Karla Jacinto, a woman who became coerced into Mexico’s lucrative human trafficking industry she has been raped around 43,200 times after being forced to sleep with at least 30 men every day for 4 years. She spoke about her torment at the hands of the country’s ruthless organised crime rings. At 12, she recalls being targeted by a trafficker who lured her away from a dysfunctional home life with gifts, money and fast cars.She lived with her trafficker for three months before being taken to Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s largest cities, where she was forced to work as a prostitute.
“I started at 10 am and finished at midnight,” said Ms Jacinto, “Some men would laugh at me because I was crying. I had to close my eyes so that that I wouldn’t see what they were doing to me, so that I wouldn’t feel anything.”During her ordeal Ms Jacinto was attacked by her trafficker after he saw kiss marks on her neck from a customer. “He started beating me with a chain in all of my body,” said Ms Jacinto. “He punched me with his fists, he kicked me, pulled my hair, spit at me in the face… he also burned me with the iron.”
Ms Jacinto was rescued in 2006 during an anti-trafficking operation in Mexico City. Now aged 23, she is an advocate against human trafficking.Her testimony has been used as evidence to support HR 515, or Megan’s Law, which requires US authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders.
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