Jul 25, 2011

El Paso Times: Mexican police rescue 20 female minors in Juarez sweep focusing on sex trafficking

(One girl found in same hotel where a murdered woman was found July 15)

Officials: 20 girls rescued during Juárez human trafficking sweep
By Marisela Ortega and Diana Washington Valdez / El Paso Times
Posted: 07/25/2011 11:12:37 AM MDT
Chihuahua state officials are investigating allegations of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Juárez after a weekend sweep targeting Downtown businesses netted the detention of 1,030 men and women.
The federal Public Safety Ministry announced that the July 22-23 operation is part of Mexico's National Amber Alert Program, modeled after the U.S. program, in an effort to find young women who are reported missing.
"As a result of these actions, 20 female minors were rescued," officials said in a news release. "In addition, officers detained 500 men and 530 women on suspicion of possible links to human trafficking and sexual exploitation."
(Rest of story at http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_18544746 )