Mexico City: A woman who became coerced into Mexico’s lucrative human trafficking industry has spoken out about her torment at the hands of the country’s ruthless organized crime rings.
Karla Jacinto believes she has been raped around 43,200 times after being forced to sleep with at least 30 men every day for 4 years, CNN reports.
At 12, she recalls being targeted by a trafficker who lured her away from a dysfunctional home life with gifts, money and fast cars.
The 22-year-old trafficker convinced Jacinto to leave with him to Tenancingo, a Mexican town in the state of Tlaxcala, known as a major centre for human trafficking rings and a common place for victims to be taken before being forced into prostitution.
Jacinto told CNN she lived with her trafficker for three months before being taken to Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s largest cities, where she was forced to work as a prostitute.
“I started at 10am and finished at midnight,” said Jacinto, “Some men would laugh at me because I was crying.”
“I had to close my eyes so that that I wouldn’t see what they were doing to me, so that I wouldn’t feel anything.”
During her ordeal Jacinto was attacked by her trafficker after he saw kiss marks on her neck from a customer.
“He started beating me with a chain in all of my body,” said Jacinto. “He punched me with his fists, he kicked me, pulled my hair, spit at me in the face… he also burned me with the iron.”
She also claims a police operation to rescue her and a group of girls being held at a hotel descended into horror when the officers began filming the girls, some as young as 10, in compromising positions. There are an estimated 20,000 trafficking victims in Mexico every year, according to the International Organisation for Migration.