Two hours southeast of Mexico City lies a town where forced prostitution is not only the norm, but a booming business that employs most of the city's 10, residents. Tenancingo, Mexico, widely considered the sex trafficking capital of the world, is the single largest source of sex slaves sent to the US, according to the US State Department. The city was highlighted in a recent Newsweek article describing new city-to-farm sex pipelinesin which prostitutes from Mexico working mostly in Queens, New York are delivered to farms by traffickers to have sex with migrant workers.
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This following an investigation by U. Jose Miguel Melendez-Rojas was arrested in February in Mexico following the joint investigation, and is charged with five co-defendants: two were extradited from Mexico to the United States in Octoberand three were previously arrested in the United States. He faces an count indictment charging him with sex trafficking conspiracy, sex trafficking of minors, interstate prostitution, alien smuggling and money laundering conspiracy. As alleged in the second superseding indictment and other court filings, between and JulyMelendez-Rojas, and his co-defendant relatives, smuggled young women and girls from Mexico into the United States, where they were forced to work as prostitutes in New York City and elsewhere.
In the hopes of reducing sexual trafficking in the country, Mexico has given the green light to the decriminalization of sex work in its capital. The legislators obtained a result of with eight abstentions in a vote in Congress on Friday, which favoured a bill to remove a line from the civic culture law that argued for fining prostitutes and their clients as well as for their arrest, need be. Sex work is allowed in most cities in Mexico, but each state has its own regulations.
The boys are trained to be pimps and the girls are forced to sell sex. The town is full of huge homes generally owned by pimps Powerful networks of traffickers operate out of Tenancingo, Mexico where boys are groomed to become pimps from a young age, according to the head of an anti-human trafficking organisation.
Prostitution in Mexico is legal under Federal Law. Each of the 31 states enacts its own prostitution laws and policies. Some Mexican cities have enacted "tolerance zones" "zonas de tolerancia" which allow regulated prostitution and function as red light districts.
Mexico City lawmakers have given the green light to decriminalize sex work in the capital, hoping it will be a first step to a crackdown on sex trafficking that traps thousands of Mexican women and children. Temistocles Villanueva, a local representative with the ruling center-left Morena party, said the new law recognized that people had the right to engage in sex work. Sex work is allowed in much of Mexico but states have different and sometimes unclear rules, meaning workers frequently operate in legal vacuums which can leave them vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking by crime gangs. Mexico is a source, transit and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor, with Mexican women and children the most at risk from sex trafficking, according to the US state department.
Prostitutes wait for clients in the Merced neighborhood in Mexico City. The pimps of the town of Tenancingo have sent hundreds of unsuspecting Mexican women into virtual bondage to work as prostitutes in the allies near Mexico City's La Merced marketplace or as far as Queens, NY. Tenancingo, Mexico, widely considered the sex trafficking capital of the world, is the single largest source of sex slaves sent to the US, according to the US State Department.