June 13, 2010
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Venden niñas por edades
En San Pedro Sula hay unas 10 mil menores que son víctimas de abuso sexual y comercial
Apenas tiene 16 años y “Elena” ya ha tenido relaciones sexuales con diferentes hombres. La menor era prostituida por su padrastro, ahora lo hace por su cuenta.
Desde pequeña empezó a sufrir los maltratos del hombre que apenas esperó a que el cuerpo de ella comenzara a notarse el desarrollo para poder lucrarse.
La niña recuerda que tenía cerca de 12 años cuando su padrastro le dijo que llegarían unos amigos de visita y que tenía que ayudarle a su madre a atenderlos...
Un día, cuando estaba cerca de cumplir los 13 y mientras sus seis hermanos jugaban en la calle, su padrastro la dejó en casa con un amigo.
“Sólo me dijo que no tuviera miedo y que fuera cariñosa, ahora sé que pagaron por estar conmigo y en vez de que gane dinero él, mejor me lo agarro yo”, expresó la menor, que ahora se prostituye en las calles de la ciudad.
Ella logró huir de su casa, pero no del camino al que la orilló su padrastro...
El caso de “Elena” es más común de lo que parece. Sólo en San Pedro Sula hay cerca de 10 mil menores que son víctimas de abuso sexual y comercial, según información en poder de la Fiscalía de la Niñez. Las cifras recogen datos hasta 2008, por lo que las autoridades temen que el número hasta la fecha sea mucho más alarmante. El 98% de las estadísticas corresponde a niñas...
In the northern coastal city of San Pedro
Sula, 10,000 minors are subjected to sexual abuse and commercial
Elena has just turned 16, but she has ‘been’ with many men. She
was first prostituted by her stepfather. Now she does it to make
money for herself.
From an early age Elena suffered abuse from her stepfather, who
just waited long enough for her to show signs of maturing before
he started profiting from selling her body.
Elena recalls that she was almost 12 when her stepfather told
her that some of his friends would be coming over to visit, and
that she had to help her mother to attend to his visitors.
At that time, Elena didn’t know that type of ‘attending’ she
would have to do for her stepfather’s friends. She imagined that
she would have to cook for them. Girls her age were expected to
help out with the housework.
One day, when she was close to her 13th birthday,
while her six brothers played in the street, her stepfather left
her in the house with one of his friends. Elena: “He told me not
to be afraid, and asked me to be affectionate with him. Now I
know that this man paid my stepfather to be with me. Instead of
making money for him, now I make it myself.”
Elena was able to escape from her home, but could not escape the
path in life that her stepfather has set her upon.
Cases like Elena’s occur more frequently than one would think.
Just in the city of San Pedro Sula, there are 10,000 minors who
are victims of sexual abuse, including the Commercial Sexual
Exploitation of Children (CSEC), according to data collected by
the special prosecutor for crimes against children. Their
statistics only cover a period through 2008, leaving the
authorities believing that today’s figures are likely much
higher. Some 98% of cases involve girls.
Special prosecutor for crimes against children coordinator
Thelma Martínez indicates that the figures are worrying, given
that an increasing number of these cases involve pimping and
Martínez declared that these girls and adolescents are
manipulated and recruited by adults who profit from them through
prostitution. The victims are selected for the marketplace based
on the color of their skin, their age and their height.
The obstacle that prosecutors face in going after pimps is that
minors are not willing to testify against them.
Martínez: “Many girls are fearful. Others, unfortunately, have
gotten used to earning money this way, and prefer to say
Due to the increase in these types of cases, a special office
was created to attend to the complaints involving sexual abuse,
kidnapping, pimping, human trafficking and rape, which is the
most commonly reported crime.
According to the special prosecutor’s office, in the month of
May, 2010 alone, 30 child sexual abuse cases were processed.
Although child sexual abuse cases involve a criminal penalty of
from 5 to 10 years of prison time, the damage caused to the
victim is irreversible.
“The worst part of these cases is that the [perpetrator] is in
the same family nucleus. They are fathers, stepfathers, cousins
or others” added Martínez.
In addition to attending to the cases of children who are
victims of crime, the special prosecutor’s office also deals
with at-risk minors and juvenile criminal perpetrators. When
they receive a complaint, they sent the child to one of several
centers run by the Honduran Institute for Children and Families
– IHNFA, while the case is being resolved...
La Prensa - Honduras
June 09, 2010
New York, USA
Smugglers kidnap girl bound for Long Island
A Long Island mom is racing against time to find her teenage daughter -- who is being held captive by immigrant-smugglers threatening to kill her unless a ransom is paid.
"Mom, save me! Please help! They are going to kill me," 14-year-old Eloisa Lopez, who left Honduras more than a month ago, told her mom by phone on Tuesday.
The terrified girl somehow managed to take a cellphone from her captors and call her mom. But she had no clear idea where she was being held, sending her family scrambling for help.
The devastated mom had saved up her earnings as a housekeeper and paid "coyotes" $5,000 to bring the girl to the country nearly a month ago, Eloisa's sister told the Post.
But 10 days later, a smuggler brazenly demanded $7,000 more from the family in exchange for Eloisa's life.
It was cash they didn't have.
Then on Tuesday, Dania received the terrifying call.
"I think I'm in Houston, but I don't know where I am!" Eloisa cried over the phone, fearful that her captors would discover she was calling for help.
"Don't worry, we will save you no matter where you are," Dania told her daughter, before phoning cops.
A law enforcement source told The Post yesterday that "authorities are investigating a claim that may have implications of human trafficking."
Federal authorities have since taken over the case, and Department of Homeland Security agents yesterday went to the Lopez family's home in Woodbury.
"She was due back this week," Ingrid Lopez, 18, said of her sister. "This is horrible. My sister is in danger of losing her life. These coyotes don't care. They will kill you and leave you in the desert."
Ingrid would know. She was smuggled from Honduras to Long Island three years ago on a similarly dangerous journey.
The 18-year-old, now a student, often went without food and water and walked for three days straight.
She now fears her younger sister has met a far worse fate.
"She is so small and slight. She would not be able to defend herself against them," Ingrid said.
Eloisa's mom has been working long and hard to bring all five of her children into the country.
Two, including Ingrid, have been safely brought to Long Island. The youngest two live in Honduras with their grandmother.
"We never imagined this would happen. We just wanted to be reunited as a family," Ingrid Lopez said. "We feel helpless but we have faith in God everything will work out."
Kieran Crowley and Emily Ngo
The New York Post
June 10, 2010
New Jersey, USA
Man admits sexually abusing boy, 5, in Parsippany
An illegal immigrant from Guatemala faces up to 15 years in state prison on his guilty plea Monday to sexually abusing a 5-year-old boy in Parsippany over a six-month period.
Through a Spanish interpreter, Jorge Mario Hernandez, 26, admitted to state Superior Court Judge Thomas V. Manahan in Morristown to one count of aggravated sexual assault on the child between May 1 and Oct. 23, 2009.
Morris County Assistant Prosecutor LaJuan Tucker has recommended that Hernandez be sentenced to 15 years in state prison, with 85 percent or 12 years and nine months to be served before parole consideration. Defense lawyer Neill Hamilton said he would argue for 10 years.
Hernandez, who told the judge he was educated until the 6th grade in his native Guatemala, said he understood he was likely to be deported upon release from prison. Sentencing tentatively was set for July 9.
Hernandez was arrested in October after an unidentified witness contacted police to say that he or she saw Hernandez assaulting the boy. Upon being confronted, the witness told police, Hernandez dropped to his knees and begged for forgiveness. He said in court Monday only that he assaulted the child on more than one occasion; police had accused him of molesting the boy more than 30 times.
Before he is sentenced, Hernandez must be evaluated at the state's Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel to determine if he is a compulsive and repetitive sex offender who should be incarcerated there. According to the law, if he receives a sentence of more than seven years and is considered compulsive and repetitive, he still must serve a portion of his punishment in state prison before being transferred to Avenel.
The Daily Record
June 07, 2010
Man Charged with Child Sex Assault
A man from Scranton is accused of sexually assaulting a young boy over the course of a few months.
Jesus Marrero, 44, was arrested Wednesday. Police said he made a seven-year-old boy watch while he had sex with his girlfriend, then forced the boy to have sexual relations with him.
The boy was in Marrero's care at the time.
Police learned what happened when the boy told a school official.
June 10, 2010
Jose Arturo Lopez
Former Teacher Charged With Indecency With a Child
El Paso County Sheriff's Officers arrest a former Fabens ISD teacher. Jose Arturo Lopez was arrested for an alleged incident that took place in December of 2008 involving a 15-year-old girl. At the time, Lopez was working at O'Donnell Elementary school as fifth-grade teacher. Lopez is charged with indecency with a child.
June 09, 2010
Relative Caught In Girl's Sex Assault At San Francisco Elementary School
San Francisco - A 68-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting his 8-year-old step-granddaughter at her San Francisco elementary school last week was arrested Thursday at a homeless shelter after reportedly being harbored by his children and altering his appearance, police said Friday.
San Francisco police arrested Pedro Hernandez, who allegedly assaulted the girl at Sanchez Elementary School in the Mission District around noon June 3, at a shelter at St. Bruno's Catholic Church in San Bruno Thursday night, police said.
Hernandez is expected to be arraigned Monday morning in San Francisco Superior Court on seven felony counts, according to district attorney's office spokeswoman Erica Derryck.
The charges include continuous sexual abuse of a child, sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child 10 years of age or younger, and oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 years of age or younger. The last two charges are punishable by life in prison.
Three of Hernandez's adult children were also arrested Tuesday in connection with the alleged attack on the girl. Prosecutors filed charges against two of the children, but decided not to charge the third.
Marisol Lopez and Jesus Hernandez were arraigned in court Friday morning in on charges of being an accessory to the crime after the fact, according to Derryck. Both pleaded not guilty and were ordered held on $100,000 bail.
Police spokesman Officer Samson Chan said the children are believed to have helped their father get a motel room in Daly City after the alleged assault.
In addition, Hernandez shaved his moustache and cut his hair short in recent days, Chan said.
"He was actively trying to conceal himself," Chan said.
An investigation by the Police Department's Fugitive Recovery Team led police to the homeless shelter.
Following the alleged assault, police issued a $2 million warrant for his arrest and initiated a statewide and international search.
Police do not believe Hernandez was a member of the San Bruno church or that anyone at the shelter knew he was a fugitive, Chan said.
Hernandez has known the girl's family for several years and has lived with them on and off, according to police.
He had married the girl's grandmother but they are now separated, Chan said.
According to police, Hernandez arrived at the school to bring lunch to the girl and a female school district employee saw him "being overly affectionate toward the victim" and became suspicious.
The same employee then caught Hernandez allegedly sexually assaulting the girl in a secluded stairwell area inside the school and Hernandez ran away, police said. The woman called police.
Hernandez allegedly assaulted the girl in the stairwell multiple times and the acts were recorded on a video surveillance camera, police said.
June 11, 2010
A Chicago man convicted of child molesting in Elkhart County will be featured on the "America's Most Wanted" web page.
Roberto Vasquez, 54, was convicted last year. He was sentenced to 247 years behind bars for molesting a young girl from the time she was six until she was 12.
According to the America's Most Wanted website, Vasquez posed as a religious adviser in Elkhart to get into people's homes. He molested one girl from 1999 until 2006, when he was arrested.
On the day of his sentencing in 2009, Vasquez went into hiding and authorities have been looking for him ever since.
The Elkhart Police Department actually contacted “America’s Most Wanted”, hoping to get more publicity in the case on a national level.
“Just because of the severity of this crime; 9 different child molests charges of one child and it had been going on for six years, and the fact that he uses the “I'm a religious adviser” to get into him people’s homes. I mean, this family allowed him to live in their homes,” said Elkhart Police Lt. Ed Windbigler.
June 02, 2010
Salvadoran immigrant gets 50 years for dumping baby in the thrash
On Thursday, in a Harris County courtroom, Genny Granados, 31, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for murder, after leaving her infant son in a Houston emergency room bathroom trash can.
According to prosecutors, sometime around midnight Feb. 9, 2008, Granados, who denied being pregnant, gave birth to a baby boy in an emergency room bathroom at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.
She cut the umbilical cord herself, dumped the infant into the trash, and left.
A custodian later found the baby.
Doctors revived the infant, and placed him on life support. The baby was found to be brain-dead and died 11 days later.
At her arraignment, prosecutor Kelli Johnson said of Granados: “She has such little respect for human life that she tells no one, to my knowledge, that she was pregnant. She goes to the hospital, has a pair of scissors in her hand, and cuts her own umbilical cord and looks at her baby and throws it in the trash.”
Granados’ defense attorneys blamed hospital staff for the child’s death, saying they should have known that Granados gave birth in the restroom.
Granados is a legal U.S. resident who came to this country from El Salvador, and has two other children.
This sad case is reminiscent of another in which an illegal alien abandoned her baby in a dumpster in California.
In December 2009, the staff at Anaheim Medical Center became suspicious of the story given them by Juana Perez Valencia, 19, who though showing all of the signs, claimed she had not just given birth. Orange County deputies arrived and questioned her, eventually finding the corpse of her newborn daughter in the dumpster behind Sombrero’s restaurant, where Valencia worked as a waitress.
Apparently, Valencia gave birth to the girl in the restaurant’s bathroom, and allegedly placed the baby into a plastic bag, before tossing her into the dumpster.
An autopsy concluded that the baby had in fact, been born alive and healthy.
Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh told the Orange County Register that the Mexican national had concealed her pregnancy, and was fully aware that she could have simply handed the baby over to authorities with no questions asked, but instead chose to let her die in a trash bin.
The Orange County District Attorney‘s Office issued the following statement: “The baby girl was born alive. Baby Doe weighed 6.3 pounds and was 17 inches long. The defendant is accused of murdering the baby, putting Baby Doe in a plastic bag, and throwing her body in a dumpster behind the restaurant.”
Valencia was charged with murder and currently sits in the Orange County Jail awaiting trial. If convicted, she faces a sentence of 25 years to life.
June 12, 2010
Police investigate the use of date rape drug at bar
A 31-year-old Grove City woman reported to Grove City Police that at 1:17 a.m. May 26 that she was the victim of rape while she was at a bar in the 3000 block of Southwest Boulevard. She told police that she believed someone slipped a date rape drug in her drink.
She woke up next to the trash receptacles behind the bar, bleeding copiously and complaining of internal pain. She told police that two to three men, one of whom had a scar above his right eye, raped her.
She told police she believed the men were Hispanic and mentioned a gang initiation. She also complained of confusion. The bartender reported seeing the woman in the company of a number of individuals during the course of the night.
One witness said she saw the victim vomiting and bleeding in the bathroom, but none of the bar patrons reported any awareness of a rape.
Columbus Local News
June 02, 2010
U.S. Border Patrol Crime Blotter - May 27 - June 9, 2010
June 9, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Agents arrested an illegal alien from Honduras near Casa Grande, Arizona.
Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 in the state of Kentucky and had previously been removed from the United States.
June 7, 2010 - El Centro Sector - Agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California.
Records checks revealed the subject is a convicted sex offender and had previously been removed from the United States.
June 7, 2010 - El Centro Sector - Agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Ocotillo, California.
Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 in the state of California and had previously been removed from the United States.
June 7, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Cowlic, Arizona. During processing, the subject admitted to being a Latin Kings gang member. Records checks revealed he had a prior conviction for statutory rape in the state of Georgia.
June 5, 2010 - Del Rio Sector - Agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Eagle Pass, Texas.
Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for indecency with a child with sexual contact in the state of Texas, and had previously been removed from the United States.
June 4, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near Naco, Arizona.
Records checks revealed the subject was a Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) gang member and had a prior conviction for possession/purchase of cocaine and spousal abuse. He had also previously been removed from the United States.
June 3, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Ajo, Arizona.
Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for molestation of a child in the state of California and he had previously been removed from the United States.
June 2, 2010 - Del Rio Sector - Agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico in Weatherford, Texas.
Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for delivery of a controlled substance and an active arrest warrant for aggravated sexual assault on a child issued in the state of Texas. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States.
May 29, 2010 - Yuma Sector - Agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Yuma, Arizona.
Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history, to include convictions for aggravated driving under the influence, assault and disorderly conduct. The subject was also a registered sex offender and had been previously removed from the United States.
May 29, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Casa Grande, Arizona.
Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for rape in the state of Washington and had been previously removed from the United States.
May 29, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Douglas, Arizona.
Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for lascivious acts and sexual penetration with foreign object of a minor in the state of California. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States.
May 27, 2010 - Laredo Sector - Agents assisted other Federal and local law enforcement officers in the arrest of an illegal alien from Mexico for kidnapping at a bus station near Laredo, Texas. The subject was en route to Mexico after kidnapping an 11-year-old female in the state of Illinois. The child was returned unharmed to proper authorities.
May 27, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Gila Bend, Arizona.
Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for rape in the state of California and had been previously removed from the United States.
U.S. Border Patrol
June 9, 2010
New Castle Police Investigate Child's Abduction and Rape
Hockessin - New Castle County police are investigating a late night abduction and rape of a 9-year-old girl who accepted a ride from a stranger after she was inadvertently locked out of her home.
The investigation revealed that around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, a family friend drove the victim to her home on the 500 block of Homestead Road in Alban Park home. After the friend drove away, the victim initially entered her building but was unable to get into her home as the door was locked. Police learned she then walked back outside to search for her sister and her parents.
While walking along Alban Drive, near the rear of the Canby Park Shopping Center, the victim was approached by an unknown man who was driving a four-door vehicle. The man offered the victim a ride and after some conversation, she accepted. The two drove out of the community and then to an undisclosed location in the city of Wilmington where the car was parked.
Police say the male suspect then sexually assaulted the victim before she was able get out of the car and run. A good Samaritan found the young girl walking in the area and took her to a nearby convenience store. The victim was able to reach a family member by phone who responded to the store, picked her up and then drove her home. She then disclosed the assault to her mother, who in turned called 911.
The suspect is described as an Asian or Hispanic male with short black hair. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the New Castle County Police Department at (302) 395-8110 (attention Detective Brian Faulkner) or visit
www.nccpd.com. Citizens may also provide a text tip at: 847411 (TIP411); begin your message with NCCPD and then type your message. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.
Police say investigators do not have any evidence at this point to believe this case is related to the two recent abduction and rape crimes that are being investigated by the Delaware State Police.
June 10, 2010
Man Tries to Grab Child Walking to School
San Diego - A 14-year-old girls escaped from a kidnapping attempt Thursday morning in City Heights.
The girl told San Diego Police she was walking to school when a man walked out of an apartment complex at 4029 44th Street near University Avenue at about 7:15 a.m. He reportedly tried to grab her and started chasing her.
A passing school bus driver saw the girl appeared to be in trouble and called police.
Police describe the suspect as a Latino male, about 25 years old, 6 feet tall with a medium build, shaved head, wearing dark blue shorts and long white socks.
While the driver called police, the man fled. He was described as Hispanic, about 25 years old, 6 feet tall with a medium build and shaved head.
He had on dark blue Dickies shorts and long white socks.
San Diego 6
June 10, 2010
New Jersey, USA
Police Arrest Summit Man in Luring Case
Summit Police arrested Jose Gerardo Mazariedo, a 23 year old city resident, and charged him with two counts of third degree providing obscene materials to a minor and one count of second degree Child Luring on Monday, according to Detective Steve Zagorski.
This arrest, Zagorski emphasized, is not related to the May attempted luring on Linden Place.
On Saturday, the mother of a 14-year-old female reported to police that her daughter and three of her classmates had been followed home from school, every day for the past week, by an unidentified Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s who was operating a newer model Honda, color blue, Zagorski said.
At school dismissal time on June 7, the police set up surveillance around the victim's school and in the area of her walking route home. At around 3 p.m. police observed a 2010 Honda, which was being operated by Mazariedo, driving in the area under surveillance, Zagorski said.
The police stopped the vehicle and identified Mazariedo as the suspect from the June 7 complaint. Mazariedo was arrested after police uncovered additional evidence linking him to an additional victim, a 13-year-old female.
Mazariedo was committed to the Union County Jail in Elizabeth where he is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Chief Robert C. Lucid commended the actions and skills of the two detectives assigned to the case, Sgt. Thomas Rich and Det. John Padilla, for "quickly securing the necessary information for these criminal charges before this individual could perpetrate a sexual assault. Without their diligence we may have had a very different story to tell."
June 08, 2010
Cops seek suspect in assault on Waukegan bike path
Waukegan police are asking for the public's help in locating a man suspected in the sexual assault last week of a woman near a bike path in the far northern suburb, officials said today.
Police said a 38-year-old woman was attacked at about 5 p.m. on June 4, on the Robert McClorey Bike Path just north of Montesano Avenue.
The woman was riding her bicycle on the path when she a man on another bicycle knocked her off of her bicycle and forced her in to a wooded area, officials said. The man assaulted her at knife point, police said.
After the attack the man left the area on his bicycle, traveling southbound on the path from Montesano Avenue.
The man is described as Hispanic, about 26-years-old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a thin build and short black hair. The bicycle he was riding is described as a dark colored BMX style bicycle with foot pegs on the front wheel.
Police officials said they have a possible suspect identified and are "actively looking for him." Officials are asking anyone with any information about the incident to call detectives at (847)599-2608.
The Chicago Tribune / WGN
June 09, 2010
Short Pump jogger fights off attacker whose genitals were exposed
Henrico - Scary moments for a [city of] Short Pump woman who says she was attacked while on a morning jog near Lauderdale Drive and Park Terrace Drive. Tonight, police say they're treating this as an assault, and, exposure case, because when the woman tried to fight back, it turns out the man wasn't entirely covered up.
It's a crime that is as stunning, as it is unusual...in the upscale, private, and peaceful Wellesley neighborhood.
Police say a woman was on a mid-morning jog, when she saw a man walking toward her. She said, "Good morning". But police say the man, all of a sudden, shoved her backward. Police say the woman responded with a push of her own...only to notice the man's genitals were exposed.
"Kind of, just, you know...shocked. You don't really hear that kind of thing going on in our neighborhood," said Wellesley resident Sharon Sachdeva.
After the initial tussle, police say the man tried to run away, so the woman and a passerby chased him. Police say the man then got into a pickup truck, and drove out of sight.
Those who grew up in the area say it makes them think twice about their personal safety, which they usually don't have to do...
Henrico Police are looking for a person who fits this description: Hispanic male. Approximately 6' tall and 230 pounds, wearing white painter-style pants and a dingy white t-shirt. Police say he was driving a pickup truck. If you have information that can help, call Henrico Police at 501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
June 10, 2010
Woman fights off suspect in attack at San Jose storage facility
Police are searching for a man who attempted to sexually assault and rob a woman in a rented unit of a San Jose storage facility this afternoon.
The woman managed to fight off her assailant in the attack at about 4:30 p.m. at Public Storage in the 900 block of Felipe Avenue, police spokesman Dirk Parsons said.
He said the victim had entered her storage unit when an unknown man came up behind her, hit her with his elbow and attempted to lift her skirt.
The woman fought him off, but the suspect then threatened to steal her car. Parsons said the victim was holding keys to her Mercedes and that the suspect tried to grab them.
The victim, however, resisted and the suspect ran out the door of the storage unit, shutting it behind him, according to Parsons. The woman managed to quickly escape the unit, but the suspect then grabbed her.
Parsons said the victim again resisted and the suspect ran to his vehicle and drove off.
The victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Police described the suspect as a Hispanic man in his 30s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 170 pounds. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, and a blue shirt and pants. A security camera at the business showed him driving away in a small Honda or similar vehicle, Parsons said.
Parson said the suspect could face charges of assault with attempt to commit rape, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call police at (408) 277-4102. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP.
Bay City News Service
June 02, 2010
The United States
Female Migrants Charge Sexual Abuse in
- In the wake of allegations that a male guard at a central
Texas detention facility sexually assaulted female detainees on
their way to being deported, immigrant advocacy groups say
stronger oversight and accountability is urgently needed to
prevent further abuse of female detainees.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), part of the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said last week that the
guard has been fired. It added that Corrections Corporation of
America, the private prison company that manages the Hutto
facility, has been placed on probation pending the
investigation's outcome. The consequences of probation were not
that several women who were held at Hutto facility in Taylor,
Texas, were groped while being patted down and at least one was
propositioned for sex.
understand that this employee was able to commit these alleged
crimes because ICE-mandated transport policies and procedures
were not followed," David Sanders, DHS's contracting officer,
said in a letter to Corrections Corporation of America obtained
by The Associated Press.
ordered Corrections Corporation of America to take corrective
actions. Among them is forbidding male guards from being alone
with female detainees.
not an isolated incident," Jacki Esposito of Detention Watch
Network, a coalition of organizations that monitors ICE
treatment of detainees, told IPS. "Allegations of sexual assault
have plagued other facilities where immigrants are being held by
the federal government." ...
Inter Press Service (IPS)
June 07, 2010
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District
Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Jose Jhonson
Hernandez-Ramos, age 34, a Honduran national
living in Baltimore, today to 87 months in
prison followed by lifetime supervised release
for interstate travel to have sex with a minor.
Judge Bennett also ordered that Hernandez-Ramos
be removed from the United States by U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement after he has
completed his sentence.
The sentence was announced by
United States Attorney for the District of
Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in
Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement; Baltimore Police
Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; and
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia C.
According to Hernandez-Ramos’
plea agreement, Hernandez-Ramos met the victim
in California, when she was 14 years old, and
they began to have a sexual relationship in May
2008. After the victim turned 15 years old, Jose
Jhonson Hernandez- Ramos brought her from
California to Baltimore in December 2008, where
they continued a sexual relationship until
August 4, 2009.
This case was brought as part of
Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative
to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual
exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by
the Department of Justice. Led by United States
Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's
Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS),
Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state
and local resources to better locate, apprehend
and prosecute individuals who exploit children
via the internet, as well as to identify and
rescue victims. For more information about
Project Safe Childhood, please visit
United States Attorney Rod J.
Rosenstein commended Baltimore Child Abuse
Center Executive Director Adam Rosenberg and his
staff, for their assistance in this
investigation and thanked Assistant U.S.
Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who prosecuted the
The Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force
June 07, 2010
Illegal immigrant pleads to sex abuse of 6-year-old boy
Man faces between 15 and 30 years in prison, deportation for crimes
An illegal immigrant caught on video sexually assaulting a 6-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to exploiting a child to make child pornography.
The arrest of 25-five-year-old Maynor Quintanilla-Leon occurred after someone found a videotape in a Hyattsville trash bin that showed Quintanilla-Leon sexually abusing a male child, according to charging documents.
Quintanilla-Leon faces between 15 and 30 years in prison, and will be deported after he serves his time, prosecutors said.
"Mr. Quintanilla-Leon's despicable acts committed on a 6-year-old boy cry out for a long period of incarceration," Prince George's Police Chief Roberto Hylton said.
On July 8, 2009, authorities were tipped off about the attack after someone turned over a video tape that had been found with a VCR in a trash bin.
The tape lasts 47 minutes and depicts acts of sadistic violence, charging documents said. During the video, the child refers to his assailant as "Maynor."
Three days later, a witness spotted the man on the videotape in Hyattsville and contacted police. Police identified the man as Quintanilla-Leon, but because they did not have a victim they did not immediately arrest him, police said.
Detectives were able to find the boy in the video by going back to the previous addresses where Quintanilla-Leon had lived. Quintanilla-Leon had rented a home near where the boy lived. The child told police that Quintanilla-Leon abused him 20 times.
Quintanilla-Leon had fled to Texas, but U.S. Marshals captured him in Houston on July 29.
In Greenbelt's district court on Friday, Quintanilla-Leon admitted to sexually assaulting the boy twice. He did not admit to videotaping the assault, but admitted to throwing away the videotape in the trash near his brother's house.
The Washington Examiner
June 06, 2010
Manhunt for man who attacked 14-year-old in Kensington
San Diego - Police are looking for a man who tried to rape a 14-year-old girl in Kensington.
The girl says she was walking along on 41st Street near Monroe Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday when the man threw her to the ground and tore off her undergarments.
A nearby neighbor apparently heard the girl's screams and attempted to apprehend the suspect, but he got away.
The suspect is described as a Latino male in his 30s with a goatee and tattoo on his right forearm. He was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and shorts.
