rights Commission) during action to control a street protest in 2006; 2) the Attorney General's decision to withdraw participation by her office (Fevim) in the National System to Prevent, Erradicate and Sanction Violence Against Women (SNPASEVAW); and 3) the recent decision by the Supreme Court in the case pedophile networks denounced by journalist Lydia Cacho.

Pérez Duarte stated that "these are very worrisome develop-ments that I could not sit back and see develop while continuing to earn a paycheck."

"I could not continue inside [of the Attorney General's Office] and say nothing, and pretend that I could defend women in the face of these events. For that reason, I am leaving."

In the Atenco case, 13 of the 26 women raped by police over two days during street protests in that city filed federal criminal complaints based on a theory of torture, as covered by the Istanbul Protocol.  Two of those cases did not meet the Istanbul standard.  The other 13 cases did not qualify for federal prosecution.

Pérez Duarte said that indeed, the victims had been tortured in this incident.  She has left a strong case for prosecution in the hands of Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza.

Pérez Duarte noted that last November 29th she was notified of a decision by the Attorney General's office (the PGR), addressed to the [federal] National Institute for Women, which is charged with enforcing the recently passed national General Law to Provide Access for Women to a Life Without Violence... that Fevim's involvement had been halted. Pérez Duarte: "If, within the PGR, there exists an entity (Fevim) that has specialization in crimes against women, which has been a catalyst to the SNPASEVAW, how can the AG take that voice away from us from one day to the next?"

In regard to the Supreme Court's decision in the Lydia Cacho case, Pérez Duarte state: "I am resigning because of my concern with impunity.  The gravest impact of the Court's decision is that it has left the entire world seeing the absolute defenselessness of women and the absolute impunity which [criminal] aggressors enjoy.

Pérez Duarte: "There will be time enough for us to continue generating awareness, to network, and to organize to fight against this."

- Lourdes Godínez Leal
CIMAC Noticias
Mexico City
Dec. 18, 2007

 


Added Dec. 08, 2007

Mexico

The Demons of Impunity: Alive and Well in Mexico

Los demonios de la impunidad, vivitos en México

...The crisis of legitimacy facing the three branches of federal power in Mexico reached a new peak this past November 29th, when the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) opted to exonerate the governor of Puebla state, Mario Marín, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which governed Mexico between 1929 and 2000.

Lydia Cacho writes...: "Edith was the first victim to have the strength to denounce Jean Succar Kuri for rape, corruption of minors and child pornography. I continue to consider her to be a heroine. Thanks to her, other victims have dared to come forward to stop this pedophile, who opening declared in a secret tape recording made by Edith and broadcast on television news, that he liked to rape little girls as young as age four."

...Thousands of Mexicans have heard... the conversation recorded... between Governor Marín and [alleged pedophile ring leader] Kamel Nacif. In that recording, Marín informed his friend Nacif that: "We have arrested that old bitch [Lydia Cacho] and beaten her head." In the recording, Nacif proceeded to thank Governor Marín, [and] promised him two bottles of cognac...

...Lydia Cacho: "I consider the decision of the Court to be one that creates grave consequences for the future." "The most notable event that occurred during the Court session... was the smile, the enjoyment, and the burst of laughter expressed by the Court's president [chief justice] (Guillermo) Ortiz Mayagoitia, just minutes after giving his vote. The Court has shielded [the network of] impunity and corruption between a state governor and the protector of a network of pedophiles and child pornographers..."

- Sergio Rodriguez
Publico.es

Spain

Dec. 5, 2007


Added Dec. 06, 2007

Mexico

La decisión del 29 de noviembre de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación respecto al caso de Lydia Cacho y Mario Marín produce dos efectos mortales para un Estado de Derecho: alienta la impunidad y abre la puerta al autoritarismo más atroz en perjuicio del pueblo, afirma en un comunicado Rosario Ibarra de Piedra, presidenta de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos en el Senado.

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In a December 5th, 2007 press release, Rosario Ibarra de Piedra, president of the Human Rights Commission of the Senate of the Republic, declared that the recent decision by the Supreme Court (SCJN) in the Cacho-Marín case had created two fatal blows against the rule of law: first, by giving a new breath of life to impunity; and second, by opening the door to the most atrocious form of authoritarianism possible, one that works against the interests of the population.

Ibarra de Piedra, a social activist and former presidential candidate asked:

"How can these [six] justices show their faces in public? How are they going to explain that they preferred to leave in power a ruler [Governor Marín] who had boasted about his recently committed abuses?

 - CIMAC Noticias

Dec.05, 2007

Mexico


Added Dec. 05, 2007

Mexico

A new coalition: "We Simply Won't Accept It" rises up to bring the Lydia Cacho Case to the International Level

Ministros “blindaron” a Marín y desprotegieron a infancia: OSC

Mexico City – The recent Supreme Court decision in the Cacho-Marín case has effectively shielded Governor Mario Marin [of Puebla state].  As a result, neither the Cacho case nor any future request to have the Court address the issue of criminal child sex trafficking networks in Mexico will ever be taken seriously.

In the aftermath, children’s rights organizations, including the Red por los derechos de la infancia (The Network for the Rights of Childhood in Mexico), The Center For Social Communication (Cencos), Catholics for Choice and Common Childhood… have united to form a new campaign “We Simply Will Not Accept It.” 

...Alberto Athié, of the Citizen’s Initiative for Democratic Dialogue, said that the SCJN represented, until its failure a few days ago, the “the last hope” for access to justice for Mexicans. Athié said that the Court has grown distant from citizens, and noted that “State powers are in the service of the mafia.”

...The activists agree that the Supreme Court has sent a clear message that impunity remains intact, and those who dare to denounce child sex trafficking networks will face danger.  The worst aspect of the case, they noted, is that the Court has left vulnerable girls and boys who are at risk of exploitation.

- CIMAC Noticias

Nov. 30, 2007

Send an e-mail today to the The Network for the Rights of Childhood in Mexico. 

The petition protesting the decision in this case will be handed over at the Supreme Court Building in Mexico City at Noon on Thursday, December 6, 2007.


Added Dec. 01, 2007

Mexico

Cacho-Marín Case

Lydia Cacho

Editorial de La Jornada: Infamia en la Corte

La exoneración de Marín se da, en primer lugar, a contracorriente de una opinión pública generalizada que, a más de año y medio de conocer las ignominiosas conversaciones que el mandatario poblano sostuvo con el empresario Kamel Nacif, no ha cesado de condenar y de clamar justicia por una conjura evidente, urdida desde los altos círculos del poder político y económico, para golpear a una periodista.

Editorial by major Mexico City newspaper La Jornada:

- Infamy in the Supreme Court

Excerpt...

The exoneration of Puebla state governor Mario Marín runs against the general current of public opinion.

For the last year and a half, since the public airing of secretly recorded tapes in which Puebla's governor conspired with [alleged child sex trafficking kingpin] Kamel Nacif, public sentiment has never ceased to clamor for justice against this obvious plot, organized in the highest circles of political and economic power, to attack Lydia Cacho.

We cannot forget that the infamy approved by the Supreme Court in this case has at its base the ongoing exchange of favors between [National Action Party-PAN] President Felipe Calderon, weak since the beginning of his term due to questions about his legitimacy and election fraud.., the state party bosses of the the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and the PRI leadership in Congress.  From the last year of the Vincente Fox administration to the present, the PRI has been granted impunity in its actions in exchange for accepting the legitimacy of President Calderon.

[Note that accused Governor Mario Marín of Puebla is one of the PRI's state party bosses].

We salute the valor of Supreme Court justices Genaro Góngora, José Ramón Cossío, José de Jesús Gudiño and especially Juan Silva Meza [author of the investigatory commission report recommending Marín's conviction], who honored their commitment to uphold the law, even while their fellow justices mocked them, and despite their inability to block a decision in this case that in fact and in regard to the Court's credibility as a impartial arbiter of the law is, simply, catastrophic.

- La Jornada

Mexico City

Nov. 30, 2007


Added Dec. 01, 2007

Mexico

Governor cleared in rights violation case in appalling outcome for press freedom and human rights

Reporters Without Borders today voiced deep dismay after Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) ruled narrowly that there was “no serious violation of the individual rights” of freelance journalist Lydia Cacho when she was arrested and held in December 2005 on the orders of governor of Pueblo state, Mario Marín…

“Lydia was the target of constant threats, attacks, and murder… ever since her 2004 exposure of the existence of a pedophile network implicating top-level figures,” the worldwide press freedom organization said.

“The SCJN has given a real boost to impunity by clearing the governor of Puebla, Mario Marín, on this point, despite overwhelming evidence and daring to say, against all the evidence, that Lydia Cacho’s constitutional rights had not been trampled on,” said the organization…

This decision goes against the report submitted to the court by [Supreme Court] Judge Juan Silva Meza on 26 November, in which he said he believed that there was “an agreement between the authorities of Puebla and Quintana Roo [states] to violate journalist Lydia Cacho’s individual rights.” The governor, the prosecutor general, the president of the Puebla higher court, four judges and several government officials were all accused in the report.

- Reporters Without Borders

Nov. 30, 2007


Added Nov. 30, 2007

Mexico

Lydia Cacho Case - Pedophile Impunity Remains Unchecked as Supreme Court Finds Governor Marín Innocent of Conspiracy

Caso Lydia Cacho: No existe violación grave de garantías individuales, Suprema Corte

Con posturas encontradas, como en las sesiones previas, las y los ministros de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) concluyeron hoy que no existió violación grave de garantías individuales de la periodista Lydia Cacho, con lo que el gobernador de Puebla Mario Marín quedó exonerado de haber “confabulado” en contra de ella.

- La Jornada

Mexico City

Nov. 29, 2007

Mexico City - Mexico’s Supreme Court disappointed human rights groups Thursday when it voted not to uphold an earlier decision according to which activist Lydia Cacho was the victim of trumped-up legal charges and human rights abuses aimed at punishing her for exposing an alleged child sex ring.

By six votes against four, the Court, which was investigating the case at the request of Congress, concluded that Governor Mario Marín of the central Mexican state of Puebla as well as a number of prosecutors and judges could not be found guilty due to "lack of evidence."

The magistrates said they were unable to use as evidence around a dozen telephone calls that were taped without a legal order and leaked to the press.

In the obscenity-laced conver-sations, which were aired by the media early last year, a voice identified as that of Marín can be heard saying he got the police to arrest Cacho for implicating businessmen close to him in her 2005 book "Demons of Eden", about a supposed child prostitution ring in the southeastern resort town of Cancún.

"What the Court just did is appalling," said Cacho, after hearing the news of the resolution. "The message to Mexico is that there is no chance for anyone who is a victim of human rights violations."

"A governor guilty of protecting a network of pedophiles is being declared innocent," the journalist said.

[Despite the Court's final decision...] Supreme Court magistrate Juan Silva Meza had released a report Monday stating that at least 30 public officials, including Marín, conspired in the abuse of power, peddling of influence and violations of the rights of Cacho.

- La Jornada

Mexico City

Nov. 28, 2007

LibertadLatina

We at Libertad Latina find the decision by Mexico's Supreme Court in the Cacho-Marín case to be appalling.  We note that reporting by CIMAC Noticias indicates that a core block of justices opposed accepting the charge to investigate Puebla's Governor Mario Marín from the very start.  This same "block" of justices voted to acquit Marín and his 30 co-conspirators who did the bidding of one of the most powerful child sex trafficking cartels in Mexico.

Shame on them!

The whole world is watching!

Women and men around the world must respond to this continuing outrage, as corrupt officials convert the decency in Mexican society from that of a democracy into a that of a virtual 'pedofilocracy!'

The June, 2007 comments of former PRD  legislator and women' rights advocate Rosa María Avilés in regard to the Cacho-Marín case are appropriate to consider again at this time.

See below...

Added June 29, 2007

Mexico

Ex-Congresswoman accuses Mexico's Supreme Court of Working to Protect Politicians and Business Leaders Linked to Lucrative Child Sex Trafficking Networks

SCJN antepondrá intereses económicos y políticos sobre la ley

 

Rosa María Avilés, a former PRD (Party of the Democratic Revolution) legislator:

The ministers of Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) have decided to postpone their review of the case of [anti child exploitation activist and author] Lydia Cacho Ribiero, with “indelible” arguments, because they have decided that economic and political ties to pornography and pedophilia are more important than the violations of the individual rights of the journalist [Lydia Cacho].

- Lourdes Loyal Godínez

- CIMAC Noticias

News for Women

Mexico City

06-27-2007


Added Nov. 29, 2007

Mexico

La Corte debe incluir pederastia en caso Marín: CDHDF

Commenting on a recent decision by Mexico’s Supreme Court in the Lydia Cacho case, Emilio Alvarez Icaza, ombudsman for the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District (Mexico City) declared that it is imperative that the Court [change its opinion and decide to] include an investigation of pedophile rings and child sex trafficking and pornography networks in its corruption investigation against Puebla state governor Mario Marín.

Alvarez Icaza stated that the Court’s November 26, 2007 decision excluding these issues from investigation in the case did not send a very good message [to the public] in regard to their desire to provide an integrated approach to the problem, and that the announce-ment could be interpreted as a affirmation of [criminal] impunity.

- La Jornada

Mexico City

Nov. 28, 2007


Added Nov. 28, 2007

Mexico

Supreme Court rejects including pedophile networks in investigation of government attacks on Lydia Cacho's human rights

En el caso Cacho-Marín, ministros no investigarán pederastia

In its second day of current deliberations in regard to the case of Oaxaca state government involvement in human rights abuses against journalist / activist Lydia Cacho, a 6 vote majority of Mexico's eleven member Supreme Court has decided that it will exclude pedophile networks as a line of investigation.  The Court will focus upon whether the governor and other officials in Puebla state conspired to deny journalist / activist Lydia Cacho her fundamental human rights.

When the Supreme Court set up its investigatory commission into official corruption in January of 2007 [at the request of the Congress of the Republic], the Court had left open the possibility that it would investigate child sex trafficking networks [that moved state officials into corrupt actions on their behalf].

The Court is currently deciding whether secretly recorded taped conversations between Puebla's governor Mario Marín and alleged child sex trafficker and millionaire Kamal Nacif [in which they plot to have Cacho jailed, raped and beaten], will be admissible as evidence.

