Mexican Women Forced By Pimps To Become Whores In The U.S.

Street prostitution

Newscast Media Tenancingo, Mexico — In central Mexico, the oldest trade has taken root. Hundreds of innocent and unsuspecting young Mexican women are exploited by their families, as they are forced into prostitution.

Those familiar with the pimps of Tlaxcala state – victims, prosecutors, social workers and researchers say the men of Tenancingo have refined their methods over the last three generations. They play on all that is good in their victims — love of family, love of husband, love of children — to force young women into near-bondage in the United States.

Montiel, a pimp who only identifies himself by his street name said his uncle initiated him into the business, and that he has passed on his skills to his brother and two sons. Federico Pohls, who runs a center that tries to help victims, says established pimps will sometimes bankroll young men who aspire to the profession but lack the clothes, money and cars to impress young women.

Dilcya Garcia, a Mexico City prosecutor who did anti-trafficking work in Tenancingo, confirms that many boys in the town aspire to be pimps. “If you ask some boys, and we have done this, ‘Hey what do you want to be when you grow up?’ They reply: ‘I want to have a lot of sisters and a lot of daughters to make lots of money.’”

The pimps use a combination of threats, mistreatment, unkept promises of marriage and jobs, that send their victims on a slippery slope that usually ends in the filthy alleys near Mexico City’s La Merced marketplace or at a cheap apartment in metro Atlanta. There, the women are isolated and sometimes forced to service dozens of male clients a day.

Judith Soriana, the state prosecutors’ spokeswoman says only about a half-dozen people have been prosecuted under laws against human trafficking in the past couple of years. She denies it’s a particular problem in the state, saying, “It has been blown out of proportion.”

“There is nothing that indicates it is particularly high in this area,” Soriana said. “Pimping isn’t a problem exclusive to this state, it happens everywhere in the world.”