Modern Day Slavery in Mexico

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Prof. P April 28, 2011 Modern Day Slavery in Mexico Mexico is a large source, transit, and destination country for persons trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. Groups considered most vulnerable to human trafficking in Mexico include women and children, indigenous persons, and undocumented migrants. A significant number of Mexican women, girls, and boys are trafficked within the country for commercial sexual exploitation, lured by false job offers from poor rural regions to urban, border, and tourist areas. According to the government, more than 20,000 Mexican children (Report, 2009) are victims of sex trafficking every year, especially in tourist and border areas. This is a very serious issue and it is closer to home than we may think, a student-run news service called Cronkite News Service at the Arizona State University, shed the national spotlight on a new immigration problem plaguing the desert border towns of Arizona: so called “rape trees,” trees on the U.S. side of the border littered with women’s undergarments. Mexican drug cartel members and the coyotes, who smuggle immigrants across the border, are believed to rape the women as soon as they enter U.S. territory to instill fear, intimidate and control them. When the coyote-rapists are finished, they hang the women’s panties from the trees as trophies to mark their brutal conquests. These “rape trees” are becoming more common along the Arizona border counties of Pima and Cochise, as coyotes and drug cartel members find human trafficking more profitable than drug smuggling. There are other forms of human trafficking that does not involve prostitution and that is selling brides. There is a case reported by Greenfield Police, where an 18yr. old man buys a 14yr. old girl from her father for $16,000, one hundred cases of beer and several cases of meat. In the
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