Trafficking Offense Turned into an “Invisible” Crime in Indigenous Communities

Trafficking Offense Turned into an “Invisible” Crime in Indigenous Communities

Mexico City. – Human trafficking has become an “invisible” crime in the indigenous communities, by virtue that their practice is confused with the customs prevailing in nearly 120 locations nationwide, which bring together eight million Mexicans.

So said the Collective Against Trafficking in a training workshop realized within the Special Commission to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

The special committee chairman, Rep. Leticia Lopez Landeros (PAN), warned that eight-year old children , members of these communities, dream of being traffickers because they have become the prototype of those who have money, women and power” she therefore urged that the social and cultural problems be faced with public policy.

This trend is registered in regions like Tenancingo, Tlaxcala, in one documented case, identified as the corridor Tlaxcala-Puebla, but is multiplied across the country, and are clearly identified targets of trafficking.

“Poverty, marginalization, unemployment and lack of opportunities are exploited by organized crime to engage girls, children, adolescents, and women, which is a fact that the state authorities, from governors and mayors, do not accept that there are places of its entities devoted specifically to trafficking,” said Lopez Landeros, federal legislator.

PAN lawmaker said the government’s failure to accept the presence of the crime of trafficking makes it more difficult to combat because it confuses and merges with traditional and customary practices in rural and indigenous communities.

“Authorities do not accept this problem, on the contrary, they deny, keep it, and do nothing to fix it. This topic does not see colors, it is a background theme” that requires being addressed through comprehensive public policies, said the president of the Special Commission on Human Trafficking.

She urged to confront this social phenomenon because it is disguised with the habits and customs of the indigenous and rural populations. Not only is it recorded in Tlaxcala, but in all the states, because this offense has acquired “subtle nuances, almost invisible” that occasionally complicate legal processes from being identified as trafficking in persons, and thus be classified as such.

Another factor that contributes to strengthening the invisibility of the crime of trafficking in indigenous communities is the legal vacuum that prevails even in the recent General Act, passed last year, said Monica Salazar, representative of the Collective Against Trafficking Mexico , which brings together 15 social organizations.

She explained that the existing legal framework does not include the indigenous population in terms of defining the offense of trafficking, because it merges with the customs prevailing in the communities, and brings up this scourge as normal and common in social life of these groups.

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