Human Traffic Watch


In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on September 25, 2012 at 8:47 am

Jasmin’s boyfriend wanted her to drop her college studies, quit her job and leave her hometown region in Mexico for a new life with him.

It was such a big request. It had been only two months since they met.

She was hesitant. As the first in her rural farming family to pursue higher education, she hoped to stick with her dream of earning a bachelor’s degree.

But Jasmin, then 18, was also in love for the first time. A week before final exams, amid fears that her boyfriend would leave her, she gave in.

The couple drove through the night to his hometown, where he introduced her as his wife, secluded her in an upstairs bedroom and left her there. It did not take long for her to realize something was amiss.

For more than 2½ years afterward, Jasmin tried several times to flee the relationship. On each occasion, she returned because of her boyfriend’s promises of love and change, physical beatings and most of all, threats of bringing shame to her family.

He used romance, violence and brainwashing to turn Jasmin into a sex slave — a prostitute in Puebla, Mexico City, Tijuana and San Diego.

Source: U-T San Diego


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