June 07, 2010
New York, USA
Police Seek Suspects In Central Park Sexual Assault
Police released surveillance video that shows three men believed to be suspects in the sexual assault of a woman in Central Park early Sunday morning. The victim, 23, was near the crosstown bus stop at East 86th Street and Fifth Avenue around 3 a.m. when, according to the Daily News, "The men offered to walk her through the park." Police Commissioner Kelly said, "She was taken into Central Park, where she was attacked."
The News also reports, "Two of the men pushed her to the ground, while the third exposed himself. She was sexually assaulted, hit on the head and robbed, the source said." The men allegedly told her they were smoking marijuana with PCP. The woman was able to run out of the park, half naked, onto Fifth Avenue where a cab driver saw her, gave her a shirt and called 911.
Upon learning about the attack, one 24-year-old told the News, "I always walk this way at night, but no way I'm doing that now." And WABC 7 has descriptions of the suspects: "Suspect #1: Hispanic man, 5'5" tall, with a dark colored Yankee baseball cap, dark colored patterned shirt and khaki shorts; Suspect #2: Hispanic man, 5'5" tall, with a red Yankee cap, red shirt and black shorts; Suspect #3: Hispanic man, 5'5" tall, with a light blue baseball cap, light blue shirt and khaki pants." People with information are urged to call Crime Stoppers (800-577-TIPS), log onto the Crimes Stoppers website or texting 274637 (CRIMES) with TIP577.
June 07, 2010
Fort Collins police arrest suspect in attempted kidnapping
Luis Garcia-Gonzales, 24, of Greeley, was taken into custody at 10:47 p.m. Saturday after a Greeley police officer noticed the vehicle he was driving matched the description of a vehicle Fort Collins police believed was tied to Thursday's attempted kidnapping incident.
Garcia-Gonzales was originally arrested for driving under restraint, but after an interview with a Fort Collins police detective, he was arrested on suspicion of felony attempted second-degree kidnapping and felony menacing.
Police began searching for a suspect after a 21-year-old woman reported that she was riding her bike northbound about 6:30 a.m. Thursday on Shields Street near Hill Pond Road when she noticed a man near an older white station wagon trying to get her attention.
According to police, the man was described as being Hispanic, in his mid-20s with a shaved head or very short hair, about 5-foot-7 and about 200 or 250 pounds.
The woman said the unknown man obstructed her path as she rode along the sidewalk and she stopped thinking he needed assistance.
"It was then that she saw the man had a knife in his hand. She attempted to flee, fell to the ground and two passing motorists stopped to assist," police said in a press release last week. "The suspect fled northbound on Shields Street in his vehicle. The victim was not injured."
June 07, 2010
young child labors in a melon field
Photo: El Universal
En México, 3.6 millones de niños son explotados
La mayoría de niños, mujeres, adolescentes que laboran en malas condiciones y sin la posibilidad de asistir a la escuela provienen de contextos de pobreza, derivada de la falta de oportunidades educativas
La presidenta de la Comisión Especial de Lucha Contra la Trata de Personas, la panista Rosi Orozco (PAN), informó que con base en datos del Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía, en México hay 3.6 millones de niños trabajadores entre cinco y 17 años en condiciones de explotación.
"El Instituto estima que en México hay 3.6 millones de niños trabajadores entre cinco y 17 años trabajando en malas condiciones, sin la posibilidad de asistir a la escuela y buscar un mejor futuro", dijo.
Aseguró que la trata de personas es un delito con un impacto social complejo, cuya principal característica es convertir a las personas en mercancías que se intercambian en mercados clandestinos nacionales e internacionales, que laboran al amparo de la impunidad que les brindan las autoridades.
Orozco dijo que se deben combatir las raíces que propician el fenómeno de la trata de personas, pues la mayoría de niños, mujeres, adolescentes víctimas de ese delito provienen de contextos de pobreza, derivada de la falta de oportunidades educativas y laborales.
In Mexico, 3.6 million children are exploited
The majority of girls, boys and adolescents who labor
in abusive situations, with no hope of being able to attend school, live in
poverty that is also caused by a lack of educational opportunities.
National Actional Party (PAN) Congressional deputy Rosi Orozco, who is the
president of the Special Commission to Fight Human Trafficking in the Chamber of
Deputies, has announced the results of a statistical analysis on conditions
facing working children, conducted by the National Institute for Statistics and
Deputy Orozco: The INEG estimates that in Mexico, 3.6 million minors between the ages of
5 and 17 work in [deplorable] labor conditions, and are unable to attend school
or seek a better future for themselves.
Orozco added that human trafficking is a crime that has a complicated impact on
society. Its principal characteristic is that it converts people into
merchandise, who are then bought and sold in national and international
clandestine marketplaces with the assistance of the impunity that is offered by corrupt authorities.
The deputy added that human trafficking should be fought from the roots up. They
majority of children, adolescents and women who are victims of these crimes come
from backgrounds of poverty, which itself derives from a lack of educational and
Andrea Merlos y Juan Arvizu
June 02, 2010
Human trafficking decried as "a horrible problem" in Texas
Austin - In the 2008 film thriller Taken, two American girls on a pleasure trip to France are kidnapped from their apartment and thrown into a brutal world of modern-day slavery and forced prostitution.
On Thursday, Texas lawmakers heard grim real-life episodes of human trafficking as law enforcement officials described a burgeoning criminal enterprise that has spread across Texas and other states.
Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed told of one case in which a homeless teenage girl was abducted from a parking lot and spirited away to a strip club in Corpus Christi.
Capt. Rick Cruz of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, a participant of a task force operation in Houston, said officers rescued nearly 100 girls from "basically forced slavery" in the break-up of a trafficking ring in Houston in 2005.
Victims are often told that their families will be killed or injured if they try to contact someone on the outside, Cruz said.
Dallas police Lt. Thon Overstreet opened testimony at a legislative hearing by revealing a coordinated law enforcement strike at three locations in the Metroplex on Thursday to arrest suspects in a human trafficking network in North Texas. Overstreet declined to divulge certain details or locations because the operation had not been completed...
"It's a horrible problem," said Rep. Paula Pierson, D-Arlington, a member of the state House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, citing estimates that more than a half-million young people -- boys as well as girls -- have been kidnapped and forced into prostitution. Pierson said human trafficking often surges around "big events," such as the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Feb. 6.
Overstreet, interviewed after the hearing, said members of a North Texas task force on human smuggling are mapping strategy to combat it as the Super Bowl approaches. The game is expected to draw legions of visitors to North Texas...
During the joint hearing of the Criminal Jurisprudence and the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence committees, lawmakers heard testimony that human trafficking rings have grown in sophistication and technological skill, often using the Internet to lure victims or conduct business. There are also strong indications that Mexican drug cartels are increasingly moving into human trafficking to expand their illicit profits.
"It's grown dramatically, and I don't think we've even scratched the surface on a lot of these organizations," Overstreet said.
Asked by Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, to rank where law enforcement stands against human trafficking organizations on a scale of one to 10, Overstreet responded, "two or three, right now."
Overstreet clutched a rolled-up chart that he said detailed the operations of
[a] human smuggling ring targeted by [a recent] raid.
The criminal network has ties in Nigeria, Colombia and Mexico, operates in more than 20 U.S. cities, and boasts $12 million in physical assets and more than $6 million cash, he said...
June 03, 2010
Author Isabel Allende to visit New Orleans, hoping to draw attention to modern-day problem of human trafficking
Chilean writer Isabel Allende is no stranger to the rough currents of history. A cousin of Chilean President Salvador Allende, she was forced to flee her native country in the mid-1970s after a military coup overthrew his government. She lived for many years in Venezuela but now is a U.S. citizen, making her home in California with her second husband and extended family.
The author of 18 books -- fiction, memoirs and novels for young adults -- Allende's literary focus is primarily on families and interpersonal relationships, with an emphasis on the lives of women. While fluent in English, she writes in Spanish; her works are then translated into English. Her wildly successful first novel, "The House of the Spirits, " a complex, multigenerational saga set in Latin America, remains for many readers her most important work.
Her new novel, "Island Beneath the Sea, " coming 28 years and 16 books later, echoes in many ways her earliest. The story follows the complicated, often troubled intertwining of several families as they move from Saint Domingue (now Haiti) to New Orleans during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
The rich history of her settings exerted a natural attraction for Allende...
Allende writes, "The legacy of slavery is like an open wound. In the United States we are only beginning to deal with it. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 but it took 100 years for the Civil Rights movement to empower the blacks. To this day, they suffer from discrimination, racism and inequality.
"Unfortunately, in Haiti there are around 300,000 slave children, given away by their families because they can't feed them. It's a system that supposedly ensures that the children will be fed and sheltered, but in reality they are exploited as house servants and brutally abused; they don't receive education of any kind, no one cares for them."
The Isabel Allende Foundation, created in 1996 to honor the memory of her daughter Paula, who died in her late 20s, is focused on "social and economic justice" as well as "empowerment and protection" for women and girls.
The author connects the story of Zarite's journey from enslavement to freedom to contemporary concerns. She writes, "I hope that Zarité's story draws attention to the plight of modern slaves. Today there are 27 million slaves counted. Who knows how many more have not been counted? Some are victims of slave trafficking, but most are enslaved by debt bondage, kidnapping in war zones (child soldiers, for example), exploited under inhuman conditions in mines, fishing industry, sweatshops, agriculture, etc. Slavery is illegal and no country admits that it happens within its borders, yet there is slavery everywhere, even in the U.S. (Google 'Free the Slaves'). Before, slaves were an investment, and therefore valuable. Today slaves are so cheap that they are disposable, they have no voice; they are invisible.
"My foundation supports several grass-roots programs that empower women and girls in the U.S. and other countries. We do some work with clinics in Haiti. We also support programs that rescue women and girls from slavery in sex traffic and in bonded servitude."
The New Orleans Times-Picayune
May 13, 2010
Tackle immigration problems at economic roots, bishops say
Washington, DC - Bishops of the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean called on their governments to address the economic root causes of migration and seek policies that will help create jobs for people in their homelands.
During a regional consultation on migration held at the headquarters of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops June 2-4, Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City and bishops from Canada, Haiti and Latin America spoke with reporters about some of the issues being discussed at the meeting.
Addressing economic root causes of migration "in our mind, is the lasting and humane solution to the challenge of illegal immigration," said Bishop Wester, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, in a statement he read at the June 3 news conference.
"Second, we believe that all governments, not only the U.S., should look at their immigration laws and reform them in a manner which respects basic human rights," Bishop Wester continued. The nations of the hemisphere also must "redouble their efforts against the scourge of human trafficking," he said.
He noted that in a globalized world, where capital, communications and goods are readily exchanged, the movement of labor has not been regularized, and the impact of globalization on human beings has not been acknowledged or addressed...
Guatemalan Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini Imeri said, for example, that the poor of his country have not benefited from the Central American Free Trade Agreement, known as CAFTA, which it ratified three years ago.
"The level of poverty in Guatemala is increasing," he said...
In an interview with Catholic News Service, Bishop Ramazzini said Guatemala is reeling from the twin effects in less than a week of a volcanic eruption near the capital, Guatemala City, that coated streets and farms with inches of ash and the inundation of much of the country with up to 3 feet of rain by Tropical Storm Agatha. The two have destroyed many farmers' entire production for the season, he said. That jeopardizes their income as well as the source of affordable food for Guatemalans, he said.
At the news conference, Bishop Rafael Romo Munoz of Tijuana, Mexico, chairman of the Mexican bishops' migration commission, said his country is becoming a collection of semi-abandoned small towns as working-age teens and men have gone to the United States to be able to provide for women, children and elderly people left behind...
Participants included more than two dozen bishops from the United States, Canada, Haiti, Mexico and Central America and other representatives of national bishops' conferences, including the migration program director for the Cuban bishops.
Catholic News Service / U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
June 04, 2010
Menor llegó violada y forense la manoseó
Cuando estaba en valoración médica, Cartago
A pesar de que estaba acostumbrado a ver y tocar mujeres desnudas, el irresistible cuerpo de una joven menor de edad lo llevó a la tentación.
Un médico forense del Poder Judicial de Cartago, de apellidos Durán Ramírez, fue detenido por sus propios compañeros de trabajo porque al parecer abusó sexualmente de una menor de edad, quien fue víctima de una violación.
La muchacha llegó a los Tribunales de Cartago para una valoración médica, por lo cual fue atendida por el funcionario, quien además del examen de rutina llevó sus manos más lejos y aparentemente le tocó las partes íntimas.
El incidente se produjo en setiembre de 2009, pero la afectada no interpuso la denuncia hasta la semana pasada...
A child sexual abuse victim is victimized again by a
Despite the fact that a forensic medical examiner (last names
Durán Ramírez) was accustomed to examining unclothed women, he proceeded to
sexually abuse an underage sexual assault victim who he was assigned to examine.
The victim came to the judicial center of the city of Cartago for a medical
examination, which was conducted by
Durán Ramírez. After the exam, the doctor touched the victim's intimate areas.
The incident happened in September of 2009, but the victim did not file a
complaint until last week.
Surprised by the case, the forensic medical examiner's office immediately opened
In the hallways of the local judicial center, the accusations were not taken
seriously, given that the 38-year-old was well liked, and was considered to be
very professional by his colleagues.
After his arrest, the local prosecutor interrogated
Durán Ramírez, and recommend pre-trial detention. He was charged with the crime
of sexually abusing a minor.
Despite the prosecutor's recommendation in the case, the Cartago Criminal Court
ordered bail and a restraining order that does not allow
Durán Ramírez to approach the victim, or the Cartago Legal Medical Office, for a
period of three months...
Danny León González
June 02, 2010
Hugo Antonio Callejas
Salvadoran immigrant sentenced to prison for pursuing 13-year-old Virginia girl
On May 26, Loudoun County Judge James Chamblin sentenced Hugo Antonio Callejas, 43, to seven years in prison for soliciting a 13-year-old Leesburg girl for sex. Callejas originally approached the girl at a lemonade stand she set up on Memorial Day 2009, trying to raise money for the Relay for Life charity.
Callejas, who was found guilty in January, was working in the girl’s neighborhood and visited the lemonade stand three times in one day. During his last visit, he gave the girl his phone number and told her she was beautiful.
The girl’s friend, told her parents, who called the police.
Loudoun County Sheriff’s investigator, Shannon Cumberledge, then called Callejas, pretending to be the 13-year-old girl.
She and Callejas had 11 conversations over a two-day period. Some of the recorded calls were played during his trial.
Callejas could be heard saying: “You’re beautiful, and I love you.”
During other phone calls, he talked about kissing and touching the teenager, and how he would like to see her without any underwear.
Callejas said: “If you want to touch a lot, I’ll touch a lot. If you want to touch a little bit, I’ll touch you a little bit.”
The investigator agreed to meet Callejas at a community swimming pool. When he showed up, Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputies too him into custody.
Initially, Callejas denied the allegations, telling detectives that he only gave the teenager his number so that he could buy more cookies and lemonade from her. However, once confronted with the taped phone conversations, Callejas admitted to his actions.
Callejas came to this country from El Salvador, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. He is married with three children.
June 05, 2010
Gino Alfonso Laflora
North Carolina Man Charged With Raping Deleware Teen
Frederica, Deleware - Delaware State Police have charged a North Carolina man with sexually assaulting a teenage girl.
Gino Alfonso Laflora, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, is facing several charges in connection to the alleged incident on May 16.
According to investigators, Laflora was visiting family in Kent County, Delaware when the assault occurred. The victim told police that the assault occurred near an open lot between Willow Drive and Maple Drive in Frederica.
The victim said she knew the suspect from a friend in the neighborhood. She said she was alone with Laflora in his car when the assault happened.
Laflora surrendered to authorities on June 3. He has been charged with Rape and Unlawful Imprisonment.
Laflora is being held on $52,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing.
June 05, 2010
Hernan Hernandez Vera
High school student charged with sexual assault on graduation day
An Eastern Oregon high school senior who planned to attend his own graduation today, instead is in jail, facing felony sexual assault charges.
The Bellingham Herald reports that 19-year-old Hernan Hernandez Vera was charged with first-degree sodomy, rape and sexual abuse.
The sexual assault was reported around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday by staff at Good Shepherd Hospital.
Deputies learned the victim had been assaulted earlier in the day in Irrigon and around 1 a.m. Wednesday tracked Vera down at his home.
Vera, an Irrigon High senior, was jailed on suspicion of three counts of first-degree sodomy.
Kimberly A.C. Wilson
June 04, 2010
Mexican congressional deputy Rosi Orozco, president of the Special
Commission to Fight Human Trafficking in the Chamber of Deputies
México, número uno en pornografía infantil
Este fenómeno tiende a incrementarse más.
Ciudad de México.- El país ocupa el primer lugar en apertura de páginas web de pornografía infantil, y tiende a incrementarse más de 5% la distribución de videos de imágenes de abuso a recién nacidos, afirmó la diputada Rosi Orozco, presidenta de la Comisión Especial de Lucha contra la Trata de Personas.
La legisladora dijo que las denuncias telefónicas por delitos de pornografía infantil aumentaron 200% entre el 2008 y el 2009, y que otro problema radica en el uso de internet para la comercialización y funcionamiento de redes de trata de niños y niñas y de explotación sexual comercial...
Mexico is Number 1 in Child Pornography
The problem is continuing to grow
Mexico City - Mexico occupies first place [globally] in access of child
pornography by way of the Internet. The problem includes a [recent] 5% increase
in the distribution of obscene photos of recently born babies, according to
Mexican congressional deputy Rosi Orozco, president of the Special Commission to
Fight Human Trafficking in the Chamber of Deputies.
Deputy Orozco stated that phoned-in complaints about child pornography increased
200% between 2008 and 2009. She noted that another Internet-based aspect of the
problem involves the fact that child sex trafficking networks in Mexico are
using the Web to commercialize and operate their illicit businesses.
She warned that currently, no [anti-pornography] filters exist for cell phone
users who browse the Web, which is concerning, given that 75.6 million cell
phone users exist in Mexico, 29% of those have Internet access, and 55% of youth
between the ages of 12 and 18 use those services.
In response to this problem, Deputy Orozco has presented a non-binding
resolution calling upon the nation's state legislatures to reform their penal
codes to include crimes that involve public and private telecommunications
Deputy Orozco also stated that the top criminal activities that take place on
the Internet involve, in order of importance: 1) fraud; 2) threats; and 3) child
The Deputy concluded by noting that 11 million computers have Internet access in
Mexico. Some 55% of them are installed in homes, which represents 3.5 computers
for every 10 households. Thirty nine percent of the nation's 23 million
computer-based Internet users are between the ages of 12 and 18.
May 14, 2010
New York, USA
Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Robles-Roman launch new public education campaign to end human trafficking
“Let’s Call an End to Human Trafficking” Campaign Encourages New Yorkers To “See It. Know It. Report It.”
Press Release (excerpt)
New York City - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Carol A. Robles-Roman and Chief Advisor for Policy and Strategic Planning John Feinblatt today launched a new public-education campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking and encourage New Yorkers to report potential trafficking situations. The multi-media campaign called “Let’s Call an End to Human Trafficking,” features silhouettes of everyday people who may be affected by trafficking. Human trafficking is a horrible crime that involves the recruiting, transporting, selling, or buying of people for the purpose of various forms of exploitation. These victims are often controlled through force, fraud, or coercion. The print advertisements in English and Spanish, created by Grey New York, in partnership with the Somaly Mam Foundation and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, will appear on bus shelters in the five boroughs from May 20 – June 13. As part of the new campaign, the City’s new anti-trafficking website, which can be found on
www.nyc.gov, was also launched to provide more information about the plight of human trafficking...
“Human Trafficking is happening here, but we don’t know it because we don’t see it,” said Alice Ericsson, Executive Creative Director of Grey New York. “If we want New Yorkers to see the problem, we have to put it in plain view. And, in plain language. The silhouettes will tell the stories of human trafficking that can happen right here in our own town.” ...
The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs will also help to disseminate information and materials to vulnerable communities in the city, and bring broader awareness about human trafficking and where to go for help. Outreach to community and faith- based organizations serving immigrants as well as ethnic media will reinforce these efforts...
If you are a victim of human trafficking or would like to report a tip regarding suspected human trafficking, call 911. If you would like more information about human trafficking or would like to learn about how you can help, call 311 or visit
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
May 20, 2010
Washington State, USA
Crime Spree in Washington State
One woman is dead and two others were raped recently and police say each crime was committed by a different illegal immigrant. One of the sexual assaults happened just hours before the Seattle city council passed an ordinance boycotting Arizona over its new immigration law.
Gregorio Luna Luna had a history of beating up his live-in girlfriend Griselda Ocampo Meza. He was also in the U.S. illegally. On May 1,
 Luna Luna was deported to Mexico. Three weeks later Meza was murdered in her apartment in a violent knife attack.
Franklin County prosecutors say Luna Luna slipped past the border again and killed Meza in front of their five year old son. He's in the county jail awaiting trial.
A suspected rapist in Edmonds, Washington has been deported at least 4 times according to Snohomish County prosecutors. Jose Lopez Madrigal has been charged with raping a woman next to a dumpster behind a Safeway store. A witness to the attack alerted police and Madrigal was taken into custody.
An illegal immigrant just convicted of his possible 3rd strike in Whatcom county- a rape of a homeless woman- has been deported to Mexico five times.
June 01, 2010
Former TABC officer indicted on sexual assault charges
Bastrop - A former Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officer was indicted by a Bastrop County grand jury on Tuesday on charges of sexual assault of a child.
During a TABC undercover investigation of alcohol sales in May 2009, 41-year-old Joe Chavez allegedly sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl hired to assist in the sting.
Investigators say that the incident took place in Chavez's state-issued vehicle immediately after the sting. He also reportedly texted explicit photos of himself to the teen a day before the operation.
He was arrested on Friday by investigators with the Office of the Attorney General.
Prior to being stationed in Bastrop, Chavez was a TABC officer in Waco from June 2004 to August 2005.
Chavez is charged with two counts of Sexual Assault of a Child and one count each of online solicitation of a minor, abuse of official capacity and official oppression.
Louis Ojeda Jr.
June 01, 2010
Mexico / The United States
Mexican congressional deputy
Cora Pinedo Alonso, of the New Alliance Party, speaks
with reporters as she calls for the nation's current
federal anti-trafficking law to be enforced at the
federal level (it currently is limited to being enforced
by states in most circumstances.
Segundo proveedor de EU de víctimas de trata
Entre 16 mil y 20 mil niños y niñas son víctimas de explotación sexual cada año en México, lo que convierte al país en la segunda nación que más víctimas de trata provee a Estados Unidos, superado únicamente por Tailandia, afirmó la diputada, Cora Pinedo Alonso, del Partido Nueva Alianza.
La también secretaria de la Mesa Directiva de la Cámara baja precisó que el municipio de Tapachula, Chiapas, es el lugar donde se realiza la mayor venta de mujeres, niñas y niños con fines de trata.
Muchos de esos menores son "redistribuidos" a los estados de Oaxaca, Michoacán, Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit, Sinaloa y el Distrito Federal, señaló con base a estudios de la organización internacional End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT).
Mexico is the second largest provider of human trafficking
victims to the United States
Between 16 and 20 thousand boys and girls are victims of sexual exploitation in
Mexico each year. As a result, Mexico has become the second largest provider of
human trafficking victims to the United States, according to congressional
deputy Cora Pinedo Alonso of the New Alliance Party.
Pinedo Alonso, who is the secretary of the governing council in the Chamber of
Deputies, also stated that Mexico's southern border city of Tapachula,
located in Chiapas state, is the largest center for the sale of women, girls and
boys for purposes of human trafficking in the nation.
Many of child victims are "redistributed" to the states of Oaxaca, Michoacán, Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa, as well as to Mexico City.
Pinedo Alonso based her statements on a research study conducted [in 2007] by the organization End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT).
In response to this situation,
Pinedo Alonso has presented a non-binding resolution that has been submitted to the
Second Permanent Commission
of Congress (37 members of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies who conduct
congressional business when Congress is not in session) for consideration. The resolution calls
for the creation of stricter measures than now exist to investigate trafficking
crimes and to punish those responsible.
The resolution calls upon the
director of the National Institute of Migration (INM) to assign staff to
supervise and evaluate anti-trafficking activities on Mexico's southern border,
and specifically in the city of Tapachula, with reports on conditions there to
be sent to Congress.
According the the ECPAT study, Central American adolescents, the
majority of whom are minors, "are prostituted in 1, 552 bars and
brothels in Chiapas, and also in other cities and towns along the nation's
southern border [with Guatemala
Pinedo Alonso added that in 50% of these cases, the victims are Guatemalans. [Salvadorans, Hondurans and Nicaraguans
are also victims]. The victims are usually between
the ages of 8 and 14. "They are sold by traffickers [to brothels] for $200
dollars each," Pinedo Alonso denounced.
Joining in the call for action, Chiapas state governor Juan Sabines has asked
for working groups to be created that coordinate the work of non-governmental
organizations, state agencies, the Chiapas state Human Rights Commission and
the state's office of the Special Prosecutor for Crimes of Violence Against
Women and Human Trafficking. The goal of the working groups would be to evaluate
the effectiveness of policies implemented to fight human trafficking.
Governor Sabines also called for an analysis to be conducted to track actions
taken in regard to cases of human trafficking that involve both Mexican and
Central American girls, boys and adolescents, and to document the number of
Governor Sabines: "We wish to express our indignation and complete repudiation
of these criminal practices. We energetically condemn
those public servants who, through acts of omission or commission, have been
complicit in collaborating with human trafficking networks. We call upon
the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government to join forces
[to combat these crimes]."
May 31, 2010
Central America and Mexico
María de Jesús Silva,
blancas en Centroamérica
non-governmental organizations, the child
kidnapping and sex trafficking case of
11-year-old Jackeline Jirón Silva fom
Nicaragua is emblematic, as the case shows
clearly how the third most profitable
criminal enterprise in the world operates.
...Jackeline has been forced to work in
brothels all over Central America. Her
pimps now have her in
Tapachula, in Chiapas
state [near Mexico's southern border with
María de Jesús Silva [Jackeline's mother,
who searched all over Central America and
southern Mexico for her daughter]: "I saw
things that I never imagined existed... The
brothels are full of children, sold by
traffickers and abandoned by their parents.
I saw them prostitute themselves and wished
that any one of them would have been my
daughter. I settled for caressing the hair
of these girls, and I imagined that in the
'next' brothel, I was going to find my
daughter. Everything that I have suffered
through is nothing compared to what my girl
is going through."
Mexico - The Hot Spot
Save the Children has
identified the border region between
Guatemala and Mexico as being the largest
hot spot for the commercial sexual
exploitation of children globally.
Ana Salvadó: "It is the neck in the bottle,
because many children attempt to migrate
from Central America [and South America] to
the United States, and they never get past
[southern] Mexico, where they are sold by
pimps and sometimes are returned to Central
A study by the international organization
ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child
Pornography and Trafficking of Children for
Sexual Purposes)... reveals that over 21,000
Central Americans, with the majority being
children, are prostituted in 1,552 bars and
brothels in Tapachula, Mexico (near the
Traffickers sell these children to
Tapachula's pimps for $200 each.
Prostitution in cities like Tapachula
operates openly. Contralínea Magazine has
documented the fact that traffickers work
with corrupt federal and local officials in
exchange for bribes or as direct
participants in the criminal networks...
According to ECPAT's report "Ending Child
Prostitution, Child Pornography and
Trafficking of Children for Sexual
Purposes," from Tapachula, where these
children are sold, the victims are
transported to the Mexican cities of Oaxaca,
Michoacán, Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit,
Sinaloa and Mexico City.
More that 50% of these child victims are
from [indigenous] Guatemala. The rest are
Salvadorans, Hondurans and Nicaraguans. They
range in age from eight to
Oct. 22, 2007
About the numbers used
to discuss minors involved in sex
trafficking in Mexico
We reiterate our belief that the official
Mexican Government estimates in regard to
the numbers of underage sexual exploitation
victims is unbelievably low. The above
article about child sex trafficking in the
southern border city of Tapachula states
that an estimated 10,000 underage victims
are prostituted in that city alone.
As we noted in our March 1, 2010 essay -
Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way:
about the figures quoted to
describe the number of child
sexual exploitation victims in
quoted 'official' figures state
that between 16,000 and 20,000
underage victims of sex
trafficking exist in Mexico.