- Cimac Noticias

Mexico City

Nov. 27, 2007

See also:

SCJN - Details of deliberations in the Cacho-Marín case.  (In Spanish)

- The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation

Mexico City

Nov. 27, 2007

LibertadLatina note:

The Supreme Court of Mexico may, under the Constitution, be called upon to set up investigations in major cases of government corruption.

LibertadLatina

Journalist / activist Lydia Cacho is railroaded by a corrupt legal process for exposing child sex trafficking networks In Mexico.


Added Nov. 28, 2007

Mexico

Supreme Court seeks to charge governor of Puebla state for illegal detention of Lydia Cacho

The Supreme Court yesterday examined a report accusing Mario Marín, governor of Puebla state in the southeast, of responsibility for the illegal arrest of journalist Lydia Cacho, in December 2005, after she brought out a book exposing a pedophile network which operated with the complicity of political leaders and businessmen.

The report, drawn up by the judge Juan Silva implicates the governor, the prosecutor general, president of the Puebla higher court, four judges and several government officials, stating that “there was an agreement between the authorities in Puebla and Quintana Roo in the east of the country to violate the individual rights of the journalist Lydia Cacho”.

Cacho was arrested in Cancún, the state capital of Quintana Roo, and taken by car to Puebla where she was released on bail. The journalist said she had been threatened and psychologically tortured during the journey. Recordings of telephone conversations between Mario Marín and businessman Kamel Nacif, named in the pedophile case, hear them apparently suggesting that the journalist should be raped during the journey.

- Journalists Without Borders

Nov. 27, 2007


Added Nov. 28, 2007

Mexico

International Women's Media Foundation Gives Lydia Cacho 2007 Courage Award

The International Women's Media Foundation held its annual Courage in Journalism events in October, 2007, recognizing women journalists who demonstrate exceptional bravery in reporting.

At ceremonies in New York on Oct. 23 and Los Angeles on Oct. 30, the IWMF honored Lydia Cacho of Mexico [among others]...

From the IWMF...

A correspondent for CIMAC news agency and a feature writer for Dia Siete magazine, Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho has endured numerous death threats because of her work reporting on domestic violence, organized crime and pedophilia.

...In 2004, Cacho published Los Demonios del Edén [The Demons of Eden], a book based on her research on child pornography among Mexican politicians and businessmen.

A year later, she was arrested on libel charges and driven to a jail 20 hours from her home in Cancún, with officers hinting that there was a plan to rape her...

...In February 2006, a recording of a conversation between a businessman and a Mexican governor discussing a plan to have her arrested and raped was obtained by the media. Several years earlier, in 1998, Cacho was raped and beaten in the bathroom of a bus station. She suspects the attack was related to her work.

On May 8 [2007], Cacho alleged that her car was tampered with in an attempt to cause an accident... The attack came just days after Cacho testified at the trial of accused pedophile Jean Succar Kuri, one of the men she wrote about in her book...  Kuri complained that he was in jail because of Cacho and that he would do away with her.

- International Women's Media Foundation

Nov. 27, 2007


Added Nov. 28, 2007

Mexico

State court system subjects women to double victimization

Chihuahua: Justicia hace víctimas a mujeres que denuncian delitos sexuales

In Chihuahua state, women [and underage girls] who report sexual assault run the risk of being doubly victimized due to the treatment they receive, and the decisions made by judicial authorities. 

Several cases show the ignorance of judges in regard to the circle of violence which many women face, and the fact that it is not easy to escape from [constant contact with] your assailant, notes Luz Estela Castro, head of the Center for Women’s Human Rights (CDHM) in Chihuahua.

- Cimac Noticias

Mexico City

Nov. 27, 2007


Added Nov. 27, 2007

Mexico

Supreme Court sends result of investigation into Lydia Cacho case to Congress

Concierto de autoridades para perjudicar a Lydia acho: ministro Góngora

Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) justice Genaro Góngora Pimentel has announced the results of the Court’s investigation into Oaxaca state government involvement in the arrest and harassment of child sexual exploitation advocate and journalist Lydia Cacho.

Minister Góngora Pimentel stated that the Court’s investigatory commission has supported the June 26, 2007 findings by SCJN Minister Juan Silva Meza, which concluded that Lydia Cacho had been subjected to serious violations of her individual liberties.  Minister Silva Meza found that Lydia Cacho was in fact the victim of psychological torture during her police detention and transfer from her home in Cancun to Puebla. 

Minister Góngora Pimentel also found that a secretly recorded, damaging tape recordings of Puebla state governor Mario Mario Marín and accused child sex trafficker Kamel Nacif (in which they conspired to have Cacho beaten and raped in jail [events that did not occur]), may be used in the investigation.

Minister Góngora Pimentel supported Minister Silva Meza’s June 26, 2007 finding, in as much as “there was a concerted effort by [state government] authorities to do harm to Lydia Cacho.  These efforts directly involved the governor of the state of Puebla.”

- Cimac Noticias

Mexico City

Nov. 21, 2007


Added Nov. 24, 2007

Mexico

Succar Kuri: historias de un pederasta

Pedofilia avanza ante leyes anacrónicas

Pedophilia grows in the face of anachro-nistic laws

Perla, one of the first young victims of millionaire child sex trafficker Jean Succar Kuri, was smart enough to pay back her victimizer by secretly recording him in the act of confessing his crimes against children.

In the video tape, Succar Kuri admits his sexual appetite for very young girls. He is shown insisting that, if Perla really loved him, she would go out and entice more young girls to be his victims.

Unfortunately for Succar Kuri, Mexican journalist and women's rights activist Lydia Cacho, in her book The Demons in Eden, exposed the elaborate child sex trafficking network set up by Succar Kuri and his associates.  The story gained widespread international attention given that leading politicians and business leaders were tied to the conspiracy.

An investigation by the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) tracked Succar Kuri's network from Mexico to Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Spain.

Eight child victims have recorded testimony in a current case against Succar Kuri, and authorities are aware of another 40 victims who do not dare to testify.

These testimonies detail how Succar Kuri brought girls from poor families to his luxury villas in Cancun, raped them, and forced them to perform sex acts with each other in front of him, his millionaire co-conspirator Kamel Nacif, and, it is alleged, the executive secretary of the National System of Public Security, Miguel Ángel Yunes.

- Cimac Noticias

Mexico City

Nov. 21, 2007


Added June 10, 2007

United States

La periodista y escritora Lydia Cacho Ribeiro recibirá el premio “Valentía en el Periodismo”, que cada año otorga la Fundación Internacional de Mujeres en los Medios de Comunicación (IWMF, por sus siglas en inglés) a mujeres periodistas que han mostrado una fuerza de carácter e integridad en el desempeño de su trabajo.

'The International Women in Media Foundation will present award for journalistic bravery to Mexican anti-exploitation activist Lydia Cacho.'

- CIMAC Noticias

News for Women

Mexico City

June 8, 2007

Added June 10, 2007

Mexico

International Women in Media Foundation Speaks Out for Mexican Journalist

Dear President Calderón: We are writing on behalf of the International Women’s Media Foundation to express our alarm concerning Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho.

Cacho’s car was sabotaged May 8. Cacho was also threatened earlier this month when she testified at the trial of Succar Kuri, a pedophile about whom she has written and at whose trial she was testifying. During the trial, Kuri’s lawyer attacked Cacho for writing her book, The Devils of Eden. Kuri complained that he was in jail because of Cacho and that he would do away with her.

Cacho’s advocacy work and investigative journalism have drawn attention to the rights of women and children in Mexico. In particular, she is the founder and director of the Centro Integral de Atencion a las Mujeres in Cancun, a crisis center and shelter for victims of sex crimes and gender-based violence. In standing up for women, Cacho has put her life on the line and has endured death threats and rape.

- International Women's Media Foundation

May 11, 2007

 


Mid February, 2006

Mexico

The War Against The Terrorism Of  Impunity Continues To Heat Up!!

Leading Mexico City Paper Exposes 12 Tapes Of Corrupt Plot To Silence And Rape Activist / Journalist Lydia Cacho

LibertadLatina Note:

La Jornada, one of  Mexico City's leading papers,  presented the existence of secretly recorded tapes implicating numerous officials and businessmen in corrupt acts in a February 14, 2006 cover story. 

The NBC/Telemundo TV network's prime time news program "Al Rojo Vivo" (Red Hot News), and the NBC/Telemundo network's nightly news broadcast on Feb. 14th, 2006 also covered this story.

We will translate and present the full story in English in the near future. 

See translated story excerpts below.

- LibertadLatina

Chuck Goolsby

Feb. 14, 2006


See Also:

Poder y Pederastia

Power & Pedophilia

La Jornada Newspaper's archive on the Lydia Cacho case.

Cimac Noticias archive on Lydia Cacho's case.

 


Added May 26, 2006

Mexico

Cacho Confronts Nacif Over Libel Charges

The accused journalist and the Puebla business-man square off in a judicial hearing on the allegation she damaged his reputation.

Cancún - A muckraking journalist who wrote a book about the sexual-tourism trade of Cancún involving minors came face-to-face here in court with a textile magnate known as "The Denim King" who accused her of damaging his reputation for linking him to the sordid trade.

"This trial against me is a subterfuge that defends pedophile Jean Succar Kuri," writer Lydia Cacho said in a court session here Wednesday.

- El Universal

Mexico City

May 26, 2006

 


Added May 25, 2006

Mexico

Lydia Cacho Rebuffs Criminal Accusation By Alleged Child Trafficking Kingpin Kamel Nacif

Activist faces her accuser in court session.

Lydia Cacho denounces the lack of impartiality in the process.

Rechaza Lydia Cacho la demanda de Kamel Nacif.

Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho, who exposed a network of child sex traffickers in the book "The demons in Paradise," stood face to face against businessman Kamel Nacif in a court.  Nacif has accused Cacho of defamation [a criminal offense in Mexico] in that case.  During the court session, Nacif ratified the accusation by defamation against the journalist and presented evidence in favor of his case.  Among these were statements by the alleged victims of acts of child exploitation.

Nacif filed criminal charges against Cacho for mentioning his name in her book "The devils of the Paradise" that indicates the existence of a network of pederasts in the spa of Cancun supposedly headed by the Mexican businessman of Lebanese origin Jean Succar Kuri, who faces a process of extradition in the United States. 

Cacho denounced bias in the process and affirmed that the current legal action is part of a maneuver to defend those responsible for the child sex trafficking network. 

"This judgment against me is a subterfuge that defends pedophile Jean Succar Kuri", declared Cacho in speaking to judge Gilberto de Jesús Herrera. 

The journalist insisted on contesting the presumed evidence presented by Nacif.  The judge did not allow Cacho’s line of questioning to be admitted. 

Cacho, who is free on bail, declared that she will file an appeal of an order for her pre-trial incarceration due to prejudices shown by the judge in the case.This it was the first direct encounter between Cacho and Nacif after Cacho's arrest and detention in Puebla state.

The judicial process was transferred to Cancun after telephone recordings were revealed that showed that the Nacif conspired with Puebla state governor Mario Marín to have Cacho jailed. 

- ElFinanciero.com.mx

(With information from EFE)

May 24, 2006

 


Added May 24, 2006

Mexico

PGR Determinará Si Cacho Fue Torturada

La Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) realizará exámenes médicos y sicológicos a la periodista Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, para certificar el grado de afectación que sufrió, ante la presunta tortura de la que fue víctima a manos de servidores públicos del estado de Puebla, durante su detención en diciembre de 2005.

Mexico's Attorney General's Office (PGR) will conduct a series of psychological and medical tests to determine whether or not activist / journalist Lydia Cacho was tortured during her imprisonment in Puebla, Mexico during December, 2005.  The PRG will use the United Nations' Istanbul Protocol, an internationally recognized standard for evaluating torture.

- Silvia Otero

El Universal

Mexico City

May 20, 2006


Added April 27, 2006

Mexico

Supreme Court Assigns Commission To Investigate Arrest of Journalist

Mexico's Supreme Court has authorized two respected magistrates to investigate whether government officials violated a journalist's civil rights when she was arrested last year and transported 20 hours across state lines to Puebla to face libel charges.

It's only the fourth time in Mexican history that the court has authorized such an investigative commission, and it's the first time the court will look into alleged official malice against someone who lived to talk about it.

"I'm alive to tell the story," said Lydia Cacho, who wrote a expose last year about child pornography and prostitution in the popular beach resort of Cancun. Her subsequent arrest on charges of criminal libel is testing the integrity of Mexico's judicial system on several fronts.

- Knight-Ridder

April 18, 2006


Added April 22, 2006

Mexico

Puebla's Governor Marin Scheduled For Interrogation By Federal Attorney General's Office On April 27th, 2006.

Marín será interrogado por la PGR el jueves 27

- El Universal

April 22, 2006


Added April 16, 2006

Mexico

Pre-Easter Activities Include Burning Alleged Pedophile Ring Leader In Effigy

A crowd watches as an effigy of José Kamel Nacif is set on fire, celebrating the Burning of the Judas, a Mexican tradition performed on “Sábado de Gloria [The Saturday of Glory].” (Foto: Rodolfo Pérez - El Universal, Mexico City

- El Universal

- Miami Herald

April 12, 2006


Added April 8, 2006

Mexico

Lydia Cacho: Meets With Federal Special Prosecutors To Finalize Case Against Governor Mario Marin, Others

Lydia Cacho aporta pruebas a la PGR contra Mario Marín y Kamel Nacif.

Sufficient proof has been presented to require Governor Marin and business magnate Kamel Nacif to testify.

Lydia Cacho, accompanied by her lawyer Guillermo Cuen, spent four hours today in the office of the federal Attorney General’s Office for Specialized Attention to Crimes Committed Against Women .  The session, carried out before Crimes Against Women special prosecutor Alicia Elena Perez Duarte, ratified criminal charges against Puebla state governor Mario Marin and Lebanese-Mexican textile tycoon Kamel Nacif, for the crimes of torture and influence peddling.

During a press conference after the meeting, Cacho explained that she declared in a clear fashion all of the events that have happened to her since her arrest in Cancun by state police from Puebla. 

