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Combating human trafficking for sexual exploitation is difficult. Unfortunately there is a huge demand. “If men are paying for sex, they are financing the trafficking networks,” said Marcela Loaiza, a survivor.
This Colombian woman, who was engaged by the Yakuza mafia, now travels the world to prevent potential victims. On a street in Japan where she was forced into prostitution, there are about 30 women, one Mexican. “He forced me to work in prostitution to pay the yakuza mafia who was my pimp, a alleged debt of $45,000. He claimed this debt was for ” the processing of my passport and the plane ticket that led to Japan.
Marcela, who is a single mom and dancer, enlisted the help of a person in Colombia who offered to be her manager. She was desperate as she had a seriously ill daughter in the hospital and was unable to cover the cost of her care. He offered to turn Marcela into professional dancer and, after paying the hospital for the daughter’s bills, he handled the passport and plane ticket for Marcela in less than a week. They traveled together to Pereyra, Colombia, Bogota, and then to Japan. In Japan she was taken by another Colombian, who told Marcela of the conditions: She would need to be a prostitute to cover her debt, and if she reported what happened her daughter and her mother would be killed. “I wanted to call the police, I said I would call and report him-, he said I could do it and I would be deported but he doubted if I would make it back in time for my daughters funeral. I collapsed, begging him not to do anything “.
I did escape the situation when a client offered to help and took her to the Embassy of Colombia. Authorities denounced what happened, but no one assisted her. “I had to face everything alone.” “Even if a woman says she is dedicated to prostitution as an choice, there is always an intermediary, a pimp establishing conditions and running the girls lives.
Another angle, labor abuse: Flor Molina, originally from the mountains of Puebla, was exploited in a garment factory in Los Angeles, United States. She was forced to work 18 hours a day to make dresses that were sold in department stores. She had no right to rest, given only 10 minutes to eat a small serving of food and slept in the workshop. The woman who was exploiting these workers is the head of the Puebla factory but became a U.S. citizen and still haunts Flower. “What happened is that she had been doing this for several years, it was not until I escaped that she began to have any problems. She was never prosecuted for trafficking, only labor abuse, and a crime that was only punishable by six months of house arrest in Los Angeles.
Flor Molina accepted the job promise in 2001, after one of her four children died for a health problem that was treatable but they could not afford the costs. . To prevent another son from the same fate, Flower decided to take the job in the sewing workshop. On December 31, 2001 she came to Los Angeles and began to work in the seat shop. She escaped after 40 days of confinement, and asked to go to a church. A parishioner offered help and directed her to an institution dedicated to the defense of the rights of migrants, who in turn reported the incident to the authorities.
Flor now lives in the United States, the US government supported it with the condition that she collaborate in research. Flor and was reunited with her children after years of not seeing them. Mexico authorities were indifferent and at first did not want to provide help to recover their children. “Until I saw that my case was published in U.S. media] then they gave me attention.”
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