We believe that, if the United
States acknowledges that 200,000
to 300,000 underage children and
youth are caught-up in the
commercial sexual exploitation
of children - CSEC, at any one
time, based on a population of
310 million, (a figure of
between .00064 and .00096
percent of the population), then
the equivalent numbers for
Mexico would be between 68,000
and 102,000 child and youth
victims of CSEC for its
estimated 107 million in
Given Mexico's vastly greater
level of poverty, legalization
of adult prostitution, and given
that southern Mexico alone is
known to be the largest zone in
the world for CSEC, with 10,000
city of Tapachula (according to
ECPAT figures), then the
total number of underage
children and youth caught-up in
prostitution in Mexico is most
likely not anywhere near the
16,000 to 20,000 figure that was
first released in a particular
research study from more than
five years ago and continues to
be so widely used.
being prostituted just
Víctimas del tráfico
de personas, 5 millones de mujeres y niñas
en América Latina
cifra, más de 500 mil casos ocurren en
México, señalan especialistas.
Five million victims
of Human Trafficking Exist in Latin America
Saltillo, Coahuila state -
Teresa Ulloa Ziaurriz, the director of the
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women's
Latin American / Caribbean regional office,
announced this past Monday that more than
five million women and girls are currently
victims of human trafficking in Latin
America and the Caribbean.
During a forum on successful
treatment approaches for trafficking victims
held by the Women's Institute of Coahuila,
Ulloa Ziaurriz stated that 500,000 of these
cases exist in Mexico, where women and girls
are trafficked for sexual exploitation,
pornography and the illegal harvesting of
Ulloa Ziaurriz said that
human trafficking is the second largest
criminal industry in the world today, a fact
that has given rise to the existence of a
very large number of trafficking networks
who operate with the complicity of both
[corrupt] government officials and business
Mexico is a country of
origin, transit and also destination for
trafficked persons. Of 500,000 victims in
Mexico, 87% are subjected to commercial
Ulloa Ziaurriz pointed out
that locally in Coahuila state, the nation's
human trafficking problem shows up in the
form of child prostitution in cities such as
Ciudad Acuña as well as other population
centers along Mexico's border with the
- Notimex /
La Jornada Online
Dec. 12, 2007
Presenta diputada Cora Pinedo Alonso iniciativa de ley para tipificar trata de personas como delito federal
MEXICO, D.F., - Palacio Legislativo 23 de Febrero de 2010./Notilegis.- La vicecoordinadora de Nueva Alianza, Cora Pinedo Alonso, propuso tipificar la trata de personas como un delito federal y modificar la denominación de la Ley para Prevenir y Sancionar la Trata de Personas, para elevarla a rango federal, ya que actualmente sólo puede ser aplicada por las autoridades federales bajo cuatro supuestos...
Congressional deputy Cora Pinedo Alonso presents an
initiate to require the national anti-trafficking law to be enforced at the
Congressional deputy Cora Pinedo Alonso, who is the vice-coordinator of the New
Alliance Party in the Chamber of Deputies, has called for the nation's current
anti-trafficking law, the Law to Prevent and Punish Human Trafficking, to be
changed, to allow its enforcement at the federal level. Currently [states
enforce the law]. Federal authorities may only enforce its provisions under four
circumstances. First, if the human trafficking crime was committed outside of
Mexico, federal action may be taken. Second, when the trafficking crime is
perpetrated within Mexico, but is intended to have an impact outside of Mexico,
federal agents may also act. Third, federal action may be taken when the
criminal act falls within Article 50, Section I, Subsection 'b) a j)' of the
Organic Law of the Power of Judicial Power of the Federation. Fourth, when the
criminal act is a violation of the Federal Law Against Organized Criminal
Deputy Pinedo Alonso stated that currently, [the federal law differs
significantly from the anti-trafficking laws enacted in the majority of states.
Therefore, the federal law should be changed to allow for the uniform
application of anti-trafficking law across the nation, and especially in regard
to the application of criminal penalties.
Deputy Pinedo Alonso referred to the United Nations human trafficking study
Human Trafficking: A Global Panorama. The study identifies 127 countries of
origin, 98 transit nations and 137 destination nations in regard to victims of
human trafficking. Mexico is ranked very high among the countries of origin
listed in the report. Mexico is rate in 28th place among nations where
traffickers entrap victims, and is in 5th among nations in Latin America.
Deputy Pinedo Alonso's initiative proposes to reform Article 73 of the
Constitution, and will update Article 3 of the Law to Prevent and Punish Human
Trafficking. It has been referred to the Chamber's Commission on Constitutional
Law for review.
Feb. 23, 2010
Note: Mexico's federal system does not impose federal legal
jurisdiction on the federated entities (Mexico's 31 states and Mexico City) for
federal criminal laws that are passed as 'general laws.' The
Law to Prevent and Punish Human Trafficking is a general law. -
Deputy Pinedo Alonso's initiative has been superseded by a more recent proposal,
submitted by the ruling National Action Party, to update the now ineffective Law
to Prevent and Punish Human Trafficking. Earlier in 2010, Mexico's Interior
Fernando Gómez Mont, expressed his adamant
opposition to federalizing anti-trafficking law. - LL
Descubren red trafico personas en Amazonia Brasileña
Autoridades brasileñas informaron que organizaciones dedicadas al tráfico de personas se instalaron en la región amazónica por donde decenas de haitianos ingresan al país tras el terremoto ocurrido en el país caribeño en enero.
"Coyotes braileños" (traficantes de inmigrantes) cobran 600 dólares por introducir a cada haitiano en el estado de Acre, indicaron fuentes de la Policía Federal.
"El destino preferido en Brasil es Assis Brasil (localidad fronteriza con Perú) desde donde continúan camino hacia otras regiones del país" dijo el comisario Flaveio Avelar, jefe de la delegación de Migraciones de la Policía Federal en Acre.
El número de inmigrantes haitianos llegados a Brasil se incrementó tras el terremoto que devastó a ese país en enero pasado y dejó más de 200 mil víctimas fatales.
La legislación brasileña establece que los inmigrantes sin papeles sean deportados a su país de origen, pero las autoridades decidieron hacer una excepción con los haitianos.
"Se trata de una cuestión humanitaria, ellos dejaron su país debido al terremoto y podrán permanecer en Brasil como refugiados" explicó el comisario Avelar, consultado por el diario Correio Braziliense.
A human smuggling network is discovered in the Brazilian
Brazilian authorities have announced that human smuggling networks have
established themselves in the Brazilian Amazon. These groups have smuggled
dozens of Haitians into Brazil through the Assis Brazil area on the Peruvian
border. Brazilian coyotes have charged Haitians $600 to bring Haitians to the
Brazilian state of Acre, from which they travel to other regions of Brazil. The
smuggling of Haitians has increased significantly since the January, 2010
Although Brazilian law calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants, the
government has announced that Haitian migrants will be allowed to stay as
"It is a humanitarian issue. They left Haiti due to the earthquake, and they may
remain in Brazil as refugees," explained the federal immigration police's
commissioner in the state of Acre, Flaveio Avelar.
May 31, 2010
Mexico / Brazil
Mexican officials arrest German citizen wanted in Brazil on human trafficking charges
Mexico City - Mexican authorities have arrested a German citizen wanted in Brazil on human trafficking charges.
Mexico's Public Safety Department says Dieter Erhard Fritzchen Stieleke was arrested while waiting to board a flight to Germany out of the resort city of Cancun.
The department says Stieleke was handed over to Interpol for extradition to Brazil. A statement released Wednesday gives no details on the human trafficking charges against Stieleke. He was arrested Sunday.
The German Embassy did not return phone calls seeking comment. The Brazilian Embassy declined to comment.
The Associated Press (Canadian Press)
May 26, 2010
A photo of Valentina Rosendo Cantú from earlier in her life
Carta abierta de apoyo para Valentina Rosendo Cantú
El día de hoy, cuando se lleva a cabo la audiencia en la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, el equipo de la CMDPDH queremos enviarte un mensaje con nuestro profundo respeto y apoyo.
Sabemos que has asumido, junto con las organizaciones que te acompañan en esta lucha, la tarea de denunciar las violaciones a los derechos humanos cometidas por el Ejército Mexicano, en particular la violencia sexual como una forma de tortura. Por tu voz hablan decenas de mujeres que han sufrido la violencia del Estado, pero no han tenido acceso a denunciar. Al mismo tiempo, también nos sentimos representadas las organizaciones de la sociedad civil que trabajamos por el respeto de los Derechos Humanos y por una sociedad libre y democrática.
Asimismo, estamos conscientes de que esta denuncia y todo el proceso de defensa en su conjunto, ha significado una enorme carga para ti y que en este camino has enfrentado amenazas, contra ti y tus seres queridos, que buscan hacerte desistir. Sin embargo, te has mantenido firme en la búsqueda de justicia, reivindicando tu dignidad de mujer indígena, y la de cientos de comunidades que han sido afectadas en su tejido social por la militarización.
Por todo esto, recibe hoy nuestro abrazo solidario y nuestro compromiso de seguir, inspirados en tu ejemplo, en esta lucha.
El equipo de la Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos A.C.
An open letter to
Valentina Rosendo Cantú
On this day, the day when your case will be presented before the Inter-American
Court of Human Rights, we of the Mexican Commission for the Defense and
Promotion of Human Rights wish to send you this message expressing our profound
respect and solidarity.
We know that you have taken on, together with the organizations who are
assisting you in this struggle, the task of denouncing the violations of human
rights that have been committed by the Mexican Army, and in particular the use
of sexual violence as a form of torture. Your voice speaks for dozens of women
who have suffered violence perpetrated by the State, but do not have access to a
forum to denounce these crimes. At the same time, we who work for human rights
organizations, who seek to achieve a fee and democratic society, feel well
represented by you.
We are aware that your case, and all of the efforts in your defense, have
amounted to being a huge burden for you. We know that you have faced threats
against yourself and your family, that are designed to force you drop your case.
Nonetheless, you have remained steadfast in your search for justice, vindicating
your dignity as an indigenous woman, as well as that of hundreds of communities
whose social fabric has been affected by [domestic] militarization.
For all of these reasons, today we ask you to accept our hug of solidarity and
our commitment to continue, inspired by your example, in this struggle.
staff of the
Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH)
CIMAC Women's News Agency
May 28, 2010
Indigenous human rights activist Obtilia Eugenio Manuel denounces
death threats against herself, her family and Indigenous rape
Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina
Rosendo Cantú - who were raped by soldiers in 2002.
Photo: March 24, 2010 - Cronica
Indigenous victim Inés Fernández Ortega
Exigen Cese de Agresiones Contra
Tlapaneca Violada por Militares
Lanzan activistas campaña contra la impunidad
Defensoras y defensores de derechos humanos exigieron hoy
al Estado mexicano que cesen las agresiones y amenazas contra Inés Fernández
Ortega, indígena tlapaneca violada sexualmente por militares en 2002, y quien
ante la falta de justicia, se presentará en una audiencia pública en la sede de
la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CoIDH) en Lima, Perú, el próximo 15
Activists Demand an End to the
Harassment of Indigenous Woman Who Was Raped by Soldiers
Human Rights Defenders Launch
Campaign Against Military Impunity
Human rights activists have today demanded that the Mexican
Government cease and desist from its campaign of aggression and threats directed
against Inés Fernández Ortega, a Tlapaneca Indigenous women who was the victim
of rape perpetrated by Mexican servicemen in 2002. Due to the inability to
receive due process within Mexico, Fernández Ortega's case will be presented to
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on April 15th, 2010.
During a press conference held by Amnesty International and
the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center, activists announced their new
campaign "Break Down the Walls of Impunity!" The project aims to develop a
network of solidarity and add voices to the outcries for justice in the cases of
both Fernández Ortega and also Valentina Rosendo Cantú, another Tlapaneca woman
who was also raped by soldiers in 2002.
Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, a lawyer working in the
Tlachinollan region stated that both Fernández Ortega and Rosendo Cantú began
their efforts to find justice 8 years ago. Not only did they suffer rejection,
discrimination and stigmatization in their own communities after they were
raped, but the government conducted an ineffective investigation.
Because of the government's reaction to their plight, the
victims hope that the IACHR finds the Mexican state guilty in the case of
Fernández Ortega. Rosendo Cantú's case will be presented before the IACHR on May
27th and 28th of 2010.
Rosales Sierra declared that the military leaves women
[victims] completely defenseless. They put women's security and lives at risk
when they attempt to seek justice...
On October 30, 2008, the Commission issued their findings
[in the case of Fernández Ortega]. The Mexican state was informed on November 7,
2008 that the Commission regarded the State as being responsible for the
violations of the integrity of the victim. Due to a refusal by Mexico to
implement the Commission's [legally binding] recommendations, the case was
forwarded to the IACHR.
During the press conference, Indigenous human rights
activist Obtilia Eugenio Manuel stated that, after May 7th, 2009, when the IACHR
accepted the case de Fernández Ortega, she (Eugenio Manuel) and her family
became the victims of threats. The threats doubled in December of 2009, when the
IACHR notified the Mexican state of the specific date of its hearing of the
Because of this history of threats, a well-founded fear
exists that victims Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú, or their
legal representatives could face some type of violence. Obtilia Eugenio Manuel
emphasized that they will continue their struggle for human rights. She hopes
that the IACHR hearing will demonstrate that lack of responsible action by the
Mexican state to protect human rights.
Anayeli García Martínez
CIMAC Women's News Agency
April 06, 2010
This is your war on drugs
...On 16th February 2002, Valentina Rosendo Cantú was washing her clothes in a stream near her home in Caxitepec, Mexico, when six soldiers approached. Seemingly too busy for pleasantries, the men started barking questions at her: Who was she? Where was she from? Had she seen the people they were looking for? Did she recognize the names on the list they thrust in front of her?
Her answers weren’t good enough, so one soldier pulled a gun and threatened to shoot. Another punched her so hard that she passed out. When she came to, two men tore off her underwear and raped her, one after the other. She was sixteen years old.
It took several months for Valentina to find a doctor willing to treat her; her nearest hospital turned her away because they didn’t want any trouble from the military. The next nearest, which she walked for eight hours to reach, examined her but offered no medicine. Only after legal action was threatened did she finally receive the gynecological care she needed.
At the time of writing, no criminal prosecution has ever been brought against these men and no one has been formally disciplined by a military which has perpetually dragged its feet over investigations. Some 7 years later, she still hasn’t found justice.
This case is just one of many allegations of human rights abuses leveled at the Mexican military in pursuit of an expensive, bloody and failed war on drugs. As well as rape, the allegations include enforced disappearance, torture, arbitrary detention and unlawful killing. And it’s all being bankrolled by the United States of America...
This is your war on drugs
August 13, 2009
Man Charged in Cherokee County Sex Assault
Cherokee County deputies say a Woodstock man is behind bars after allegedly breaking into a mobile home and crawling into bed with a woman he didn’t know as she slept with her 1-year-old son.
Deputies say 22-year-old Samuel Sanchez broke into a mobile home off of Dupree Road in Woodstock on Friday morning. They say 19-year-old Bridget Gonzalez was asleep in her bed with her son when the suspect came into the room and got in bed with them. Then, he attempted to sexually assault her, investigators say.
Gonzalez told FOX 5 she thought the man was her boyfriend, but soon realized it was a stranger instead. She says she and her son don’t know Sanchez.
After Gonzalez realized the man wasn’t her boyfriend, she screamed and he ran out of the house. But, much to her surprise, she says he came back.
Sanchez was later picked up while walking along Dupree Road. They say when they spotted him, he began running, but deputies were able to catch up to him.
According to deputies, Sanchez told them he wanted to see someone he knows who lives at the home, so he just went inside.
Sanchez is charged with sexual battery, criminal attempt to rape, and burglary. He is being held without bond at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.
Fox 5 Atlanta
May 28, 2010
Valentina Rosendo Cantú
Niega Estado mexicano violación de Valentina Rosendo Cantú
Argumenta ante la CoIDH falta de “pruebas fehacientes”
San José, Costa Rica - Durante la audiencia de la Corte Interamericana de
Derechos Humanos (CoIDH) sobre el caso de Valentina Rosendo Cantú, el Estado
mexicano insistió categóricamente que “no existen pruebas fehacientes de la
presunta violación sexual”, por lo cual pidió a este tribunal internacional tome
en cuenta este elemento a la hora de emitir su sentencia.
Si bien es cierto que la integración de la investigación de los hechos ocurridos
el 16 de febrero de 2002 no se hizo de manera eficaz y eficiente, no se puede
responsabilizar al Estado mexicano por tortura y tampoco por violar el derecho a
la salud y al debido proceso de Valentina, así lo dijo Armando Vivanco
Castellanos, director de Democracia y Derechos Humanos de la Secretaría de
Relaciones Exteriores (SRE)...
Después de esta audiencia, tanto la defensa de Valentina como el Estado mexicano
deberán entregar sus alegatos finales por escrito, de acuerdo con la CoIDH el
próximo 28 de junio y advirtió que no habrá prórroga.
Mexico’s government denies the fact of the rape of
Valentina Rosendo Cantú
Mexican state argues that no compelling proof of the
San Jose, Costa Rica – During a hearing held by the Inter-American Court of
Human Rights (IACHR) in regard to the case of indigenous rape victim Valentina
Rosendo Cantú, the Mexican State declared categorically that no compelling proof
exists to show that the rape occurred. Mexico asked that the Court take this
into consideration when deliberating their decision.
Armando Vivanco Castellanos, director of Democracy and Human Rights in the
Secretary of External Relations (SRE), argued part of Mexico’s case before the
Court. He declared that Mexico cannot be held responsible if the investigation
into the events of February 16, 2002 was not efficient and effective, and that
the State also cannot be held responsible for the torture and violation of the
right to health and a lack of access to the proper [judicial] process.
Full English Translation to follow.
Anayeli García Martínez
May 27, 2010
Raped with impunity - Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú
...Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú are still waiting for
justice. The two women, who belong to the Tlapaneca Indigenous community, were
raped by members of the Mexican army in February and March 2002 respectively in
the state of Guerrero, Mexico.
Inés Fernández Ortega, who speaks little Spanish, was reportedly raped on 22
March 2002. Soldiers entered her home to interrogate her about some meat they
claimed had been stolen. When she did not answer their questions, they raped
her. Valentina Rosendo Cantú, then aged 17, was approached on 16 February 2002
by soldiers near her home, who questioned her about the activities of some
"hooded men" (a reference to armed opposition groups). When she replied that she
did not know any, she was threatened and two of the soldiers raped her.
The Mexican authorities claim that both women have failed to co-operate with the
military investigation. However, the fact that both cases remain under military
jurisdiction places the women at serious risk of reprisals. The women are
required to go into the barracks to ratify their complaints before the military
prosecutor. There, they may face a real risk of intimidation.
The women have shown great courage in speaking out, demanding that their cases
be transferred to the civilian authorities. Amnesty International supports their
demands as the military justice system lacks the impartiality and independence
to properly investigate such cases. The Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights is now investigating the Mexican government’s failure to ensure effective
access to justice for both women.
March 8, 2007
North Carolina, USA
He Did the Right Thing; Now He Faces Deportation
Charlotte - Just like the police tell you to do, Abel Moreno called 911 when a
man began assaulting his girlfriend. Before the end of the year, he could be
deported to Mexico for his trouble.
Moreno, 29, of Charlotte made the call Dec. 29 because, he alleged, a Charlotte
police officer was trying to fondle his girlfriend after a traffic stop. The
officer ordered Moreno to drop the call and arrested him and his girlfriend for
Several things then happened. Five other women came forward to allege that the
officer, identified as Marcus Jackson, now 26, had tried to molest them, too.
Moreno was released after investigators debunked the resisting arrest charge. So
was his girlfriend.
Jackson was fired and faces 11 counts of sexual battery, extortion and
interfering with emergency communication. Police Chief Rodney Monroe admitted
that Jackson should never have been hired in the first place because of previous
charges related to a restraining order filed by an ex-girlfriend. The local 911
system is under review because Moreno’s call wasn’t acted upon.
And Abel Moreno now has a six-month deadline to show why he shouldn’t be
deported, even though police acknowledge that his 911 call was crucial to their
uncovering a dirty cop, and even though they agree that he shouldn’t have been
A judge granted Moreno a six-month deferment on his deportation because he is a
witness in the criminal investigation. But that reprieve runs out in November.
Moreno’s attorney, Rob Heroy, said he was confident Moreno would eventually be
granted a so-called U visa, which allows illegal immigrants who are victims or
witnesses in criminal investigations to stay in the country for up to four
years. But only 10,000 such visas are available in any year, and while that
process works its way through the system, Moreno remains in limbo.
“Now I’m unemployed,” Moreno said, speaking in Spanish through an interpreter.
“I don’t have any money, not even for rent, not even for my phone — anything.
... The truth is I’m scared.” ...
May 26, 2010
Abel Moreno Might Get Deported After Reporting
Police Groped His Girlfriend
May 26, 2010
New York, USA
Rape Victim's Mother Arrives In U.S. To Claim Body
The mother of the Chinese immigrant who died after being brutally beaten and
raped in a Queens alley arrived yesterday. The Daily News reports, "Sobbing
inconsolably as she stepped off a plane at Newark Airport, the mother was too
distraught to speak of her daughter, Yu Yao, 23, who was raped and fatally
beaten in Queens by a pipe-wielding madman. Escorted through the airport
terminal by relatives, the heartbroken mother collapsed into a chair and laid
her head in a cousin's lap."
Yao, who had arrived in NYC two months ago on a student visa, was taken off life
support on Friday, after being struck with a metal pipe and then sexually
assaulted in Flushing on Sunday May 16. According to the Queens DA's office, she
suffered a "fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and trauma to the vagina."
While one witness's call to the police enabled the arrest of suspect Carlos
Salazar Cruz, Assemblywoman Grace Meng said other people witnessed the attack
but did not do anything.
NY1 reports that community activists held an anti-violence vigil at the attack
site on 41st Road, urging residents to report violent acts. Community Prevention
Alternatives' Martha Florez-Vazquez said, "I feel that it's important to send
out a message to the community that it takes a village and that it's up to our
neighbors to prevent crime.” One resident added, "I'm very concerned... no one
should be beaten to death the way this young lady was."
May 25, 2010
Kyleigh Ann Sousa
Woman dragged by car during robbery dies
Tempe - A young woman who was run over and dragged by a car during a robbery in
Tempe early Wednesday morning has died.
The incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. in the area of Apache Boulevard and
Mill Avenue near the Arizona State University campus.
The victim has been identified as Kyleigh Ann Sousa, a 21-year-old Arizona State
University student. She died of her injuries Wednesday night.
According to police, a man approached Sousa outside of a hotel and grabbed her
purse. He then tried to drive away.
Sousa held on to her purse. She was dragged by the suspect's car.
The suspect is described as a heavyset Hispanic man. The car he was driving is a
newer model Chrysler 300.
Police and Sousa's parents are asking for the public's help in finding the
Anybody who has information about the incident should call the Tempe Police
Department at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377).
May 27, 2010
Omar Shariff Cash
Cash guilty of murder and rape
Jurors must now sentence Omar Shariff Cash to life in prison or death by lethal
After hearing two weeks of testimony that one prosecutor likened to the musings
of a horror writer, a Bucks County jury in Doylestown Thursday found Omar
Shariff Cash guilty on all counts, including first- and second-degree murder,
rape, kidnapping, robbery, theft and other crimes...
The 43-year-old woman [victim] told the jury that Cash laughed as he forced her
to perform oral sex at gunpoint, then turned up the volume on the car radio and
swayed to hip-hop music after leaving her boyfriend, Edgar Rosas-Gutierrez, dead
alongside a Bensalem exit ramp.
In the front row of the courtroom, the rape victim wept softly as the verdict
was read. A native of Brazil who doesn't speak English, she listened to the
verdict with the help of a Portuguese interpreter.
Rosas-Gutierrez's family also had interpreters to help them understand the
verdict. They passed around a box of tissues and cried as each "guilty" was
Prosecutors Marc Furber and Maureen Flannery-Spang laid out a convincing case
The prosecution said Cash was on the run from Philadelphia police when he
carjacked the victims as they left Jalapeno Joes, a northeast Philadelphia
nightclub round 3:30 a.m. on May 11, 2008.
Cash forced Rosas-Gutierrez to drive into Bucks, and trained a gun on his head
while he raped the woman in the back seat.
Cash told Rosas-Gutierrez to pull over on the Street Road exit ramp from
northbound Route 1, the woman told the jury. While she screamed his name from
one of the passenger seats, Rosas-Gutierrez was marched up a steep embankment by
the killer and shot in the back of the head.
The woman testified that Cash raped her again at an abandoned office complex
immediately after the slaying, and then brought her to the Comfort Inn in
Lawrenceville, N.J., where the sexual assaults continued.
Unable to communicate with hotel staff, the woman finally made a break for it
when Cash brought her back down to the hotel lobby for breakfast. Footage of her
dashing through the lobby and vaulting a four-foot check-in counter was shown to
Furber called Rosas-Gutierrez and the woman "the perfect victims." He said that
once Cash looked through their belongings and learned they were both illegal
immigrants, he believed that they wouldn't be missed...
Laurie Mason Schroeder
Bucks County Courier Times
May 28, 2010
Police: Lilburn Middle student hit with bleach-filled balloon
A 14-year-old Lilburn Middle School student was struck by a bleach-filled water
balloon Wednesday afternoon, police said, sending him to the hospital with burns
to both eyes and putting a traumatic damper on what have should been a joyous
start to summer vacation.
Just after leaving his last day of school, the student was walking down the
sidewalk on the 4000 block of Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn Police spokesman
Capt. Bruce Hedley said.
A water balloon filled with bleach was thrown from a moving vehicle, Hedley
said, striking him in the face at around 4:40 p.m.
“From time to time, especially on the last day of school, you see pranks, and
maybe a water balloon is just having fun,” Hedley said. “But to see one that is
filled with bleach is beyond comprehension ... A kid leaving school for the last
day for what could have been a perfect summer, this is just crazy to me.”
The child was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center and was treated for severe
trauma to his face and burns to both eyes. He has since been released and is
“resting comfortably” at his mother’s Norcross home, Hedley said.
“He was in bad shape, but aware of his surroundings (during a visit Wednesday
night),” Hedley said.
Witnesses have reported that the suspects were three Hispanic males driving a
gray minivan with a black stripe down the lower portion of the vehicle...
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the van or the identity of
the suspects is asked to call 770-921-2211.
The Gwinnett Daily Post
May 27, 2010
Danny Mariel Suarez
Man accused of sexual assault of a 12-year-old
WACO - A man was arrested Tuesday on accusations he sexually assaulted a child.
Officers reportedly began an investigation after they were notified in April
that a 12-year-old girl had told a school counselor she had been sexually
After the investigation, officers arrested Danny Mariel Suarez, 35, of Waco, in
connection with the alleged assault which reportedly occurred on multiple
Suarez is charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault and bond has been set at
Louis Ojeda Jr.
May 26, 2010
Police suspect 2 men tried to pull girl into car
The Hollister Police Department is searching for two men suspected of trying to
force a 17-year-old Hollister girl into a car Wednesday night near the 1500
block of San Juan Road.
Just after 7 p.m., the teenager was walking to a relative's house near the Plaza
156 gas station before police allege that two men inside a black Volkswagen Bug
pulled alongside the girl and grabbed her arm, trying to force her inside the
The men whistled and spoke Spanish to her as they grabbed her, according to
The girl wrestled of their grasp and took off running to her relative's house,
police spokesman Sgt. David Westrick said. The car did not follow her.
"Once she was able to break free of the suspects, she ran and never looked
back," Westrick said.
The girl didn't know in what direction the car took off after she had left,
The suspects are described as two Hispanic men in their 40s. The passenger wore
a black hooded jacket and sunglasses. The girl had no other identifying
information about the driver.
The Volkswagen Bug is described as an older model with a loud engine and rusted
The police department is still searching for more information, Westrick said.
"We are trying to get this handled as soon as possible," Westrick said. "We have
as many detectives working on it as we can."
Anyone with more information is urged to call the Hollister Police Department at
630-4330. People who wish to remain anonymous can call WeTIP at (800) 58-CRIME.
