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Various Authors 1:03 p.m., Oct. 24
Translated by Fulano from a news article in Uniradioinforma.com
The problem along the Mexican border with the sexual exploitation of women is increasing now that the authorities do nothing to recover the young girls who are taken by human traffickers, said Víctor Clark Alfaro, director of the Binational Center for Human Rights.
It is a problem of historic networks that for years have brought women from different states in the south of the country. Clark Alfaro said that in spite of operations to catch members of the human trafficking bands, it has failed because they are networks, and he further opined that if the authorities really wanted to capture and destroy these bands, they should start looking for them in the areas where the young women who are rescued come from.
Clark Alfaro said that these women agree to come to the border and become prostitutes because they are tricked by the "pimps" who take advantage of their poverty and lack of self esteem.
The Maria Magdalena Association is comprised of sex workers, and the women who come to this institution comment that the problem in Mexico is now even greater, as there are international and transnational bands that take the young women to other countries to be sexually exploited.
"Now they don't just go after the young women from the rural areas, these days they take city women, and then they are no longer children," he said.
Clark Alfaro calculates that just in Tijuana there are 5,500 young women who are captive and manipulated by "pimps" and that each girl earns approximately 30,000 pesos ($2,300) per week.