Jul 14, 2011

Human Rights: Mexico changes constitution to combat human trafficking

Mexico changes constitution to combat human trafficking - CNN.com: "Mexico's president approved several changes to the country's constitution Wednesday aimed at cracking down on human trafficking.
President Felipe Calderon announced two of the changes -- one that requires those accused of human trafficking to be imprisoned during trials, and one that guarantees anonymity of victims who denounce the crime. ...

Calderon gave Mexico's Congress 180 days to approve a new nationwide human trafficking law that will reform and streamline how authorities handle such cases across the country....

Earlier this year a report from Mexico City's human rights commission estimated that 10,000 women were victims of human trafficking in Mexico's capital, but there were only 40 investigations of the crime and three convictions in the city in 2010.

The discrepancy is an "alarming figure" that shows a need to improve laws and policies, according to the commission, which called the phenomenon a "new form of slavery.""

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