May 28, 2010
California, USA / Jamaica
Illegal Immigrant a Suspect in Continuous Molestation of Santa Maria Girl Police
say the child was victimized over nine years
In April, the Santa Maria Police Department began investigating the
sexual-assault case involving a minor female. [Herbert] Morrison was arrested in
May, but charges were not filed at that time because of insufficient evidence.
However, evidence gathered in recent weeks led to the issuance of a warrant for
the arrest of Morrison, who was being held in a federal detention facility in
Los Angeles pending deportation for being in the country illegally after a
He was picked up at the detention facility, transferred back to Santa Maria and
booked into jail.
He faces charges of continuous sexual molestation of a child under 14 years old,
sexual battery, aggravated sexual assault, rape by force or duress, lewd acts
with a child under 14 years old, convicted felon in possession of a firearm,
convicted felon in possession of ammunition.
Bail was set at $500,000.
Police have not released how the suspect knew the victim.
May 26, 2010
Undocumented immigrant can't bail out of jail, officials say
An undocumented immigrant and previously deported felon from Jamaica whose
anticipated deportation has been put on hold because he is facing new criminal
charges in Santa Barbara County, is not able to bail out of jail.
Herbert Morrison, 49, who had been living in Santa Maria, was picked up Tuesday
from a federal detention facility in Los Angeles where he was being held pending
deportation for being in the country illegally. He was arrested on suspicion of
various charges including continual sexual molestation of a child under 14 years
old, sexual battery and rape by force or duress, according to Santa Maria
Morrison was booked into county jail with bail set at $500,000.
However, Lt. Dan Ast said that Morrison is not able to bail out of jail because
of an immigration hold, and he will eventually once again face deportation.
"If we allowed him to be deported without filing the charges, he could
potentially re-enter the country at some later time after arriving back in
Jamaica and continue to victimize people in this country," Ast said. "Or, he
could stay in Jamaica and potentially victimize others there without ever facing
The Lompoc Record
May 27, 2010
Man Accused of Kidnapping, Attempted Sexual Assault of a Child
Houston - An accused child predator was behind bars Tuesday, charged with the
kidnapping and attempted sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl.
According to investigators, Al D. Checo lured the child into his green Dodge
pickup while she was walking home from school in the 9300 block of Pagewood Ln.
on Friday. He then drove her to his apartment nearby, forced her to watch
pornographic images and tried to sexually assault her, but stopped short of the
"It could have been the first time for him to do something like this and he was
testing the waters, could have been were something might have spooked him. We
don't really don't know exactly yet," said Officer John Colburn with HPD's
Juvenile Sex Crime Division.
Checo, 32, held the child at his apartment for several hours before dropping her
off near where she was abducted, police said.
According to officials, Checo warned the child not to tell anyone what happened,
but she went home and told her mother and was able to identify her abductor.
Checo is charged with aggravated kidnapping and attempted aggravated sexual
assault of a child. He was being held Tuesday without bond.
May 25, 2010
SFPD searching for girl, 12, reported missing
San Francisco police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a
12-year-old girl reported missing.
Police said Mireya Zapata was last seen Thursday morning when she went to
school. At about 2:50 p.m., she sent a text message to her mother, saying she
was at a bus stop and on her way home.
However, Zapata, who goes to school in the Sunset District and lives downtown,
never showed up at her home, police said. The girl exchanged text messages with
her mother over the next several hours, but did not text a secret code letting
the mother know she was OK upon request, according to police.
At about 7 p.m., Zapata's mother received a text message reading, "Don't look
for me no more," and when her mother asked why, the response read, "Just don't,"
Police spokesman Officer Boaz Mariles said Zapata does not have a history of
running away and she is considered to be at risk. Police are actively searching
for the girl and ask anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to call
police at (415) 553-1071.
"It's a continuous search, meaning there are officers assigned strictly to
this,'' Mariles said.
Zapata is described as a light-skinned Hispanic girl, 5 feet 3 inches, 140
pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white hooded
sweatshirt, blue jeans, black and white Nike shoes and had a white backpack.
May 27, 2010
Suspect faces string of sex assault charges
4 alleged victims range in age from 11 to 49
Luis Alberto Gonzales was armed with a BB gun when he targeted numerous Hispanic
women and girls for sexual assaults on Indianapolis' Westside, prosecutors say.
But he didn't even bother to cover his face -- and that lack of a disguise
enabled police to arrest Gonzales last weekend. One victim from months ago
spotted him sleeping in his red truck in an apartment court off West 30th Street
near Moller Road, according to court documents filed Thursday in Marion Superior
Still more alleged victims have come forward after seeing Gonzales' mug shot in
So far, he faces charges in connection with four victims ranging in age from 11
to 49. He is in the Marion County Jail with a combined bond set at $700,000.
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said his office was still readying charges
representing two more victims, including one younger than 18; police were
investigating allegations by three others.
That could make for nine victims, with convictions bringing up to hundreds of
years in prison.
"Mr. Gonzales has essentially been preying on Hispanic
adults and children since at least January 2010," Brizzi said. "He was going
back to the same area. It seems he was unafraid about being arrested or caught."
The lead charges on the four cases that have been filed are Class A felony child
molesting of an 11-year-old girl; Class A felony rape of a 40-year-old woman;
Class A felony criminal deviate conduct against a 49-year-old woman; and Class D
felony sexual battery against a 23-year-old woman...
May 28, 2010
Joel Eliazar Ortega
Illegal immigrant sentenced in Reno rape of paralyzed woman
A life in prison term was imposed Wednesday upon a married father of one who
dragged a paralyzed woman out of her wheelchair, raped her, and then left her
lying nude in an alley.
The woman, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had been in a shopping center Oct.
30 in the 3300 block of North McCarran Boulevard when Joel Eliazar Ortega, 30,
led her behind a business and attacked her. Soon after, Reno police officers
responding to a call that Ortega was battering his wife in their nearby
apartment, recognized Ortega as fitting the description of the suspect. He was
arrested after the victim identified him.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Bruce Hahn described the
crime as among the most ghastly sexual assaults he’s ever seen.
“She was dragged from her wheelchair, her clothes taken off, sexually assaulted
and then left lying in an alley,” said Washoe District Judge Patrick Flanagan.
“I have listened to you carefully, and you said ‘things happen’ and you get in
trouble based on your behavior and doctors say you can’t take care of your
“You are a danger,” Flanagan said. “...you are lucky there is only one life
sentence I can impose in this case.”
In rendering a sentence of life against Ortega, Flannagan said he would be
eligible for parole after serving at least 10 years in prison. Ortega is also an
illegal immigrant who also must face immigration charges.
“You will be deported at the earliest opportunity and will never return to this
country again, except lawfully,” Flanagan said.
Ortega had apologized for the crime and said “I need help.”
His public defender, John Malone, said Ortega has been receiving treatment at
the state’s mental hospital for several years. He blamed the rape on Ortega not
taking his psychiatric medicines and drinking alcohol.
Ortega pleaded guilty to the rape, and was also convicted of domestic violence,
related to when police responded to his apartment after the assault.
The victim was not present in court, although her father was and said he was too
emotional to speak about the incident.
May 26, 2010
Arturo F. Lopez
Henrico judge sends rape charge to grand jury
A woman testified at a preliminary hearing in a Henrico County court today that
her foster son sexually assaulted her at knifepoint and threatened to kill her
and her husband.
Arturo F. Lopez, 18, had been living with a foster family in the Interstate
64-Staples Mill Road area since sometime late last year, according to Henrico
police. He was charged with rape in the April 9 incident and appeared at a
preliminary hearing in General District Court this morning.
At the hearing, the judge certified the rape charge to a grand jury, which will
hear the case on July 12. He faces life in prison if convicted.
Lopez came to the Richmond area sometime last year. His attorney said he was a
homeless immigrant from Mexico and has no family in the U.S. Lopez was placed in
the home by the Richmond Department of Social Services, because Spanish is
spoken in the home.
The Richmond Times Dispatch
May 27, 2010
Officer Jose Manuel Santiago
Pennsylvania Cop Charged With Sex Offenses
A southeastern Pennsylvania police officer is charged with
hundreds of sex-offense counts including rape, incest, statutory sexual
assault and endangering the welfare of children.
Chester County prosecutors say 54-year-old Kennett Square police Officer Jose
Manuel Santiago was arrested Thursday at his home in Newark, Del.
Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Callahan says Santiago had sexual
encounters with three juveniles under the age of 14 between 1991 and 2000.
Borough officials say Santiago joined the department in 1998. He had been on
disability leave since December 2008 and is now suspended without pay.
Santiago is in New Castle County prison awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.
His phone number is unlisted and it was not clear if he had an attorney.
May 28, 2010
Alleged rapists' victims afraid to tell
Indianapolis - Prosecutors expect to file more charges against a man suspected
of molesting and raping as many as nine women and girls on the northwest side.
Police say 27-year old Luis Gonzales was a serial rapist - preying solely on
Hispanic victims for at least five months.
Police say investigating this case was challenging. They didn't begin to put the
pieces together until an 11-year-old girl reported being assaulted in May. But
the first known attack occurred five months before that.
It was a January evening at about 10:00 at the La Joya apartments on the
northwest side of Indianapolis. A 23-year-old woman walked into her building
carrying bags and her baby. She says an attacker waited - pretending to be
talking on his cell phone. After she went in the building, she says he grabbed
and groped her in the stairwell.
An affidavit states she was holding her baby tightly during the attack, and the
infant began to cry. At that point her attacker ran away.
But no police report was filed. Detectives believe for the next five months,
Luis Gonzales terrorized, molested, and raped as many as nine Hispanic women and
girls in west side apartment complexes. The youngest known victim is 11-years
Asked why the public wasn't made aware of a serial rapist, IMPD officer Lt. Jeff
Duhamell responded, "The lack of reporting from some of our victims, and
probably the language barrier and maybe some of them were afraid to come forward
because they may be in our country illegally."
Marion County prosecutor Carl Brizzi believes there are likely more victims out
there, and at a press conference on Thursday, he had a clear message to victims.
"There is absolutely no threat of immigration and customs enforcement, ICE, of
us reporting that documentation status as a result of reporting a crime," Brizzi
Luis Gonzales has ties to Indianapolis. The probable cause affidavit states he
graduated from Lawrence North High School and has lived in the city for six
years. He's being held on a $100,000 bond, and has declined our request for an
May 28, 2010
Teen Assaulted In Arroyo Grande
Arroyo Grande, CA -- Police arrested a parolee who allegedly assaulted a teen
yesterday afternoon. This happened at about 4:30 in the area near Arroyo Grande
Community Hospital and Arroyo Grande High School. Authorities received several
reports by phone that a girl was thrown to the ground near the hospital. Many
later calls told officers that within minutes several witnesses chased the
suspect, 23-year-old Fernando Frias, and cornered him in the back of a home on
Cerro Vista Circle.
Meanwhile, according to the Tribune, officers found the 17-year-old victim, near
the Fair Oaks bridge with injuries to her head and face. They arrested Frias who
is currently on parole. Frias was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on
suspicion of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and violating the terms of
May 27. 2010
Reward Offered for Sex Assault Suspect
Crime Stoppers and the Washington County Sheriff's office are offering a $1,000
reward for information leading to the arrest of a man wante for sexual assault.
Investigators say Ismael Recinos-Velasquez, who may also go by Jose Perez-Perez,
or the name 'Carlos', sexually abused his girlfriend's 14-year old daughter and
another 12-year old girl.
A warrant was issued for Recinos-Velasquez's arrest on May 13th. He's wanted on
charges of first-degree rape and sodomy, along with numerous other charges.
Recinos-Velasquez is 5' 3" tall and 140 pounds. If you see him, call Crime
Stoppers at 503-823-4357, go online to crimestoppers oforegon.com, or text
message to 823HELP.
May 27, 2010
Police seek man accused of the assault and attempted kidnap of his ex-girlfriend
Pasadena - Police are searching for a 53-year-old man who allegedly beat and
tried to kidnap his ex-girlfriend Thursday afternoon.
At about 1:07 p.m. a 45-year-old female Hispanic, of Temple City, was waiting at
a bus stop in the 200 block of South Lake Avenue when the man allegedly grabbed
her by the hair and began striking her, Pasadena Police Lt. Chris Russ said.
The victim suffered minor bruising to her face and arms and also complained of
back pain, he said.
After a struggle, the man dragged her through a nearby parking lot and attempted
to force her into his 2000 Honda Odyssey, but he fled on foot after several
passersby came to her assistance, Russ said.
The man is described as a 5-foot-6-inch male Hispanic weighing 186 pounds.
The Pasadena Star News
May 28, 2010
Midland Police Searching for Suspect Wanted for Inappropriate Conduct
Midland Police are trying to track down a man who has a problem keeping his
hands to himself.
A suspect is wanted for inappropriate conduct.
The man in question is Hispanic, who apparently goes around touching women in
He reportedly rubs or bumps into them, making it seem like an accident.
If this has happened to you in an offensive manner or if you have any
information, call Midland Police or CrimeStoppers at 649-TIPS.
May 28, 2010
U.S. Border Patrol Weekly Blotter: May 20 - May 26
May 26, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Border Patrol agents
arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Amado, Arizona. Records checks
revealed the subject had prior convictions for rape, the sale of marijuana,
domestic violence, and possession of a controlled substance. The subject had
also been previously removed from the United States.
May 25, 2010 - El Centro Sector - Border Patrol
agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California. Records
checks revealed the subject was a convicted sex offender in the state of
California, and had been previously removed from the United States.
May 25, 2010 - El Paso Sector - Border Patrol
agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near El Paso, Texas. Records checks
revealed the subject had prior convictions for rape with threat in the state of
California, assault with intent to cause serious injury/sexual abuse in the
state of New York, and had been previously removed from the United States.
May 22, 2010 - El Paso Sector - Border Patrol
agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near El Paso, Texas. Records checks
revealed the subject had a prior conviction for fondling, and lewd and
lascivious acts against a child in the state of Florida. The subject had also
been previously removed from the United States.
May 21, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Border Patrol agents
arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Sells, Arizona. Records checks
revealed the subject had a prior conviction for lascivious acts with a child /
false imprisonment with violence in the state of California. The subject had
also been previously removed from the United States.
May 20, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Border Patrol agents
arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Arivaca, Arizona. Record checks
revealed the subject had prior convictions for aggravated child molestation and
felony sodomy in the state of Georgia. The subject had also been previously
removed from the United States.
U.S. Border Patrol
May 26, 2010
11-Year-Old Girl Missing With 22-Year-Old Paramour
An 11-year-old girl is missing from her Brighton Park neighborhood home, and police say she may have disappeared with a much-older man she calls her boyfriend.
Jennifer Hurtado is missing... She was last seen wearing a yellow shirt with the word "Shields" in purple lettering.
She was also wearing blue jeans, black slip-on shoes and was with her 22-year-old "paramour" Jose "Carlos" Contrerras, the release said.
She is described as 4 feet 8 inches tall, 100 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, according to the release, which said the two may be heading for Mexico or North Carolina.
Anyone with information should contact the Chicago Police Wentworth Area Special Victims Unit, at (312) 747-8385.
May 26, 2010
Illinois, USA / Mexico
Police seek girl, 11, who vanished from Southwest Side with man
A missing persons alert has been issued for an 11-year-old girl who has gone missing from the Southwest Side and may be heading to Mexico or North Carolina with her 22-year-old boyfriend, police said.
Jennifer Hurtado, 11, is missing... according to release from police News Affairs. She was last seen wearing a yellow shirt with purple lettering that said, “Shields” that was worn over a black t-shirt.
She was wearing blue jeans, black slip-on shoes and was with her 22-year-old boyfriend Jose “Carlos” Contrerras, the release said.
She is described as 4-foot-8, 100 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, according to the release, which said the two may be heading for Mexico or North Carolina.
Anyone with information should contact Wentworth Area detectives are (312) 747-8385.
The Chicago Sun TImes
May 26, 2010
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
40th Washington Conference on the Americas
Remarks of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Council of the Americas was pleased to hold its 40th Washington Conference on the Americas. For 40 years, the Washington Conference on the Americas has been honored to host presidents of the United States, foreign heads of state, U.S. cabinet officials, ministers from the region, and congressional leaders...
As the opening speaker at the 40th Annual Washington Conference, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about the primacy of hemispheric issues on the Obama administration’s agenda. She... stressed three priority areas for cooperation between the United States and Latin America: trade and energy partnerships, public security, and inequality and immigration...
[An] area of concern stressed by the secretary was public security... She referred to the “barbarism” of organized crime syndicates, comment[ed] on Washington’s support for Plan Colombia and the Merida Initiative, but also urged for “smarter, more effective strategies.”
...Clinton referred to the twin issues of inequity and immigration. “We don’t have the poorest people in the world in Latin America, with the exception of Haiti, but we have the most inequity,” said the secretary. “Therefore we need to have a partnership between the public and private sector to address this.” In particular, she spoke of the need to increase tax revenues in the region. “We can take a lot of joy in the positive GDP growth, but income disparity continues to grow,” she said, noting it is “a source of social and political instability” that feeds criminal activity. “We have to do a better job.”
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis
Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor
One of [U.S. Labor Secretary] Secretary Solis’ main concerns is the 12.5 percent unemployment rate among the Latino population. Latinos-who Solis termed the “new entrepreneurs”-are the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. and will account for over 25 percent of the population by 2050. This population, however, accounted for only 5 percent of the 3.6 million STEM (science, technology, education, and math) jobs in 2008. Solis and the Department of Labor are focusing on creating more of these jobs for Latinos as STEM fields are the future of innovation and competitiveness.
Latino workforce development also extends to training workers in the renewable energy sector and to breaking down the barriers between employers and employees.
The Department of Labor has launched a multilingual help line as a resource for workers that have been unfairly treated on the job and is focusing on bringing to light “good business practices” that help to prevent on-the-job injuries. Just recently Secretary Solis and Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhán signed a declaration reaffirming their joint commitment to work collaboratively on informing Mexican workers about their labor rights. She hopes to extend this type of agreement to El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and other Latin American countries...
Prepared by Jason Marczak and Carin Zissis
May 12, 2010
OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza
OAS Secretary General Takes Office for Second Term
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today...
[took] office for his second term at a special session of the Permanent
Reelected by acclamation for the period 2010-2015 in an election held March 24, Insulza
described in a speech this morning delivered in the Hall of the Americas the
main goals for his new term, reiterating the convictions that will guide his
Among the successes of his first term, the top OAS official mentioned the effective role of the Organization in nearly a dozen political crises in the continent, as well as the observation of more than fifty electoral processes, asserting that “nobody can in good faith affirm that the OAS in these years has failed in having, in all of these events, a conciliatory and unifying attitude.” In this context, Insulza renewed his commitment to what he called “the three basic pillars of OAS activity: democracy and human rights, integral development and multidimensional security, and the aspects most relevant to the people of the continent.”
With respect to the new five-year period that now begins, Secretary General Insulza reiterated his wish to have “a genuinely multilateral OAS, built by all of us jointly on the basis of common principles,” and he traced five lines of work for his new mandate: to develop a broad, modern and inclusive multilateralism; to increase support for democratic governance by promoting areas such as respect for the rule of law and institutions; to improve the balance between the tasks of democracy building and those of promoting integral development; to continue prioritizing subjects relative to public security, drug trafficking, money laundering, organized crime, arms trafficking and human trafficking; to give greater momentum to the subject of gender at the OAS...
Organization of American States
May 24, 201
The triple frontier region, where
Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil meet, is a major child
and adult sex trafficking marketplace with many
thousands of victims.
los casos deben ser remitidos a Asuncion para su investigacion
Impunidad hace florecer el trafico de personas en las Tres Fronteras
El tráfico de personas en la zona de las Tres Fronteras sigue siendo un negocio
floreciente debido a la impunidad reinante. En el sistema judicial del Alto
Paraná no existen datos de que algún caso haya sido elevado a juicio, buscando
castigar a los culpables de este delito. El Ministerio Público se convirtió en
una especie de “frezeer’’ para los hechos denunciados sobre la trata de
personas. Ever Ovelar, fiscal adjunto.
Varios son los esquemas que operan en la zona para el tráfico de personas. Casi
siempre integran el sistema las agencias de viaje que camuflan el envío de
jóvenes a otros países como excursionistas. En el décimo departamento no existe
una unidad fiscal especializada en el tema, pese a que los casos aumentan
considerablemente. Los antecedentes algunas veces son remitidos a la unidad
especializada en el tema a cargo de la fiscal Teresa Martínez, de Asunción. La
fiscal estuvo en esta zona y dijo que al menos tres agencias de turismo locales
están en la mira por vincularse supuestamente al tráfico de personas.
No quiso dar el nombre de las firmas para no entorpecer las investigaciones que
casi no han avanzado en los últimos 30 días. En Ciudad del Este y Presidente
Franco son donde más abundan personas que reclutan a jóvenes especialmente para
llevarlos a otros países, de preferencia europeos siendo las mujeres las
preferidas. Varias de ellas son obligadas a prostituirse y son mantenidas en
régimen de esclavitud, mientras otros deben trabajar en viviendas en régimen
El silencio de las víctimas y sus familiares contribuyen a que los traficantes
sigan operando normalmente en esta región fronteriza. Pero la inacción de los
organismos públicos contribuyen más para que se de esta situación. El Minis-terio
Público de Ciudad del Este se convirtió en una especie de “frezeer’’ para los
casos de trata de personas, pues al menos son 20 carpetas fiscales las que nunca
fueron investigadas. No existen antecedentes en el Poder Judicial de la zona de
que algún caso haya sido llevado a juicio oral y público...
All human trafficking cases should be referred to federal
agencies in the capital city of Asuncion
Impunity allows human trafficking to flourish in the triple frontier (Paraguay,
Argentina and Brazil) region.
(English Translation to follow)
May 26, 2010
US Fights Human Slavery in Major Cities
People from Latin America, Asia trafficked to the US for sex, labor
In almost every major city in the United States, advocates say victims of human slavery are exploited everyday.
"Human trafficking is a very serious problem in the United States," says Bradley Myles of the Polaris Project, an organization that fights human trafficking.
According to Myles, some of the victims are forced to work in the homes of the wealthy and at restaurants. Many others, especially women, are forced into prostitution.
"We know from our very own eyes that it's happening. We're not kind of hearing it third hand. We've been inside those places. We work with those women."
The Polaris Project operates a human trafficking hotline. Calls come in from around the country.
"So we're getting calls from Texas. We're getting calls from California. We're getting calls from New York, Florida and DC is one of those top five cities where we're getting calls," says Myles.
Deborah Sigmund, founder of the advocacy group, Innocents at Risk, says most of the victims of human trafficking come from economically depressed countries and are lured to the U.S. with promises of a better life.
"They want to think that they can come to America and have a great job so it's very easy to fool them," she says.
According to the experts, some of the victims are forced to sell sex from brothels disguised as massage parlors.
Tim Whittman of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is an expert on human trafficking in the U.S.
"The number one foreign country is Mexico," says Tim Whittman, an expert on human trafficking with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). "Approximately 20 percent of our cases involve victims from Mexico."
The nation's capital is not immune to the problem. In Washington, the Polaris Project sees sex trafficking victims who are U.S. citizens, and women from South Korea, China and Latin America.
A study by The Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center finds nearly 83 percent of suspected human trafficking incidents involve sex trafficking. Advocates say other types of human slavery include people being forced to work as domestic servants and in agriculture. The FBI says the smugglers often threaten their victims and make it difficult for them to pay off their debts...
Voice of America News
May 24, 2010
Sexual assault suspect may be linked to 7 attacks
Indianapolis - Police have arrested a suspect in the sexual assault of a young girl.
Luis Gonzales, 27, was taken into custody Saturday evening after an IMPD officer found him sleeping in a pick-up truck on Hillsboro Drive. A woman told police she recognized Gonzales from an incident a month or two ago when he attempted to fondle her. The woman told her father, who called police.
Police say Gonzales sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl at her west side apartment complex on May 13. Investigators identified the suspect in that assault as a Hispanic male, who left the scene in a red Nissan pick-up truck, like the one Gonzales was in when police apprehended him Saturday.
Metro police detectives say Gonzales is a prime suspect in at least two confirmed assault cases. He was found in possession of a BB gun described in the other attacks, as well as other possible evidence belonging to his victims. He is being held on felony charges of child molesting and criminal confinement.
Monday, police described Gonzales as a dangerous predator, saying he may be linked to as many as seven attacks on girls.
"He is almost like an addict. He has to have sex all the time," said IMPD Lt. Jeff Duhamell.
One of the other attacks happened to a 13-year-old girl in the Covered Bridge Apartments on Georgetown Road. The victim remained reluctant to even report the attack until IMPD Officer Candi Perry, a Spanish translator for the department, intervened. That's when the 11-year-old girl in the May 13 attack came forward, too.
"Right now, we definitely have him on admitting two child molestation cases," said Lt. Duhamell.
Sex crime detectives suspect Gonzales in a May 7 sexual assault on a 23-year-old woman. The attack happened at the West Lake Apartments near Rockville Road.
May 24, 2010
Man gets 35 years for sexually assaulting child
A DeKalb man will spend the next 35 years in prison after being convicted of raping and infecting a child with a sexually transmitted disease.
Omar Luna-Fraide, 22, of Doraville, was convicted Wednesday on one count of rape; two counts of child molestation; two counts of aggravated child molestation; and one count of false imprisonment, said Orzy Theus, spokesman for the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office.
Fraide was accused of assaulting the child on multiple days in 2009, Theus said. He also infected the child with a sexually transmitted disease, Theus said.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 21, 2010
Guatemala, The United States
Esperanza Arreaga, age 62,
lost two small daughters and 14 other family members
when they were murdered by Guatemalan soldiers in the massacre of Las Dos Erres.
Arreaga looks at the
remains of massacre victims uncovered by forensic archeologists.
Photo: Larry Kaplow - GlobalPost
Ramiro Cristales, then age 5, witnessed Guatemalan special forces
soldiers murder his family and rape and murder the 10 and
12-year-old girls from his village of Las Dos Erres, in 1982.
video statement by Ramiro Cristales, and a
collage of photos, by GlobalPost.
Ramiro Cristales, after he was abducted at age 5 by the Guatemalan soldiers who murdered his
U.S. rounds up Guatemalans accused of war crimes
Washington - U.S. federal agents are today closing in on four former Guatemalan soldiers accused of taking part in a 1982 massacre, which one law enforcement official called "the most shocking modern-day war crime American authorities have ever investigated."
One former soldier alleged to have taken part in the massacre of 251 villagers
in the rural Guatemalan hamlet of Las Dos Erres is already in custody in Texas.
Another former soldier in Florida and two more in California are under active
Law enforcement officials close to the case acknowledged the four men are part
of a probe by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency into immigration
violations aimed at rounding up suspects named in a recently revived, landmark
human rights case in Guatemala. If found in violation of U.S. immigration laws,
the men would likely face deportation to Guatemala and a possible prosecution
there for war crimes.
For years these men, who are all accused of serving in a notoriously brutal
Guatemalan military unit, have lived in America, blending in to communities in
Florida, California and Texas. One is a popular karate teacher. One is a cook.
The man in custody is a day laborer who had allegedly abducted and then adopted
a boy who was orphaned in the slaughter 28 years ago.
That boy, Ramiro Cristales, who was 5 years old at the time, is now a key
witness in the case in Guatemala against the former soldiers and against the man
who raised him.
In an exclusive interview with GlobalPost, Cristales, one of only two known
survivors of the massacre, saw his entire family murdered. He said he was
frustrated it has taken so long for the men to be brought to justice. But he
said he hoped U.S. and Guatemalan officials might work together to make that
"They have to do something... The only thing I ask is justice," said Cristales,
who is now hiding in an undisclosed location.
One former soldier alleged to have taken part in the massacre of 251 villagers in the rural Guatemalan hamlet of Las Dos Erres is already in custody in Texas. Another former soldier in Florida and two more in California are under active investigation.
Law enforcement officials close to the case acknowledged the four men are part of a probe by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency into immigration violations aimed at rounding up suspects named in a recently revived, landmark human rights case in Guatemala. If found in violation of U.S. immigration laws, the men would likely face deportation to Guatemala and a possible prosecution there for war crimes.
