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Mexico's war on human trafficking

January 12th, 2010
08:12 PM ET

As we saw on Tuesday night's show, the Channel 4 investigation showed how Maria witnessed unthinkable horrors in her homeland of Mexico. Even before her 18th birthday she had already been kidnapped and enslaved by a gang of human traffickers.

During her time in captivity, Maria laid witness to some horrible things - particularly in the trade of human life.

She recalls how babies were sold to order for American customers and how young girls were drugged, forced into prostitution and murdered.

“I want to tell the story so that in the near future, other girls don’t go through the same,” Maria said.

“Women are sold, they are abducted, bought and even killed by these men and if these men are ever found, jail won’t be enough to make them pay for the way they’ve made us feel.”

What makes Maria’s story so significant is that she was one of the lucky girls that escaped.

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  1. Ima Frankson

    Its a relief for me that we have a lead on the traffic situation in Mexico. I strongly believe with the help of homeland security and maria`s story this trafficers will be brought to justice and the other girls returned to thier parents.

    Hope the mexican government will take good care of Maria for she has been through alot.

    January 12, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  2. Anoynm

    Getting Drugs is so easy isn`t it?But getting those responseble is not?
    Kidnapping babys and jung Girls is easy! But finding them impossible?
    Are the one`s who promise to find them on drugs and paraniod too?
    Sometimes I think they are, thats why those girls will never be found again!!Except you order a baby and flash those members out!!!!

    January 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  3. unfairjustiz

    It amazes me how low the human race can go. We, as Americans just have no idea ( and we certainly do not have a lead) on how bad human trafficking is in Mexico. The question is ........ Will there be Justice? As long there is a demand ........

    January 13, 2010 at 5:29 am | Reply
  4. Rainbow

    Amazing. They brought those 4 and 7 years to US and how they legalize these children ? Then people will understand that biggest problem is lack of effort of police in "receiving country", because these trafficed people appear there. They are simply gone, so what Mexico police can do alone ?

    January 13, 2010 at 7:28 am | Reply
  5. arvind pathak

    human trafficking in mexico is a law and order failure.probably the govt. is not bothered or their is a nexus between criminals and politicians ,seen all over the world including usa,india.internal security is not valued in developing world as their is no great opposition voicing oee recentment.

    January 13, 2010 at 8:24 am | Reply
  6. Asif

    I watched that program the other night. Its heart breaking, very very heart breaking. I wouldn't say much about what I felt by watching the program but I would certainly like to work with Becky Anderson. There is much more going on in my country (cannot disclose in public) in which I am also doing a research on Human Trafficking and I would certainly like to help CNN to cover news where I live as well.

    I request CNN's becky anderson to contact me on the same at the earliest and allow me to be a part of this work and help me to help CNN on the insight of Human Trafficking which is growing rapidly across the globe.

    My email address is mentioned in the required field. I look forward hearing from Becky or any CNN's member of staff soon. God bless!


    January 13, 2010 at 9:35 am | Reply
  7. giddey

    I think that the police en Mexico is corrupted, and they want to show that the men with arms are more strong.

    January 13, 2010 at 11:34 am | Reply
  8. Lisa

    Question,, why would one EVER go to Mexico or any other country for VAcation and support the ecomony when the athorities can and dont stop the horrific crimes? I would NEVER enter a country that cant get its shit in order. I wont give my money to any country like that. I will never vacation in Mexico. Can u make this decision with me? Can you stop visiting those countries? Can u apply pressure for those places to change by taking away your cash from their countries?

    January 13, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  9. Laurens

    Indeed jail is not enough for those who destroy the lives of the young women and boys who are abducted and abused. Their lives are destroyed. Authorities all over the world should work together in order to capture those who are involved and they should pay in a way that matches the devastating things they did to those young boys and girls.

    January 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  10. KMjumi

    Its a time that we need to turn to God and pray for those that have been victims of human trafficking. Signs of the end times are quite clear by the nature of heartlessness in human kind.

    January 13, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  11. L.P Mpemnyama

    I also agree with maria that this man should be brought to justice but jail is just not enough,the should be more intense measure taken.

    January 13, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  12. sal

    @Lisa I never thought of that. I can imagine how much of an impact it would make if so many of us didn't visit countries like Mexico that are so corrupted.

    @ KMjumi i hear you on that. The things going on today are beyond human comprehension. There are evil spirits at work but God still remains on the throne. How long before God brings justice to the land?

    January 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  13. FCR

    Many do not realize the connection. Porn, drugs, alcohol, prostitution, child porn, fornication, rape, child molestation, adultery, strip clubs, masturbation, homosexuality, and lesbianism. The insatiable sinful desire in Americans that are habitually ungodly is the fuel to this fire that must be taken away. Where there is no fuel there can be no fire. We refuse to realize that many more lives will be taken and destroyed. Until then, stories like Maria will continue. Even worse, stories that end in their deaths. Wake up America!

