It’s an awful thought, but when a child commits a crime, the only way for the offender to go unpunished is if they are not identified, punished, and then forgotten.
That’s what happened to Adriana Flores, a 12-year-old from Mexico City who spent almost a year in a maximum security prison before she was released and returned to her family.
Flores was convicted of kidnapping, rape, murder and attempted murder for the kidnapping and rape of her father’s girlfriend and a relative.
Flores, now a 14-year old, spent another two years in a juvenile detention center before being released in 2016.
“They did everything in their power to keep me hidden,” she says.
Flores says her father had an ulterior motive in kidnapping and raping her, but his motives for doing so were not revealed to her until years later.
Flores told reporters that she believes that her father “was involved in the kidnapping of the girl, but I was not aware of his motive.”
“It’s an unbelievable story that he raped me,” Flores told ABC News in an interview.
Flores said her father was involved in kidnapping the girl and raped her while her mother was away.
Flores’ story is not unique, according to the researchers behind the documentary, Child Molesters, who interviewed more than 150 women in Mexico and Guatemala and spoke with a handful of others.
But Flores’ experience highlights how widespread child-molesters are in Mexico.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 7,000 child molesters in Mexico last year, compared with about 30,000 in the U.S. According the United Nations, there were nearly 3 million child sex offenders in Mexico in 2015.
Child-molester networks In the United States, more than 3,000 people are believed to be involved in child-molesting networks that prey on young boys and girls.
In addition to Flores, more cases are reported in other Latin American countries, including Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Venezuela.
While the majority of child molester victims are male, the problem is not limited to boys.
According a 2013 report by the nonprofit Human Rights Watch (HRW), nearly 1,400 children were sexually abused in Mexico from the ages of six months to 10 years old between 2012 and 2015.
According an analysis by the Washington Post, children as young as seven years old are among those most vulnerable to child morsing.
A 2011 report by Human Rights First found that the vast majority of sex crimes committed against children occur when victims are older than 15.
Children in these situations face the same trauma and emotional distress as victims of other forms of abuse, including physical, sexual, and psychological abuse.
“In some cases, the victim is also the offender,” the report stated.
“The victims may feel that they have no other choice than to participate in the abuse.
The problem is compounded by the lack of a criminal justice system, which has made it more difficult to prosecute those who sexually abuse children.”
In 2014, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) announced that more than 10,000 children were victims of sexual abuse in Mexico between 2012-2015.
The NCMEC also reported that nearly 700,000 Mexican children were being sexually abused as of January 2019.
Child sex trafficking The child sex trafficking industry, which includes online services and other online platforms, is a $15 billion business that takes advantage of children in poor and remote parts of the world.
Child trafficking has been documented in many countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore.
In 2017, the UN reported that more children are trafficked into Mexico than anywhere else on Earth.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that more men are trafficking women for sexual exploitation than girls.
But the problem of child sex traffickers has gotten much more attention in the United State, especially since a man from Kansas who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a sex trafficking ring was recently pardoned by President Donald Trump.
The pardon of Andrew Wiedeman was lauded by the Trump administration and has brought renewed attention to the issue.
the pardon of the Kansas man who trafficked more than 100 children in a Kansas prison, “I believe it is imperative that our government takes swift action to address the growing number of child predators and the horrific and dangerous nature of child sexual exploitation,” said Secretary of State John Kerry.
“We must be tough, but we must be firm in our commitment to stop the trafficking and protect our children.”
But the Trump Administration and other political leaders have failed to stop trafficking, despite a national crackdown on it.
As of December 2016, the FBI reported that the number of people facing charges for sex trafficking in the US had surpassed 100,000.
There are currently 1,600 federal charges for child sex crimes each year in the country.
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