For years these men, who are all accused of serving in a notoriously brutal Guatemalan military unit, have lived in America, blending in to communities in Florida, California and Texas. One is a popular karate teacher. One is a cook. The man in custody is a day laborer who had allegedly abducted and then adopted a boy who was orphaned in the slaughter 28 years ago.
That boy, Ramiro Cristales, who was 5 years old at the time, is now a key witness in the case in Guatemala against the former soldiers and against the man who raised him.
In an exclusive interview with GlobalPost, Cristales, one of only two known survivors of the massacre, saw his entire family murdered. He said he was frustrated it has taken so long for the men to be brought to justice. But he said he hoped U.S. and Guatemalan officials might work together to make that happen.
"They have to do something... The only thing I ask is justice," said Cristales, who is now hiding in an undisclosed location.
The massacre in Las Dos Erres, where a total of 251 men, women and children were killed, is widely considered one of the darkest chapters of Guatemala's 36-year civil war that claimed some 200,000 lives, and in which the U.S. military played a shadowy role.
One month after allegedly raping young girls and women during the massacre, one of the men under investigation, Pedro Pimentel Rios, began work as an instructor at the School of the Americas, the Pentagon-run training school for Latin American militaries, then located in Panama...
Because the alleged crimes occurred before the passage of war crimes laws in the United States, prosecutors are not legally permitted to charge the men under any of those laws. This limitation in U.S. law has long frustrated federal prosecutors, who have only... been able to denaturalize and deport even suspected Nazi war criminals living in the United States.
U.S. officials began their investigation after the Inter-American Court on Human Rights decided last year that Guatemala's 1996 amnesty agreement does not apply to serious human rights violations, including the massacre at Las Dos Erres. Officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Justice who monitor cases involving foreign-born human rights abusers decided to see if any of the accused killers were living in the United States...
Human rights groups have long criticized the involvement of the American government and military in Guatemala. The Las Dos Erres case reveals several connections between the two countries.
The U.S. government knew the Guatemalan army was probably responsible for the massacre at Las Dos Erres, yet the School of the Americas began to welcome new instructors and students from the army only days after the killings...
In the 1970s, President Jimmy Carter had introduced a ban on cooperating with the Guatemalan military. But President Ronald Reagan lifted the ban and the School of the Americas began admitting Guatemalan soldiers, including Rios, one of the alleged perpetrators of the massacre...
Just as the massacres were intensifying, Reagan re-established military and political cooperation with the Guatemalan government. Reagan saw
[Guatemalan president Efrain] Rios Montt as a useful ally against leftist guerrillas and maintained friendly relations in the face of evidence that Rios Montt's government was responsible for increasing numbers of civilian massacres. (In July 1982, Amnesty International published a report listing more than 50 massacres of non-combatant civilians by the military.)
On Dec. 4, 1982, when the massacres in the Guatemalan countryside were fully under way, Reagan met with Rios Montt. Reagan publicly described Rios Montt as "a man of great personal integrity…[who] wants to improve the quality of life for all Guatemalans and to promote social justice." Reagan said that Rios Montt had received a "bum rap" from human rights groups.
It was an inauspicious day to make such a show of support. On the same day Reagan spoke, the 17 members of the Kaibiles
[counter-insurgency rangers] squad arrived at a military base near Las Dos Erres. On Dec. 7, the massacre started. Over the following two days, the men are alleged to have killed 251 residents of Las Dos Erres. "Everything that moved had to be killed," one of the soldiers later wrote in a sworn statement.
Last month archaeologists began exhuming the mass grave and DNA testing is now underway to confirm the identities of those killed.
"I lost everything"
The Kaibiles tortured the men first. They then began throwing children alive into the village well. Women were shot or beaten to death with a sledgehammer and then thrown in. Men were then shot and dumped on top. One of the Kaibiles abducted a 5-year-old boy
[Ramiro Cristales]. Another boy escaped. They may be the only surviving witnesses...
May 06, 2010
Genocide, Femicide and Human
Trafficking in Guatemala
All Grew From the Same Roots of Wartime Impunity
The genocide suffered by the indigenous Mayan majority
population of Guatemala during the 1980s took place with the complicity of the U.S.
Government, especially during the administration of President Ronald Reagan.
Some 200,000 innocent civilians, including 50,000 women, were murdered by government military forces
during the civil conflict. The nation's Supreme Court has officially declared that 200,000
orphans resulted from the war.
While the International Court in the Hague and other international
judicial bodies have aggressively prosecuted, or at least charged suspects
in the genocidal mass murders in Bosnia, Sudan and other equally notorious
largest act of ethnic cleansing and genocide in the modern history of the
Americas, which was carried out by pro-U.S. government forces during the Guatemalan Civil War, has until recently been off limits to
We thank the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for
laying the legal groundwork for permitting renewed judicial action in regard to important cases such as that
Las Dos Erres Massacre. Many other massacres and
individual murders have yet
to be investigated.
In all, some 440 Mayan villages, located mostly in Guatemala's
northwestern highlands region, were completely destroyed by Guatemalan soldiers
during a brutal scorched earth campaign of ethnic cleansing that hid behind a
cloak of supposedly justifiable cold war counter insurgency.
Guatemala's military was supported in this endeavor with military strategy, training and equipment supplied by the United States,
Argentina and Israel.
The perpetrators of mass murder in Guatemala thought that they would have a
lifetime of protection in regard to their crimes, because past conservative U.S.
presidential administrations lead them to believe that was the case. Thanks to the changing
political and legal landscape in the Americas, serious prosecutions of these
criminals may, finally, occur.
In the early and mid 1980s I and many other activists in Washington,
DC and across the Americas worked hard to publish and broadcast news about the
ongoing massacres of innocents in Guatemala. We also protested in front of Congress and organized to
do everything we could to save the
lives of Guatemalans from the murderous hands of these cruel perpetrators.
Today in 2010, Guatemala's postwar culture has the highest rate of
'femicide' murders in
all of the Americas. Thousands of women have been murdered during the past
several years with almost total impunity. The rate of femicide murders, (which
are crimes that typically include acts of
rape, torture, mutilation and dismemberment -echoing the behavior of military
forces during the civil war), is ten times higher than the rate of gender-based
murders in Mexico's infamous Ciudad Juarez..
These femicides, and Guatemala's inability to investigate the rape/
torture killings of so many women and girls, as well as that nation's serious problems
with mass sex trafficking currently, are all direct outgrowths of the
impunity that the world community ALLOWED to exist in Guatemala during the
1970s, 80s and 90s. Effectively, these crimes were never prosecuted because past
conservative U.S. administrations were both passively and actively complicit, and the world community
of nations simply stood silently by and watched these horrific events
unfold with impunity.
A nexus with the anti-trafficking movement
During the early 2000's, I joined the anti human trafficking
listserv (email-based private forum) of Dr. Donna Hughes, who was then, and is
today, Professor and Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson
Endowed Chair of the Women's Studies Program at the University of Rhode Island.
Dr. Hughes is one of the original pioneers of the modern U.S. movement against
human trafficking, and she deserves all of the honors that she has received over
the years for those important efforts.
Dr. Hughes' listserv, which was made up of many notable names in the
anti-slavery movement across the globe, including names that many followers of
the movement today would recognize, totaled about
400 members. Simultaneous to her work with this listserv, Dr. Hughes was also
writing for the conservative National Review Online.
The majority of U.S. listserv participants were conservative
educated that online community of professionals and activists about the dynamics of the
Latin American crisis in human trafficking at a time when few were aware of the
As part of that work, I discussed the mass rapes and murders of innocent Mayan
indigenous women and girls (among others) during the Guatemalan Civil War
(almost all Mayan women and girls of any age, among other victims, were targeted
for rape by soldiers and civilian paramilitary guards during the war). I also
discussed Mayan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Rigoberta Menchu, who fled into the
jungle to avoid becoming another victim of a government massacre. Several of Dr. Menchu's relatives died at the hands of soldiers.
of the listserv became so infuriated with my simple and truthful educational
postings that several of them quit the listserv. Dr. Hughes told me by phone,
almost apologetically, that she had to ban me from participating to prevent her
conservative followers from leaving.
In an earlier email conversation, Dr. Hughes had
rationalized the human rights abuses in Guatemala by stating that some victims
supported communist insurgency.
What Mayans actually supported was building a
future for themselves that was free from the 500 years of peonage (slavery) that
Spanish descendants had subjected them to.
During this online debate, an anti-trafficking activist from the Salvation Army
wrote-in to emphasize that the group was not denying the events that took place in
Guatemala (although only she expressed that view, not the other listserv members).
U.S. Conservatives had long supported the efforts of former President
Ronald Reagan and others to back often brutal right wing dictators in Latin America. Any
mention of the mass murders of Guatemalan innocents, including women and
was considered to be an unacceptable topic of public conversation.
In late 1995, for example,
former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich denounced
then-Democratic Representative Robert G. Torricelli, who, like
Speaker Gingrich, was a member of
the House Intelligence Committee, for having publicly exposed information about
the atrocities in Guatemala, followed by a demand for congressional hearings.
Speaker Gingrich also demanded that the Public
Broadcasting Service (PBS) not air a documentary on the massacres of Mayan
peoples in the Guatemalan Civil War. He only relented and allowed the program to
be broadcast after his demand for adding 'alternative views' to the program's
content were agreed to by PBS.
How do you provide an alternative view about multiple acts of
racially motivated mass murder being perpetrated against innocent children, women and men
This truthful account of one part of the history of the Guatemalan Genocide
also sheds light on aspects of the modern U.S. response to the human trafficking
crisis in Latin America.
The U.S. based anti-trafficking movement is a unique social space where
conservatives, liberals and others (and I am 'other') may join in common
purpose to save human lives. Unfortunately, politics has often been played with the issue of Latin American human
In the early 2000s, conservatives such as Dr. Donna Hughes and her followers shunned any
discussion of the important gender related human rights issues (specifically,
the Guatemalan Genocide) that were closely
associated with the modern human slavery issue in Latin America.
administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush, I was
present at two separate major public speeches given by the first
and second directors of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
at the U.S. Department of State - Ambassador John R. Miller, and
Ambassador Mark P. Lagon. Latin America’s human trafficking crisis
was never mentioned during those presentations, despite what we know
today, that Latin American human trafficking generates an estimated
$16 billion per year, perhaps half of all world income from human
When, on May 27, 1994,
I gave a presentation on Latina women and exploitation to
the Montgomery County, Maryland Commission for Women, I mentioned the
mass rapes and murders of women in the Guatemalan conflict, several conservative
women commission members shook their heads and declared that the genocide never happened.
a Cherokee indigenous woman commission member, and a Panamanian woman
physician who was also a member both acknowledged the fact of the Guatemalan
genocide, and also recognized the other issues that I had raised for their consideration
(the workplace sexual exploitation of Latina immigrant women).
An intentional failure to acknowledge the problem of Latin American
human trafficking during the administration of President George
W. Bush (as a byproduct of conservative politics) effectively allowed the region's billion dollar cartels and other criminal elements free reign to
grow their now $16 billion per year human slavery 'industry' (IOM
figure) without any visible U.S. opposition.
On the other end of the political spectrum, some liberals, including, perhaps,
influential members of the administration
of President Barack Obama, also politicize human trafficking, from a leftist
It does not add to Obama administration Latin America strategy to have a highly
visible public discussion of human trafficking and the mass rape and enslavement of
women and girls in Mexico, when such visibility would raise
doubt in Congress, and among the public, as to the value of continued funding of the war on
drug traffickers, given that Mexican soldiers deployed in the conflict have been
the culprits in many rapes and
murders of indigenous women with total impunity.
Open discussion of the severe levels of human trafficking and the brutal sexual
exploitation of women perpetrated by some Latino men in Latin America,
and in U.S. community settings, is also an uncomfortable topic
for progressives as they market Comprehensive Immigration Reform to the people
and Congress of the United States.
That concern does not justify remaining silent about the growing humanitarian
emergency of mass gender atrocities that is taking place in Mexico, throughout
the rest of Latin America and, increasingly, in U.S. Latino immigrant population
Progressives who favor the legalization of prostitution also apparently have
strong influence in the Obama Administration, which perhaps leads to a diminished focus on
sex trafficking while labor trafficking takes center stage in U.S.
By justifying the genocide of Mayan indigenous peoples during the
Guatemalan Civil War (a mentality that is consistent with excusing the mass murder of
U.S. indigenous peoples in the past), U.S. conservatives, together with their allies in
Guatemala, succeeded in setting-up the circumstances that lead not only to the anti-Mayan
genocide, but also set off the 'firestorm' of the largest ongoing crisis of mass
murders of women in the Americas, today's Guatemalan femicide.
A similar conservative-lead
environment of social and govern-mental tolerance for mass gender atrocities
also exists in neighboring Mexico.
We assert that the lack of willingness of the
U.S. government and of some U.S. NGOs to fully engage the issue of human trafficking in Latin
America (where half of the world's estimated $32 billion of human trafficking
apparently takes place) during the George W. Bush administration and beyond had
its roots in conservative unwillingness to acknowledge the serious human
consequences of their past support for murderous dictators such as Guatemalan president Efrain Rios Montt.
To be clear, U.S. conservatives cannot declare their opposition
to modern day human trafficking and slavery on the one hand, and on the other,
declare that the genocide in Guatemala, or Mexico's current repression of
women's rights (and until recently, intentional inaction on human trafficking) all
orchestrated by the ruling conservative National Action party (PAN), are justifiable expressions of
You cannot have it both ways.
The left, which has often been indifferent to the issue of human
trafficking, bears a similar responsibility for condoning inaction... because
human trafficking is, for some of them, a round peg that will not fit into the square
holes of their political ideologies.
Shame on those who politicize human trafficking, be they from the
right or the left!
The victims, and those who are at-risk, await our effective and hurried
efforts to protect and rescue them.
Public servants, put the politics aside, and get to work! There is no time to waste.
End impunity now!
May 23/24/27, 2010
An indigenous woman walks by a street poster of Guatamala's most brutal president, Efrain Rios Montt.
In the words
of a poem by Pablo Neruda:
'For the one who gave the order of agony, I ask for punishment.'
Guatemala: Massacre investigation breakthrough
Recently declassified documents from US archives have shed further light on the extent of US complicity in Guatemalan human rights crimes, one of Latin America’s most brutal examples of population control.
The hard-working farmers of Dos Erres, in Peten department, had never asked for much — just a few acres of recently-cleared land from which to scratch a
meager living in a country racked by violence.
When armed guerrillas cut across their land six months prior to December 7, 1982, community leaders had done everything possible to placate the national army, even inviting the soldiers in for inspections.
They had nothing to hide, they said. But a psychopathic military killing machine had already condemned them to death on the grounds that they were the soil in which the seed of resistance grows.
Acting on orders issued by the US-backed regional command, a death squad of army Kaibiles (counterinsurgency rangers) entered the peaceful hamlet early that morning, smashing in doors, killing livestock, starting fires and rounding up groups of men, women and children.
Hours of rape and torture ensued, followed by execution in small groups. After being shot, stabbed or bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer, the victims were hurled into a village well or left in nearby fields.
By nightfall, more than 250 were dead - almost the entire population. There were two child survivors
- one who escaped and one, Ramiro Cristales, who was spared by his parents’ murderer only to be subsequently raised as a domestic slave (reputedly an army custom). Cristales, now aged in his 30s, has recently come forward at considerable risk to his own life as an eyewitness to the horror at Dos Erres.
His testimony to the Guatemalan truth commission has been corroborated by previously classified material obtained by the National Security Archive’s Guatemala Documentation Project under the US Freedom of Information Act...
David T. Rowlands
Green Left (Australia)
May 22, 2010
Former Guatemalan Soldier Arrested for Alleged Role in Dos
Washington, D.C. - Following this week's arrest of a former
Guatemalan special forces soldier, the National Security Archive is posting a
set of declassified documents on one of Guatemala's most shocking and unresolved
human rights crimes, the Dos Erres massacre.
On May 5, 2010, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) arrested Gilberto Jordan, 54, in Palm Beach County, Florida,
based on a criminal complaint charging Jordan had lied to U.S. authorities
about his service in the Guatemalan Army and his role in the 1982 Dos Erres
massacre. The complaint alleges that Jordan, a naturalized American citizen, was
part of the special counterinsurgency Kaibiles unit that carried out the
massacre of hundreds of residents of the Dos Erres village located in the
northwest Petén region. Jordan allegedly helped kill unarmed villagers with his
own hands, including a baby he allegedly threw into the village well.
The massacre was part of the Guatemalan military's "scorched
earth campaign" and was carried out by the Kaibiles ranger unit. The Kaibiles
were specially trained soldiers who became notorious for their use of torture
and brutal killing tactics. According to witness testimony, and corroborated
through U.S. declassified archives, the Kaibiles entered the town of Dos Erres
on the morning of December 6, 1982, and separated the men from women and
children. They started torturing the men and raping the women and by the
afternoon they had killed almost the entire community, including the children.
Nearly the entire town was murdered, their bodies thrown into a
well and left in nearby fields. The U.S. documents reveal that American
officials deliberated over theories of how an entire town could just
"disappear," and concluded that the Army was the only force capable of such an
organized atrocity. More than 250 people are believed to have died in the
The National Security Archive
George Washington University
May 7, 2010
An indigenous woman in Guatemala holds a sign saying,
WANTED: Jose Efrain Rios Montt (the unseen part says, "for genocide") -
during the 2008, 28th anniversary of the
Spanish Embassy Massacre in Guatemala
General José Efraín Ríos Montt is best
known for heading a military dictatorship from 1982–1983 that was
responsible for some of the worst atrocities against civilians in the
36-year Guatemalan civil conflict.
My observations about the only human trafficker I have
...To further tie together these linked issues, I know victims of
that genocide, and I have met a perpetrator, through one of his family members.
This family member talked to me at length about this perpetrator’s activities in
Guatemala. I will refer to him here as ‘Juan.’
Juan’s grandfather owned a large ranch in Guatemala, and when he
was feeling especially angry, he would go to the Mayan village at the far-end of
his ranch and "shoot a few Indians" (a direct quote). During the time of the
1970s-1980s Guatemalan Civil War, Juan was a member of the Guatemalan
president's security detail, the Presidential Guard. This security unit had a
secondary task, aside from protection, of receiving a daily hit list from the
president’s palace, finding these persons and murdering them for being suspected
The bodies of the victims were typically left laying in the
street as a message to the population. Juan stated to his family: "Me daba mucha
lastima tener que malograr a las mujeres" - that is: "it really saddened me to
have to tear-up the women [on the hit list]." In other words, he supposedly felt
sad for having willfully kidnapped, tortured, gang-raped and finally murdered
his mostly Mayan women and girl victims over a number of years...
During the mid 1990s, before I even knew what sex trafficking
was, Juan’s family member explained to me that Juan was engaged in smuggling
people into the United States under peculiar circum-stances, and that he had ties to
Colombian mafias. Today, I understand that what was being explained to me was
the fact that Juan, a former mass rapist and murderer of women, had 'graduated'
to sex trafficking women into the U.S. while living a comfortable and otherwise
'normal' life in Washington, DC.
It was also explained to me that Juan would travel to Guatemala City, place an
add in a local paper seeking young girls to work as escorts, and that 13 and
14-year-old girls would gleefully respond. Juan then 'trained' these girls as
prostitutes, and sent them out as escorts for wealthy businessmen.
In Washington, DC, Juan, when working in the role of office building cleaning
crew manager, imposed quid-pro-quo sexual demands upon the Latina women who
applied to work at his office building.
The world's past denial of the Guatemalan Genocide plays into the world's
current lack of attention to the ongoing femicide, mass kidnappings of babies for
illegal adoptions and prostitution, and to the mass trafficking of Guatemalan women
into the brothels of southern Mexico...
Ashoka anti-trafficking competition entry
June 18, 2008
Mayan women and supporters gather to
protest a then-recent massacre in Quetzaltenango,
Guatemala - 1978
Photo: El Gráfico
In the early 1980's I lived in a house in Washington, DC where a couple who had
fled Guatemala were invited to stay. The husband was an agronomist from Spain.
His wife was a white U.S. citizen from the Midwest. They told me how they were
saved from a death squad execution in Guatemala.
A Guatemalan woman friend had told the
couple that her boyfriend, a high-ranking Guatemalan military officer, had told
her one night while he was drunk that the couple had been put on the
to-be-murdered list that was printed nightly in the presidential palace (using a
computer system set up by the Israeli military). Having been warned by their
friend, the couple and their young child immediately fled Guatemala.
The husband taught people in rural Mayan communities how to grow food better
and improve their nutrition. For the Guatemalan military, anything that
benefited the Mayan population was subversive, and deserved a murderous
response. Any arguments that the Mayan majority was subversive fly out the
window when one understands that the goal of the genocide was ethnic cleansing,
pure and simple.
May 23, 2010
Israel and Guatemala
The history of Israel's relations with Guatemala roughly parallels that of its
ties with El Salvador except the Guatemalan military was so unswervingly bloody
that Congress never permitted the ... Reagan Administration to undo the military
aid cutoff implemented during the Carter years.
Weaponry for the Guatemalan military is the very least of what Israel has
delivered. Israel not only provided the technology necessary for a reign of
terror, it helped in the organization and commission of the horrors perpetrated
by the Guatemalan military and police. And even beyond that: to ensure that the
profitable relationship would continue, Israel and its agents worked actively to
maintain Israeli influence in Guatemala.
Throughout the years of untrammeled slaughter that left at least 45,000 dead,
and, by early 1983, one million in internal exile - mostly indigenous Mayan
Indians, who comprise a majority of Guatemala's eight million people - and
thousands more in exile abroad, Israel stood by the Guatemalan military. Three
successive military governments and three brutal and sweeping campaigns against
the Mayan population, described by a U.S. diplomat as Guatemala's "genocide
against the Indians," had the benefit of Israeli techniques and experience, as
well as hardware...
...It does not take convoluted reasoning to conclude that "both the U.S. and
Israel bear rather serious moral responsibility" for Guatemala.
May 26, 2009
More about Former Guatemalan president Efrain Ríos Montt
In 1978, [Efrain Ríos Montt] left the Roman Catholic Church and became a
minister in the California-based Evangelical / Pentecostal Church of the Word;
since then Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have been personal friends [both
reverends Falwell and Robertson had publicly defended Ríos Montt's human rights abuses].
brother Mario is a Catholic bishop, and in 1998 succeeded the assassinated
Bishop Juan Gerardi as head of the human rights commission uncovering the truth
of the disappearances associated with the military and his brother.
About Efrain Ris Montt
Bill Clinton during his presidency
Clinton says U.S. did
wrong in Central American Wars - March 10, 1999
Clinton admitted Wednesday to Guatemalans that U.S. support for
"widespread repression" in their bloody 36-year civil war was a
"For the United States, it is important
that I state clearly that the support for military forces or
intelligence units which engaged in violent and widespread
repression ... was wrong," Clinton said as he began a round-table
discussion on Guatemala's search for peace.
"The United States must not repeat that
mistake. We must and we will instead continue to support the peace
and reconciliation process in Guatemala," he said on the third day
of a Central American tour.
March 10, 1999
Read our special section of the crisis of sexual
exploitation and femicide facing women and girls in modern Guatemala.
Raids and Rescue
Read our special
section on the human rights advocacy conflict that
exists between the goals of the defense of
undocumented immigrants from the threat of
deportation on the one hand, and the urgent need to
protect Latina sex trafficking victims through law
enforcement action, on the other hand...
Dec. 18, 2008
These workers from the
Adulam shelter were arrested for forcing children and elderly
clients into labor slavery, while also subjecting some of the
victims to rape.
Photo: Mexico City Prosecutor's Office
Desmantelan redes de trata de personas en México
Una red de explotación laboral camuflada en un hogar social, que abusaba de menores de edad, y otra de prostitución que simulaba ser un salón "spa" fueron desarticuladas por la policía, informó hoy la Procuraduría General de Justicia de la capital mexicana.
El 13 de mayo la Fiscalía capitalina comenzó un operativo que se saldó este lunes con cinco detenciones y con la liberación de 37 personas, entre ellas 27 menores, a las que supuestamente se explotaba laboral y sexualmente en la casa de asistencia a indigentes "Adulam", ubicada en el oeste de la ciudad.
Asimismo, el pasado martes fueron capturados Claudia Escalante González y Hugo Escalante Penkoff, presuntos responsables de la red de prostitución que se ocultaba en una casa de masajes antiestrés en el sur de la capital, donde se engañó y obligó a vender su cuerpo a varias jóvenes mediante amenazas y extorsiones.
En marzo, cuatro de los huéspedes de "Adulam" denunciaron que eran obligados a comerciar con distintos productos en la calle, sin obtener remuneración, y a entregar entre 700 y 800 pesos diarios (entre cincuenta y sesenta dólares) ya que, si no lo hacían, se les negaba el alimento.
Una menor de dieciséis años denunció también que Emilio Moctezuma, director de "Adulam" y uno de los detenidos, la violó mientras una de las asistentes de éste la sujetaba.
Todas las víctimas eran amenazadas constantemente con ser trasladadas a otras casas fuera del Distrito Federal y a un lugar llamado Isla Veracruz, donde la hermana de esta última chica fue enviada para ejercer la prostitución.
Además, una mujer declaró que desconoce el paradero de su hija desde que le fue arrebatada recién nacida y enviada a un hogar de asistencia en el vecino estado de México, y otra -también menor de edad-, aseguró que le practicaron un aborto sin su consentimiento.
Human trafficking networks are dismantled in Mexico City
The Mexico City Prosecutor's Office has announced that establishments dedicated
to human exploitation have been taken down. One location, which operated as a
shelter for children and the elderly. The other passed itself off as a massage
parlor, but was actually a house of prostitution.
On May 13, 2010 the city prosecutor's office commenced an operation that
concluded with 5 arrests and the liberation from slavery of 27 children and 10
adults, who were subjected to labor and sexual exploitation in the Casa Adulam
shelter, located on the west side of Mexico City.
At the same time, the authorities arrested
Claudia Escalante González y Hugo Escalante Penkoff, who are alleged to have run
a prostitution network out of a massage parlor. A number of youth were entrapped
and forced to sell their bodies in prostitution while facing threats and
In March of 2010, four residents of Casa Adulam denounced to police that they
were forced to sell between 700 and 800 pesos of various products on the streets
of Mexico City. On days when the victims failed to meet their quota, they were
A 16-year-old girl also reported to police that she was raped by both the Adulam
Emilio Moctezuma, and a male resident of the shelter, while one of the women
shelter workers held her down.
All of the victims were constantly threatened with being taken to other shelters
outside of Mexico City.
One of these locations was called Veracruz Island. The sister of the
above-mentioned rape victim had earlier been taken to that location and forced
to engage in prostitution. Another victim, a woman, told police that her newborn
child was kidnapped from her by shelter employees and taken to another shelter
in the neighboring state of Mexico. An underage girl victim reported that she
was forced to have an abortion without her consent.
May 21, 2010
Perspective on this case from the Breaking Chains Ministry
The article [above] highlights a very important action that is just the beginning of what is going to be massive fruit from the last trip I took...
There were 5 arrests and at least 10 more coming from this operation including the scum who rob these children from their homes and families.
They used physical... as well as mental abuse and threats to force these children to serve as
prostitutes. The big one is still coming but this is VERY GOOD....the government of
Mexico is working to stop this evil and that is God!!! This is just the beginning...there are 6 operations live right now so please
continue to pray for Jesus justice...
May 21, 2010
Rescatan a 37... esclavizados de casa de asistencia
Sin embargo, los inculpados refirieron que por su labor habían sido recibidos por el presidente Felipe Calderón y en la Embajada de Estados Unidos.
De acuerdo con la dependencia policiaca, los detenidos explotaban a niños y adultos, a quienes obligaban a vender diversos productos en la calle sin recibir ningún pago.
Incluso, se informó que la cuota diaria que les exigían era de 800 pesos. En el operativo, se liberaron a 37 niños y... personas de la tercera edad.
Las víctimas dijeron a la policía que fueron violadas, otras que las obligaban a entregar a sus hijos recién nacidos, e incluso una dijo que fue presionaba para que abortara.
RECHAZO. Durante su presentación ante los medios de comunicación, los inculpados denunciaron una presunta fabricación de culpables por parte del Ministerio Público.
