WOMEN TRAFFICKING IN MEXICO
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