Chiapas: Child Trafficking Network Dismantled in San Cristobal de Las Casas


On July 20th, the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) reported that it had found and dismantled a network of child trafficking that operated in the Tlaxcala neighborhood in San Cristobal de Las Casas as a result of investigations being carried out to find the minor Dylan Esau Gomez Perez, who disappeared in San Cristobal de Las Casas on June 30th. During the search, three women accused of the crime of trafficking persons for forced labor were arrested.

Twenty-three minors were also rescued, including three infants aged three months, 12 months, 20 months of age, and the rest aged between two and 15 years old. The prosecutor stated that the minors were forced to sell handicrafts in the city center through physical and psychological violence, and presented signs of malnutrition. He added that the rescued minors “were seen to by specialized staff of the FGE and later sent to the Office of the Attorney for the Protection of Girls, Boys, Adolescents and the Family of the DIF Chiapas State System for their intervention and assistance, granting them legal security and corresponding protection.”

Finally, the prosecutor Jorge Luis Llaven Abarca announced that the investigation proceedings would continue.

For more information in Spanish:

Rescatan a 23 menores explotados en San Cristóbal de Las Casas; caen 3 mujeres (Proceso, 20 de julio de 2020)

En búsqueda de Dylan, rescatan a 23 niñas y niños en San Cristóbal (Alerta Chiapas, 20 de julio de 2020)

Desmantelan red de trata de personas en SCLC (Aquí Noticias, 20 de julio de 2020)

Catean domicilio y rescatan a 11 menores usados para trata (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 20 de julio de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Relatives of little Dylan march to demand justice for his disappearance. (July 17, 2020)

National: More than 73 thousand disappeared people in Mexico, reports SEGOB (July 17, 2020)

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