Y se dijeron dispuestos a someterse a cualquier tipo de investigación y análisis, “pero de autoridades que sean imparciales”.
Agregaron que el Albergue Casa Adulam goza de una trayectoria reconocida por varias organizaciones sociales, incluso por las propias autoridades federales.
Es de mencionar que los cinco detenidos cumplirán un arraigo de 30 días.
Thirty seven are rescued from shelter
This story repeats the story of the arrests in the Casa Adulam case. It adds
that Casa Adulam was previously praised for its work by the Calderon
administration, and they had been received at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.
May 21, 2010
Note: Allegations of abuses taking place at Casa Adulam had been received and
investigated since 2007. - LL
Deputy Rosi Orozco (left)and Actress Mira Sorvino,
(right) appointed in 2009 as Goodwill Ambassador on Human Trafficking
for the United Nations, at the Blue Heart Campaign launch in Mexico City
on April 14, 2010
A... Moment With Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino... talks at length about her activism.
Mirror: Could you talk about your work as a human rights activist?
Sorvino: I was Amnesty International's campaign spokesperson to “Stop Violence Against Women” for over two years and on the subject of trafficking, I am Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime ((UNODC).
Mirrror: What’s been your experience?
Sorvino: I just came back from Mexico for the kick-off the U.N.’s worldwide campaign to combat trafficking. The goal is to raise awareness and to get countries to commit to fighting this trafficking within their borders.**
Mirror: Can you talk about that trip?
Sorvino: It was a fascinating trip and I did a lot of public speaking. It’s a country where not much is known about trafficking
[?-LL], so I felt like I was able to be informative. The most important thing for me, by far, was going to go to a shelter for recently liberated girls, and I mean girls. I’ve met trafficking victims before, but they were all past 30. These were teenagers and children. I met a little girl who was eight years old who had been sold into a brothel when she was four. She was walking around with a big smile on her face showing everyone her arithmetic homework. When I saw her I thought ‘Oh God, please tell me she’s the daughter of someone here.’ She was a victim, just like all the other girls, but we should call them survivors. I felt like I wanted to adopt her, but I can’t adopt everyone who is needy. I just wanted to save her and protect her for the rest of her life so she would never undergo anything like what had happened to her. There is only one shelter in Mexico for girls like this and I got to meet thirty lucky survivors, but
there are hundreds of thousands of girls exactly like them all over Mexico...
Mirror: How many cases are prosecuted in the U.S.?
Sorvino: We have only a 1 percent solve rate and have about same number of trafficking cases as murder cases. Can you imagine if we only solved 1 percent of the murder cases? So it means that we have intensify our efforts and raise public awareness, train the police, get the judiciary to be very well informed, and encourage everyone to become a watcher. It’s very subterranean and hard to find, but it’s always concerned citizens who call in with tips that break cases...
Mirror: Why are men attracted to these little girls?
Sorvino: The sexual drive in men is so strong that unless they are educated correctly throughout their formative years, once they are focused on a certain kind of sex object that they find stimulating, that’s going to continue to be stimulating for them. Every culture has always put a prize on virginity and youthful beauty so a child who hasn’t been “spoiled” by other people will always be more ideal to the “John” who wants to have something special. But, men need to be educated to the terrible sorrow that behavior is creating because many times the buyer of commercial sex is not really thinking about the individual, but just view it as a service. I think if you did sensitivity training for males worldwide, you might be able to discourage them from buying sex.
Mirror: We applaud you for doing this important work.
Sorvino: Thank you so much...
The Santa Monica Mirror
Edition 50 - May 20-26, 2010
Escala violencia hacia las mujeres en campamentos de Haití
Preparan abogadas estrategia legal para abordar problemática
Una delegación de abogadas y activistas de Estados Unidos constató en Haití, la alarmante violencia que persiste contra las mujeres en esa nación, y la escalada de otras formas de agresión en los asentamientos provisionales.
Ante la afirmación de algunas fuentes oficiales que responsabilizan a las víctimas de la escalda, “es importante contrarrestar este mito de que es por la promiscuidad, son crímenes violentos por extraños en la noche y ameritan la atención de la policía y otros grupos que ayudan a organizar los campamentos” dijo la coordinación de la delegación y abogado del Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Blaine Bookey.
Los testimonios de mujeres niñas dan cuenta de que son crímenes perpetrados por grupos armados y asaltantes que las golpean y las amenaza si denuncian las violaciones. Las mujeres entrevistadas también sostienen que cuando reportan, la policía no las toma en serio.
“Es inaceptable que estas violaciones no sean castigadas, ahora estamos trabajando casos legales contra los violadores y para que las mujeres tengan la justicia que se merecen” dijo Mario Joseph, abogado del Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) que recibió la delegación en su oficina de Puerto Príncipe...
María Suárez Toro
RIF / CIMAC Women's News Agency
May 21, 2010
U.S. Delegation Finds Inadequate Response, and “Victim-Blaming” Approach to Rapes in Haitian Displacement Camps
Lawyers collect rape survivor accounts and plan legal strategy
Port-au-Prince - In over a week of on-site interviews and exploration, a delegation of U.S. lawyers, health professionals, and community activists found continued alarming rates of rape and other gender-based violence (GBV) in the displaced persons camps throughout Port-au-Prince since the Haitian earthquake in January. Expressed sentiments on the part of some Haitian government officials that victims are somehow to blame for the rapes is outrageous to human rights attorneys and community members, who find that women face a grave lack of security necessary to prevent and respond to the sexual violence crisis. Medical services are overwhelmed and unable to meet women's healthcare needs stemming from the assaults.
"It is critical that we dispel the myth that these rapes are a result of promiscuity," said Blaine Bookey, an attorney with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), and coordinator of the delegation. "These are violent crimes being perpetrated by strangers in the dark of night and they merit the attention of the police and other groups helping organize the camps."
The vast majority of the women and girls reported being raped by groups of armed, unknown assailants who often beat them in the course of the attack, and threatened them with further violence if they reported the rape. Perpetrators often attack at night, when women are asleep beside their children; or when they go to the latrines, men wait for them in the dark stalls. "It is totally unacceptable for these rapes to continue to go unpunished," said Mario Joseph, Managing Attorney at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), which hosted the delegation at its office in Port-au-Prince. "We are now building strong legal cases to hold rapists accountable and bring these women the justice they deserve."
Women who report rapes to the police describe being turned away, not taken seriously, or told to notify the police if they see the rapists again. "Pa tap vini" or "They never would have come," described one woman as to why she did not report her rape. These experiences foster the perception that reporting to the police is futile, especially if the survivor cannot identify her assailants. "If we are going to overcome a culture of complete impunity for rapists, we must create environments in which survivors are able to report these crimes and be taken seriously" said Lisa Davis, an attorney with MADRE. "Haiti's political and economic crises both before and as a result of the earthquake still do not relieve the authorities of the responsibility to protect women from sexual assault," said Deena Hurwitz, associate professor and director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law...
The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)
May 17, 2010
Note: The above-described conditions of impunity facing women and
girls in Haiti are also the daily 'normal' experiences of many women and girls
across all nations in Latin America.
Oregon, USA / Mexico
The Salvation Army's
Christine MacMillan speaks at the recent Oregon anti-trafficking rally
Battling human trafficking
Christine MacMillan, director of the International Social Justice Committee for the Salvation Army, speaks last Friday at a rally put on by the student group, Slavery Still Exists. MacMillan spoke about the causes and effects of human trafficking.
Slavery Still Exists, an ASUO (Associated
Students of the University
of Oregon) student group, kicked off its human trafficking and advocacy awareness campaign with a rally Friday.
Kristin Rudolph, co-president of the club, said the rally’s purpose was to make students aware of a growing, worldwide injustice.
Community members gathered in the EMU amphitheater at noon to listen to the featured speaker, Christine MacMillan,
talk about her personal experiences with human trafficking as the director of
the Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission. The International
Social Justice Commission has worked to fight global human rights violations,
such as human trafficking, since its inception in 2007...
Rally attendees expressed surprise at learning the prevalence and proximity of human trafficking locally.
“I really didn’t know that this was such a big issue where I live,” University sophomore Apolinar Montero-Sanchez said. “I’m glad that people are getting aware of this stuff, because it’s a big problem.”
MacMillan shared several stories of human trafficking during the rally. For example, she explained that while sex trafficking is well-known, there are other forms of human trafficking, such as trafficking human organs. While visiting Mexico City, MacMillan discovered how unmarked ambulances pick up homeless children, strap the children onto gurneys, bring them to the hospital and drug them with anesthetics in order to traffic their organs. After removing organs, such as kidneys, the traffickers leave most of the children for dead.
Because the majority of the world is not informed about the topic, it continues to go on unbeknownst to many, according to MacMillan. She described human trafficking as “a very hidden problem in our world.”
She urged rally attendees to gain more knowledge about human trafficking and join the fight to end this problem...
Oregon Daily Emerald
May 17, 2010
Police Add Patrols After Man Grabs Girl
Annapolis police are adding patrols near school bus stops and around Bates Middle School after a pair of suspicious incidents involving a man approaching children.
ABC7's Brad Bell spotted some anxious parents waiting while their children got off school buses Friday afternoon.
"It has been the talk in this neighborhood the last couple days," said Joe Hall, a parent. "There's a lot of concerned parents."
So far there have been two reported incidents. On Wednesday, May 5, a man in a car approached a 13-year-old girl and, in Spanish, made suggestive remarks. The man then tried to lure her into his car, police said.
On Tuesday, May 18, a man matching the description from the first encounter made lewd comments and then actually grabbed a 13-year-old girl by her arm in a neighborhood a couple miles from where the first incident took place. The girl was able to break away, but police fear he may strike again
"The reason we're on patrol in the school bus areas and the walkways is to make sure something like that doesn't happen," said Ray Weaver, an Annapolis police spokesman.
Parents and neighbors appreciate the increased police presence and say they, too, are now on the look-out.
"Well, of course it concerns me to know there is a predator out there that's trying to victimize children," said Nancy Fields, an Annapolis resident.
"Me personally, since I have kids, I don't think he should be on the street," Hall said.
Police described the man as Hispanic. One victim said the man was 30-35 years old, average height, with black thinning hair. The other victim described him as six feet, one-inch tall, with a slim build. He wore a black baseball cap with the letters "NY" on the front, a blue zip-up hooded sweatshirt with white stripes and blue jeans.
The suspect's vehicle was described as a small, dark blue Honda and as a blue sedan with dark-tinted windows.
May 21, 2010
William Velasquez Castillo
Illegal immigrant arrested on child molestation charge
Pascagoula - An illegal immigrant sought for nearly a month and a half was wearing a shirt emblazoned with the phrase "I'm hiding from the cops" when he was arrested Wednesday on child molestation charges, and tried to wear the shirt inside out Thursday when he went before a Jackson County judge.
A guard removed William Velasquez Castillo from the courtroom, and the 27-year-old returned with his shirt on the proper way.
The guard said that Castillo must have switched his shirt around at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center before he was brought to the courthouse.
Castillo was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Lucedale late Wednesday evening, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said.
Investigators had been searching for Castillo since April 3, when a 10-year-old girl told investigators he molested her in a vehicle in Ocean Springs, Byrd said.
A warrant was issued for Castillo on April 23, and detectives believe he fled the area shortly after learning he was wanted, Byrd said.
Castillo was discovered by authorities at the Dorsett Hotel on Main Street in Lucedale.
Castillo told County Judge Larry Wilson that he was unemployed and had a previous felony shoplifting conviction.
"I served 1 year and 1 day," Castillo said. "It was from Harrison County."
Wilson said bail for Castillo at $50,000 and placed a hold on him for the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement.
"ICE has their own investigation," Byrd said.
May 21, 2010
Jose Juan Martinez
Gilbert man accused of molesting girl for 4 years
Gilbert police officers arrested a 39-year-old man suspected of molesting a 12-year-old girl for four years.
Police were called to a home near Neely Street and Elliot Road Monday evening. The victim's mother told officers that her daughter said Jose Juan Martinez had molested her.
The girl told investigators that Martinez had molested her over the past four years and the most recent time was Friday.
Martinez was booked into jail on suspicion of 39 counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, one count of continuous sexual abuse of a minor and one count of molestation of a child.
May 19, 2010
Midland Police Searching for Suspect Who Tried to Kidnap Teenage Girl
Midland Police need your help tracking a down a man they say tried to kidnap a teenaged girl in broad daylight on Thursday afternoon.
It happened between 5:00 and 5:30 near the Family Dollar in the Kingsway Shopping Center on West Illinois.
Police tell NewsWest 9, the girl was walking home when a Hispanic man pulled up next to her, blocked her, then tried to talk her in to getting in his car.
The teen was able to get away.
Police are looking for a Hispanic man in his late 20's to late 30's, about 5'9," and heavy set weighing between 250 - 300 pounds.
He has moles or acne on his face and was wearing a white T-shirt.
He was driving a dented two door silver car.
If you have any information, call Midland police or midland crime stoppers at 694-TIPS.
May 21, 2010
New York, USA
Thug bashes Chinese woman with pipe, assaults her in Queens: cops
A 23-year-old woman is on life-support in a Queens hospital after a weekend attack by a pipe-wielding rapist two months after she arrived in New York from China, cops said.
Officials are working desperately to get a visa for the woman's mother, who lives outside Beijing, so she can come to Queens to face the awful task of deciding her daughter's fate.
The young woman was returning from grocery shopping in downtown Flushing around 9:30 p.m. Saturday when a drunken Queens man smashed her in the head with a pipe and dragged her into an alley, authorities said.
Once inside the alley along 41st Road, Carlos Salazar Cruz, 28, removed the woman's clothing from the waist down and raped her with the pipe, according to court papers.
Two months ago, the young woman, who dreamed of becoming a lawyer, traveled from her native China on a student visa. She moved in with a distant uncle in Flushing.
"She was working in a nail salon, saving up money. She was going to start attending school," said Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing). "She had good grades in China. That's why her parents wanted her to come and expand her horizons."
Now, the woman who once dreamed of a better future is in the intensive care unit at New York Hospital Queens. She suffered a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and trauma to her vaginal area.
Meng said she and Rep. Gary Ackerman (R-Bayside) are working to expedite a visa for the woman's mother. Cops collared Cruz a few blocks from the crime scene after a witness, who saw him drag the woman into the alley and then emerge alone - called 911. Police later recovered the pipe about a block from the alley.
Cruz, who did not have a criminal record, emigrated from Mexico two years ago and found work at a Manhattan fish market.
He was arraigned late Tuesday on a slew of charges, including a top count of attempted murder. Prosecutors vowed to upgrade charges if the woman is removed from life-support.
Cruz's family said he claims he blacked out drunk and doesn't remember the incident.
"He woke up and found himself cuffed to the hospital bed," said his stunned sister, Patricia Salazar, 26. "He never acted violently....We just don't know why he would do this. We can't explain it."
The New York Daily News
May 20, 2010
Illegal alien charged with murder
Barstow - A 31-year-old illegal alien who was arrested Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping and raping a 33-year-old woman has now been charged with murder.
Melissa Curley of Arizona died of strangulation with asphyxiation, according to the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office Wednesday.
Police arrested Cesar Rascon in Yermo Saturday afternoon and charged him with rape and kidnapping for the purposes of rape. Now Barstow police are charging him with murder.
Curley’s body was found at the Sunset Inn motel at 860 West Main Street after police received a 911 call at about 9 a.m. Saturday. Detectives learned that Curley was staying at the motel, but wasn’t registered for the room her body was found in. The room was registered to Rascon.
Police found Rascon working at a Yermo gas station at 4:57 p.m. Saturday and arrested him.
V V Daily Press
May 20, 2010
Rape suspect deported 4 times
Edmonds - The man accused of raping a woman behind an Edmonds grocery store has been deported at least four times in the past 15 years, reports KIRO Radio.
An officer responding to a woman's cry for help Sunday night found 46-year-old Jose Madrigal on top of the woman and arrested him.
According to court documents, the woman told police that Madrigal had followed her and offered her $35 for sex, but she said no. She said Madrigal then forced her into the bushes on the north side of the store and raped her.
Documents say Madrigal told police "Sometimes we have control in our brains, but we make mistakes."
The 28-year-old Edmonds woman was treated at a hospital.
Snohomish County prosecutors have charged Madrigal in district court with second degree rape. He is also is being held for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
The Associated Press
May 19, 2010
U.S. Border Patrol Weekly Blotter: May 13 - May 19, 2010
May 19, 2010 - El Centro Sector - Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Guatemala near Cathedral City, California. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for sexual battery in the state of California and had been previously removed from the United States.
May 19, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Douglas, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for sex with a minor in the state of California and had been previously removed from the United States.
May 19, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Willcox, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had prior convictions for multiple counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14, as well as other sex offenses in the state of California. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States.
May 16, 2010 - El Centro Sector - Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California. Records checks revealed the subject was a convicted sex offender who had been previously removed from the United States.
May 16, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Amado, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had prior convictions for driving under the influence and willful cruelty to a child by means of sexual penetration with a foreign object in the state of California. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States.
May 16, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Three Points, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject was a convicted sex offender in the state of California and had been previously removed from the United States.
May 14, 2010 - El Paso Sector - Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Columbus, New Mexico. Records checks revealed the subject… was a registered sex offender in the state of Arizona. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States.
May 14, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Ajo, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for aggravated sexual assault in the state of Illinois and had been previously removed from the United States.
May 14, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Douglas, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for indecency with a child/sexual contact in the state of Texas and had been previously removed from the United States.
May 13, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Douglas, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject was a convicted sex offender in the state of Wyoming and had been previously removed from the United States.
May 13, 2010 - Tucson Sector - Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Sasabe, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for child molestation in the state of Washington and had been previously removed from the United States.
U.S. Border Patrol
May 19, 2010
Washington State, USA
Investigators: Edmonds rape suspect deported nine times
Edmonds - KING 5 Investigators have learned that an illegal immigrant accused of raping a woman in Edmonds Sunday has been deported nine times. That's much more than previously reported.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement won't comment on the case of Jose Lopez Madrigal. But KING 5 got the information through confidential sources and documents.
Larry Klein was the man who heard the alleged victim's cries for help. Police say the suspect pulled the woman off the street to a dumpster and raped her.
"I could see the back of his head. I could see his pants were down. I could see her lying on the ground. I could hear her crying, but I couldn't really see her face," said Klein.
Klein called police, who quickly arrested the suspect. But learning his identity took much longer because of some 30 aliases. It was only through fingerprints that they identified him as Madrigal, a Mexican citizen.
Madrigal's arrest and immigration record includes a staggering number of contacts with law enforcement since 1989. That's the year he was convicted of theft using a firearm in California...
People who live near the scene of Sunday's alleged rape wonder how it could keep happening.
"Makes you wonder, what are we doing wrong? How is he getting back in here?" said Kirby Aumick.
"It’s troubling. I mean, if this man should not have been in this country, he should have been behind bars then, really, this is a senseless tragedy," said Klein.
According to our sources, Madrigal's last contact before Sunday was around 2003. So, it's not clear how much of that time Madrigal was in this country.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has refused to comment on the case which started making national headlines when it was learned that Madrigal had been deported several times prior to the Edmonds case...
KING 5 News
May 21, 2010
Perez gets jail time
Judge cites official abuses
Former North Wasco County schools liaison Carlos Perez was sentenced Thursday to 45 days in jail and five years probation for making sexual advances to a 41-year-old Hispanic woman who had sought his help in receiving basic community services and Spanish-English translation aid.
Although he cut the jail time in half from the 90 days requested by Wasco County Deputy District Attorney Leslie Wolf, Wasco County Circuit Court Judge John Kelly said he was compelled to order some incarceration because Perez, a public official with many community and family connections, took advantage of and preyed on a low-income woman who speaks no English and who is an illegal alien.
“The offensive part of this has less to do with your laying hands on this woman than on your abuse of power,” Kelly told Perez before about 35 people at the Wasco County Courthouse in The Dalles. “You have status and respect in the community – you have power, and she has none.”
Kelly also ordered Perez to register as a sex offender and to have no contact with the victim or to come within 500 feet of her home. Perez, who was a family liaison and coordinator for the Columbia Gorge Educational Service District, is also barred from visiting any North Wasco County schools and from participating in any migrant services programs.
In addition, Perez will have to pay up to $3,000 into a state victims’ restitution fund to cover counseling sessions for the woman. He is also being let go from his job as a translator for Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Kelly said.
Perez maintained at Thursday’s proceeding that he was innocent, that the sentence was unfair and alleged it was the result of racial bias...
Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley said he thought the sentence was “appropriate,” and that there was “no evidence at all that this was based on his race,” Nisley said.
“The point is that a jury believed a Hispanic woman over a Hispanic man,” Nisley said. “It isn’t about Mr. Perez’s race.”
The Dalles Chroncicle
May 21, 2010
North Carolina, USA
surveillance photo of suspect
Suspect sought in string of sex assaults at stores
Charlotte - Police are still looking for a man they believe is behind several sexual assaults inside stores.
They have stepped up patrols at shopping centers in Southeast and Union County after they say at least five fondling incidents in three stores might be connected.
They say that they believe one man is responsible for the sexual assaults: two that happened at Wal-Mart on Tuesday, one at a Harris Teeter grocery store on Saturday of last week and two more at another Harris Teeter, this time in Union County, sometime in between.
WBTV talked to Dan Biber, a forensic psychologist who gave us insight as to what drives a person to sexual violence.
"Let's call it adrenaline," he said. "He gets a rush. Part of the rush is not just the sexual rush of groping women, but also the rush of doing it in public when there's a high risk of detection that he successfully avoids."
That is frightening to shoppers like Tracy Brown who said, "that's even more frightening to know that someone is getting a rush from assaulting people because ultimately, that's what you're doing."
Another reason? Biber told us the man could be rationalizing his actions by downplaying the severity of the assaults.
"He might in his own mind, think this is no big deal," he said. "He might just think, well, rape would be bad but this doesn't count."
According to CMPD officers, the girl was in the grocery store at 11516 Providence Road at approximately 12:15 p.m. when a man came up and forcefully fondled her from behind.
Police say two more women reported being groped at a Harris Teeter in Union County. They say, before Union Co. deputies arrived, two employees escorted the suspect off the property because the victims didn't want to press charges.
The latest incident happened Tuesday afternoon when two women told police they were forcibly fondled at a Wal-Mart store on Highway 51.
The incident happened around 2:24 p.m. at the Wal-Mart located at 3209 Pineville-Matthews Road. Investigators say the two victims, who are 55 and 47 years old, actually tried to restrain the man--but he was able to get away.
On Thursday morning, police released in-store photos of the suspect from two incidents at the Harris Teeters. The photos were taken on May 15 between 12:15 and 12:20 pm at the Harris Teeter at 11516 Providence Road.
Police are looking for a Hispanic man who is about 25 years old, and is between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.
Although the incidents happened inside the stores, police say the man drives a white van with ladders on it...
May 19, 2010
New Jersey, USA
Authorities say evidence backs charges against Newark pastor in Linden sex assault case
Newark - At the Newark church where his congregants dress all in white, he was known as a husband, father and respected pastor for more than 20 years.
But, authorities said, Moises Cotto, the 55-year-old pastor, had been meeting for the past two years with a female congregant at a motel in Linden where the pair had sex — and forced two teenage girls to videotape them in the act.
Cotto was arrested at his apartment in East Orange on Monday night, and charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, attempted aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor.
His parishioner, Brenda Pabon, 37, of Middlesex County, has been charged with kidnapping and endangering the welfare of a minor.
But Wednesday, the assistant pastor of the Newark church, Yahweh Templo El Candelero, said he is convinced Cotto is innocent. He called Pabon a "problematic parishioner," saying she had recently threatened the pastor and vowed to leave his congregation along with her husband.
"I do think that an injustice is being done, based on my friendship with the minister," said Assistant Pastor A. Diaz. "There’s no truth to the allegations. He’s been an upstanding pastor for more than 20 years."
The church carefully screens pastors, Diaz said, and holds them to "high standards."
Prosecutors say they have significant physical evidence that corroborates the victims’ allegations...
May 20, 2010
de niñas madres fueron ultrajadas
Alarmante estadística. El 90 % de niñas peruanas
que dieron a luz, entre los 12 y 16 años, fueron
embarazadas producto de violación,
frecuentemente por incesto.
Estos datos brindados por la Organización
Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) fueron analizados
en el Congreso de la República por la Comisión
Especial Revisora de la Ley de Protección Frente
a la Violencia Familiar a fin de abordar las
causas y los efectos de esta realidad.
La congresista Olga Cribilleros (PAP),
coordinadora de la citada comisión, señaló que
si no se toma en cuenta el aspecto presupuestal,
no será posible realizar un real cambio de los
problemas de violencia familiar que se vive en
el país. Mencionó que la falta de personal
idóneo, jueces especializados así como recursos
para capacitación a docentes que desarrollen el
tema con contenidos adecuados dificultan la
lucha contra la violencia familiar. Sobre las
sanciones a los violadores, en Costa Rica, Perú
y Uruguay, bajo el Código Penal, se prevé que un
violador puede quedar libre si propone casarse
con su víctima y ella consiente. Al respecto, la
comisión estudia la legislación comparada de
otros países para elaborar el anteproyecto de la
nueva ley de protección frente a la violencia
Ninety percent of young
adolescent mothers became pregnant due to rape
[We note that the
definition of 'rape' used in this Peruvian news
article refers to forcible rape, and not
statutory rape as that crime is defined in the
United States. -
Some 90% of Peruvian girls who became pregnant
between the ages of 12 and 16 became pregnant
due to rape, often in situations of incest.
These statistics, provided by the Pan American
Health Organization (PAHO), have been analyzed
in the Congress of the Republic by the Special
Commission to Revise the Law of Protection
Against Family Violence. Their goal is to
understand the causes and effects of this
Congresswoman Olga Cribilleros, of the Partido
Aprista Peruano (PAP - Peruvian APRA Party), who
is the coordinator of the commission, said that
without [congressional] funding, it would be
impossible to bring about real changes in the
problem of family violence that exists in the
country. She added that the lack of qualified
personnel, specialized judges and resources for
training teachers to develop relevant content
for students all hinder the fight against
In regard to punishing rapists, the commission
is examining the laws of others nations.
Commission members note that under the penal
codes of Peru, Costa Rica, and Uruguay [not to
mention Mexico and other Latin American
nations], a rapist [even if the victim is age
12] can go free if he proposes to marry his
victim and she consents.
For Gina Yañez, director of the Manuela Ramos
Movement, these statistics demonstrate that work
should begin immediately on this issue,
especially in school and family settings, so
that victims know what to do if they are raped.
According to PAHO's study, 33% of women between
16 and 49 have been victims of sexual
harassment, and at least 45% have been
threatened, insulted or have had their personal
Diario la Primera
May 19, 2010
Young adolescent mothers
learn to love and care for their children at the
Chuka Chuka center.
In Peru it is not
uncommon for women to raise 5 or more children.,
each with a different biological father. What is
also common is for the mother’s latest companion
to rape the eldest daughters, often resulting in
One expects a
reaction from the mother, but not the sort of
reaction that is so evident here in Peru. As a
result of the rape the mother feels shamed and
jealous and abandons her own daughter who is
often without the comfort of additional family
members for support and understanding.
pregnant, adolescent rape victims
(‘adolescents’), often only thirteen or fourteen
years old face a dull future. They are without
money; support; homes and job prospects. Most
worrying of all, they are carrying an unborn
baby, who will enter a world where education
will not be available to them and their options
for a self-sustainable life non-existent.
It is not uncommon
for such desperate girls to drift into the sex
trade and drugs; further blighting their lives
and potential to contribute to society
Our mission: To
save as many of these girls and their unborn
children as we can, to prepare them for and
steer them into a richer more productive life
than they could have known without this project.
Adolescent prostitution in
Video news report from Peru showing underage
prostitution in the capital city of Lima. Young
sex workers are shown sniffing glue, caring for
their toddlers in the prostitution zone late at
night, and negotiating with johns for the going
price of 20 Soles (US$7.00).
Posted on YouTube
Slain Houston Police Officer Rodney Johnson
Businessman sentenced for harboring illegal alien cop-killer
A Houston, Texas landscaping business owner was sentenced to three months in prison and three months home confinement for harboring the illegal alien who molested a child and ultimately killed a Houston police officer in 2006, according to a report obtained yesterday by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Houston Police Department.
