Human Trafficking, Million Dolar Industry for Crimanals – Translated
Article “Trata de personas, negocio millonario para los criminales” Redactado Por: Delfino GARCÍA CORTEZ traducido al Inglés
Morelia – In Tierra Caliente young women are used as slaves of the plaza bosses, for prostitution, and nobody does anything about it, in such ways that federal authorities have already entered the business, said Teresa Ulloa yesterday, director of the International Association Against Trafficking in Persons, who also affirmed that Michoacan ranks third nationally in this problem.
She also mentioned that the association she represents, at the national level, has rescued one thousand 48 young women this year, but unfortunately, 10 percent of them have been found dead.
At a press conference, the official noted that the State should provide resources and harmonize the legal framework in general, so they can begin to act in real defense of the young women who are victims of these criminal organizations, which not only use the girls as sexual commodities, but now train them as “hawks, assassins or mules, and the bad thing is that when they get tired of them, they kill them.”
It is beacause of that, she said, that we have called this press conference. We note the importance of making a proper legal framework in Michoacan, where the defense of these young women who are victims of organized crime is permitted, particularly in the Tierra Caliente, where they forcibly take these young women and no one can do anything.
With a little more detail, the also social activist announced that in Michoacan there are at least two municipalities of Tierra Caliente where the problem is very delicate.
However, she could not say where exactly because they already have lines of investigation there by federal forces. She even said that in municipalities bordering Guerrero, the situation is also very delicate, as in Lazaro Cardenas.
She revealed that in the coastal city there are many people of all kinds, “there is so much movement in this port that at the same time it allows for a lot of trafficking, the local authorities know but little is done, if anything, to eradicate this problem in that city.”
It´s enough to point out, she said, that many boat drivers end up as the means to commit the crime.
HIGH PERCENTAGE OF VICTIMS NO COMPLAINT
Teresa Ulloa said that in Mexico, between 70 and 80 percent of victims do not file reports because they are threatened, which is why the organization to which she belongs has had to seek federal aid to do the research, due to the fact that there is very little interest from other authorities, who believe that women are not a priority for the state.
The delicacy of this, she said, is that the crime of human trafficking is becoming big business for criminal organizations, the problem is as delicate as is the fact that armed groups that have appeared in Tierra Caliente, and they capture more of the attention of the authorities. She stressed that she has been reporting that this phenomenon is widespread throughout the state and, obviously, Morelia is no exception.
She recalled that in the government of General Lazaro Cardenas, strong measures were taken to combat the problem, the first thing that was done was to close down bars, pubs and all kinds of places where prostitution is practiced, so did the engineer Cardenas when he was governor. But suddenly, when the PAN began to govern, Morelia began to fill again with disguised brothels, and now there is no one to whipp them into line.
Now the problem is more serious, because girls are well prepared to answer all kinds of questions to authority, there’s the fact that they are well treated, they do it by choice, they earn well, they are not exploited, that briefing was just for adult women, but now the criminals, or those who manage them, teach them all those kinds of situations to avoid detection by the authorities.
She recalled that several years ago she reported that in the famous “triangle” there were young women prostituting themselves and some young men, “one day someone heard me and it was discovered that it was a woman who ran the Tenancingo the girls. This woman, when young , had been a victim of the crime and as she grew they put her in charge of prostituting the girls seen there, but when it became an operative the alleged ´Madame´ was arrested and detained. She was actually not the exploiter, but was a victim of criminals of whom nothing was ever heard.
“Therefore, she said that today more than ever the Mexican government is bound by the first amendment to the Constitution, to exercise the due diligence to attack this problem that everyday is becoming increasingly serious. In this area, she said, we must all form alliances, federal authorities, state and municipal, as well as the media and society itself.
Finally she stressed that Mexican women are concerned because exrepresentatives and Senators today of different political parties, do little or nothing for their people, “they are happy living off of and charging the public treasury; these men approved in the last legislature a constitutional reform of Article 73 section 21, which states that now it is only the right of Congress to legislate on human trafficking. ”
That law, she said, was approved on April 24 last year, being published and endorsed by Felipe Calderón Hinojosa on June 14, also of last year, where there was a period in one of the provisions of the law, in which the issues that were established could be adapted, repealed and included.
As a researcher she also said that this law has its mistakes, especially on the part defining the crime, nevetheless, it does define competencies and distributes them, it even states what is for the federal, state and municipal levels, and also speaks of the three core strategies to combat human trafficking, which are prevention, protection and prosecution of crime. (S)