While most U.S. media coverage of events in Mexico these days focuses on that country’s ongoing drug conflict, other news, such as the fact that Mexico has become America’s leading provider of sex slaves—some as young as 6—gets overlooked.
In what is being called the “other” crisis in Mexico, analysts claim the country has achieved the notorious ranking due to confusion and/or negligence over which agencies have jurisdiction over sex-trafficking cases. —JCL
Al Jazeera English:
Mexico has become the top provider of sex slaves to the Americas, according to the United Nations.
In an effort to tackle the problem, the Mexican government has now signed onto the UN’s Blue Heart campaign, but so far it has had little success in prosecuting and convicting human traffickers.
One reason, according to some analysts, is confusion over which government agencies have jurisdiction over human trafficking cases.
In addition the Mexican government has yet to conduct any comprehensive surveys detailing the true extent of the problem.