Robert Lane Camp, 47, the owner of Camp Landscaping in Deer Park, Texas, and now a convicted felon, was also sentenced to a five-year probationary term with special conditions by U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore. Camp pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2009, admitting that he knowingly harbored Juan Leonardo Quintero-Perez (Quintero), an illegal alien, by employing him and leasing a residence to him.
According to court documents, Camp employed Quintero in his landscape business. When Quintero was arrested and charged by the State of Texas with indecency with a child in 1998, Camp bonded Quintero out of jail and continued to employ him. Quintero was sentenced to a term of deferred adjudication for the state offense.
Quintero was deported in 1999, but illegally reentered the United States in Arizona, then flew to Houston. When Quintero returned to Houston, he resumed his employment with Camp. Camp also rented Quintero a home and listed Quintero's wife, a U.S. citizen, in government records as an employee instead of Quintero.
On Sept. 22, 2006, Quintero was arrested while driving a Camp company vehicle by Houston Police Officer Rodney Johnson. While sitting in the back seat of Officer Johnson's patrol car, Quintero retrieved a pistol hidden on his person, and shot and killed Officer Johnson. Quintero was convicted of capital murder in the 248th District Court of Harris County, Texas, and has been sentenced to life in prison.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police
May 12, 2010
Issues that may not
(but should) be discussed during
Mexican President Felipe Calderón's May
19-20, 2010 visit
to Washington, DC
The May 19-20, 2010 visit of Mexico's
President Felipe Calderón
to the White House is being closely watched
in regard to how the U.S. will react to
speech before Congress. We know that the war
against drug cartels and immigration are top
on the agenda.
The issue of mass gender atrocities facilitated by state corruption,
complacency and criminal impunity are also critical issues in U.S. /
Mexican relations. While these topics are rarely discussed in the
mainstream English-language press, holding Mexico's federal
government accountable for defending the lives, integrity and
dignity of women and girls is just as important as addressing the
drug war and immigration. In fact, we believe that the U.S. press
needs to step up to the plate and ask both President Calderón
and President Obama about their commitment to saving women and girls
from mass kidnapping, mass rape and wholesale enslavement, which are
crimes that impact tens of thousands of women and children each year
in the Aztec Nation.
took a major positive step on April 14, 2010 by launching the
world's first nationally sponsored instance of the United Nations
Blue Heart Campaign Against Human Trafficking. Yet a day later,
Calderón's diplomats derided, in front of
the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the rape complaint of
Fernández Ortega, who had been
gang raped by soldiers in 2002, with no effective response from the
Mexican civilian and military criminal justice systems.
We repeat here below our list of some of the most critical gender
rights issues that are not being addressed by the Calderón
During the past several years
has dedicated its efforts to bringing world
attention to the mass rapes, kidnappings and
enslavement of women, children and men that
occurs with almost total impunity in Mexico.
According to the Southern
Cone (southern South American) office of the
United Nations-affiliated International
Organization for Migration (IOM), an
estimated $16 billion of the $32 million in
annual profits created by the human slavery
industry globally are generated in Latin
America. That 50% 'share' of the criminal
marketplace for worldwide slavery victims
has never been responded to by the
engagement of 50% of the global
anti-trafficking movement's energy,
resources or focus.
That lack of attention,
together with the willingness of past U.S.
administrations to effectively ignore Latin
America's crisis in human slavery, allowed a
drug-profit fueled criminal industry to grow
exponentially in the region while the world
effectively looked the other way in apathy.
Mexico is home base for the
largest problems in Latin American human
We have decided to focus on
the crisis in Mexico because solving that
one single national emergency will have the
most positive impact on the entire regional
In the United States, 60% of
U.S. trafficking victims are Latin American.
Most of them have been trafficked across the
Mexican border into the U.S.
of Mexico (and especially its poor and
vulnerable Indigenous peoples), also suffer
immensely from modern slavery. In addition,
Central American migrants are kidnapped,
raped and trafficked by the many thousands
as they cross Mexico. Some are also
Southern Mexico's narrow
border with Guatemala and Belize is the one
'bottleneck' where literally millions of
South and Central American migrants who seek
to travel to the United States must cross
into Mexico. Human traffickers and also
rapist thugs and robbers await these
innocent migrants like trolls under a
bridge. They rape an estimated 450 to 600
women and girls among these migrants every
single day of the year with complete
impunity on the Mexican side of its southern
border, with no discernable response from
Mexican officials and authorities. In fact,
police and military forces have harassed
migrants and their NGO caregivers. Many of
these victims are kidnapped (10,000 during a
6 month period, according to a study by
Mexico's National Human Rights Commission).
A number of those victims are sold into
slavery, often to be trafficked to brothels
in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe.
The NGO Save the Children has
described the southern border of Mexico as
being the largest region in the entire world
for the commercial sexual exploitation of
children. The city of Tapachula, for
example, has 20,000 persons engaging in
prostitution in its 1,500 bars and brothels.
Half of that number are children and
underage youth at any given time. Local
police don't interfere with this 'business,'
they focus on keeping child prostitutes away
from schools and upscale residential
Across Mexico, women, and
especially those from Mexico's traditionally
discriminated against Indigenous peoples,
who are 30% of the population, are also
raped with impunity. The perpetrators are
not only criminal thugs, but also military
soldiers engaged in the drug war. President
Calderón has steadfastly denied that any
problem exists with military rapes of
civilians, and he has refused to allow
accused soldiers to be tried in civilian
On April 15, 2010, one day
after the launch of the Blue Heart campaign,
President Calderón sent his federal lawyers
to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
to fight against
an Indigenous woman who was gang-raped by
soldiers in her home in 2002. The government
lawyers denied that any rape took place, and
blamed the victim for the lack of justice
(an assertion that women's rights activists
in Mexico are repulsed by).
Fernández Ortega, her family
and her lawyers have faced intimidation and
death threats. Her brother, a witness in her
case, was murdered shortly after she began
her now 8 year effort to find justice in her
For Inés Fernández Ortega and
many other women victims of criminal
impunity in Mexico, the Inter-American Court
of Human Rights has become the venue of last
resort after having faced institutional
injustice, impunity, and a corrupt and
uncaring government response to their
During the 500 year period
since the Spanish conquest of Mexico,
Indigenous women have been easy target for
rapists and human traffickers. We who are
Indigenous know this history inside out, no
matter what corner of the Americas we hail
What is an abomination in today's
world is the fact that in Mexico and across
much of Latin America, Indigenous women and
girls continue to be enslaved and brutalized
with the implied consent of national
governments. By extension, none of these
women can count on the protection of their
national governments and local police forces
in the face of such gender atrocities.
In Mexico, an estimated 3,000
to 4,000 Indigenous children and underage
youth have been kidnapped and then sold to
the Japanese Yakuza mafias, who then
transport the victims to Japan, where they
are enslaved as 'Geisha' prostitutes.
Despite the existence of this story during
the past several years, there are no visible
signs that either Mexico or Japan have ever
lifted a finger to rescue the victims.
similar case, a reporter in Spain posed as a
pimp, and was offered 6 Mayan Indigenous
girls for sale. They were all 13-years-old.
The sale price was $25,000 each, because
Indigenous girl children were considered to
be "exotic" merchandise.
All of these issues are emergencies that
demand your immediate attention, President
Calderón. We call upon U.S. President
Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to raise
these important issues with Mexico.
The victims, and those at risk, await our
serious and effective efforts to defend and
rescue them now!
End impunity now!
May 20, 2010
Cops: Man Fondled Little Girl While She Slept
Police say the
suspect confessed to fondling five other girls
Santa Ana .-- Police have arrested a 47-year-old
man on suspicion of molesting an 11-year-old
girl in her bedroom in Santa Ana.
Jacobo Reyes was arrested Monday and is being
held without bail, according to Cpl. Anthony
Santa Ana investigators linked him to the crime
with DNA evidence, Bertagna said.
Investigators asked Reyes to come in for
questioning about the Feb. 11 attack in the 300
block of South Newhope Street.
They arrested him after he confessed to fondling
up to five other girls and women ages 11 to 22
as they slept, Bertagna said.
In the Feb. 11 attack, police say Reyes climbed
into the girl's bedroom, gaining entry by
removing a screen in an unlocked window.
The girl could not describe her attacker because
it was too dark, but he left behind genetic
material that matched Reyes' DNA, Bertagna said.
Reyes was booked on suspicion of felony assault
to commit rape and burglary.
Prosecutors are reviewing the case and have not
yet charged him.
May 19, 2010
Previously deported illegal alien admits to being serial molester
On Tuesday, police in Santa Ana arrested Roberto Jacobo Reyes, after DNA evidence linked him to the sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in February. According to police, Reyes entered the girl’s bedroom through an unlocked window.
Under questioning for that crime, Reyes has reportedly admitted to having assaulted at least four other victims, ages 11-22, in the same manner.
Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told the LA Times: “His M.O. was to break into unsecured windows or unsecured doors.“
Reyes is currently being held in the Santa Ana City Jail on suspicion of felony assault to commit rape and burglary, while the Orange County district attorney prepares more charges.
In 2007, Reyes was deported back to Mexico after serving three years in prison for burglary. While in prison, his fingerprints linked him to a sexual assault.
In 1998, Reyes was arrested for DUI and driving without a license, he pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay a fine.
Past arrests also include charges for peeping and possession of stolen property.
Though an illegal alien with a criminal record, Reyes was working for a landscaping business in Santa Ana at the time of his latest arrest.
May 19, 2010
New York, USA
Detective Oscar Sandino
Detective Oscar Sandino charged with demanding
sex from women he arrested
A New York Police Department (NYPD) narcotics
detective was charged Tuesday with preying on
women he arrested - on police property.
The alleged attacks by Detective Oscar Sandino
date to 2006 and could land the 13-year veteran
behind bars for three years if he's convicted on
His lawyer dismissed the accusations as "old
news" and questioned the credibility of the
women, one of whom has filed a lawsuit.
But federal prosecutors Pamela Chen and Licha
Nyiendo said the evidence that Sandino is more
perp than protector is "substantial and
"The persistent and repetitive nature of the
defendant's misconduct demonstrates that he is a
sexual predator," they wrote in court papers.
They say that in August 2006, when he was
assigned to the Queens North Narcotics Bureau,
he coerced a woman into having sex with him in
exchange for help with her cousin's criminal
In February 2008, while arresting a woman and
her boyfriend on drug charges, he took the woman
into a bedroom and forced her to undress, the
When he brought the woman to the 110th Precinct
stationhouse for booking, Sandino warned she
would lose her children unless she had sex with
him, prosecutors say.
Sandino allegedly took the woman into the
bathroom, ordered her to pull down her pants and
"Wow, you have an earring down there," Sandino
said to the woman, according to a lawsuit she
The victim reported Sandino to the Internal
Affairs Bureau, and investigators gathered text
messages, phone records and secretly taped
conversations to corroborate the allegations.
In a third attack in September, Sandino
allegedly took a handcuffed woman arrested for
disorderly conduct into a room at Brooklyn
Central Booking and made her bare her breasts.
Sandino, 37, was charged with civil rights
violations and released on a $250,000 bond to be
co-signed by his estranged wife, who lives in
Defense lawyer Peter Brill claimed the Queens
district attorney had passed on prosecuting
Sandino because the second victim was not
New York Daily
May 18, 2010
New Mexico, USA
Children, Youth and Families Department will report immigrant status of criminals
The state’s Children, Youth and Families Department will start reporting violent juvenile criminals who are foreign nationals to immigration authorities.
Governor Bill Richardson ordered the change after Juan Gonzalez, an illegal immigrant, was accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl at an Albuquerque fitness club earlier in May.
Gonzales has been in trouble for sex crimes twice in the past, before he turned 18. In both those cases, CYFD never told authorities Gonzales was in the country illegally.
May 18, 2010
New Mexico, USA
Man accused of molesting girl at gym faces judge
The man accused of molesting a young girl at a Midtown Albuquerque fitness club was in court on Thursday.
Twenty-year-old Juan Gonzalez, an illegal immigrant, appeared before a judge on sex assault charges.
Police say Gonzalez pinned a six-year-old girl against a wall at the Midtown Sports and Wellness near Carlisle and Menaul and began touching her sexually.
Police say Gonzalez told them he knew what he was doing was wrong, but said he has a problem.
May 06, 2010
Man accused of molesting 14-year-old girl is illegal alien
Bethlehem police said a 23-year-old man who allegedly had sex with a then 14-year-old girl is from Guatemala and illegally in the country.
Ivan Antonio Alvarez-Lopez, who last lived in New Jersey, met the girl, who is now pregnant with his child, according to police, through a mutual friend in September. The two talked on the phone until allegedly meeting in December at the Comfort Suites in South Side Bethlehem.
Police allege the two met there four times and had unprotected sex. Alvarez-Lopez knew the girl was 14, police said, and she knew he was from Guatemala.
Alvarez-Lopez was charged with sex crimes and referred to Immigration Customs Enforcement agents. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Lehigh Valley Live
May 13, 2010
Border Patrol Agents Capture Three Sex Offenders in One Day
Calexico – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector apprehended three illegal aliens Wednesday who are convicted sex offenders.
One of the men was apprehended in the morning by agents from the El Centro station. Record checks revealed the man had previously been convicted of assault to commit rape and sex with a minor.
The other two men were apprehended in the afternoon, along with four other illegal aliens, near the downtown Calexico port of entry. Record checks revealed that one of the men had a conviction for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and that the other man had been convicted of sexual assault of a child.
All three men will be held at the Imperial County Jail pending prosecution proceedings.
Tribune Weekly Chronicle
May 05, 2010
man may be behind two recent Arlington attacks,
One man may be behind two recent Arlington
attacks, police say Arlington police are looking
for a man they say sexually assaulted a woman
behind a restaurant on May 14.
A woman was walking behind a restaurant in the
2000 block of Wilson Boulevard around 10:50 pm
when a man grabbed her from behind, police said
in a Tuesday press release. He held her arm and
sexually assaulted her with his other hand,
according to police, then fled on foot after the
woman fought back.
The suspect was described as a "white Hispanic
male" who was about 5 ft. 7 in. tall with a
medium build, police said. He was wearing a
white chef's style jacket and dark pants.
The attack was similar to another one that took
place on May 8 in the 1800 block of N. Scott
St., police said.
Police ask anyone with information about these
attacks to call Detective Robert Icolari at
(703) 228-4240 or e-mail him. They can also call
the county's tip line at (703) 228-4242 or
Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS
May 19, 2010
Mexico / The United States
Mexican President Felipe Calderón will
address the Congress of the United States on Thursday,
May 20, 2010
Mexico's Calderon Needs to Listen, Not Just Lecture U.S.
Nine years have passed since a Mexican President last addressed the U.S. Congress. That was Vicente Fox, just days before 9/11, after which Al Qaeda's horrors all but erased Mexico from Washington's foreign policy radar. But, surprise, our southern neighbor's problems refused to go away. While we were fighting off an Iraqi insurgency, Mexico's drug war morphed into a ghastly narco-insurgency that threatens to spill over the Rio Grande. While we were dropping the ball on immigration reform, Mexico kept pouring undocumented workers into the U.S...
What's still missing is a real sense that Calderon takes seriously enough the only real long-term solution to Mexico's drug war: police reform. "Calderon has taken some positive steps to improve federal police," says Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, director of the U.S.-Mexico Studies Center at the University of California-San Diego. "But Mexico still doesn't have real investigative police forces." And in Mexico, where most cops moonlight for the cartels, the narcos seem more spooked by the prospect of more professional police than by the presence of more soldiers. Last month I interviewed the police director of Calderon's home state of Michoacan, who had just announced stricter recruitment criteria for cops. A week later her SUV was attacked by narco-hitmen with assault rifles and grenades. Miraculously, she survived, but her two bodyguards - who had watched the door during our interview - were killed.
Calderon also needs to prioritize another longer-lasting weapon: anti-poverty programs that give younger and poorer Mexicans economic opportunities beyond joining drug gangs. Mexicans in hard hit areas like Juarez are giving him an earful in that regard these days, and so should the U.S. - not just because it might blunt narco-recruiting, but because more social development efforts south of the border also mean fewer indocumentados crossing north of it. Immigration is as much foreign policy as it is domestic policy, and the U.S. has got to push both itself and Mexico's political class to do more to stanch the flow of illegals at the source, inside Mexico, instead of only at the border...
Given how feckless U.S. immigration reform efforts usually turn out to be, it seems all the more urgent that both sides do more to promote ways to keep Mexican workers in Mexico, like expanding microcredit programs. Those have proven a boon for small entrepreneurs in impoverished rural states like Oaxaca that are a major source of illegal migrants - and they'd be even more effective, Obama should remind Calderon, if Mexico didn't allow microlenders to charge interest rates that top an outrageous 70%, twice the world microfinance average...
That lack of meaningful competition, as well as an overreliance on the U.S market, is one reason the recession has hit Mexico's economy (which shrank about 7% last year) perhaps harder than any other in Latin America. And that doesn't bode well for the wars against drug traffickers and migrant smugglers. The most salient point Calderon will make to Congress is that the U.S. and Mexico are in this together. That means Washington needs to drop its insensitive disregard for problems south of the border - and Mexico City needs to drop its hypersensitive obsession with tossing blame for those headaches north of the border. If they do, they'll have something genuinely worthy to toast at the White House.
May. 18, 2010
Man arrested for sexually assaulting 12-year-old in his home
A 51-year-old man was arrested Monday after police say he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl at his home. According to an arrest affidavit, the girl slept over at Eugenio Alejandro's house on the 200 block of E. Huebinger in Marion for a slumber party, when she woke up to him "penetrating her" with his hands.
"Oh sick!," exclaimed neighbor Gordon Dambow. "She's an innocent child, what could they do? A grown man, my goodness, picking on the innocent."
"A couple of nights in a row, there were a bunch of kids over," explained Cody Bodeau, who lives just across the street from Alejandro. "Every other night there were a bunch of kids and we were wondering why they were all there, and he'd be outside talking to them and hanging out with them."
Alejandro worked closely with children as a volunteer of the Marion Softball Pony League as an assistant coach. The League didn't want to talk to News 4 WOAI since they say they did not organize the slumber party, but say the allegations are a "complete shock".
"No one should ever harm a child," says resident Kathleen Beierly.
Marion is a town of a little more than a thousand residents, where many people know each other by name.
"It's bad because we're good people, and we love our children," added Beierly.
News 4 WOAI also did a background check of Eugenio Alejandro. Three years ago, he was arrested for domestic violence, and has also served time for a DUI, a DWI, and theft dating back almost 20 years.
He bonded out Tuesday, and still faces one count of aggravated sexual assault on a child, a first degree felony.
WOAI - San Antonio
April 15, 2010
Suspect sought in sex assault on 11-year-old
Indianapolis - An 11-year-old girl is recovering after a man assaulted her in a west side apartment building. It happened in the 3300 block of Heather Ridge Drive.
"My daughter will not be out," said one resident after hearing the news.
There's fear among parents living at Heather Ridge Apartments on the city's west side.
"There's no safe place anywhere, anymore," said Adam Bennett, a visitor.
Parents say this place seems even less safe after police say a man sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl in an apartment building Thursday around 6:30 pm.
"Pretty scary situation, especially an 11-year-old, and this individual has a hand gun and basically points it to her head and sexually assaults her," said Lt. Jeff Duhamell, IMPD.
It happened inside a common area of the building where anyone could have come through.
"I heard about it on the radio and I immediately called my daughter and told her to be careful at the bus stop, to stand with the other girls. To not stand alone," said a worried mother.
Police say they're concerned, and that this is the type of crime where the suspect could strike again.
"He's probably done this before," said Lt. Duhamell. "We need to get this guy off the street right away."
Police say the man spoke in Spanish during the attack. Police describe their suspect as Hispanic, between the ages of 20 and 30, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds...
Police say a sketch of the suspect may be available in the next few days.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact IMPD or Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.
May 13, 20100
Woman Escapes Attempted Kidnapping
Orlando police are searching for the man who tried to kidnap an 18-year-old woman while she was walking on a trail near the Mall at Millenia.
The woman told police she was walking along the trail near 4850 Millenia Blvd. around 8 p.m. Sunday when a Hispanic man grabbed her from behind and pulled her toward some bushes.
The victim was able to escape and suffered only minor scratches, police said...
Meanwhile, police are still searching for a man who raped a woman in front of Lake Eola in downtown Orlando early Friday morning.
May 17, 2010
U.S. Border Patrol Weekly Blotter: May 6 - 12, 2010
May 6, 2010 - Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Sheffield, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for aggravated sexual assault of a child in the state of Tennessee, indecent liberties with a child in the state of North Carolina, and had been previously removed from the United States.
May 6, 2010 - Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Honduras near Gila Bend, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for aggravated sexual assault of a child and had been previously removed from the United States.
U.S. Border Patrol
May 12, 2010
Suspects: Jose Luna Valenzuela (left),
Oscar Grijalva and Sergio Castaneda
Police rescue Phoenix woman kidnapped during home invasion
A 22-year-old Phoenix woman who was kidnapped during a home invasion has been freed from her captors.
Police said the suspects were armed with handguns and demanded drugs and money when they forced their way into a home near 59th Avenue and Indian School Road on May 5. When they didn't get what they wanted, they took Karley Saucedo and an SUV and left.
Following a week of negotiations and surveillance, Phoenix police officers and detectives were able to free Saucedo from a home near Baseline Road and 47th Avenue.
Saucedo, who has the mental capacity of an 11- or 12-year-old, is back with her family. She reportedly was not injured.
Six people have been arrested on charges including kidnapping, extortion, armed robbery, aggravated assault and vehicle theft. They have been identified as Oscar Grijalva, 18; Sergio Castaneda, 17; Jose Luna-Valenzuela, 22; Hilda Gutierrez, 29; Carlos Aguilar, 28; and a 17-year-old boy, who was booked into Juvenile Corrections.
"This was a sophisticated group of naturalized citizens and illegal aliens who chose to prey on vulnerable victims for monetary gain," Phoenix police Detective James Holmes said.
May 14, 2010
Mayor Phil Gordon of Phoenix, Arizona speaks at Harvard
University - Feb, 5, 2010
Matthew W. Hutchins
Phoenix mayor paints disturbing picture of immigrant experience
Mayor Phil Gordon of Phoenix, speaking at Harvard Law School on February 5th, said that the steady flow of illegal immigrants into his city has created a crisis situation that is extremely dangerous for local law enforcement and a devastating drain on the city's budget. Although by statistical measures Phoenix is one of the safest cities in the United States, it has experienced a wave of kidnapping and violent crimes that have challenged its law enforcement capacity.
The problem, said Mayor Gordon, is the violent behavior of the "coyotes" involved in human trafficking operations across the nearby Mexican border and who regularly kidnap, torture, rape and kill those who do not comply with their extortion, sometimes forcing captives to dig their own graves while awaiting either freedom or death.
According to Gordon, over 20,000 people, including women and children, have been rescued by Phoenix police over the last three years from "drop houses" where dozens or even hundreds are held captive or even tortured, sometimes in the midst of ordinary suburban neighborhoods…
Gordon said that the fight against the coyotes' organized crime has forced the city to hire over 600 additional police officers, many to replace the 100 full-time officers assigned to federal task forces investigating violent criminals and 50 officers embedded undercover in federal operations. The cost to Phoenix of employing these 150 officers, over $15 million dollars a year, is not reimbursed by the federal government and threatens to force reductions in city services like libraries and after school programs…
Gordon expressed urgent concern about the state of immigration law in the United States. He believes that immediate action is necessary to reform immigration policy and assist burdened local police. "I couldn't and wouldn't stay silent any longer, not only because of the economic costs, but also because of the cost in human suffering."
Matthew W. Hutchins
The Harvard Law Record
Feb. 12, 2010
Neighbors offer clues in sexual assault of girl, 11
Indianapolis Metro Police are searching for a predator who sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl at gunpoint . It happened around 6:30 Thursday night at a west side apartment complex.
The little girl was treated at Riley Hospital for Children and released. Her father told 24-Hour News 8 she was able to give police a detailed description of the attack.
The little girl lives at the Heather Ridge Apartments located in the 3300 block of Heather Ridge Drive. The complex is filled with families with young children...
Police believe the attacker, driving a late-model, red, extended-cab Nissan pickup, asked the girl for directions. Police believe he then followed her inside the building's common area and attacked her.
Police have provided a picture of a truck like the one suspect was driving.
Neighbor Michelle Wells said she had seen the truck before, as had her sister.
A male resident named Nate nodded, saying he'd seen it too...
"They usually will do drive-bys and look around. And then when they see the opportunity, they'll act on it," said IMPD spokesman, Lt. Jeff Duhamell.
Police believe the suspect is a 20 to 30 year old Hispanic man who is 5'6" to 5'9" and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red shirt with a white stripe, blue jeans, and work boots. He spoke to the little girl only in Spanish.
Police urge residents or anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.
May 14, 2010
Accused sexual assault suspect arrested in Temple park
Temple - A man wanted by authorities for an alleged sexual assault was arrested early Friday morning after he was located violating a park curfew.
Rufino Hernandez-Ramirez, 23, of Temple, was stopped by officers around 1 a.m. at Miller Park, located at 1919 North 1st Street, for reportedly violating the park curfew.
The suspect reportedly provided a false name, however, after the officer properly identified Hernandez-Ramirez, it was discovered he had an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.
The alleged assault occurred in June 2008 in Temple.
Hernandez-Ramirez was arrested and transported to the Bell County Jail.
He is charged with Failure to Identify Fugitive Intent Give False Information and Motion to Revoke Probation, along with his initial charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.
May 14, 2010
Kidnapping, Attempted Assault Reported In Woodland
The Woodland Police Department is searching for a suspect who allegedly kidnapped and attempted to rape a woman in Yolo County.
Authorities said the alleged victim said she was walking on West Street near Buckeye Street on Saturday morning when a man drove up in a newer-model black SUV and asked her for directions. As she spoke with him, he pulled out a gun and ordered the woman into the car, authorities said.
The victim said he drove her into a wooded area near Interstate 5 and County Road 98 and ordered her to remove her clothes. When she resisted, the man attempted to drag her from the car, authorities said, but the victim was able to break free and run to Interstate 5, where she flagged down a car and asked for help.
The victim was not seriously injured in the incident.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s. He is 5'4" to 5'6", weighs about 160 to 180 pounds, with short black hair and a thin mustache. He also reportedly had two silver caps on his front teeth.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at (530) 661-7800.
May 15, 2010
Men harass girls going to school in York City
York City Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who have been harassing girls on their way to school.
Lt. Tim Utley, who supervises the detective bureau, said there have been three such incidents reported in the past several weeks. The girls were on their way to William Penn Senior High School and were in the area of the 500 block of South Duke Street when they were harassed, he said.
The two men are in a newer-model gray sedan, Utley said; they are Hispanic, in their 30s and, in the latest incident, were wearing black T-shirts and black hats.
Anyone with information on their identities is urged to call city police at 846-1234, or the department’s anonymous crime tip line, 849-2204.
May 14, 2010
The United States / The World
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the National Conference on Human Trafficking
Arlington, Virginia -
...For today’s Justice Department, our work to pursue human trafficking investigations and prosecutions and to support those who serve and assist victims is not simply a top priority. It’s also a source of great pride. Much of this work is being led by our Civil Rights Division and its specialized Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. Three years ago, this unit was established to consolidate expertise and to improve coordination between the many critical partners needed to bring traffickers to justice and to protect and empower victims.
In a short time, this unit has achieved remarkable success in increasing both the number and impact of human trafficking prosecutions. It has dismantled organized human trafficking networks operating in multiple jurisdictions and across international borders. And it has achieved justice for many, including undocumented migrants who’ve seen their hopes of a better life destroyed; documented guest workers who’ve been deceived, threatened and frightened into captivity; women and children who’ve been forced into prostitution; and young Americans who’ve been exploited in their own county by traffickers preying on their vulnerabilities. These are extraordinary accomplishments.
But our Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit isn’t working alone. It is supported and strengthened by our Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, our Office of International Affairs, our Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, our Office of Justice Programs and its Office for Victims of Crime, as well as the FBI. In addition, the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the country are providing critical leadership in bringing human traffickers to justice. Later in this conference, you’ll be hearing from some of the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who were on the front lines of major human trafficking prosecutions...
