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Christine Murray

Pandemic brings growing risk of pregnancy, abuse to Latin American girls

Jul 31 2020

MEXICO CITY/BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When her 11-year-old daughter's belly began to grow in May, Paloma discovered the unimaginable - the girl had been raped by her stepfather.

Women seeking help from violence almost doubles in Mexico lockdown

Jul 24 2020

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of women and children seeking help at shelters for victims of violence has surged by more than 80% in Mexico under the coronavirus lockdown, according to the country's largest network of shelters for victims of violence.

Mexico finds house of malnourished children forced to sell crafts

Jul 23 2020

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Prosecutors say they have discovered 23 malnourished children - babies among them - crammed in a house in southern Mexico, where they were forced to walk the streets selling trinkets.

Wield the law to stop human traffickers exploiting pandemic, watchdog says

Jul 21 2020

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries should focus on prosecuting human traffickers to stop a surge in exploitation as the economic fallout from coronavirus lockdowns makes more people vulnerable to the crime, a senior European security official said on Tuesday.

From children to young men, more than 73,000 are missing, Mexico says

Jul 13 2020

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 73,000 people are missing in Mexico, the government said on Monday, some 11,500 more than in a previous total and a grim statistic underscoring the rights abuses suffered since the country began a militarized push against drug cartels.

Mexico criticized for misreporting data on migrant trafficking victims

Jul 08 2020

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mexico's immigration authority misreported the number of migrant victims of human trafficking and smuggling it identified last year, new data show, as advocates said a lack of reliable data was hindering the government's efforts to tackle the crimes.

Shipment of Chinese hair goods seized by U.S. officials suspecting forced labor

Jul 01 2020

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. government on Wednesday said it blocked an $800,000 shipment of hair extensions and accessories from China on suspicions that the products were made with forced labor.

U.S. criticized over top anti-trafficking ranking despite failings

Jun 29 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United States has undermined its credibility in the global drive to end human trafficking by giving itself top marks in its annual report on the crime despite dwindling prosecutions and protection for foreign victims, advocates said on Monday.

Victims and villains: anti-trafficking movement urged to tackle racial bias

Jun 25 2020

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global protests about racism and police brutality should act as a wake-up call to the anti-human trafficking movement over the approach of law enforcement, treatment of Black victims and a lack of racial diversity, academics and activists said.

Calls for reparations gain steam as U.S. reckons with racial injustice

Jun 24 2020

WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When California State Assemblywoman Shirley Weber introduced a bill last year to study reparations for African Americans, she was worried people wouldn't accept that racial inequality and injustice were still alive and well.

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