Lydia Cacho…

“We now have [secretly recorded] tape recordings available that prove that the past statements of officials in Puebla state and Quintana Roo state (where Cancun is located), declaring that they did not violate my liberties, were lies.”

“We have a lot of evidence proving that everything I have said since I left jail was the truth.  I believe that we will be able to prove exactly the type of torture I experienced.”

Cacho added that she described her treatment in prison after her arrest, and that she was threatened with being beaten and raped.

Cacho’s appearance concluded the pre-trial ratification process.  In addition to charges being brought by Cacho against Governor Marin and businessman Nacif, Puebla state attorney general Laura Villeda, Puebla judge Rosa Silva Perez, state agent Rosaurora Espejel Camps, and Puebla state police officers José Montaño Quirós and Jesus Pérez Vargas were accused of participating in the denial of Ms. Cacho’s rights.

Cacho indicated that the two federal prosecutors involved in investigating the case, crimes against women special prosecutor Alicia Elena Perez Duarte and crimes against journalists special prosecutor David Vega Vera, have expressed an interest in working to facilitate the investigation and are sharing information received from Cacho

During the session, Cacho emphasized that the abuse of power that occurred in Puebla was direct retaliation against her that was orchestrated by Kamel Nacif to protect [alleged child trafficker] Jean Succar Kuri.  Cacho told the prosecutors that that scheme of revenge can be considered a confirmation of the facts that Cacho exposed in her book “Demons in Eden.” 

The plot was also designed to intimidate the boy and girl victims of the pedophile ring, to prevent them from reporting these crimes to the authorities.

Lydia Cacho...

“It is already too late for intimidation against the victims to work.  Fifteen statements have been received.  Four victims [who had fled to the U.S. and were living in a shelter] were intimidated into withdrawing their criminal complaints.  The other 11 victims are moving forward.”

- Gustavo Castillo Garcia

La Jornada

Mexico City

April 8, 2006


Added April 6, 2006

Mexico

Lydia Cacho: Extradition to Mexico is in Jean Succar Kuri’s Own Self-Interest

Al pederasta Jean Succar Kuri le conviene extradición: Lydia Cacho.

According to activist and journalist Lydia Cacho, alleged pedophile trafficking kingpin Jean Succar Kuri [who now faces imminent extradition from Arizona to Mexico - see below story] would spend more years in jail if he were prosecuted in the United States.  Cacho and women’s rights activist Teresa Ulloa note that if Succar Kuri were convicted in the U.S. on charges that he coordinated an international child sex trafficking network, he would likely be sentenced to life in prison.

Cacho, who today presented a discussion of her book “The Demons in Eden” in the main plaza in the city of Puebla, noted that U.S. federal judge David Duncan’s decision was significant, given that six months ago Duncan determined that insufficient evidence existed to extradite Succar Kuri to Mexico.  Cacho indicated that the Mexican federal Attorney General (PGR) no-doubt sent convincing evidence to Judge Duncan.

Lydia Cacho…

"The events surrounding my arrest and detention exposed a number of facts in the United States that are relevant to Succar Kuri’s case."

Cacho’s book tied Succar Kuri’s activities as the head of a large pedophile ring to events that occurred in his house in California, and the fact that Succar Kuri used four aliases when traveling to the U.S.

She emphasized that evidence exists that Succar Kuri engaged in filming pornography in the U.S. involving U.S. children as victims.

Teresa Ulloa, a lawyer and the Latin American and Caribbean regional director for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) noted that in the U.S., Succar Kuri would receive life in prison for his crimes.

Teresa Ulloa…

“We have had many discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice about this case.  What they are telling us is that Mexico is putting a lot of pressure on the U.S. to extradite Succar Kuri, because of the enormous interest that his case has generated.”

“It seems to me that Succar Kuri has not been sufficiently well investigated in the U.S.  Given that Succar Kuri is a person with resident alien status in the U.S., I believe that the U.S. Government should apply provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) against him for the sex crimes against children that he has committed outside of the U.S."

"For the sake of justice, we would prefer that Succar Kuri be tried in the U.S."

In other news, Cacho will meet with federal prosecutors on April 6, 2006 to ratify her legal case against Puebla state governor Mario Marin.

- CIMAC Noticias

News for Women

Mexico City

April 5, 2006


Added April 5, 2006

Mexico

U.S. Federal Judge In Arizona Authorizes The Extradition Of Alleged Child Sex Trafficking Kingpin Jean Succar Kuri To Mexico

En el Día Internacional contra la Explotación Sexual Infantil - Autoriza Estados Unidos extradición de Jean Succar Kuri.

Judge takes action on the International Day Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children.

U.S. Federal judge David K. Duncan announced today his approval of the extradition to Mexico of Lebanese-Mexican industrialist Jean Succar Kuri, who was accused of being the ringleader of an international child sex trafficking ring by activist and journalist Lydia Cacho, in her book The Demons of Eden.

Succar Kuri must face the four pending orders charges in Mexico: child corruption, rape, child sexual abuse and child pornography.

- CIMAC Noticias

News for Women

Mexico City

April 4, 2006


Added March 31, 2006

Mexico

Lydia Cacho Demands That Mexico's Federal Government Stop Dragging Its Feet In Shutting Down Pedophile Network

Cacho receives recognition of the Mexican Press Club

Exige Lydia Cacho actuar contra red de pederastia

Journalist Lydia Cacho, speaking at a Mexican Press Club ceremony honoring her, took aim at the Mexican federal govern-ment's slow efforts to address the child sex trafficking scandal that her journalistic work has brought to light.

Cacho expressed a belief that President Vincente Fox’s government is intentionally dragging its feet in their investigations into this criminal network, so that the resulting scandal does not mar the end of his presid-ential term. 

Cacho insisted that the federal attorney general should respond to public pressure to investigate these crimes, and not wait for the press to do their job for them.

Lydia Cacho…

“The Attorney General should quickly hold a press conference to announce what is happening in the case of alleged pedophile network kingpin Jean Succar Kuri [currently awaiting extradition in Arizona, USA], and also in regard to all of those who appear to be tied to his activities.”

Cacho noted that supposedly, the Attorney General’s office (PGR) is waiting for Succar Kuri to be extradited to Mexico, at which time they plan to act against 30 other men, many of them influential, in the case.

Cacho recalled that a list of Succar Kurri’s collabor-ators was turned over to the PGR and prosecutors in Quintana Roo state, and none of these authorities, including President Fox, took any action at that time.

Lydia Cacho…

“The electoral campaign season cannot hold back the nation and its civic advocacy organizations, who struggle to stop violence against women and girls.  We are going to continue moving forward with this cause, but the public  authorities have a responsibility to declare that ‘enough is enough’ and commit them-selves to some hard dates for taking action”

Cacho also believes that Puebla state governor Mario Marin should be investigated for a possible misuse of public funds.  Marin recently spent $8,000 on a publicity campaign to improve his image.

Cacho feels that Marin has two options, come clean and admit he committed cts of corruption, or keep swimming in his own ignorance. 

On April 6, 2006, Cacho’s legal case against Governor Marin will be begin in court.  Cacho stated that she has received additional evidence regarding the governor’s involvement with alleged pedophile co-conspirator Kamel Nacif in committing acts of corruption and human rights violations.

- CIMAC Noticias

News for Women

Mexico City

March 29, 2006


Added March 16, 2006

Mexico

Puebla Governor's Office Admits That Errors And Possible Crimes Occurred In Their Jailing Of Lydia Cacho

Governor Marin's spokesman Valentín Meneses Rojas (left) at press conference.

Photo: Rafael García Otero - La Jornada

Admite el gobierno que pudo haber cometido “errores” y hasta delitos contra Lydia Cacho.

For the first time in almost three months, the Puebla state government has admitted that they could have committed errors and even crimes in regard to the arrest of journalist Lydia Cacho, and that these errors may have violated Ms. Cacho’s personal liberties.

Puebla governor Mario Marin’s official spokesman, Valentín Meneses Rojas, announced that after the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) releases the results of its [possible] investigation into Marin, the governor will provide a public explanation to the people of Puebla.

The governor’s spokesman expressed the hope that the Supreme Court’s investigation will be favorable to Governor Marin, something that who be a definitive decision restoring peace to the state of Puebla.

- Martín Hernández Alcántara

La Jornada

Puebla Edition

March 15, 2006


Added March 15, 2006

Mexico

Supreme Court Agrees To Study Congressional Request To Investigate Governor Marin 

Corte admite solicitud del caso Marín-Cacho.

The president of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN), Mariano Azuela, has accepted a petition by the Mexican Senate and Chamber of Deputies (lower house), asking the high court to investigate Puebla governor Mario Marin, in regard to allegations that he violated the civil liberties of journalist Lydia Cacho.

The decision of SCJN President Azuela does not mean that the Court will investigate the case.  The requested has been accepted for review.  During the coming days, the court’s investigator, minister Guillermo Ortiz Mayagoitia will present his analysis of the case before a plenary session of the Court.

The high court is not obliged to accept the petition.  The Constitution leaves the decision to the discretion of the Court, as to whether or not a serious violation of the rights guaranteed by the Magna Carta have been violated.

Federal deputies of PRI, PAN and PRD political parties trust that the admission of their request for study by the Court will soon result in an investigation.

PRI party legislator Heliodoro Diaz of Oaxaca indicated that if the SCJN investigates, the Court will not conduct a trial.  They will only submit a closing report to Congress.

- Carlos Avilés and Jorge Herrera

El Universal

March 15, 2006


Added March 14, 2006

Mexico

Lydia Cacho Files Legal Complaints Against Puebla's Governor Marin

Periodista Lydia Cacho demanda a gobernador por intento violación

- Terra.es

Spain

March 14, 2006

Reporter Lydia Cacho, whose arrest and transfer across state lines triggered a scandal on Monday filed formal complaints accusing a governor and state attorney general of abuse of power, attempted rape and influence peddling.

- El Universal

- Miami Herald

March 14, 2006


Latest News

Added March 10, 2006

Mexico

PAN, PRD And PRI Legislators Oppose The Creation Of A New State Prosecutor Against Pedophilia Proposed By Marín

El PAN, el PRD y el PRI se oponen a la creación de la fiscalía contra la pederastia.

Puebla state – State legislators from the National Action Party (PAN) and of the Party of the Democratic Revolution Democratic (PRD) say that they consider attempts by Governor Mario Marin to create a new state prosecutor against pedophilia and child abuse to be an effort by the governor to clean up his image. 

State legislator Héctor Alonso Granados said that it would not be prudent for the state so fund such a position, because the federal Attorney General and the DIF social services agency already perform the role envisioned for the new prosecutor’s position.

PAN party legislator Augusta Valentina Díaz de Rivera said that the governor doesn’t have the moral authority to make this proposal.  She added that one should ask the women of Puebla state whether or not Governor Marin should be believed.  Díaz de Rivera related that Marin’s actions are like the kicking and screaming of someone who is drowning [politically].

PRD legislator Rodolfo Huerta Espinosa declared his opposition to creating the office until investigations into the current scandal result in identifying those responsible.

PRI party state deputy  Héctor Alonso noted that adding the cost of a new prosecutor is not a wise decision.

- La Jornada

Puebla Edition

March 10, 2006


Added March 10, 2006

Mexico

Four Thousand People March Against Governor Marín

Marcha en Texmelucan en contra del gobernador; asistieron 4 mil personas

San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla state - Under the theme “For the defense of girls and boys,” an estimated 4,000 people marched in protest against state governor Mario Marin.  The protest was organized by the Circle of Popular Organizations, made up of local shop owners, street vendors, and the human rights group Xicotencatl.

The peaceful march included chants that mocked statements of Kamel Nacif [in recently released secretly recorded conversations], such as “My hero,”… we are going to kick you out, and, “Precious governor“… corrupt and disgusting, understand… children are not for sale.!

At the march, Federal congress-woman Dolores Padierna said that what has happened in Puebla, with the jailing of Lydia Cacho, is a scandal that has caused indignation across the nation.  She added that it is hard to believe that a modern governor continues the past traditions of being connected to mafias, an act which damages the integrity of Mexico. 

Finally, Amedalí Garzón, leader of the Circle of Popular Organiz-ations, said that the people of Puebla were hurt  when they discovered that their governor is protecting a national network of sex traffickers.  He said that their organization supports calls for Marin’s resignation. Garzón encouraged state and federal legislators to work for Marin’s removal from power.

- La Jornada

Puebla Edition

March 10, 2006


Added March 6, 2006

Mexico

Puebla Legislators Defect From PRI In Protest Of Party's Support For Governor Mario Marin

Guillermo Aréchiga, Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas, Leticia Jasso and Rodolfo Huerta announce resignations from PRI political party

Photo: Rafael García Otero - La Jornada

Caso Marín-Kamel y actitud de Madrazo provocan salida del PRI de legisladores y educadores

- La Jornada

Puebla Edition

March 6, 2006

Also:

A recent rash of defections from the once-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) continued on Sunday, with three Puebla state lawmakers and a federal deputy announcing their resignations.

The group, led by Rafael Moreno Valle Rosas who headed the PRI bloc in the local assembly, made the announcement at a press confer-ence. They cited differences with PRI presidential candidate Roberto Madrazo and criticized the party´s handling of a scandal that hit Puebla Gov. Mario Marín several weeks ago.

One of the most recent crises [for the PRI] followed the publication of audio recordings by the media, in which voices purported to belong to Marín and textile magnate Kamel Nacif discuss the jailing of journalist Lydia Cacho.

Marín initially denied the voice in the recordings was his. He later said it could be his voice but that the conversation had been edited and arranged to make him look bad.

As an elected official, the Puebla governor cannot be tried for a crime unless the state assembly votes to strip him of his constitutional immunity from prosecution. The assembly, however, is dominated by the PRI, and they have stalled any attempts to begin proceedings against Marín.

Those who resigned are: Rafael Moreno Valle, president of the Grand Commis-sion of the Cong-ress of Puebla; local legislators Leticia Jasso Valencia and Hugo Alejo Domínguez; and federal congressional deputy Guillermo Aréchiga Santa-maría.

Teacher's union defections

A pair of teachers who also resigned from the PRI at the press conference had harsh words for the party following the scandal.

