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Sex-slave busts in Mexico City free scores of women held against their will

Posted on
July 2, 2013
Mexico City  authorities rescue 74 women forced into sexual slavery by captors who made them  work at  a strip club and as prostitutes. Charges include human  trafficking.

 Mexican authorities have rescued 74 women held prisoner and forced into  sexual slavery by captors who made them work at a strip club and as prostitutes,  prosecutors said.

Weekend raids in the nation’s capital freed 27 Mexicans and 19 foreigners at  the Cadillac High Class strip club. A second bust, which occurred after a  six-month investigation, liberated 28 women pushed into prostitution in hotels,  parking lots and on the streets, officials reported Monday.

Federal police detained 40 people in the Cadillac crackdown and have so far  charged 14 of them with human trafficking for sexual exploitation, according to  Mexico City prosecutors. Table-top dances, say web posts from customers, go for  200 pesos, or about $16.

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In the other raid, Mexico City District Attorney Miguel Mancerra told  reporters that federales nabbed 26 suspects in and around a downtown  hotel who allegedly ran four prostitution rings. Enforcers demanded the victims,  one them a minor, hand over daily payments ranging from 3,000 to 4,000 pesos (  $230 to $384), amounts that constitute huge sums in a country ravaged by  poverty.

The Cadillac High Class strip club in Mexico City, where federal police rescued  27 Mexican women and 19 foreigners in a sex-slave bust.

The Cadillac High Class strip club in  Mexico City, where federal police rescued  27 Mexican women and 19  foreigners in a sex-slave bust.

If they didn’t pay up, the victims were dumped, without food, in unfamiliar  neighborhoods, Mancerra said. Authorities did not reveal the nationalities of  the foreign victims, or whether the suspects were connected to narcotics  cartels.

Human trafficking is a booming criminal business in Mexico, second only to  drug smuggling.

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Congresswoman Rosi Orozco, head of Mexico’s Special Committee to Combat  Trafficking in Persons, has said 800,000 adults and 20,000 children are sold  each year for sexual abuse in a black market that pulls in annual revenue as  high as $30 billion.

In 2011, then-President Felipe Calderon signed ammendments to the country’s  constitution making human trafficking a federal crime carrying prison sentences  of up to 40 years.

Mexican authorities say they have freed 46 women forced into sexual slavery at a strip club in the nation's capital.

Mexican authorities say they have  freed 46 women forced into sexual slavery at a strip club in the nation’s  capital.

The increased penalties were designed to battle dramatic increases in  kidnapping and enslaving ordinary people, many of them migrants trying to reach  the United States, by organized crime syndicates reporting to Mexico’s massive  and malevolent drug cartels.

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President Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office in December 2012, has  continued the fight. Last month, soldiers rescued 165 people kidnapped by  narcotics smugglers and imprisoned for as long as three weeks in a one-story  home alongside the Texas border.

It was one of the biggest kidnapping busts in Mexican history.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/scores-sex-slaves-freed-mexican-authorities-article-1.1388060

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