Chiapas: Indigenous Thought to be Related to Dylan Case Commits Suicide in San Cristobal Prison

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On July 27th, Adolfo Gomez Gomez, an indigenous Tsotsil, was found dead in San Cristobal de Las Casas prison, according to various media, after committing suicide, apparently for not paying 50 thousand pesos to other prisoners who have control inside the prison.

Adolfo Gomez Gomez was arrested on July 15th for his alleged participation in the disappearance of the child Dylan in San Cristobal de Las Casas on June 30th.

On July 20th, the authorities searched a house in the Tlaxcala neighborhood of that city, where they found 23 children that the Prosecutor General’s office identified as victims of human trafficking. According to the relatives of the now deceased prisoner, they were his grandchildren. Not only was Adolfo Gomez Gomez imprisoned, but also his wife, a daughter and two daughters-in-law, who were also accused of the crime of trafficking in minors, who, according to another daughter, are the mothers of these 23 children.

Mr. Adolfo was detained in the central park while he was selling his crafts, and then tortured until he confessed, his daughter Nereida declared. They are all from a humble family, originally from the municipality of Ixtapa. Nereida demanded that the authorities release her mother, sister, and two sisters-in-law, as well as return the minors.

For more information in Spanish:

Se suicida reo en penal de San Cristóbal vinculado a supuesta red de explotación infantil, Proceso, 28 de julio 2020

No hay red de trata, denuncian familiares de 23 niños, Chiapasparalelo, 28 de julio de 2020

Se SUICIDÓ indígena tsotsil inculpado en el caso Dylan en el penal de San Cristóbal, El Sol de Chiapas, 28 de julio de 2020

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Publication of Results of Survey “How Are the Children and Adolescents of SCLC Experiencing the Pandemic?” (July 27, 2020)

Chiapas: Child Trafficking Network Dismantled in San Cristobal de Las Casas (July 21, 2020)

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

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