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Latino Daily News

Tuesday May 17, 2011

The Horror Filled Journey of an 8-yr Old Attempting to Reunite with U.S.-based Parents

The Horror Filled Journey of an 8-yr Old Attempting to Reunite with U.S.-based Parents

Photo: Veronica and Her Grandmother

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8-year old Salvadoran Veronica Giron has been reunited with her U.S. based grandmother after surviving a harrowing journey to be reunited with family and falling into the hands of vicious human traffickers.

Her parents left her in El Salvador in the care of her maternal grandparents so they could migrate, albeit illegally, to the U.S.  In El Salvador the family was threatened by vicious gangs that wanted money from the parents in the U.S.

Veronica parent’s then made the desperate and ill-fated decision to pay smugglers $7,000 to bring the little girl to them in the U.S.  Along the way the El Salvadoran smugglers handed her to Mexican human smuggler’s who proceeded to molest and rape the little girl.

To add to the little girls plight, who managed to escape her captors and get into the hands of Mexican authorities, Mexican officials wanted to deport her back to El Salvador and not allow her paternal grandmother, a U.S. citizen to be with her.  She remained isolated in the hands of Mexican officials for several weeks.

At last with the help of international organizations and diplomatic intervention, Veronica has been reunited with her grandmother and staying in the U.S. under unclear legal circumstances.