A statement from the teachers, Cupertino Alejo Domínguez and Jesús Huerta Carrera, of the national teachers union (SNTE) said...

"As teachers, we came to the conclusion that we can´t be accomplices to a state govern-ment that protects pedophiles."

- Blanca Patricia Galindo

El Universal

Miami Herald

March 6, 2006


Added March 3, 2006

Mexico

Non-Governmental Organizations Support Student Who Was Repri-manded By School Teachers For Not Supporting Marin

ONG se solidarizan con estudiante reprimido por manifestarse en contra de Mario Marín

The Center for the Defense of Stud-ents and Teachers of the Mexican Republic issued a press release yesterday in which they demand that student Macondo Jiménez Jiménez, and all of the students of Puebla and the entire nation have their right to freedom of speech be respec-ted, and that they not be subjected to reprimands on the part of administrat-ors and teachers, whose first resp-onsibility is, above all, to align them-selves with the public, and not with corrupt officials.

Student Macondo Jiménez Jiménez, age 15, was suspended from school for 3 days for posting a flyer showing a cartoon from La Jornada newspaper, that was critical of Governor Marin.

The Center for the Defense of Stud-ents & Teachers...

“The teachers and administrators of the Venustiano Carranza secondary school should be condemning and speaking in their classrooms about pedofilia, sexual abuse, and about things that happen in the real world, that are now making history.

Lamentably, this is a disgraceful history of public authorities in our nation, who protect and cover-up the worst possible types of organiz-ed crime, the rape of little girls and boys.

Instead of doing this, teachers are seeking excuses to punish students and send a message to students and their families. 

The message is: nobody should talk; nobody should discuss this disagree-able, condemn-able subject, that our “precious governor” [a term used by Kamel Nacif in the secret phone tapes] has a friendship with a protector of pedophiles [Kamel Nacif]."

- La Jornada

Puebla Edition

March 6, 2006


Added March 3, 2006

Mexico

Puebla Governor Mario Marin's  Security Force Roughs Up Reporters

Governor Mario Marin at Highway Opening Ceremony

Photo: José Castañares -

La Jornada

Marín inaugura carretera en La Portilla; su cuerpo de seguridad maltrata a reporteros

San Antonio La Portilla, Puebla state - During a ceremony to inaugurate a newly built highway, at least 20 men, including govern-ment security guards, mistreated reporters who attempted to interview Governor Mario Marin. 

The reporters present indicated that before they attempted to question the governor, he only looked at them, with no response, and smiled. 

His guard detail and other men then proceeded to rough up the attending reporters by pushing them, pulling on them, stepping on their feet, kicking them, and jabbing them with their elbows.

The reporters had been transported to the site of the ceremony in vehicles supplied by the governor.

- La Jornada

Puebla Edition

March 3, 2006

LibertadLatina Commentary

On February 17, 2006, in response to the growing scandal surround-ing his efforts to prosecute Lydia Cacho, Governor Marin held a rally for his supporters.  His words of incitement on that day also lead to physical attacks on reporters by his supporters.

These actions constitute a form of low-intensity war-fare that has only one goal - to defend the right of the state of Puebla to openly aid and abet child sex trafficking networks who make millions of dollars from the kidnapping, rape, sale and torture of poor children.


Added March 3, 2006

Mexico

Totonac Nation Indigenous  Leaders Sign Demand That Governor Mario Marin Resign

Exige la OIT que Marín renuncie y que se encarcele a los protectores de Kamel Nacif

Excerpt of a statement signed by the Totonac leaders of the Totonac Independent Organization (OIT)…

Government is not synonymous with democracy. 

The existence of political parties is not synonymous with plurality. 

Law is not synonymous with justice. 

Kamel Nacif is not synonymous with human rights. 

Mario Marin is not synonymous with good governance. 

However, Kamel Nacif is synonymous with Governor Mario Marin. 

He [Nacif] is the power behind the power.  He is the ostentatious power and money of the market dictating, executing and domin-ating the spirit of our laws.  The servile government acts in this way without an ounce of shame, forcing the public will to its knees before this power.

Our people construct and forge our own history.  We do so against the current, against the tide. 

Against us is raised a great wall of indignity and audacity. 

Against us is raised the deaths of our brightest children [at their hands]. 

Against us is raised an entire regime that chases us, that harasses us, that intimidates and jails us, that beats us, that ‘disap-pears’ us (murders us in secret). 

Against us, the entire apparatus of the state is deployed so that the truth, the truth of our forgotten peoples… is never mentioned, is never remembered, is never talked about, so that nobody does anything to help anybody. 

Against us are raised prison bars and the infamous judgments of judges who’s justice is for sale. 

This shows a philosophy of governance that pursues and imprisons people for the sole fact that they protest to say what they think, what they feel, or who write and publish to bring their ideas to light.

Our history does not have a price and our beliefs are not quantified, nor are they sustained by their monetary value. 

Our word does not fit into the world of the market of child sex trafficking networks. 

We do not beg for our human right to exercise our rights and principles. 

The spirits and example of our fallen ones… are not for sale.

Therefore, the Totonac Independent Organization demands the following:

1) the immediate resignation of Governor Mario Marín;

2) The punishment of all who are responsible for giving [official] protection to the pedophile Kamel Nacif;

3) An end to the harassment and prosecution of journalists [specifically Lydia Cacho];  

4) The cessation of acts of harassment against the members of the Totonac Independent Organization. 

The document was signed by OIT president Salvador Vega García, OIT secretary Mateo Vega García, and OIT treasurer Clara Manzano Rivera.

- La Jornada

Puebla Edition

March 3, 2006


LibertadLatina Commentary

The leadership of the Totonac Native Nation in Puebla has eloquently described the harsh realities that they face living in southern Mexico.

We strongly support the statement of the Totonac Nation.  They are honestly describing the 'facts on the ground' all across Mexico.

The impunity that is found in the current crisis in child sex trafficking facing Puebla state and the entire region is made possible in large part by the fact that indigenous children, youth, women and men are subjected to rape, kidnapping, murder and now, sex trafficking en-mass, with no real, enforced legal sanctions against that criminal activity. 

Societies in Latin America permit these atrocities to occur due to the fact that these same abuses have been completely accept-able forms of social behavior for five centuries.

As a very wise man once told me, "there is no remorse for slavery in Latin America."

If that is true for all women, children and men facing slavery in the region, it is doubly true for indigenous peoples across Latin America.

The anti-trafficking movement will only begin to make real progress in Latin America when the true facts about the corruption of power are exposed, and the centuries-old system of entrench-ed, Roman feudal style institutional sexism, racism and classism are recognized as being at the heart of the problem.

We cannot hope to end sex trafficking and related forms of exploitation if these closely related, stark realities continue to be deliberately ignored.

- Chuck Goolsby

March 3 & 6, 2006

LibertadLatina Commentary

In the above state-ment by Totonac leaders, the phrase "child sex slave" could easily have replaced the word "Totonac." 

How many efforts to expose the corrupt acts of evil, and how many urgently raised voices of victims of slavery and sexual exploit-ation, and voices of their families and communities, have been silenced by the strong arm of organized crime and their business and government protectors!

The answer is... too many! 

The answer is also that many of the victims are in fact Native peoples, who's cries for rescue from the brutality of racist impunity are never taken seriously in Mexican society.

End impunity now!

- Chuck Goolsby

March 5, 2006

 


Added March 3, 2006

Mexico

Special Prosecutor Elena Pérez Duarte Raises Concerns About International Pedophile "Network of Networks"

Elena Pérez Duarte, the Attorney General’s special prosecutor for Attention to Crimes of Violence Against Women.

Opera en el país una red de redes de pederastia, señala la fiscal especial Pérez Duarte

Nexos internacion-ales en el caso Succar Kuri

Elena Pérez Duarte, the federal Attorney General’s special prosecutor for “Attention to Crimes of Violence Against Women” described the nature of child sex trafficking networks in Mexico during an interview conducted with La Jornada newspaper. 

According to prosecutor Pérez Duarte, Jean Succar Kuri is just the tip of the iceberg of a vast network of pedophile networks, sex tourism networks and women trafficking activity that operates in Mexico City and in the states of Baja California, Puebla, Chiapas and Veracruz.

Prosecutor Elena Pérez Duarte…

“These are not Mexican net-works supplying Mexican [male] consumers.”  We have detected “many inter-national connections.”

Pérez Duarte revealed during her interview that journalist Lydia Cacho “never imagined the vast size of this network.” 

She added that with the detention of [alleged ringleader] Jean Succar Kuri [in Arizona], “we can’t sing a victory song just yet, and say that we have dismantled everything.”  We have to understand the possibility that some of these trafficked women were taken to Taiwan or Singapore as prostitutes, after being tricked by offering them legitimate work as fashion models.

The special prosecutor confirm-ed that in the case of Succar Kuri, there has been some mention that the Executive Secretary for National Security, Migual Angel Yunes Linares, is involved.

La Jornada - Can you tell us what one of your primary objectives is?

Pérez Duarte – To retake Juarez City.  In spite of the final report of the special prosecutor for Juarez there are pending issues to be investigated. We don’t want similar situations to come about in other parts of the country.  There are municip-alities in the Republic today that have a greater level of violence against the women than Juarez City.

We have to take care  of the other hot spots, since in many of them the problem of pedophilia is not easily observed as a whole.  I am sure that many of these pedophile networks would have been discovered earlier if we had analyzed to cases of statutory rape committed by 40-year-old men with girls of 13 or 14.  These cases don’t result in convictions because the judges in these cases give credence to the concept that rape had not been committed, because the girls involved were not virgins.

We must connect these type of cases with the larger scheme of the organized networks that are involved.

La Jornada - These sex trafficking networks are linked to cases of statutory rape?

Pérez Duarte – They are related.  From the time when I was technical secretary for the Senate for issues related to the Juarez femicide, I worked to raise awareness in regard to these types of cases. 

We have a number of examples where we understand the details in depth, such as in the case of fugitive Hector Armando Lastra Muñoz, a former assistant prosecutor  the Attorney General of Chihuahua state.  Lastra Muñoz was supposedly involved in a network that prostituted underage girls.

They let him go because the he was charged with statutory rape.  Because his lawyers argued that the girl victim was not a virgin, no charges were brought by the prosecutors.  However, we never learned how many statutory rapes were involved.  Now we are paying more attention to these types of cases.  The rest of the country needs to follow that lead.

La Jornada Is it one giant network of pedophiles that exists in the country?

Pérez Duarte – It is more accurately a series of networks.  One huge network has already been discovered.  It begins in Cancun, or actually in Tapachula [capitol of heavily Mayan Chiapas state].  The network traffics children to Cancun, and prostitutes them there.  But people from all over the world come to Cancun, and there are apparently  global links.

La Jornada   These links include the the cities of Tijuana and Veracruz?

Pérez Duarte – Exactly.  There is another link in downtown Mexico City, in the heart of the nation.

La Jornada   And in Puebla?

Pérez Duarte – We won’t elaborate on Puebla, as we are conducting ongoing investigations there. 

We want to have three regional offices, because we are not investigating a single network.

La Jornada Are these networks interacting?

Pérez Duarte – Probably.  Not just on a national scale but internationally as well.

La Jornada Is Jean Succar Kuri, who journalist Lydia Cacho has investigated, tied into all of this?

Pérez Duarte – Of course. His is one of the major networks that has been well documented by the Attorney General (PGR).  In the case of Jean Succar Kuri, specifically, we have discovered many international connections, more that we anticipated.

Lydia Cacho never imagined that she was protecting the girls who came seeking help at her women’s shelter from such a vast criminal network.

La Jornada Are the cities of Tijuana, Veracruz, Juarez City and Cancun all parts of Succar Kuri’s network?

Pérez Duarte – Correct.  That is, it is a network of networks.  We can’t be certain that it is a single network with one head.

La Jornada Are there links with politicians and businessmen?  Are we talking about the interaction between economic and political power?

Pérez Duarte – This is exactly what I am referring to.  Very ‘honorable’ businessmen consider it to be ‘normal’ that they are offered sexual services, in hotels, and they do indeed use them.

La Jornada Do you have information linking the Cancun network with Juarez City?

Pérez Duarte – More than linking directly to Succar Kuri, we can link the patterns involved.  That is, the manner in which young girls are drawn in, how they are tricked with promises of becoming models or executive assistants.  We believe that in these networks we can find those who assassinated these girls.  So we have circumstantial evidence.  The patterns are very similar in Mexico state (including Mexico City), in Juarez City, in Cancun and in Tapachula.

-Gustavo Castillo Garcia La Jornada

Puebla Edition

March 3, 2006

See Also:

Mexico City - Teenage girls are fleeing the poverty of Central America for the promise of opportunity in the United States only to find themselves stranded in Mexico and forced into prostitution.

"While it is (only) an estimate, there is a rise in this phenomenon - perhaps 10 to 20 percent last year," Patricia Espinosa, president of the National Women's Institute, told EFE.

Mexico's immigrant-smuggling rings are usually run by Mexicans, Europeans and U.S. citizens.

The "sex servants," as they are known in Mexico, come "from the south and spread out" across the region, Espinosa said, adding that increasingly younger girls are being exploited, some only 12 years old.

Approximately 2,500 Central American and Caribbean girls work as prostitutes in Tapachula, in impoverished Chiapas state on the Guatemalan border, authorities say.

Ninety percent of them come from Central America, 95 percent of these are undocumented, and half are between 13 and 17 years of age, Espinosa said, citing studies conducted by human rights organizations.

- Almudena Calatrava

EFE News

Jan 2, 2004


Added March 1, 2006

Mexico

Attorney General (PGR) Opens Investigation Into Governor Marín

 PGR abre averiguación contra Mario Marín

- Carlos Avilés

Jorge Teherán

El Universal /

Miami Herald

March 1, 2006

 The Attorney General´s Office (PGR) on Tuesday announced it has opened a prelim-inary investigation of Puebla Gov. Mario Marín for allegedly plotting to jail journalist Lydia Cacho.

Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca said the PGR is responding to a complaint filed by members of the Chamber of Deputies "in which the Attorney General´s juris-diction is unclear. Nevertheless, we have begun the first stage of investig-ation."

