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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Friends & Neighbors Update...

Source: IPSnews
Ties Between Mexican Elites and Child Sex Rings “Beyond Imagination”

MEXICO CITY, Sep 13 - The complicity in Mexico between child sex rings and the political and business elites “goes beyond what we can even imagine,” says activist Lydia Cacho, who faces death threats and was even thrown briefly into prison for revealing those ties in a book.

“What we have just seen is only the tip of the iceberg,” Cacho told IPS, after the local media aired Tuesday recordings of telephone conversations between two prominent politicians and a hotel owner now in prison, and a wealthy local businessman.

The number of Mexican politicians and businessmen involved in child pornography and sex rings “would shock us if we knew the real extent of the phenomenon,” said Cacho.

A 2004 study by researcher Elena Azaola, which estimated that some 17,000 children under the age of 18 are victims of the sex trade in Mexico, is also based on interviews with minors who managed to escape, as well as visits to establishments where underage girls and boys are forced to work as prostitutes.
H/T immigration Watchdog

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