For years, Karla Jacinto’s life was a living nightmare. At 12 years old, she was lured by an older man from a local subway station to the town of Tenancingo, Mexico, coined the sex-trafficking capital of the world. The 22-year-old pimp had candy and a red car — simple luxuries that charmed the young girl who had already faced sexual victimization at the age of five. “He started punching me, kicking me, pulling my hair,” said Jacinto, now 23 years old, during an interview with CNN. “That day he even burned me with an iron,” she said. For years, Jacinto’s pimp forced her to see 30 clients a day and she estimates she was raped more than 43,000 times.
During the interview, Jacinto also describes a day when police raided the brothel, but cut a deal with the owner instead of rescuing the victims. “She had clients that were judges, priests, pastors, police, so she knew that she could not run away to go to the authorities,” said Rosi Orozco, a victim’s advocate and former Mexican senator who spoke with CNN.
It’s reported that 2 million children are victimized by the global sex trade each year.
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