Cabeza de Vaca said the case may fall under the jurisdiction of the Puebla Attorney General´s Office or the newly created special prosecutor for crimes against journalists. He said the PGR is also determining which office is respons-ible for investigating the origin of the tapes, which apparently were acquired through illegal wiretaps.

- Carlos Avilés

El Universal /

Miami Herald

March 1, 2006


Added March 1, 2006

Mexico

Lydia Cacho's Lawyer Rejects Negotiation With Governor Marin

No hay negociación
con el gobernador:
abogado de Cacho

Guillermo Cuen Rodriguez, lawyer for Journalist Lydia Cacho, has announced that his client has not negotiated, nor will she negotiate a truce with the governor of the state of Puebla.

Cuen rejected recent rumors that Cacho would accept retracting her legal complaint against Governor Marin.

Guillermo Cuen Rodriguez

"It is totally a false [rumor].

I am Lydia Cacho's lawyer.  We have never discussed this point.  Lydia Cacho is going to follow through with the legal process to its conclusion.”

- Martín Hernández Alcántara

La Jornada

Puebla Edition

March 1, 2006


Added Feb. 28, 2006

Mexico

Governor Marin Denies Importance Of Sunday's March Against Him

Niega el gobierno la importancia de la marcha.

Government officials of the state of Puebla tried to diminish the magnitude of the citizen's march held last Sunday to demand that Governor Mario Marín resign.

State Interior (Segob) Secretary Javier Lopez Zavala, and official spokesman, Valentín Meneses Rojas, presented  speeches to defend to the governor with two arguments: 1) that the Sunday march was smaller than that held on Friday Feb. 17th, organized the Revolutionary Party Institutional (PRI) (supporting Marin); and 2) that the number of citizens who protested was less than the almost 1 million Puebla residents who voted for Marin in 2004.

- La Jornada

Puebla Edition

Feb. 28, 2006


Added Feb. 27, 2006

Mexico

Sunday Rally In Puebla Draws Thousands

"Get Out - Protector of Pedophiles" - Banner from Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006 rally against Governor Mario Marin.

Photo - José Castañares -

La Jornada

Miles de poblanos demandan la renuncia de Marín.

Cancun – In a march under the theme: "For the dignity of the citizens of Puebla, and for the protec-tion of the integrity of our children," thousands of people rallied on  Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006 to denounce state governor Mario Marin, and to  demand his resignation.

- El Universal

Mexico City

Feb. 27, 2006


Added Feb. 27, 2006

Mexico

Scandal Blurs Bigger Problem

There is a danger, as the unlikely convergence of militant feminists and the Archbishop of Puebla has already suggested, that the scandal of personal power and cronyism that is likely to cost the governor of Puebla his job may be obscuring the greater disgrace of child sexual exploitation that gave rise to the sordid Mario Marín affair in the first place.

Lydia Cacho had documented the sexual slavery of dozens of children in Cancún. Through intensive interview-ing, in many cases with adults who recounted their experiences as children, she uncovered Succar's operation: children, mostly in their early teens but some as young as 5 years old, coerced into having sex - while being videotaped - for the amusement of (presumably) adult men in a worldwide market.

...In Mexico City, according to Teresa Ulloa, who heads a group called the Regional Coalition against the Traffic of Women and Girls in Latin America and the Caribbean (CATW), some 200,000 people suffer from some form of sexual exploitation. "One percent," she told reporter Gabriel Zaragoza of La Jornada, "do so willingly, the rest through brute force, trickery, coercion, abuse of authority or a condition of vulnerability." An estimated 25 percent of the victims, she added, are men or boys.

Yes, Mexico's (hopefully) fading system of author-itarian cronyism is scandalous. But the organized, entre-preneurial abuse of children is a great deal more so.

- El Universal and Miami Herald

Feb. 27, 2006


LibertadLatina Commentary

A recent editorial by Fred Rozen in the Miami Herald Mexico Edition / El Universal, echoing  statements by the Archbishop of Puebla state, make an important point by describing the need for the press and public to maintain focus on the fact that child sexual exploitation in Mexico is the main human rights crisis that must be resolved in that society.  Mario Marin, they say, is of lesser importance than addressing child sexual exploitation directly.

We agree.

To accomplish that goal, however, it is critical that we shine a very bright spotlight on public officials such as Puebla Governor Mario Marin. 

The world makes a false assumption that governments effectively work to stop child sex trafficking.  The only way to counteract that misconception is to show how deep of a problem corruption really is in the context of official protection of child sex traffickers.

Keep the focus on Governor Marin!

In the end, we will see that the work of ending child sex trafficking will become a much easier task to accomplish once the role of official corruption is fully exposed.

- Chuck Goolsby

Feb. 27-March 1, 2006


Added Feb. 25, 2006

Mexico

Journalist Lydia Cacho: The Attorney General of Quintana Roo State Helped Jean Succar Kuri Escape Justice

Exige Lydia Cacho que se investigue al ex gobernador Joaquín Hendricks.

Cancun – Journalist Lydia Cacho declared on February 24, 2006 that Quintana Roo state ex-governor Joaquín Hendricks Díaz should be investigated in regard to the case of alleged child sex trafficker Jean Succar Kuri.  Cacho stated that the Attorney General of Quintana Roo helped Succar Kuri escape from justice.  Succar Kuri is currently in jail in Arizona, awaiting decision on an extradition request by Mexico.

Cacho noted that when the pedo-philia / child sex trafficking case of Succar Kuri first exploded, her organization, The Central for Integral Attention for Women, asked ex-governor Hendricks Diaz to act against Succar Kuri, and he refused to do so.

Lydia Cacho…

“There must be some evidence showing that ex-governor Hendricks Diaz participated, or authorized the state attorney general to act, because everybody here knows that, [the state govern-ment] as an institution, let Succar Kuri escape.”

"They are so accustomed to living with impunity, to manipulate justice in favor of the rich and powerful, that they think that nothing can ever happen to them.”

In one of the recently released, secretly taped phone conver-sations of Kamel Nacif, in dialog with a man known only as “Richard,” Nacif stated that the ex-governor of Quintana Roo (Hendricks Diaz) is his [Nacif’s] friend, and implied that within Quintana Roo, Succar Kuri had been protected.

Defamation case against Cacho is reactivated in Cancun.

Lydia Cacho appeared today in the First Criminal Court of Cancún, where the defamation case against her in regard to kamel Nacif was re-activated.

Guillermo Cuen and Verónica Acacio, lawyers for Cacho, stated that they will present the secretly recorded  conversations between Kamel Nacif, Governor Mari Marin of Puebla, and other persons in court.  The lawyers plan to demonstrate the motives behind Cacho’s detention.  They added that they will call to the stand Kamel Nacif and Governor Mario Marin, as well as the Attorney General Bello Melchor Rodríguez y Carrillo of Quintana Roo.

Cacho stated that she has hope that Governor Marin will be removed from his post, so that she can sue him “for all of the crimes that he has commit-ted against me.”

- La Jornada

Mexico City

Feb. 25, 2006


Added Feb. 25, 2006

Mexico

Supreme Court Action In Lydia Cacho Case

Exige la Corte pruebas contra Marín en 10 días.

Mexico's Supreme Court has given the nation's Chamber of Deputies (House) & Senate 10 business days to Present evidence supporting their joint petition to the Court asking for a judicial investig-ation against Puebla's Governor Mario Marin.  The Congress has asked for the Court's intervention in regard to Marin's alleged efforts to deprive Lydia Cacho of her civil liberties.

- La Jornada

Mexico City

Feb. 25, 2006


Added Feb. 24, 2006

Mexico

Governor Marin Tries To Salvage His Reputation

Emprende Mario Marín estrategia en Puebla para lavar su imagen.

Puebla – On Febraury 23rd, 2006, Hanna Naked Bayed, one of the main accomplices of Kamel Nacif in the conspiracy against journalist Lydia Cacho, had his state concession to run a maquiladora (low-wage factory) in San Miguel prison taken away by Puebla governor Mario Marin.  Naked Bayed had held the prison concession for 17 years.

As has been expected, Governor Marin has begun to take measures to overcome the serious political crisis which came about when a series of secretly recorded tapes of the conspiracy against Lydia Cacho came to light.

Governor Marin's most recent state-ment distancing himself from accused pedophile Kamel Nacif…

“Of course he is not my friend.  I cannot be a friend of a person whom attempts to break the law, and is suspect-ed of crimes against children.”

The next step by Governor Marin  could be to remove from power state attorney general Laura Villeda Martinez, state Judicial Police head Antonio Karam, and judge Rosa Celia Perez González, who previously presided in the Lydia Cacho defamation trial.

- La Jornada

Mexico City

Feb. 24, 2006


Added Feb. 24, 2006

Mexico

Defamation Case Raises Issues of Fairness

Mexico City - A roiling scandal here over the attempts of a state governor to jail a reporter has raised questions about whether the rich and powerful are using their influence with politicians to silence critics.

- New York Times

Feb. 20, 2006


Added Feb. 23, 2006

Mexico

Lydia Cacho: Breaking The Code Of Silence Always Has A Price

Romper el Silencio Tiene Precio: Lydia Cacho.

In an interview published this past Tuesday by Newsweek Magazine in Spanish, Lydia Cacho spoke with journalist Alejandro Páez Varela…

Páez Varela: Tell me, to denounce the pedophile networks in Mexico almost costs you your life?

Cacho: Indeed. Ever since I began to investigate Jean Succar Kuri, "the pedophile of Cancun ", I received death threats. Later we protected the victims of Succar Kuri in our women’s shelter, and we understood the magnitude of the power of these Mafias. When INTERPOL jailed Succar Kuri in Arizona, USA, I knew that his protectors would be worried about the publication of my book [Demons in Eden]. I have lived for a year being protected by three federal agents (of the AFIS).  To break the silence has its price.

Páez Varela: How vulnerable are Mexico and Latin America to the sexual exploitation of children?

Cacho: It is the third more lucrative business of the world, after the drug trafficking and traffic of arms. The fall of the communist block, globalization & the feminization of poverty has made child pornography a  commodity.  

Latin America, like some countries in Asia, facilitates child sexual predators in establishing businesses, which are almost always linked to: forced prostitution; child trafficking; child sex tourism; pornography and money laundering. 

Especially along Mexico’s northern and southern frontiers, these business flourish aided by police and judicial corruption.  Criminal organizations act with impunity because they know their activities will almost always be protected by corrupt politicians and businessmen.

- El Universal

Mexico City

Feb. 22, 2006


Added Feb. 23, 2006

Mexico

Mexican House Of Representatives Accelerates Investigation Of Governor Marin

Aceleran juicio político contra Mario Marín.

Puebla governor Mario Marín could be removed from his post and subjected to criminal action, after the Mexican Camara de Diputados (lower house) decided to accelerate their investigation into the case.

Representative Marcela González Salas, president of the governing council of the House, announced that the Justice and Interior Committee will accelerate the process of political trial [impeachment]against the chief executive of the state of Puebla.

At a press conference, Representative González Salas said...

"We are not prejudging the case.  What we want is clarific-ation of whether or not the individual liberties of this journalist (Lydia Cacho) were violated, and if the governor manipulated the judge of the case."

- El Universal

Mexico City

Feb. 22, 2006


Added Feb. 22, 2006

Mexico

Congress Calls For Supreme Court Probe of Mario Marín

El Congreso pide a Corte investigar caso Marín.

Congress on Tuesday called on the Supreme Court to investigate the governor of Puebla for his role in an alleged plot to put an investigative journalist in jail and have her sexually assaulted there.

El Universal - Miami Herald

Feb. 22, 2006


Added Feb. 22, 2006

Mexico

Supreme Court of Justice Has Option To Reject Performance Of Constitutional Role In Investigating Corruption

Pide el Congreso de la Unión a la SCJN atraer el caso Marín-Nacif.

Mexico's Congress Asks Supreme Court to Investigate Puebla Governor Mario Marin; Court May Reject Request.

- La Jornada - Mexico

Peubla Edition

Feb. 22, 2006


Added Feb. 20, 2006

Mexico

Governor Marin's Popularity Falls, According To Puebla Polling

Between Ten and fifty thousand Mario Marin Supporters Rallied In the City of Puebla on Friday, Feb 17, 2006.

Photo - Rafael García Otero - La Jornada

Estudios de Opinión Ciudadana y de esta casa editorial consignan la pérdida de popularidad del mandatario y de su partido en los últimos días.

Until the public heard the [secretly taped] recordings, it was well-known that 9 of 10 citizens of the city of Puebla [capitol of Puebla state], supported Governor Mario Marin. 

Everything changed when his approval rating dropped 20% in one week, in a survey of homes with telephones.  Positive opinions of his administration dropped from 56% to 39%.  One month ago, 72% of citizens in the city of Puebla had a positive opinion of Marin’s qualities of leader-ship, capability and honor.  Today, that figure is 42%.

- La Jornada - Mexico

Peubla Edition

Feb. 20, 2006


Added Feb. 20, 2006

Mexico

Religious Leaders Speak Out

Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop of Mexico

Clero: el punto central en el caso Marín-Nacif es la red de pederastas

The Archbishop of Puebla, Rosendo Huesca Pacheco, stated yesterday that the conflict created by the alleged telephone recordings between Mario Marín, and industralist Kamel Nacif, to conspire against journalist Lydia Cacho, leaves out two important issues to be investigated: 1) the pedophile network that is the cause of the problem; 2) the invasion of privacy that has occurred through the use of telephone espionage.

In Guanajuato, the president of the Mexican Episcopal Conference (CEM), Jose Guadalupe Martín Rábago, said that he felt "disgust" in regard to conversations between Kamel Nacif and Governor Mario Marin. 

The bishop of San Cristóbal, in nearby Chiapas state, Felipe Arizmendi, he referred the subject and he considered that the scandal is "shame-ful, and is soiling our country."

Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop of Mexico, has asked for a clarification of the political facts, so that justice can be done, so that this crisis does not remain unresolved, as has happened in the past. 

- La Jornada - Mexico

Feb. 20, 2006


Added Feb. 20, 2006

Mexico

Voice Analyst Evaluates Tapes

Hay un 95 por ciento de probabilidades de que la voz en las grabaciones sí sea la del Ejecutivo local, revela una foniatra

Professional voice analyst Eugenia Chávez, appeared last night on the program Punta de Partida (Departure Point), hosted by Denise Maerker.

