Sex traffickers in Mexico have reportedly begun using underage girls to recruit other minors for sexual exploitation, reflecting a broader trend of the increasing use of children by organized crime. The victims not only act as recruiters — they also have to train the new recruits before they are brought back to the capital, teaching them sex positions, how much to charge clients, and how to convince police they are working of their own volition. They also take the blame if a girl escapes. According to Rosi Orozco, a former congresswoman and head of the United Anti-Trafficking Commission, the recruiters are motivated by fear and threats.
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Federal government websites often end in. The site is secure. Last week in federal district court in Brooklyn, New York, five members of a notorious international criminal organization, known as the Rendon-Reyes Trafficking Organization, were sentenced to prison terms of 15 to 25 years by United States District Court Judge Edward R. The amount to be paid in restitution will be announced at a later date. Three other defendants are set to be sentenced on Jan. The defendants previously pled guilty to racketeering, sex trafficking, and other federal charges following their arrests in Mexico and the United States, where they were residing illegally.
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The report that ISIS is forcing girls as young as 12 to become sex slaves is part of a larger issue. In the world today, an estimated 2 million underage girls work in the sex trade. A new study details the situation in Mexico, where researchers found that one in four sex workers in Tijuana and Juarez say they were forced into the sex trade as minors — under age 18 — and one in eight say they were 15 or younger.
Law enforcement says high profile cases have put a focus on lowering the demand for sex trafficking across the country. The dramatic photograph of a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying while U. The gut-wrenching stories and photographs of children separated from their guardians on our southern border garner online clicks, television ratings, and talk radio audiences. Central American and Mexican cartels control the billion dollar sex trade crossing the U. Last year, the U. The Rendon-Reyes cartel is not alone. Over the past year, President Trump has signed four pieces of anti-trafficking legislation focused on the domestic child sex trade.