By Dave Gibson, May 14, 2020
In recent weeks, there has been an alarming increase in the reports of illegal aliens distributing child pornography, much of it through social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. While the reports on this ongoing outrage may have recently increased, the problem has been around for many years, as Mexico has the disgusting distinction of being both the world’s number one producer and distributor of child pornography.
In November 2016, Rosario Alfaro, director of the child advocacy group known as “Guardianes,” spoke at the National Day Against Child Sexual Abuse conference, in Mexico City and stated that 60 percent of the world’s child pornography is produced in Mexico.
In October 2013, Mexican Senator Gabriela Cuevas addressed a conference on child exploitation, “Combatting Child and Adolescent Pornography,” and announced that at least 85,000 Mexican children have been forced into child pornography.
Jacobo Bello, coordinator for the federal police’s electronic crimes unit, also attended the conference and shared a very sobering fact: While there were roughly 11,000 documented cases of child pornography in Mexico during 2012, a mere 16 individuals were actually arrested in those cases.
Why so few arrests?
Mexico’s current laws do not require internet service providers to hand over information to law enforcement on users who regularly distribute child pornographic images, making investigations very difficult. Only a few years ago, there were about 1,300 Mexican websites devoted to the distribution of child pornography, according to La Jornada.
However, the unspeakable industry has only grown much larger in recent years, due to the lack of any political will within the Mexican government to take a meaningful stand against the exploitation of children.
In September 2018, investigative journalist, María Encarnación López of the London Metropolitan University, wrote: “There are more than 12,300 Mexican accounts online being used for the distribution of pictures and videos of sexually exploited children.”
Since the drug cartels branched out into the human smuggling business, thousands of young girls have disappeared throughout Mexico. Most of them are forced into prostitution in both Mexico as well as the United States, but many have undoubtedly also been used in the ever-growing child pornography business.
The website InSight Crime has reported:
“Mexican criminal organizations are known to be involved in human trafficking and have been linked to underage prostitution. With an estimated 800,000 adults and 20,000 children trafficked for sexual exploitation each year in the country, it is feasible that some trafficked children become part of Mexico’s large child pornography industry.”
Unfortunately, as many Mexican men cross the border illegally into this country, their culture of child exploitation is not always left at the border.
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