During the program Chávez presented her 47 page study comparing the alleged voice of Governor Mario Marin, as recorded in the secret tapes of Kamel Nacif’s plotting, with recordings of Governor Marin’s speeches and interviews.  According to Chávez, the voice on the Nacif tapes matches Marin’s voice with 95% accuracy.

- La Jornada - Mexico

Peubla Edition

Feb. 20, 2006


Added Feb. 20, 2006

Mexico

Governor Marin, Attorney General’s Office (PGR) Suffer Through Difficult Week

Governor Mario Marín said it´s not he who´s heard getting thanked by Kamel Nacif Borge, Mexico´s blue jean king, for teaching a lesson to Lydia Cacho.

The voice on one tape [presumed to be Governor Marin] tells Nacif Borge...

"Well, yesterday I finally gave a rap on the head to that freaking woman [Lydia Cacho]."

"... She´d better not try to make herself into a victim or take advantage of this for publicity."

Cacho said she was never told of the libel charges against her. Nacif Borge bragged in recordings that he arranged with cooperative prosecutors to skip the legal summons notifying Cacho of the charges.

Nacif Borge also talks of persuading his prison contacts to have Cacho raped. Cacho said she was protected by sympathetic guards who put her in the infirmary until her release.

Unlike the United States, where federal authorities have the power to investigate violations of constitutional rights, President Vicente Fox is virtually powerless to intervene. Federal authority can only trump states´ rights in cases involving illegal weapons or narcotics trade, not human rights.

More than 100 Puebla mayors, who are PRI party members, signed a full-page newspaper ad demanding the feds stay out of the case.

El Universal - Miami Herald

Feb. 20, 2006


Added Feb. 20, 2006

Mexico

Governor Marin Denies His Party's Presidential Candidate Has Broken Ties

A spokesman for embattled Puebla Gov. Mario Marín on Sunday denied that Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) presidential candidate and former party head Roberto Madrazo had split with Marín a day after Madrazo called for a Supreme Court probe of the governor.

El Universal - Miami Herald

Feb. 20, 2006


Added Feb. 19, 2006

Mexico

Governor Mario Marin: “Don’t Provoke The Country People, Youth And Women Who Believe In Me!”

Puebla state governor Mario Marin

Photo: La Jornada

Marín llama a la guerra contra las fuerzas malignas.

(Marin calls for a war against "malignant forces.")

- Amenaza con desatar la "Puebla revolucionaria"

(Marin threatens to unleash "revolutionary Puebla.")

- Governor Marin warns “perverse forces” that only the people who voted for him can remove him.

- Governor Marin urges his public to rally against the press.

During an incendiary speech, given at an event planned for “National Health Days,” Puebla state governor Mario Marin warned, from his “revolutionary state of Puebla,” those who he defined as “perverse forces,” that they should not “make a mistake” and they should not “provoke” his campesinos (country folks), nor provoke the residents of Puebla as a whole, because the only people who can force him to resign are the people who elected him.

At the end of his speech, a group of Marin supporters in the crowd verbally and physically attacked the reporters that the state itself had invited to the event.  Neither govern-ment officials nor police officers inter-vened to stop the attack.

After the harangue, the 10 reporters and two camera operators affected recalled what had happened in September of 1968 in the town of Canoa, where, in one of the most perverted acts in the nation’s political history, five young people from the National Independent University of Mexico, who where labeled as agitators and communists, were lynched by the town’s residents and the urging of the local parish priest.

After Governor Marin’s speech, the Puebla state secretary of health, Roberto Morales Flores - brother of the ex-governor Melquiades Morales, who did not give his planned speech on health issues, stated:

"I want to let you know, Mr. Governor, that in [these] tough  times, I, the Secretary of Health and my 10,000 workers are in solidarity with the legitimate cause of defending, to the last, the sovereign-ty of the society and the state represented by Mario Marin.”

- La Jornada - Mexico

Feb. 19, 2006

LibertadLatina Commentary:

The February 18th, 2006 political rally by Governor Mario Marin in Puebla, that incited the public to help him to defy investigations against his corrupt acts, is a powerful and clear-cut wake up call for all who seek to end sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. 

While some Latin American nations have become 'narco-states,' Governor Marin appears to be attempting to circle his wagons to establish the first  dictatorship (he was elected but does not apparently believe in the rule of law) - in modern times that is willing to openly protect ruthless child sex traffickers and their affiliated network of corrupt politicians, drug kingpins and so-called legitimate business partners in crime.

Governor Marin's actions present  a good opportunity for anti-trafficking activists to begin an honest discussion about the fact that the sexual exploitation crisis is not just about stopping criminal traffickers.  Across the nations of the Americas, it is also very much about institutional sexism and apathy, as well as corruption in high places.

How will the anti-slavery movement address this very real aspect of the trafficking crisis?

For those who signed on to fight child sex trafficking, including the U.S. and Mexican governments, the Organization of American States and the United Nations, now is the time to step up to the plate and act.

Many thousands of women & children are enslaved by sex traffickers across Mexico.  Poor Indigenous Mexicans, and women and children migrating from Central and South America trying to reach the U.S., all converge as one huge victim community that is targeted by the wealthy sex traffic-king networks of southern Mexico.

The brave reporting of journalist Lydia Cacho in exposing these networks has set the stage for allowing governments to make a real impact on stopping the sex traffickers who rule southern Mexico.  

We strongly applaud Lydia Cacho's daring and dangerous effort to face-down corrupt power with the truth!

The southern Mexican states of Puebla, Chiapas and Quintana Roo are epicenters of the sex trafficking crisis.  If the rule of law is not enforced there, we will see the rise of the first child sex trafficking state, a place where the kidnapping, rape, torture and sale into slavery of many thousands of women & children is protected from the highest levels of state government.

That lawless condition cannot be allowed to stand!

President Fox - Tear Down That Criminal Network!

- LibertadLatina

Chuck Goolsby

Feb. 19, 2006


Added Feb. 19, 2006

Mexico

Candidate Roberto Madrazo Demands Fox Explanation Possible Links Between Kamel Nacif And Foundation Run By The First Lady

Kamel Nacif

Photo - La Jornada

Roberto Madrazo, the presidential candidate of the Alliance for Mexico (a collaboration of the PRI and PVEM parties), has called for the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) participate in the investigation of governor Mario Marín of Puebla state. 

Madrazo has also requested that president Vicente Fox clarify the  financial relation-ship between the Vamos Mexico (Let’s Go, Mexico) Foundation, headed by its wife Marta Sahagún, and industrialist Kamel Nacif [who is alleged to have donated millions to Vamos Mexico).

Presidential candidate Roberto Madrazo …

"Once and for all we want to know who is actually ‘moving the cradle’ of Mr. Kamel Nacif."

Kamel Nacif, together with Puebla Governor Marin Marin, are suspected, thanks to secretly recorded audio tape evidence] to have plotted to stop the investigative work of Lydia Cacho.

- La Jornada - Mexico

Feb. 18, 2006


Added Feb. 19, 2006

Mexico

President Fox Call For Probe In Cacho Case

Mexico’s federal government on Wednesday condemned an alleged plot by a state governor and a prominent businessman to jail a journalist for libel after she wrote a book about networks of pedophiles & child pornographers.

Rubén Aquilar, spokesman for President Vicente Fox, on Wednesday said that the supposed conspiracy against Cacho should be thoroughly investigated.

Presidential spokesman Rubén Aquilar…

"The presidency condemns acts by any authority that violate the rule of law and try to limit freedom of expression, especially the liberty of the press,"

"Cases like this one have no place in the republic."

- El Universal - Mexico

Feb. 16, 2006


Added Feb. 18, 2006

Mexico

Protection For Suspected Child Sex Trafficker Jean Succar Kuri Comes from The Top, Lydia Cacho Charges

Lydia Cacho at forum organized by La Jornanda and Lamm House in Mexico City

Photo: Roberto García Ortiz - La Jornada

Viene de muy arriba la protección a Succar Kuri, acusa Lydia Cacho.

 Journalist Lydia Cacho has denounced political pressure from “very high up” as being the reason why alleged pedophile Jean Succar Kuri has not been extradited from the U.S. to Mexico.  Cacho ties the delays in Succar Kuri’s extradition to the millions of dollars in contributions given by Kamel Nacif to the Vamos Mexico (Let’s Go, Mexico) Foundation.

Cacho also confirmed that the federal deuputy secretary for public security, Miguel Angel Lunes, has been mentioned several times by the victims of Succar Kuri during the criminal investigation against Succar Kuri.

Cacho, the author of the book Demons in Eden said that the core problem at the bottom of the network of complicity that protects Succar Kuri is the fact that not only child sex trafficking is involved.  Money laundering and a likely connection to drug traffickers is also at work here.

Lydia Cacho…

“Succar Kuri’s extradition has been frozen by orders that originate much higher up than we imagined.  We have now discovered that Kamel Nacif made multi-million dollar contributions to the Vamos Mexico (Let’s Go Mexico) Found-ation, and that First Lady Marta Sahagún and the President (Vicente Fox) considered Nacif to be a very honorable person."

Cacho also denounced the hostile treatment by Quintana Roo state employees given to workers of The Center for Integral Attention for Women in Cancun, which Cacho directs.

- La Jornada - Mexico

Feb. 18, 2006


Added Feb. 18, 2006

Mexico

Jean Succar Kuri's Child Trafficking Network Linked To 30 Businessmen Around The World

Mexico's Attorney General Daniel Cabeza de Vaca

Photo: José Antonio López - La Jornada 

Más de 30 empresarios, en la red de Succar: PGR

 According to Mexico’s Attorney General, Daniel Cabeza de Vaca, Jean Succar Kuri headed one of the largest internat-ional pedophile networks ever discovered in Mexico.  The network not only promoted child sexual tourism, but also distributed child pornography through the Internet.

The office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) revealed that they are investigating at least 30 business-men, among them Mexican textile magnate Kamel Nacif, for involve-ment in this crime network, which has links to Brazil, Colombia & Spain.

The PGR has asked China for information about Succar Kuri’s activities in Hong Kong, where he could have ties to pedophiles or producers of child pornography.

Cabeza de Vaca emphasized that their investigations found that no employees of the Mexican govern-ment are tied to this network, although he could not rule out the possibility that top politicians who do not hold an exec-utive position could be involved.

- La Jornada - Mexico

Feb. 18, 2006


Added Feb. 18, 2006

Mexico

Felipe Calderón, The Presidential Candidate Of President Fox's Ruling PAN Party, Seeks Impeach-ment of Puebla's Governor Marin.

PAN Candidate Felipe Calderón in Puebla.

Photo: Ramón Romero El Universal

Ruling National Action Party (PAN) presidential candidate Felipe Calderón traveled to Puebla Friday and asked state law-makers to begin impeachment proceedings against Governor Mario Marín.

Dozens of reporters and photographers, as well as PAN lawmakers from Puebla, followed Calderón, causing such a commotion that authorities were forced to block off several streets near the state legislature building.

The bizarre scene came after thousands took to the streets of Puebla´s historic city center in support of Marín. Upon presenting the request to lawmakers, Calderón headed to the street to briefly address about 1,000 supporters - many waving signs criticizing Marín and his Institutional Revolutionary Party. 

- Will Weissert

El Universal Mexico and the Miami Herald

Feb. 18, 2006


Added Feb. 17, 2006

Mexico, United States

U.S. and Mexican Investigators Are Probing Jean Succar Kuri's Global Child Sex Trafficking Connections

PGR: creció el interés de EU por Succar y sus ligas con el poder.

According to sources in Mexico’s Prosecutor of the Republic (PGR - Attorney General), the pedophile network directed by Jean Succar Kuri, a Mexican of Leban-ese descent, is a target of interest for authorities in the United States, not only because of Succar Kuri’s constant trips to the U.S. and diverse commercial investments across the nation, but because of the high-level politicians and industrialists who are involved in the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), money laundering.

The investigation into Jean Succar Kuri’s pedophile network has extended to Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Venezuela.

La Jornada - Mexico

Feb. 17, 2006

 


Added Feb. 17, 2006

PRI Congressional Leader Attacks President Fox For Supporting Under-Secretary For Public Security, Mentioned In Lydia Cacho's Book As An Accomplice Of Pedophile Network

Emilio Chuayffet

Photo: José Antonio López - La Jornada

Chuayffet: Fox, cínico, debería echar a Yunes; es usted un cobarde, replica éste.

The parliamentary coordinator of the Institutional Revolu-tionary Party (PRI) in the Chamber of Deputies (lower house), Emilio Chuayffet, has described President Vicente Fox as “cynical” and man of double moral principles, because he maintains Miguel Yunes Angel, deputy secretary of public security, as the head of the portfolio that fights against organized delinquency, when he is mentioned in the Lydia Cacho’s book as a particip-ant in a pedophile network.

Miguel Yunes Angel

Photo: José Antonio López - La Jornada

Miguel Angel Yunes provided the follow-ing response to his accuser...

Emilio Chuayffet, who is former Interior secretary, 'was abject, cowardly, twisted, and he was respon-sible for the Acteal Massacre [the 1997 mass-murder of 45 Mayan children, women & men in Chiapas].'

- La Jornada - Mexico

Feb. 17, 2006


Added Feb. 17, 2006

Reporters Without Borders Expresses Concern

The organization Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by the revelation of a plot apparently targeting Lydia Cacho, a freelance journalist and contributor to the daily La Voz del Caribe in Cancún, eastern Mexico.

“If they are confirmed, these conversations show the intention to destroy the career and reputation of Lydia Cacho Ribeiro”, it said.

Journalists Without Borders

Feb. 15, 2006


Added Feb. 16, 2006

Mexico

Puebla's Governor Mario Marin Denies Involvement In Scandal

Puebla state governor Mario Marin and state attorney general Blanca Laura Villeda Martínez defend their actions at a recent press conference.

Photo: Pedro Pardo - La Jornada

''La delincuente no fue torturada; hasta le dimos de comer pollo.'' (The delinquent wasn't tortured - we even gave her chicken to eat.)

During a press conference held in Puebla, Governor Marin insisted on calling Lydia Cacho a “delinquent,” and challenged her to take a polygraph. 