Today, some of our most critical partnerships have been established beyond our nation’s borders. We’re working closely with authorities in other countries to extradite fugitive defendants, protect victims’ families, obtain evidence of criminal activity, and combat trafficking networks that operate across international lines. A leading example of this is our recent work with Mexico. The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security have collaborated closely with our Mexican counterparts on a bilateral enforcement initiative aimed at dismantling the trafficking networks that operate across our Southwest border. Although this initiative is in its early stages, it has already produced promising results for both countries – including measurable increases in the number of defendants apprehended, cases prosecuted and victims rescued.
The benefits of such international partnerships are clear. By working with our foreign allies, we’ve succeeded in liberating Jamaican tree-cutters from shacks in New Hampshire; Filipino workers from chain motels in South Dakota; Eastern European women from strip clubs in Detroit; Vietnamese garment workers from American Samoa; Peruvian factory workers – including children – from traffickers on Long Island; and young girls from Togo and Ghana – some just 10 years old – from toiling around the clock without pay in hair salons in New Jersey.
But despite these achievements, there is much more work to be done. Meeting the civil rights challenges of the 21st century will require us to identify new enforcement strategies, to forge new partnerships, and to provide more support for victim service providers. But we should all be encouraged that the global movement to end human trafficking has received unprecedented attention and resources, as well as unprecedented political support...
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
2010 National Conference on Human Trafficking
May 3, 2010
The United States
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis
2010 DOJ National Conference on Human Trafficking - Remarks of Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor
The TVPA Decade: Progress and Promise
...Thank you for the invitation to speak at this national conference on human trafficking - an issue I care deeply about.
I also want to thank Attorney General Eric Holder for his leadership on this issue.
Ten years after the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, we are even more committed to the conference's goal of disseminating best practices for prosecuting human trafficking and assisting victims.
The Department of Labor's commitment to fighting human trafficking comes from its long history of working to protect and assist vulnerable workers, some of whom may have been trafficked into forced labor.
As one of my priorities, the Department of Labor is engaged both domestically and internationally to better serve and protect vulnerable workers.
Labor trafficking puts women, children, and men in the most extreme forms of workplace exploitation.
It leads to situations where people are denied not only their wages, but their human rights.
Our efforts to ensure that workers are afforded all of their rights under the law include initiatives that help to combat human trafficking in all of its forms…
Trafficking victims are the most vulnerable workers in this country.
As a state senator in California, I learned first-hand how 72 Thai workers in my own district, worked for seven years in virtual slavery in a sweatshop with boarded up windows and fences covered with razor wire making garments until they were freed by law enforcement - and several hundred Latinos were not paid minimum wage or over-time.
As a member of Congress, I was involved in passing House Resolution condemning the murders of victims of human trafficking and labor abuse in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico.
These women worked in slave-like conditions and then brutally killed through no fault of their own.
These are the individuals whom we all have a duty to help and protect.
This focus on protecting the most vulnerable workers in today's economy is why I have bolstered the enforcement staff in all of my agencies.
I have already added 250 investigators in the Wage and Hour Division alone.
And I'm not done yet!...
Violence in the workplace or trafficking for the sake of monetary gain is unconscionable.
No nation does or should get ahead at the peril of its workers.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis
2010 DOJ National Conference on Human Trafficking
May 3, 2010
Giving Latin America its
rightful place at the table in U.S. anti-trafficking efforts
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has come a long way from 1995, when I first
toured the DOL Women's Bureau, passed out my 1994 report (see below) and
discussed the rampant workplace sexual exploitation of Latin American immigrant
women with staff. No Spanish language staff was available for their recently
opened hotline at that time.
Approximately 5 years ago, a DOL analyst told me that she used
as a source for her research into Latina workplace exploitation issues.
Around 7 years ago, I gave then Represen-tative
Hilda Solis a
business card at a Congressional luncheon on
human trafficking, where I also gave around 200 congressional staffers copies of
At the May 3, 2010 session of the annual federal government Human
Trafficking Conference, Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Labor Secretary
Hilda Solis made some of the first official public pronouncements
by U.S. Government officials
a Latin American component to the global human trafficking crisis exists.
Although prosecutions, and work by State Department Trafficking in Persons
director Ambassador Luis CdeBaca prior to his assuming his current post have
touched upon the issue of Latin American victims, the U.S. Federal Government
has yet to state a clear response to the fact that, as Ambassador CdeBaca noted
in a December 2009 interview, some 60% of U.S. human trafficking victims come to
the U.S. from Latin America. Most of those enslaved persons were trafficked over
the U.S./ Mexican border.
In addition, the United Nations affiliated International organization for
Migration (IOM) in the Southern Cone region of South America estimates that
Latin American human trafficking alone generates $16 billion dollars in annual
revenues, amounting to an estimated 50% of global trafficking profits.
However we look at the situation, Latin America's
modern day slavery cannot be minimized,
nor can it be ignored.
persistently requested that the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama
speak out publicly on this issue, especially to demand that Mexico apply the
rule of law to the current nationwide environment of lawless impunity that allows mass gender
atrocities to occur on an ongoing basis. That is a violent crime wave that has
impacts throughout the
The pronouncements by Ambassador CdeBaca in December of 2009, and the May 3,
statements by Secretary Solis and Attorney General Holder represent a start
towards achieving full federal accountability for U.S. responses to the human trafficking crisis that
today damages Latin American women, children and men both in Latin America and across
the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Keep up the good work!
We will proceed to view progress on this issue from the perspective of "trust,
The victims, and those at risk, await our serious and effective efforts to
rescue and protect them today!
End impunity now!
May 12/13, 2010
Chuck Goolsby’s Case File # 1: The Sexual Exploitation of
Latina Women and Girls at Computer Data Systems, Inc.
* Your tax dollars at work supporting a
sexist federal contractor.
* Sexual harassment, quid-pro-quo sexual demands and sexual assault with
impunity in the low-wage American workplace.
...The below case relation is completely factual. The events may seem startling
for the average reader, but this case account tells a story that is happening
every night in America in many office cleaning jobs, hotel jobs, restaurant and
fast-food jobs, retail stores and other low-wage work places.
During… 1995, I presented detailed information about this… case and several
equally serious episodes of the severe sexual harassment of Latina workers to… the…
U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau's "Low Wage Worker's Conference" in
Washington, DC, where the author passed out his 1994 report to Women's Bureau
officials and conference participants...
While the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau never responded to the author
in regard to his 1994 report, the director of Women's Bureau who followed the
1994 incumbent, Ms. Ida Castro, did make public statements to the press in the
late 1990's referring to DOL's recognition of the issue of the exploitation of
immigrant women in low wage jobs.
Chuck Goolsby’s 1994 report: The Sexual and Economic
Exploitation of Latin American Immigrant Women in Montgomery County, Maryland
Added: May 13, 2010
USA / The World
A girl sits in a windowless garage where
she was kept for two years. Purchased at the age of 10,
she worked as much as 20 hours per day as domestic help.
Photo: U.S. State Department
Working To End Human Trafficking
"Modern slavery exists in communities and cultures spanning the globe."
"Human trafficking has become big business – generating billions of dollars each year through the entrapment and exploitation of millions," said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on May 3rd, at the National Conference on Human Trafficking. "Almost every country in the world is affected, either as a source or destination for victims."
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking is the fastest-growing crime in the world, and is second in financial scope only to the sale of illegal drugs. It occurs in every state in the U.S. and every country in the world. It is a global problem, and as such, it demands a global solution.
That is why the U.S. is "partnering with authorities in other countries to extradite fugitive defendants, protect victims' families, obtain evidence of criminal activity, and combat trafficking networks that operate across international lines," said Attorney General Holder.
"By working with our foreign allies, we've succeeded in liberating Jamaican tree-cutters from shacks in New Hampshire; Filipino workers from chain motels in South Dakota; Eastern European women from strip clubs in Detroit; Vietnamese garment workers from American Samoa; Peruvian factory workers – including children – from traffickers on Long Island; and young girls from Togo and Ghana from toiling around the clock without pay in hair salons in New Jersey," said Attorney General Holder.
" We . . . . know that modern slavery exists in communities and cultures spanning the globe," said Ambassador-at-large Luis CdeBaca director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. "It is a fluid phenomenon, responding to market demands, vulnerabilities in laws, weak penalties, natural disasters, and economic instability.
"No country, including the United States, has attained a sophisticated or truly comprehensive response to this massive, ever-increasing, ever-changing crime. . . . Every country is still learning what trafficking is and what works in response to it . . . . The vast majority of people enslaved today around the world have yet to see any progress.
"We must devote ourselves to never again letting a generation go by without forward progress," said Ambassador CdeBaca. "Working toward a world without modern slavery is no doubt a bold proposition, but it is one that we must work toward."
Voice of America
May 13, 2010
Margaret Sekaggya, UN Special Rapporteur on the
situation of human rights defenders (right), with Bety Cariño
- February 2010.
Llama ONU a gobierno mexicano a garantizar labor de las y los defensores de DH
“Deteriorada su situación”, condena asesinato de activistas en Oaxaca
La Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU), a través de cuatro de sus Relatorías,
expresó su preocupación por la deteriorada situación de las y los defensores de
derechos humanos en México y condenó firmemente los recientes asesinatos de la
defensora Beatriz Alberta Cariño Trujillo y del observador internacional Jyri
En un comunicado de prensa, difundido por la Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las
Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos, el organismo internacional advirtió
que las y los defensores de derechos humanos “enfrentan graves amenazas contra
sus vidas a consecuencia de su trabajo”.
El grupo de expertos y experta de la ONU hizo un llamado al gobierno mexicano
para “tomar las medidas que sean necesarias para proteger el derecho a la vida y
la seguridad de las y los defensores de los derechos humanos en el país contra
todo tipo de violencia y acción arbitraria que se produzca como consecuencia del
ejercicio legítimo de sus actividades.”
Exigen Investigación Pronto e Imparcial
Margaret Sekaggya, Relatora Especial sobre la situación de los Defensores de los
Derechos Humanos, manifestó su “profunda preocupación” por el deterioro de la
situación de las y los defensores de los derechos humanos en México, en especial
las mujeres y las personas defensoras que trabajan en temas relacionados con las
Además condenó los hechos ocurridos el 27 de abril en la zona triqui de San Juan
Copala, en Oaxaca, cuando una misión de observación de los derechos humanos
sufrió una emboscada por parte de paramilitares, lugar donde fue asesinada,
Beatriz Alberta Cariño Trujillo, defensora y directora del Centro de Apoyo
Comunitario Trabajando Unidos (CACTUS) y donde también murió Jyri Antero
CIMAC Women's News Agency
May 12, 2010
Human rights defenders continue to pay with their lives in Mexico, warn UN experts
Geneva - A group of United Nations independent experts* warned about the deteriorating situation for human rights defenders in Mexico, strongly condemning the recent killing of human rights defender Ms. Beatriz Alberta (Bety) Cariño Trujillo and the international observer Mr. Tyri Antero Jaakkola in Oaxaca, south east Mexico.
“Defenders continue to face significant threats to their lives in Mexico as a result of their work,” said Margaret Sekaggya, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. “We are deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation for human rights defenders in the country, including women and human rights defenders working on issues related to indigenous communities.”
On 27 April 2010, Bety Cariño and Tyri Antero Jaakkola were part of a mission to monitor human rights in Oaxaca when they were ambushed by paramilitaries and killed. Several other human rights defenders and journalists suffered injuries. Four other members of the mission, including two journalists of the magazine Contralínea, spent two days in a forest following the attack, before being rescued by the police on 30 April.
“The situation in Mexico is extremely complex and no-one could doubt the gravity of the challenges confronting the Government in its fight against the drug cartels” added Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. “But there is no justification for failing to take strong steps when human rights defenders, journalists and others are killed. Human rights must not be permitted to be a casualty in the fight against drugs and crime.” ...
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
May 12, 2010
The 2010 Lozano Long Conference – Republics
of Fear: Understanding Endemic Violence in
Latin America Today
Violence has become the signal threat to
stability in Latin America in the new
millennium. Kidnappings and murders generate
lurid headlines from Mexico to Honduras to
Argentina. Communities tired of
statelessness and voicelessness set
suspected criminals on fire in Guatemalan
public squares. Hundreds of women die
violent deaths in Ciudad Juárez and
Guatemala City while the state remains
either impotent or indifferent. Police raids
into Rio’s favelas kill dozens of people
while drug trafficking gangs stockpile more
numerous and more powerful weapons. Prison
gangs paralyze the megalopolis of São Paulo
for days in retaliation for official
measures taken against their imprisoned
Meanwhile, structural violence continues to
condemn huge portions of the region’s
population to poverty, disease,
marginalization, and penury. If cold war
ideologies set Latin America aflame in the
1960s and 1970s, a far more complex set of
factors stokes the ordinary and
extraordinary violence that burns in the
In its Third Annual Lozano Long Conference,
LLILAS hosted the academics who are
exploring the causes and consequences of
this conflagration. Researchers have only
begun to respond to these new challenges to
democracy, development, and human
well-being. The time is ripe for a
conference that brings together cutting edge
research from different disciplines,
perspectives, methods, and viewpoints, all
united around a concern for the peoples of
the region and the circumstances they face.
The conference hosted panels on topics such
as gender violence; intimate violence;
organized violence; the trafficking of
humans, weapons, and drugs; political,
state, and para-state violence; structural
violence, including poverty, forced
migration, racism, and discrimination; and
the responses to violence, including
representations of violence in the media,
literature, films, and public discourse. The
institute hopes in this way to foster and
stimulate a new wave of theoretically
informed, interdisciplinary, and culturally
aware research into this crucial new
challenge for Latin America.
Sponsored by the Teresa Lozano Long
Institute of Latin American Studies, the
Rapoport Center for Human Rights and
Justice, and the Center for Women's and
Long Institute of Latin American Studies
University of Texas at Austin
Mexican Police Implicated in Killings,
Mexico City - Scores of police officers -
including the entire department of one town
- have been detained in Mexican probes of
killings and kidnappings.
Mayor Alfredo Osorio of the Gulf coast town
Tierra Blanca said Monday that about
90 city policemen were
being held for questioning about the
kidnapping of undocumented Central American
The officers - the town's entire local force
- were detained by state police and soldiers
and taken to the capital of the Gulf coast
state of Veracruz for questioning. No formal
charges had been filed.
The police allegedly kidnapped the migrants
to shake them down for money. Central
Americans frequently are robbed or abused by
police or by drug gangs as they cross Mexico
to seek work in the United States.
In the central State of Mexico, prosecutors
announced the arrest of two policemen and
two former officers on charges they
participated in 11 killings related to
The officers, ex-officers and a fifth man
posing as a police office, had been assigned
to two towns on the outskirts of Mexico
City. They were detained over the weekend.
Mexico State Attorney General Alberto Baz
Baz said the men allegedly preyed on
businessmen and professionals, snatching
them off the streets to steal debit cards
and other possessions, and then often
killing them. Another ex-officer is being
sought in the case. Some of the crimes were
allegedly committed while the officers were
The suspects face possible prison sentences
of up to 70 years. They had no attorney of
Mar 16, 2010
Mexican Troops Rescue 20 Migrants from
Veracruz, Mexico – Mexican troops rescued 20
Central Americans who had been kidnapped by
a gang of migrant smugglers that was holding
them captive at a house in the Gulf coast
state of Veracruz.
The commander of Mexico’s 26th Military
Zone, Miguel Gustavo Gonzalez, told a press
conference that five suspected smugglers
were arrested who were holding the
undocumented migrants as hostages and were
demanding $1,200 from their families to free
them and allow them to continue on their way
to the U.S. border.
The officer said that the operation took
place in the municipality of Tierra Blanca,
where members of the gang were arrested and
forced to hand over 40,000 pesos ($3,200) in
cash, two guns and four vehicles.
Gonzalez said the raid followed an anonymous
He said that the 11 women and nine men from
Honduras and Nicaragua were found being held
captive in the community of Palma Sola.
Meanwhile, the undocumented migrants who
were rescued received food and medical
attention from the immigration authorities,
who will settle their legal status.
We note with interest that this raid
occurred immediately after the
Inter-American Human Rights Commission
hearing of March 22, 2010 on the mass
kidnappings of migrants in Mexico, and
especially in Veracruz.
Denuncian el "infierno" de unos 18.000
migrantes secuestrados al pasar por México
Washington, DC.- México se ha convertido en
la trampa de miles de migrantes de
Centroamérica y Sudamérica que son
secuestrados cada año cuando atraviesan ese
país, según denunciaron hoy activistas en la
Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos
En una audiencia del 138 período de sesiones
de la CIDH, organizaciones religiosas y
humanitarias acusaron al Estado de México de
abandonar a los 18.000 emigrantes
secuestrados, que convirtieron 2009 en el
"año maldito" del fenómeno...
Activists Denounce the
“Hell” Faced by 18,000 Migrants per Year Who
Are Kidnapped in Mexico
Washington, DC - According to activists who
testified on March 22, 2010 at the
Inter-American Human Rights Commission
(IAHRC) - Mexico has become a dangerous trap
for thousands of migrants from South and
Central America who are kidnapped each year
when they attempt to cross Mexico.
The religious and human rights activists
testified during an IAHRC hearing, held
during its 138th period of sessions. In
their testimony, they accused the Mexican
state of abandoning the 18,000 migrants who
were kidnapped during 2009, which they
declared to be a terrible year for the
The director of the migrant shelter Brothers
on the Road to Hope, Father Alejandro
Solandide, denounced the lack of political
will in Mexico to put a stop to the problem,
as well as the complicity and cover-up that
state agents engage in – in relation to
Father Solandide: “It is very hard to see a
line that separates the authors of these
kidnappings - be they organized criminals or
Migrants begin their trek in their home
countries, where these criminal networks
[first] coordinate their activities, said
Oliver Bush Espinoza, of the National
Institute for Migration [Mexico’s
When migrants reach Mexico, they are
trapped, and are taken to safe houses, where
the coyotes demand their family’s phone
number [to allow them to extort the family],
and they are beaten with sticks and suffer
“These safe houses are hell. The victims
suffer tortures. If they resist [the
extortion], they are made examples of and
are mutilated or murdered, declared Reverend
Pedro Pantajo Arreola, of the Bethlehem
The wave of
kidnappings began in 2006, says Father
Solandide, but the problem became even
larger in 2009, when it became like a
“silent, low-motion massacre” – “due to
moral decay,” the increase in organized
criminal violence, and judicial impunity.
During the last three years, the ‘industry’
of mass kidnapping has been perfected,
especially in the state of Veracruz. In a
six month period of time, these kidnappings
generate $50 million dollars in revenue.
Aside from the Mexican government’s failure
to investigate these crimes, and the
“immense defenseless-ness” of the victims,
Father Solandide denounced the “insufficient
actions taken and mechanisms put into place”
by the government in the face of this
reality. Scant resources exist to house,
assist and restore the victims.
The representatives of the organizations who
testified directly assist victims, a
situation that has also placed them in
“Our migrant shelters
are being threatened and attacked by both
the Mexican authorities and by members of
organized crime, to such an extent that we
have found in necessary to seek the legal
protection of this Commission,” said
Monsignor Raúl Vera,
Saltillo, who is also the president
of the Council of the Friar Juan de Larios
[Oliver Bush Espinoza, of the federal
National Institute for Migration, and
Alejandro Negrín, human rights
representative at the Mexican Chancellery,
testified in opposition to the petition.]
Felipe González, the President of Mexico's
National Human Rights Commission of Mexico
(CNDH) stated that he was in agreement with
the petitioners, and invited the IAHRC to
visit Mexico to determine the magnitude of
the problem in person.
Inter-American Human Rights Commission
Centro de Derechos Humanos Agustín Pro
Juárez (PRODH); Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes
en México; Centro Diocesano de Derechos
Humanos Fray Juan de Larios; Dimensión de la
Pastoral de la Movilidad Humana; Casa de
Migrantes Hermanos en el Camino [Migrant
Refuge]; Albergue de Nuestra Señora de
Guadalupe A.C. [Migrant Refuge]; Albergue
Guadalupano de Tierra Blanca [Migrant
Refuge]; Servicio Jesuita de Jóvenes
Voluntarios; Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray
Matías de Córdova; Frontera Con Justicia
A.C.y Humanidad Sin Fronteras
Inter-American Human Rights
Organization of American States
March 22, 2010
20,000 Migrants a Year
Kidnapped in Mexico En Route to U.S.
Some 20,000 of
the 140,000 illegal migrants en route to the
United States via the Mexico border to find
work and a better life are kidnapped each
year and subjected to rape, torture and
murder, crimes that usually go unpunished
due to the corruption of the authorities,
fear of reprisals and distrust of
authorities, according to Mexico’s
independent National Human Rights
Mexico City –
More than 1,600 migrants, above all Central
Americans en route to the United States to
find work, are kidnapped monthly and
subjected to humiliations that usually go
unpunished due to the corruption of the
authorities, Mexico’s independent National
Human Rights Commission reported.
of migrants has become a continuous practice
of worrying dimensions, generally unpunished
and with characteristics of extreme
cruelty,” commission chairman Jose Luis
Soberanes said Monday at the presentation of
September 2008 and February 2009, the
commission registered a total of 198 cases
of mass kidnappings of migrants involving
June 16, 2009
Monsignor Raúl Vera, Bishop of
Presentation: Kidnappings of Migrants in
Monday March 22nd - 5:30-6:30pm -
Every year tens of thousands of migrants
travel through Mexico en route to the United
States. Often on their arduous journey these
migrants are exposed to brutal violence,
extortion, and kidnappings.
Join us for a forum with this exceptional
group of speakers all of whom are highly
recognized as leading moral authorities on
migrant rights. These speakers will discuss
the kidnappings of migrants in Mexico, the
ways in which Mexican laws and policies make
them more vulnerable and may prevent their
access to justice, how authorities directly
collaborate in this practice and the hearing
on this issue that has been presented before
the Inter-American Commission on Human
Monsignor Raúl Vera, Bishop of Saltillo,
is also President of the Counsel of the Fray
Juan Juan de Larios Diocese Center and a
member of various organizations that work to
protect migrants' human rights.
director of the shelter "Hermanos en el
Camino de la Esperanza " [Shelter for
Migrant Brothers on the Road of Hope] and
the coordinator of the Southern Zone of the
Pastoral Dimension of Human Mobility of the
Mexican Episcopal Conference. The shelter
offers food, shelter and legal advice to the
thousands of migrants that pass through the
city of Ixtepec, Oaxaca en route to the
Father Pedro Pantoja Arreola founded
Emaús House, Passage of Migrants in Ciudad
Acuña and created the project Borders and
Dignity. After more than five years he
returned to Saltillo, where he oversees the
shelter "Belén [Bethlehem] Migrant Inn" and
the Borders with Justice project, both
founded in 2001 to respond to the grave
human rights violations of migrants.
Our panelists will also be joined by
representatives from the Miguel Agustin Pro
Juarez Human Rights Center, the Fray Matias
de Cordova Human Rights Center and Frontera
con Justicia [Justice for the Border] and
Humanidad Sin Fronteras [Humanity Without
Kidnapping of Migrants in Mexico
March 22, 2010
5:30-6:30pm - plus reception
Washington Office on Latin
America - WOLA
1666 Connecticut Ave NW - Suite
Please RSVP to Ashley Morse
(Space is limited, RSVPs will
be accepted on a first-come
intimidation of human rights defender,
Father Alejandro Solalinde Guerra
harassment of Father Alejandro Solalinde
Guerra's efforts to assist migrants in
Sign-on to a letter
of support to President Calderón
...Human rights defender Father Solalinde
has recently been subjected to harassment
and intimidation as a direct result of his
activities in defense of human rights.
Father Solalinde is the director of the
Albergue del Migrante Hermanos en el Camino
de la Esperanza (Shelter for Migrant
Brothers on the Road of Hope) and
co-ordinator of the Catholic Pastoral Care
Centre for Migrants. The Shelter provides
food, shelter and legal assistance to
thousands of migrants who travel through the
city of Ixtepec, Oaxaca, on their way to the
United States of America. Over the last two
years, the Shelter has reported several
cases of corruption by state and federal
government officials as well as the practice
of abduction of migrants...
FrontLine - Protection of
Human Rights Defenders
Feb. 02, 2010
Added: Mar. 21, 2010
Mexico, Central America
mothers gather to pray and
leave offerings and crosses
for their family members who
were abused, kidnapped and
murdered in the 'mugging and
rape gauntlet' at Mexico's
southern border region known
'La Arrocera' - the Rice
Kidnapping - A Growing Risk for Central
The increase in kidnappings of Central
American migrants crossing Mexico on their
way to the United States will be brought up
at the Inter-American Commission on Human
current session next Monday.
”We are experiencing a humanitarian disaster
that the authorities want to cover up at all
costs,” Alejandro Solalinde, a priest who
heads the Catholic Pastoral Care Centre for
Migrants in Ciudad Ixtepec, in the southern
state of Oaxaca, told IPS.
Solalinde, who has been defending the rights
of undocumented Central American migrants
since 2005, is flying to Washington to
describe the situation on the ground to the
IACHR, which is holding its 138th period of
sessions Mar. 15-26, along with
representatives of other civil society
Although the priest has been the target of
death threats from people traffickers and
kidnappers, he was denied police protection.
In January 2007, Solalinde, who also set up
a shelter to provide food and medical
attention to migrants next to the railway
lines that they ride on their long trek
north, helped a group of Central Americans
escape their captors in Oaxaca.
He has also spoken up against police
brutality, and even filed legal action
against local police officers and
authorities. But the lawsuit is merely
Thousands of Central Americans, mainly from
the impoverished countries of Honduras,
Guatemala and El Salvador, are detained and
deported every year by the police in Mexico
as they attempt to reach the United States.
However, they don't only face a risk of
being seized and deported by the police, but
are also vulnerable to harassment, sexual
abuse, extortion, robbery and kidnapping by
immigration agents and police, while they
are assaulted, raped, held up, kidnapped and
sometimes killed by gang-members and
From September 2008 to February 2009, 9,758
migrants were kidnapped in Mexico, according
to a special report by the governmental
National Human Rights Commission (CNDH).
”The kidnapping of migrants in Mexico is on
the rise,” Maureen Meyer, the Washington
Office on Latin America (WOLA) Associate for
Mexico and Central America, told IPS.
However, ”this number (9,758) is by no means
the full extent of the phenomenon, as given
the vulnerability of migrants in Mexico,
many cases go unreported.”
WOLA is backing the Mexican activists who
will appear before the IACHR in the U.S.
capital, where they will ask the Commission
to recommend that the government provide
protection to migrants, fight kidnappings
and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Mexican immigration authorities have
arrested 4,164 Central Americans so far this
year, according to official figures.
The IACHR session will also be attended by
Raúl Vera, Catholic bishop of Saltillo, a
city north of the capital; Pedro Pantoja, a
priest who runs the Belen migrants shelter
and the Borders with Justice project in
Saltillo; and representatives of Mexican
non-governmental organisations that provide
protection to undocumented Central American
In the southern state of Veracruz, 13
municipal police have been prohibited from
leaving the country, because they are under
suspicion of kidnapping and extorting
Central American migrants.
The kidnappings are planned in Oaxaca and
carried out in Veracruz, with the collusion
of public employees and municipal and state
agents, according to Solalinde...
Because of the numerous reports of abuses,
the government of El Salvador opened a
consulate in Oaxaca in January to provide
attention to Salvadoran citizens.
But not even the diplomatic mission has
escaped harassment: less than a month after
it opened, armed men who claimed to be
federal police but did not identify
themselves forced their way into the
consulate without authorization, supposedly
as part of an investigation.
Salvadoran ambassador to Mexico Hugo
Carrillo has asked President Felipe Calderón
to take effective action against the police
involved in the incident.
”It would appear that kidnapping has become
another source of income for organized
criminal groups operating in Mexico and
along the U.S.-Mexico border (which are)
already involved in drug trafficking,
pirated goods, extortion, etc.,” said Meyer.
She added that some reports indicate that
along the border ”and even in the U.S.
itself, groups involved in human smuggling
are now earning more money from holding some
of their 'clients' for ransom, than from the
fees they already charge to make the