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|Mexico's Shame; Abuse of Children|
Yvonne Reyes Campos - The News
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November 26, 2010
Indira Vizcaíno Silva, a deputy of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), said this week that the figures of child abuse in Mexico are alarming. Child abuse includes sexual abuse, carelessness and commercial exploitation, which cause real damage that affects children's health and dignity, she added.
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Mexico ranks first in rates of physical violence, sexual abuse and homicide of children younger than 14, which is why it is urgent to modify the Federal Criminal Code and the Law to Prevent and Punish Human Trafficking in order to reverse this tendency.
Regarding this matter, Vizcaíno presented a bill to the Chamber of Deputies to combat this problem and establish severe punishments to those who commit crimes against people younger than 18, or against people who don't have the ability to understand the reality of what they are suffering, as well as those who cannot fight back.
This initiative, she added, was also presented to the Latin American Parliament, in which Mexico is participating in the hope of instituting similar laws in Latin America through the Gender Equity and Youth Commission, which would protect children and teenagers from violations to their human rights.
Vizcaíno noted that Mexico ranks 28th worldwide and 5th in Latin America in the sex trafficking of minors, which makes Mexico a paradise to perform this criminal activity.
Mexico ranks 2nd in money generated through sex trafficking of minors, reporting US $24 billion per year. Thailand ranks first in child pornography, while Mexico, unfortunately, ranks 2nd.