When reporters asked Governor Marin if he would also take a poly-graph test, he refused to answer the question.

- La Jornada - Mexico

Feb. 16, 2006

- La Jornada - Mexico

Feb. 16, 2006


Added Feb. 16, 2006

Mexico

Governor Mario Marin: "Its Not My Voice" - Refuses To Resign

[Puebla's Governor Mario Marin Denies Involvement In Scandal - Fires Back At Cacho]

No es mi voz: Marín; descarta renunciar

Puebla state Governor Mario Marin rejects the validity of tape recordings that appear to prove his participation in a conspiracy with industrialist Kamel Nacif to jail activist / journalist Lydia Cacho.  Marin declared that the voice on the recording is not his. 

Marin, speaking during a press conference to address the scandal, also stated that he would ask the The National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) to intervene, “to unmask this lady” (Lydia Cacho).

During an evening interview with the Televisa Network, Governor Marin said he was willing to have expert analysis performed.  He also distanced himself from Kamel Nacif.

In Mexico City,  congressional deputies from the major political parties PRD, PAN, PT and Conver-gencia (with the dominant PRI in abstention) voted to request that Governor Marin and Puebla attorney general Blanca Laura Villeda Martínez resign, to avoid hindering the investigations against them.

President Fox's spokesman Rubén Aguilar described as "brutal and outrageous" the content of the telephone conversations [of Kamel Nacif] and announced that the President will support the authorities responsible for investigating the case.

Blanca P. Galindo and Jorge Herrera
El Universal - mexico
Feb. 16, 2006


Added Feb. 15, 2006

Mexico

Lydia Cacho Plans To Denounce Acts Of Governor Marin Internationally - Interview

Cacho: las cintas prueban la infamia.

(Cacho - tapes prove infamy.)

Lydia Cacho, after hearing the secret tape recordings of Kamel Nacif, around the time of her arrest, in which the governors of Puebla state, Mario Marin, and Pablo Salazar Mendiguchía, of Chiapas participate, has announced that this coming Friday (Feb. 17, 2006), she will present herself before a judge of the first penal court of Quintana Roo state -[where Cacho lives, in the city of Cancun].

Cacho plans to request a hearing in which the tapes will be played, to bring to light the fact that “the justice system was [corruptly] bought, to be used against me, by using the state to exact revenge.”

Cacho explained, “With these recordings and an honest judge, I have every possibility of wining my case, and of filing formal complaints against (Puebla state) Governor Marin, Kamel Nacif, the Puebla state’s attorney, and other people who aided in my torture and everything else they did to me.

In an interview with La Jornada, Cacho emphasized that, “since last December [2005] we knew that Jean Succar Kuri was in the last phases of a plan to present evidence that would exonerate him [from charges of pedophilia, in Mexico].  His plan was to discredit me and have me jailed, as I was the last, un-silenced witness to have denounced him.  He tried to defend himself, but he couldn’t do it. 

- Laura Poy Solano

La Jornada - Mexico

Feb. 15, 2006


Added Feb. 15, 2006

Mexico

Presidential Candidates React To The Tapes

Es una barbarie, expresa Calderón.

Felipe Calderón, candidate of the National Action Party (PAN) stated...

“I energetically reject the actions of the governor of Puebla, Mario Marin, in the case of the detention of journalist Lydia Cacho.”  “The PAN has demanded the resignation of Marin.”

AMLO pide la cabeza de Marín.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, candidate of the Party For The Good Of All” (AMLO), demanded the resignation of the governor of Puebla, Mario Marin.

"This is not only a barbarity, it is also immoral, an inequality that perturbs the political and public life of the nation.”

No creo absolutamente nada: Madrazo.

Roberto Madrazo, presidencial candidato of the PRI-PVEM Alliance, stated...

"I believe absolutely none of it (i.e. the validity of the  recordings)."

- La Jornada - Mexico

Feb. 15, 2006


La Jornada Newspaper

[Original Story in Spanish]

Al descubierto, la conjura en contra de Lydia Cacho.

[English Translation Excerpts]

Feb. 14, 2006 Front Page Lead-In

The plot against Lydia Cacho is uncovered

La Jornada newspaper has obtained tape recordings of 12 phone calls of accused child trafficker and wealthy industrialist Kamel Nacif engaging in conversations with two Mexican state governors and businessmen.  The objective of the conversations, recorded in late 2005, was to coordinate an illegal conspiracy to retaliate against Lydia Cacho as revenge for Chacho's book, "Demons in Eden," which exposed a child pornography and child sex trafficking network allegedly run by wealthy business tycoons Jean Succar Kuri and Kamel Nacif.

The tapes reveal key conversations of Nacif at the time Lydia Cacho was detained.

In "vulgar and misogynist terms," Kamel Nacif talks with Puebla state Governor  Mario Marin and important businessmen [about Lydia Cacho].

Kamel Nacif had close contact with the judge in Lydia Cacho’s case, and 'ordered' Cacho’s imprisonment on defamation charges.

Kamel Nacif made arrangements to have women gang members in prison rape Lydia Cacho. [That plot was not carried out.]

The tapes confirm long-denied links between Kamel Nacif and accused pedophile Jean Succar Kari.  Kemel Nacif finances Succar Kuri’s legal defense in Arizona - [fighting extradition to Mexico on pedophilia charges].

Feb. 14, 2006 Main Story Excerpt

A series of audio tape recordings, deposited by an anonymous messenger at the reception desk of the Mexico City newspaper La Jornada, contain a number of phone conversations by Kamel Nacif, who ordered the detention of journalist Lydia Cacho because she mentioned his acts of pedophilia in her book, “The Demons of Eden.”  The tape recording begin at the moment in time when the judicial police of the state of Puebla, in coordination with judicial authorities in Cacho’s home state of Quintana Roo, had arrested Cacho in her home city of Cancun.  The recording end on December 23rd or 24th, 2005, when Cacho had been released from jail on bail.

During the critical week of activities covered by the recordings, two Mexican state governors were recorded in conversations with Kamel Nacif.  They are Mario Marin, Governor of Puebla state, and Governor Pablo Salazar Mendiguchia, of Chiapas state.

...Kamel Nacif, in a raspy, vulgar voice, refers at-length in his conversations to how, by way of friends and contacts in the prison in Puebla, he had “recommended” that Lydia Cacho be jailed so that the [female gangs] Las Locas (the Crazies) and the Tortilleras (the tortilla makers)… could rape Cacho when she went to jail.  Kamel Nacif also commented that he had arranged for the court-date notices [that Cacho would normally receive, demanding her appearance in court], be destroyed.  “Otherwise, Cacho would never be jailed.”

...The tapes also illustrate the worry and involvement of Nacif in the extradition case against accused pedophile Jean Succar Kuri, his long-time friend, who has been held in jail in Arizona for two years.  The voice of a lawyer named Richard, and an Argenitine-accented associate, make clear that Kamel Nacif directly assists and finances the legal defense of Succar in the U.S.

The recordings total about 90 minutes in length, and include 12 separate phone calls which are “saturated with misogynist expressions.”

- Blanche Petrich

La Jornada - Mexico

Feb. 14, 2006

- Translation

LibertadLatina

Chuck Goolsby

Feb. 14, 2006

LibertadLatina Note:

Lydia Cacho was apparently arrested in Quintana Roo state by Puebla state police without ever having received the requisite notice to appear (voluntarily) in court, in the current defamation case against her.  This appears to be a trumped-up justification for jailing Lydia Cacho, for failing to appear voluntarily.

Chuck Goolsby

Feb. 15, 2006

See Also:

 Lebanese [Mexican] businessman, Jean Succar Kuri, 60, was arrested on February 5th, 2005 in Arizona after Mexican authorities issued an inter-national order for his arrest accused of being the leader of a child pornography ring in the city of Cancun, in the state of Quintana Roo, on the Caribbean coast. Sixteen victims have presented criminal allegations against Succar Kuri... 

The total of victims could be several thousand children.

- InsideCostaRica.com

Feb. 25, 2004


Added Feb. 15, 2006

Mexico

The Travails of Mexican Journalist Lydia Cacho

Analysis

...The charges against Cacho resulted from claims made in her 2005 book, Los demonios del Edén (The Demons of Eden), which detailed the operations of a Cancún-based pedophilia ring allegedly run by Lebanese-born businessman Jean Succar Kuri.

Her work portrayed a mafia-esque cabal of politicians, drug traffickers and businessmen who supported and protected the operations, among them Puebla textile mogul José Kamel Nacif Borge.

Nacif, whose wealth confers wide-reaching influence on his person and who has been labeled “a model businessman” by President Fox, has been able, up to now, to carry out his retribution relatively free of personal consequences. Some have suggested that Nacif is acting as Succar’s proxy against Cacho by means of those who have been described as morally neutered and reprehensible politicians, namely Puebla governor Mario Marín Torres, and Puebla attorney general Blanca Laura Villeda. These two were only too willing to push for prosecution of Cacho on the vague charges of libel and slander, accusations which lack substantive heft, but are a common form of retaliation against investigative journalists in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America.

- Michael Lettieri

The Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Feb. 15, 2006


Added Feb. 15, 2006

Mexico

Advocates For Low Wage Factory Workers Demand Freedom For Labor Leader Jailed After Announcing His Support For Lydia Cacho In Puebla

It is... suspicious that the charges against [human rights advocate] Martin Barrios Hernández were filed on the same day as independent journalist, Lydia Cacho, was arrested by Puebla state police in Cancun and transported to Puebla on defamation charges brought by maquila owner Kamil Nacif, who, we understand, subcontracts work to Gil’s Calidad en Confecciones [Quality Confections] factory.

We can only wonder whether Barrios’ arrest has anything to do with his public statements in support of the rights of this independent journalist."

- The Maquila Solidarity Network

Canada

Jan. 10, 2006


Added Feb. 14, 2006

Arizona, USA, Mexico

Judge To Decide On Extradition Request From Mexico

Jean Succar Kuri U.S. Arrest Photo Mugshots.com

Arizona alista respuesta a México sobre pederasta.

Sandra Raynor, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney for Arizona has announced that federal judge David Duncan may rule at any time on an extradition request from the Mexican Government in regard to Lebanese-born Mexican citizen Jean Succar Kuri.  A wealthy industrialist, Succar Kuri is accused by Mexican prosecutors of being a pedophile.

Mexico has charged Succar Kuri with two separate charges: 1) maintaining a sexual relationship with 4 underage girls; and a separate count of doing the same with two additional girls.

- Notimex

Feb. 10, 2006


Added Jan. 22, 2006

Mexican human rights defender could face four years in prison

An award winning Mexican journalist, and president of the woman’s refuge, Centro Integral de Atencion a las Mujeres (CIAM), was arrested on 16 December in Cancun, transported over 1000 miles to the city of Puebla and charged with defamation and slander.

- Frontline - Defenders of Human Rights Defenders

Jan. 25, 2006


Added Jan. 22, 2006

Confirma Tribunal de Puebla

Trasladarán caso de Lydia Cacho a Cancún

La defensa de la periodista Lydia Cacho se anotó un triunfo luego de que el Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Estado de Puebla, aceptó el recurso de apelación que interpuso para que el caso de la autora de Los Demonios del Edén sea trasladado de la entidad poblana a la Ciudad de Cancún.

Defense attorneys for Lydia Cacho are celebrating the announcement by the Superior Tribunal of Justice in the state of Puebla that the criminal trial against Ms. Cacho will be transferred to the city of Cancun. 

Ms. Cacho has stated in the past that she believes that her criminal libel trial was orchestrated by Puebla state governor MarioMarin, in collusion with accused Kamal Nacif, the millionaire Lebanese immigrant businessman who Ms. Cacho links to a massive child sex tourism network in her book "Demons in Eden."

- CIMAC Noticias

News for Women

Mexico City

Jan. 20, 2006


Added Jan. 20, 2006

Este viernes vence plazo para aceptar apelación de Cacho.

The presiding judge in the criminal defam-ation case against Lydia Cacho will, on Friday, Jan. 2006, rule on a motion by defense attorneys to have the trial moved from the state of Puebla to either Cancun or Mexico City.  Ms. Cacho has stated that the governor of Puebla had orchestrated her prosecution.


Added Jan. 18, 2006

Lydia Cacho, exonerada
del delito de calumnia.

One of the criminal charges against Lydia Cacho - calumnia (calumny - a form of defamation) has been dropped due, her lawyers said, to a legal technicality.


Added Jan. 17, 2006

Reprueba Gobernación proceso contra Lydia Cacho.

The Mexican federal Interior Department, citing what it calls 'excesses' in the actions of Puebla state's attorney's  in seeking to prosecute Lydia Cacho, have reproached the state's actions against Ms. Cacho, and have declared their willingness to intervene.

Mexican Interior Department undersecretary for norms and means Enrique Aranda:

"From the moment of her detention, while respecting the sovereignty of [Puebla], we have tried to assure that her rights were not violated."

"We know that in the next few days a sentence will be handed down, or a preliminary finding will be announced.  At that point, we will take a position."

"I believe that we have to allow the local authorities the chance to announce a verdict that, hopefully does not violate the rights of this journalist, as we would expect in the case of any other citizen."


Added Jan. 2, 2006

Mexico

Despite a concerted effort to crack down on pedophiles in both Mexico and the United States, child prostitution continues unabated in Mexican tourist resorts such as Acapulco and Cancun as well as border cities such as Ciudad Juarez. Many of those who pay for sex with the boys and girls are American, Canadian and European tourists.

To be sure, pedophilia remains a sensitive topic in Mexico.

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, a journalist and children's rights advocate, found that out after publishing Demons of Eden, a book that claimed links between a child-sex ring and certain government officials, politicians, drug traffickers and businessmen.

A Puebla-based businessman sued her for criminal libel and on Dec. 16, Cacho was arrested in Cancun.

Investigators say some of the worst abuses occur in the famous seaside resort of Acapulco. In strip clubs, cantinas, hotels and private houses around the beautiful bay, about 1,000 children are victims of the illicit trade, according to UNICEF.

Attempts to prosecute the pedophiles in Acapulco have had limited success.

Under the law, Mexican prosecutors need someone to file a detailed accusation against a specific suspect before they can take action. "Even if we see suspects we can't act. We just pass the information on" to prosecutors, Moreno said. "Sometimes, nothing seems to be done with it."