    January 14, 2010 at 12:37 am | Reply
  14. Laurens


    I dont know what mastrubation, homosexuality and lesbianism has to do with childern forced in prostitution? But this problem is not only in the United States, I am sure it happens in other countries as well, not only in the western world. I am sure it happens in Asia, africa and the middle east as well but maybe not on this scale.
    Legalize prostitution yes or no I dont think it makes any difference because it happens any way, only if you legalize it the government can some how control it and make sure no underaged childern are in this prostitution. All the authorities around the world should work together more in order to reduce or even better stop the trade in childern and humans.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:40 am | Reply
  15. Bryan

    That story is very one sided. If you have ever lived in mexico you would know that there is much much more to it than mafia stealing children. Tell me if you had 8 children and impoverished you would totally sell one of those hungry mouths. The problem is fundemental to poverty and mexico. As long as drugs and prostitution are illegal you can expect a violent and insane world.
    Thank you

    January 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  16. Samson wanyonyi simiyu

    I come from Africa &we've watche this beastly acts go on infront of govment officials eyes.i think we our selfs should look out for ourself.i feel bad about Maria&the other people that have fallen victim of this evil cartel

    January 15, 2010 at 5:43 am | Reply
  17. Veiler


    This is a part of the instance against the European Court of Human Rights
    and the European Union for failing to
    protect Juvenile people


    I am Vasileios T. from Greece.

    We Europeans and our European Court

    It is ILLIGAL for the European Court of Human Rights
    not to protect Human Rights for ANY REASON.

    I know that each country has the right to regulate alone
    religious guidance and educational propaganda
    to unformed and deceivable juvenile.

    Juvenile people (yes, they are people with rights) have not yet
    developed the intellectual defence to filter religious propaganda,
    and to develop unaffected individual view about the object of
    the religious propaganda and the religion it self.

    According to official scientific researches but also
    Juvenile People are not physically and mentally ready
    to be expected to cope with the same issue
    with the same effectiveness of an adult.

    Therefore Juvenile People are not mentally ready to cope with
    religious propaganda.

    Juvenile People are protected by the law more than adults
    in many cases, even if they are the victimizer
    because they are more prone to incorrect decisions,
    due to their youth and immaturity.

    The religion we believe as true is not imprinted to our DNA
    but is a result mainly of adscititious factors.

    We have no right to eliminate the factors which make us
    choose a religion.


    According to the current laws
    The European Court of Human Rights has NO RIGHT to force
    any European Country

    This law contradicts against the fundamental Human Rights and laws
    that the European Court of Human Rights defends.

    Therefore I will prosecute the European Court of Human Rights
    and the European Union for failing to
    protect Juvenile people.

    The prosecution will be deposited to
    the European Court of Human Rights.

    The European Court of Human Rights was instituted
    to protect Human Rights.

    Many times, all the legal systems
    have some juristic incoherences, because it's very hard
    to enact laws.

    In those cases, the legislator has to harmonize
    the secondary laws to the fundamental law.
    This fact does not constitute oddness, but basic
    legislative process to all juristical systems.

    The new countries which enter the European Union,

    If the European Union
    and the European Court of Human Rights
    do not harmonize the law
    of adults and juvenile people,
    that the European Union
    and the European Court of Human Rights
    defend relentlessly,

    I will be perforced to appeal to
    the European Court of Human Rights
    against the European Union
    and also against the European Court of Human Rights,
    asking from them to respect the fundamental rights
    that the European Union and
    the European Court of Human Rights

    I will have to ask for nomothetic act of harmonization
    to the most fundamental law.
    Namely harmonization to the laws that protect
    juvenile people, religious freedom and HUMAN RIGHTS,
    because the people who don't follow the
    Governmental religion, unavoidably are considered OUTCASTS.

    If the European Union and
    the European Court of Human Rights decide to officially stop
    protecting Human Rights by legislative act and new
    European treaty,
    I will no longer demand
    from them to protect Human Rights.

    But as long as the European Union
    and the European Court of Human Rights are
    the supreme legal and statutory stern defenders
    of Human Rights, I have all the legal rights to
    ask for nomothetic reconcilement, even for
    satisfaction (amends).

    The European Court of Human Rights
    knows this jurisprudential incoherence.

    If the European Court of Human Rights
    would fail to defend Human Rights
    and would not go along to this legislative harmonization
    I will appeal to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

    The International Court of Justice will not demand from
    the European Court of Human Rights
    and the European Union to follow specific religious policy
    for all European Countries.
    It will just demand from the European Court of Human Rights
    and the European Union just to harmonize their laws.
    To force them choose if they want to be fully apposite
    or fully inapposite as the legal defenders of Human Rights,
    and to eliminate juristic inconsistencies.

    January 21, 2010 at 2:15 am | Reply
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