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México State Gubernatorial Campaign Shines the Spotlight on Human Trafficking

LADB Article ID: 80297
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-05-17
By: Carlos Navarro

Human trafficking has become such a serious problem in Mexico that the issue came to the forefront during the current political campaign in México state. Activist Rosi Orozco led the effort to enlist the candidates for the gubernatorial seat in one of Mexico’s largest states to sign a pledge to fight human trafficking. The México state election is scheduled for June 4. Orozco, whose organization, Unidos Contra la Trata (United Against Trafficking), has been fighting human trafficking for years, made sure that the issue became part of the campaign discussion because the problem is prevalent in México state, which is the home of some of the criminal organizations engaged in the activity. According to Orozco, state and federal authorities—with assistance from her organization—have made progress in the fight. México is the only state to establish shelters to treat and support the victims of human trafficking. In recent months, 161 victims have been rescued, and most were taken to three shelters in the state, she said. Orozco is also working at the federal level, joining forces with members of a special committee in the Chamber of Deputies, the Comisión Especial Contra la Trata de Personas.

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