- Houston Chronicle

Dec. 30, 2005


Added Dec. 28, 2005

 Criminal libel charges upheld against Cacho but she remains free pending trial.

- Journalists Without Borders

Dec. 26, 2005

Added Dec. 28, 2005

 La doble agresión a Lydia Cacho -Ser defensor de derechos humanos sigue siendo un oficio peligroso en México.

A double aggression against Lydia Cacho has occurred: First, as a journalist, and again as a human rights activist.

 To be a human rights defender continues to be a dangerous calling in Mexico. The case of Lydia Cacho highlights the point inescapably. Other defenders before her have been harassed and attacked with impunity before the neglectful eyes of the authorities. 

The Inter-American Court of Human rights had good reasons to order the Mexican government to take measures to comply with international human rights laws.  Since the murder of lawyer and activist Digna Ochoa [in 2001], these measures have insisted that Mexico protect the lives and the personal security of Pilar Noriega, Barbara Zamora and Leonel Rivero, all of them attacked as a result of their work in defense of fundamental rights in Mexico.

Mexico continues being risky and hostile territory for the defenders.

Recognized organizations like Amnesty Inter-national consider that the situation of rights defenders in a given country is a dramatic indicator of what happens to other unprotected sectors of that society.

- La Jornada

Mexico City

Dec. 26, 2005


Added Dec. 23, 2005

 Auto de formal prisión, golpe a la justicia (The judge's order of detention [now on appeal] is a blow to justice.)

- CIMAC Noticias

Dec. 23, 2005


 Campaña internacional en favor de Lydia Cacho (The international campaign in support of Lydia Cacho.)

- CIMAC Noticias

Dec. 23, 2005


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

 - EFE News

Dec. 23, 2005


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

- CIMAC Noticias

Dec. 23, 2005


Added Dec. 23, 2005

 Reporteros sin Fronteras teme por Lydia Cacho. (Jounalists Without Borders Fears for the safety of Lydia Cacho.)

- CIMACNoticias.com

Dec. 22, 2005


Added Dec. 23, 2005

 Investigative journalist faces possible prison sentence for libel.

- Journalists Without Borders

Dec. 22, 2005


Added Dec. 23, 2005

 Journalist detained and charged with defamation.

- Committee

to Protect Journalists

New York

Dec. 21, 2005


Added Dec. 23, 2005

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

- China Post

Taiwan

Dec. 21, 2005


Added Dec. 23, 2005

 Acusa Cacho a gobernador poblano de orquestar campaña en su contra.

 Lydia Cacho, at the presentation of her defense in a courtroom in Puebla, Mexico, declared that she is not afraid of the accusations of suspected child sex trafficker and millionaire Kamel Nacif... "He has a right to his opinions." 

Cacho also stated that Mario Marín, governor of the state of Puebla, (where her trial is being held, and which has major child sex trafficking 'issues')was responsible for orchestrating the current campaign against her.


Added Dec. 23, 2005

 Imparcialidad, promete la jueza
para Lydia Cacho.

Judge Rosa Celia Pérez, who is presiding at the defamation trial of Lydia Cacho, has stated publicly that she will give a fair and impartial decision, and will not allow herself to be intimidated, even in the current climate in Puebla state, that is hostile to the author of "Demons of Eden" - Lydia Cacho.


Added Dec. 23, 2005

 Difamación, arma para silenciar la verdad en México (Defamation charges - a tool for silencing the truth in Mexico.)


Added Dec. 23, 2005

 Amnestia International pide seguridad para Lydia Cacho (Amnesty International demands guarantees of security for Lydia Cacho)


Added Dec. 23, 2005

 Mi detención, Lydia Cacho (My detention - by Lydia Cacho)


Added Dec. 23, 2005

 Carta abierta de la periodista Lydia Cacho (An Open Letter from Lydia Cacho)

La Cámara de Diputados federal llamó a la Procuraduría General de la República y del estado de Puebla para que investiguen a fondo las redes de pedofilia y porno-grafía infantil movidas por poderosos empresarios, como denunció la periodista Lydia Cacho.

 Cancún - Mexican activist & journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro has written 2 letters from prison, where she is being held on defamation charges against two Cancun businessmen who have been exposed for running a child prostitution and sex tourism 'business' that may involve thousands of victims.  Cacho Ribeiro writes that retaliation for her exposé - "Demons in Eden" was inevitable.  She notes that the jailing of journalists based on accusations of defamation is always a risk, but that Mexican law should require proof of such an act before a journalist is jailed. 

Amnesty International has asked that Cacho Ribeiro's security be protected by the state.  The Chamber of Deputies (lower house) of the Congress of the Republic has demanded invest-igations into these pedophile networks run by wealthy businessmen, and into how Cacho Ribeiro came to be arrested for defamation.

See also:

Amnesty Inter-national's campaign to support Lydia Cacho Ribeiro from threats (prior to her recent arrest).


Added Dec. 17, 2005

Contraataque por evidenciar red de pederastas

 Detienen a la periodista y activista mexicana Lydia Cacho Ribeiro.

 Cancún - Mexican activist & journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro has been arrested and jailed by police. 

Women's rights advocates are calling Cacho's arrest a  'counter-attack' in revenge against Cacho for having authored a book,  'Demons in Eden' that exposed the connections between a group of wealthy business-men and pedophile rings and child pornographers.

Cacho was detained for the supposed crime of defamation (a criminal offense in Mexico) resulting from a complaint filed by Nacif Borge, a Lebanese born textile businessman who Cacho has linked with the leader of the pedophile gang, millionaire hotelier Jean Succar Kuri, who is also Lebanese (see below note on Succar Kuri). 

Since the publication of Demons in Eden, Cacho has been harassed and has received death threats for her investigative journalism.  Cacho is the director of the Center for Integral Attention for Women (CIAM) in Cancun, who’s 40 member staff have also been threatened by forces  apparently linked to the wealthy businessmen.

Cacho was arrested in front of the offices of CIAM in Cancún.

- Cimac Noticias

Dec. 16, 2005

See also:

 A biography of writer Lydia Cacho Ribeiro.

- http://www.writers.net/


Added Feb. 14, 2006

Women's rights workers say they are receiving death threats for their role in prosecuting a Mexican businessman who was arrested in Chandler, Ariz., on charges of running a child sex ring in Cancun. The threats prompted two international rights groups to send an open letter to President Vicente Fox this month urging the Mexican government to give extra protection to the activists.

- Notimex

Feb. 16, 2005


Child sex, Cancun a troubling mix

Officials fight growing reputation as haven for exploitation ...

Until three years ago, Paulina Arias lived a quiet life near Cancun's white sand beaches and turquoise waters. She spent her days teaching at a Catholic school, attending Mass, visiting prison inmates and making a home for her husband and two children.

Then she was told that one of her students, a 17-year-old girl, had been sexually abused by a wealthy businessman since the age of 13. The student said she also had sent girls as young as 6 to the man, who referred to them as "fresh meat" on a covertly filmed videotape obtained by The Dallas Morning News.

The suspect, Jean Succar Kuri, sits in an Arizona jail, facing extradition to Mexico, where he is charged with statutory rape, child pornography and corruption of minors, according to authorities and Mr. Succar's lawyers.

Through one of his lawyers, Mr. Succar, 59, acknowledged having an extramarital affair with the teenage girl but denied engaging in sexual activity with younger girls. Mr. Succar has also said that the videotape on which he appears, which has uneven sound quality, was doctored.

- Dallas Morning News
Mar. 26, 2004


 Para ofrecer su apoyo a Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, contacten al Centro Integral de Atención a la Mujer - CIAM en Cancún.

To support Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, contact the Center for Integral Attention for Women (CIAM) in Cancun. 

CIAM:

ciamcancun@prodigy.net.mx

Teléfonos en Cancún :

( 9988) 848124 

( 9988) 980755

 

From Mugshots.com:

Jean Succar Kuri U.S. Arrest Photo Mugshots.com

"Jean Succar Kuri, a Mexican national who was living in California, was arrested by U.S. Marshals on February 6, 2004 for allegedly running a sex party ring in Cancun, Mexico."

"Kuri attracted 'clients' from all over the world who would pay big money to have sex with children, some as young as six. According to one witness, Kuri allegedly attempted to force a 9-year-old boy to have sex with his 8-year-old sister."

With Photo - MugShots.com

 Lebanese [Mexican] business-man, Jean Succar Kuri, 60, was arrested on February 5th, 2005 in Arizona after Mexican authorities issued an inter-national order for his arrest accused of being the leader of a child pornography ring in the city of Cancun, in the state of Quintana Roo, on the Caribbean coast. Sixteen victims have presented criminal allegations against Succar Kuri... 

The total of victims could be several thousand children.

- InsideCostaRica.com

Feb. 25, 2004


Show Your Support For Lydia Cacho Ribeiro


 Para ofrecer su apoyo a Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, contacten al Centro Integral de Atención a la Mujer - CIAM en Cancún.

To support Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, contact the Center for Integral Attention for Women (CIAM) in Cancun. 

CIAM:

ciamcancun@prodigy.net.mx

Teléfonos en Cancún :

( 9988) 848124 

( 9988) 980755


From: http://www.amnesty.ie/content/view/full/4955/

Amnesty International Ireland...

Fear For Safety / Death Threats

Against Lydia Cacho Ribeiro (F), President Of The Centro Integral De Atención A La Mujer (Ciam) Women's Assistance Center, And Human Rights Defender

On 16 December, 2005 Lydia Cacho Ribeiro was arrested by police at her home in the city of Cancun. She was taken 1,500 kilometres to the city of Puebla. She was detained for 30 hours, on charges of defamation, before being released on bail.

Amnesty International believes that her detention constitutes judicial harassment, threatens her right to freedom of expression, and makes her more vulnerable to threats and intimidation related to her human rights work.

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro is a journalist and the president of the organization Centro Integral de Atención a las Mujeres (CIAM), Women's Assistance Centre.

She has highlighted abuses suffered by women and children, and the impunity that those responsible often enjoy.

Earlier in 2005 she published a book alleging the involvement of important businessmen in a child pornography ring.

One of the businessmen she named, based in Puebla, filed a complaint of defamation against her and the Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado, Public Prosecutor's Office opened a preliminary investigation.

This resulted in a judge issuing a warrant for Lydia Cacho Ribeiro's arrest.

After police had brought her to Puebla, a journey which took 10 hours by road, she was held in custody before being brought before a judge and released on bail of $10,000.

She is required to appear before a judge in Puebla every week while the judicial process continues.

She could face up to four years in prison.

Defamation is a criminal offence in Mexico and is sometimes used to silence and intimidate journalists reporting on matters of public interest. In Puebla the offence is punishable by six months to four years in prison.

The Inter American Commission on Human Rights has called for defamation to be a civil offence and not a criminal one. Mexico has not taken steps to adopt this recommendation.

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro has previously been threatened and intimidated as a result of her human rights activities. Following the UA and follow-up on Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, the authorities provided her with some police protection, enabling her to continue her work.

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Spanish or your own language:

- expressing concern for the safety of Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, after she was detained and charges of defamation were brought against her;

- expressing concern that this may encourage others to threaten or attack her;

- calling on federal and state authorities to guarantee her safety in accordance with her wishes;

- expressing concern that the charge of defamation is sometimes used to silence those who speak out on sensitive issues, in violation of the right to freedom of expression;

- call for the implementation of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights recommendation to make defamation and liable civil offences not liable to imprisonment.


PLEASE WRITE LETTERS OF CONCERN TO:


Licenciado Joaquín Hendricks Díaz

Gobernador del Estado de Quintana Roo

Palacio de Gobierno,
Av. 22 de Enero y Héroes,
Chetumal 77009,
Estado de Quintana Roo,
MÉXICO
Fax: 00 52 983 832 06 20
(if someone answers, say “tono de fax por favor”)

Salutation:Dear Governor/ Señor Gobernador


Maestra Blanca Laura Villeda Martínez

Procuradora General de Justicia del Estado de Puebla 

(Attorney General of Puebla state)

Boulevard 5 de mayo y 31 Oriente,
Colonia Ladrillera de Benitez,
Puebla,
Puebla,
CP 72539,
MÉXICO
Fax: 00 52 222 240 8105

Salutation:Dear Attorney General/Estimada Procuradora


Dr. Ricardo Sepúlveda

Director of Human Rights – Interior Ministry

Secretaría de Gobernación,
Reforma 99, PISO 21, PH,
Colonia Tabacalera,
C.P. 06030,
México D.F,.
MÉXICO
Fax: 00 52 55 51 28 02 34
(if someone answers say: "tono de fax, por favor")

Salutation: Dear Sir/Estimado Doctor


COPIES TO:


CIAM - Human rights organization

Centro Integral de Atención a las Mujeres -

CIAM Cancún A.C.
Calle 12 poniente · 66,
SMZA 63 Cancún Quintana Roo 77500,
MEXICO

 

 
   

   

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Added: Mar. 14, 2012

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.

Read the full article

IANS/EFE

Jan. 31, 2012


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

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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Raúl Kollmann

Page 12

Feb. 09, 2012


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

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

Notimex

Feb. 02, 2012


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Mexico

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


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

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


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Mexico

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


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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


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Mexico

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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wradio.com.mx

Feb. 08, 2012


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Mexico

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


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Mexico

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

Quadratín

Jan. 25, 2012


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Mexico

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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EFE

Jan. 26, 2012


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Mexico

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


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Mexico

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


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Mexico

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


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Mexico

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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Mexico

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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Peru

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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Mexico

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

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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News24

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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Mexico

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


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Mexico

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


Added: Mar. 14, 2012

Bolivia

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

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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Mexico

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

Milenio

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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Mexico

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

oem.com.mx

Feb. 08, 2012


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Mexico

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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TheJournal.ie

Jan. 12, 2012


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Ecuador

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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eldiario.com.ec

Feb. 08, 2012


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Guatemala

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

Jurist

Jan. 22, 2012


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Mexico

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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Provincia.com.mx

Feb. 08, 2012


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Peru

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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Andina.com.pe

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



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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.

Mexico:

  • 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

LibertadLatina

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

Mexico

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