Ciudad Juárez Human Trafficking Raid: Mexican Police Detain Over 1,000

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Top Story — More than 1,000 people were detained over the weekend in Ciudad Juárez during raids aimed at combatting human trafficking. Two dozen bars, hotels and boarding houses were raided by Mexican federal police in an operation that brought in 500 men and 530 women allegedly connected with human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The nine hour sweep, involving more than 300 police officers, also rescued 20 female minors as part of Mexico’s AMBER Alert program, which searches for missing children. The raids come less than a month after Mexican President Felipe Calderón approved changes to the country’s constitution in the hope of cracking down on human trafficking, including one change that requires those accused of human trafficking to be imprisoned during trials and another guaranteeing the anonymity of victims. “There are thousands and thousands of cases, in a society that is still unaware of the seriousness of this crime,” Calderón said. “We have to break through this curtain … that is hiding from the Mexicans a criminal reality that is in front of us.”

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