Trafficking in women and girls for sexual exploitation is the second most lucrative business in Mexico, second only to drug trafficking, according to a report by the National Human Rights Commission and the Center for Studies and Research in Development and Social Assistance. It is the country in the America with the highest number of missing women who ended up in forced prostitution.
Criminal organisations use the kidnapping of women and adolescents to turn them into sex slaves: «My daughter still has traces of chains where they used to keep her lying on a chained plate so that the clients could obviously rape her», says Maria Soledad, mother of a 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped and trafficked.
Human trafficking for sexual exploitation is one of the greatest violations of human rights. A form of modern slavery, and one of the most bitter faces of gender violence.