Now they are starting to address it," said Teresa Kilbanethe fund's Mexico projects director. Cacho, whose plight has won the support of Reporters Without Borders and other groups, could get four years in prison if convicted.
Miguel Lopez, head of child protection for the Guerrero state government in Acapulco, said the defense attorneys allegedly bribed key child witnesses so they wouldn't testify. Soon after, the other 11 were released when a federal judge said there was insufficient evidence against them.
The act also increased the maximum sentence for child-sex tourism to 30 years from 10 for first-time offenders and to a life sentence for those with convictions. Now free on bond, she denies breaking any laws. Barriers to prosecution Attempts to esnenada the pedophiles in Acapulco have had limited success.
In a sting operation in Februaryagents in California nabbed seven men who had ed up to go on a holiday to the Baja California town of Ensenada, where they were promised sex with pristitutes as young as 9. In Augusttwo of the suspects committed suicide in the city's prison.
Under the law, Mexican prosecutors need someone to ensenqda a detailed accusation against a specific suspect before they can take action. What do you want me to do?
We just pass the information on" to prosecutors, Moreno said. Hundreds of homeless youths such as Fernandez hang out on the beaches, outside the discos and in the central plaza in the heart of the resort where they prostitutss picked up by pedophiles. In many cases the children are sold by pimps, who are often older homeless people with histories of being sexually exploited themselves, Moreno said.
Lydia Cacho Ribeiroa journalist and children's rights advocate, found that out after publishing Demons of Eden, a book that claimed links between -sex ring and certain government officials, politicians, drug traffickers and businessmen. 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, children are victims of the illicit trade, according to UNICEF.
The law clarifies and strengthens cases against American citizens who have sex with a minor outside the United States or have planned to go abroad to have sex with a minor, said Los Angeles Assistant Attorney Richard Lee. The business gets me food.
The U. It gets me clothes," said Fernandez, sitting in the shade of a basketball stand to escape the blazing sun.
Would you stay at a sex hotel if it were really, really nice?
A Puebla-based businessman sued her for criminal libel and on Dec. The suspects should have been sent to the United States for trial, he said. Investigators estimate the of Mexican children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation — including prostitution, pornography and human trafficking — has increased to 20, from 16, in the past five years.
Meanwhile, child sexual exploitation continues throughout Mexico. The same year, the Department of Homeland Security launched so-called Operation Predator, an initiative to investigate and arrest all types of sex offenders in the U.
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Most Popular. So far, the operation has netted 6, people, including 13 men who planned to have sex with children abroad, said department spokesperson Jamie Zuieback.
Then his smile disappeared, and the face of the skinny year-old turned to a cold, unblinking stare as he described how grown men, sometimes Mexicans and sometimes foreign tourists, regularly take him to hotels and pay to have sex with him. Mexican authorities and child-protection advocates say a weak justice system, police corruption and a lack of facilities to help homeless children have hindered attempts in Mexico to curb the problem.
Many of those who pay for sex with the boys and girls are American, Canadian and European tourists.