Tenancingo Municipality, Tlaxcala

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Tenancingo Municipality
Municipality
Location of the municipality in Tlaxcala
Location of the municipality in Tlaxcala
Country  Mexico
State Tlaxcala
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

Tenancingo Municipality is a municipality and a town in Tlaxcala in south-eastern Mexico. Tenancingo is now considered to be the center for sex trafficking throughout Mexico, with roots of the practice dating back to the 1970s.[1][2][3] It is home to local organized crime operations who work in collaboration with the larger cartels: Los Zetas, Nuevo Milenio, Caballeros Templarios, and the Gulf Cartel.[4]

Sex trade and human trafficking[edit]

Of the 10,000 inhabitants of Tenancingo, it is estimated that 1,000 are sex traffickers.[5] Local sexual exploitation, human trafficking, pimping and forced prostitution industries in Tenancingo are estimated to be worth $1 billion USD annually,[4] with direct ties to the international sex trade.[6][7] These practices have been denounced by dozens of NGOs.[8][9]

Recent investigations and a documentary Pimp City: A Journey to the Center of the Sex Trade (2014), have revealed that the small town was identified by the United States Department of Justice as the leading provider of female sex slaves to the United States.[10] According to the documentary, the entire political structure and police force of the town are implicated in human trafficking and sex trade.[11] The U.N. estimates profits for the global human trafficking and sex trade industries at $32 billion USD annually, making it the third most profitable illegal global industry.[12]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alejandro, Lopez de Haro (4 June 2012). "Sex Trafficking Ring From Mexico To New York Discovered". www.huffingtonpost.com. Huffington Post. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  2. ^ de los Reyes, Ignacio. "Tenancingo, viaje a la capital de la esclavitud sexual en México". http://www.bbc.co.uk/. BBC Mundo. Retrieved 6 December 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ Vazquez, Rafael. "¿Tlaxcala: La Meca de los padrotes?". http://www.sdpnoticias.com/columnas/2012/10/31/tlaxcala-la-meca-de-los-padrotes. SDP Noticias. Retrieved 2 February 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ a b Embargo, Sin. "Cárteles ganan 10 mmdd con trata de mujeres; menores entran a "padrotear"". http://www.vanguardia.com.mx. Vanguardia. Retrieved 2 February 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ Trevelyan, Laura; Botti, David; de los Reyes, Ignacio. "Tenancingo: the town sex trafficking built". www.bbc.com. BBC. 
  6. ^ Erica, Pearson (3 June 2012). "Small Mexican town of Tenancingo is major source of sex trafficking pipeline to New York". http://www.nydailynews.com/. Daily News.  External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ Castro Soto, Oscar Arturo. "LA INICIATIVA POPULAR EN TLAXCALA ACCIONES COLECTIVAS PARA EL COMBATE A LA TRATA DE MUJERES" (PDF). http://idhieibero.org/. Centro Fray Julián Garcés, Derechos Humanos y Desarrollo Local, A. C.  External link in |website= (help)
  8. ^ Erica, Pearson (3 June 2012). "Small Mexican town of Tenancingo is major source of sex trafficking pipeline to New York". http://www.nydailynews.com/. Daily News.  External link in |website= (help)
  9. ^ Castro Soto, Oscar Arturo. "LA INICIATIVA POPULAR EN TLAXCALA ACCIONES COLECTIVAS PARA EL COMBATE A LA TRATA DE MUJERES" (PDF). http://idhieibero.org/. Centro Fray Julián Garcés, Derechos Humanos y Desarrollo Local, A. C.  External link in |website= (help)
  10. ^ "HUMAN TRAFFICKING ASSESSMENT TOOL REPORT FOR MEXICO" (PDF). http://www.americanbar.org/aba.html. the American Bar Association. Retrieved 6 December 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  11. ^ Brennan, Alice. "Prostitution Pipeline to U.S. Begins in Tenancingo, Mexico". hereandnow.wbur.org/. Fusion. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Grillo, Ioan (31 July 2013). "The Mexican Drug Cartels' Other Business: Sex Trafficking". Time. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

Coordinates: 19°09′N 98°12′W / 19.150°N 98.200°W / 19.150; -98.200