By Deborah Hastings for NEW YORK DAILY NEWS on February 4, 2014—
“Pimps in Mexico are now forcing girls to pull in others to work as prostitutes. If they don’t, their families are threatened, activists report.
The child sex trade is a booming business, but a new practice involved pushing enslaved prostitutes into recruiting other girls. If they fail to bring back new girls, their families are threatened, Spanish-language El Universal reported.Poor village youngsters are enticed with the promise of better lives in the capital of Mexico City. What usually follows are beatings, rapes, torture and enslavement.
A 16-year-old girl was forced to troll for reinforcements because her baby was being held hostage by sex traffickers. She hauled in a 14-year-old girl, the watchdog website InSight Crime said, referring to remarks made by former congresswoman Rosi Orozco, who heads the United Anti-Trafficking Commission.
Sexual enslavement is a major proper in Mexico. Much of the human trafficking black market is controlled by the country’s brutal drug cartels. Some 820,000 adults and children are sold for sex each year, according to Orozco.
Drug traffickers are also using minors as procurers because they are easier to intimidate, and face lesser penalties if arrested.”
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