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Congress Approves Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking, Child Pornography, and Related Crimes

LADB Article ID: 78543
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2012-03-28
By: Carlos Navarro

The Chamber of Deputies has unanimously approved legislation that strengthens the Mexican government’s ability to prosecute crimes that affect primarily women and children, including human slavery, child pornography, and other forms of sexual exploitation. The initiative—the Ley General para Prevenir, Sancionar y Erradicar la Trata de Personas—strengthens Article 73 of the Mexican Constitution to address these crimes more effectively. The measure is expected to gain easy approval in the Senate. It was supported by all seven major parties represented in the lower house, which worked through a special committee (Comisión Especial de Lucha contra la Trata de Personas) to promote the legislation.

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