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Mexican traffickers hold children hostage to force women into sex work

07.09.2018 / Impoverished women, commonly aged 15 to 25, are forced into prostitution by human traffickers in Mexico who hold their children hostage.

“A way that traffickers coerce their victims in Mexico is by getting them pregnant, and then removing the child from their care,” said Rosi Orozco, who heads the Commission United Against Human Trafficking, a Mexican non-governmental organisation.

If they do not earn their weekly quota, disobey rules or try to escape, traffickers threaten to keep or harm their children, campaigners say.

In the past five years, about 400 victims of sex trafficking have suffered this way, according to Teresa Ulloa, Latin America regional director for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.

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