Karla Jacinto was sex-trafficked as a child and forced to have sex with dozens of man a day.
She stated, “My first time was with 30 or more men, all in one day. Men who saw the tears fall from my eyes. I shouted for help, I shouted for them to leave me alone, I shouted ‘Enough. Please. I want you to stop.’”
Jacinto lives in Tenancingo, near Mexico City, which is notorious around the world for sex trafficking and where one in five boys aspire to be a pimp. Pimps find girls who are poor or vulnerable and often coerce them into a romantic relationship. Jacinto fell in love with her trafficker when she was 12, and finally broke free from prostitution when she was 16.
Lawyer Juana Camila Bautista stated, “There is a terror in them, and many times they are still very much in love with their trafficker, their exploiter, and therefore they do decide not to denounce them, and this is another factor that has made this type of crime grow.”
A corrupt system also keeps many girls quiet and in slavery but Jacinto is working to change that, and has now dedicated her life to activism, teaching sex trafficking awareness to school girls.