Mexico: Sisters of Shame

One Sunday morning last January, three weeping mothers rushed into the police station in the sun-baked city of León in central Mexico. Breathlessly, they told the police chief of a tip on the whereabouts of their long-missing teen-aged daughters. A young girl who had escaped from a brothel had informed them that their children were being held captive on a ranch somewhere near León. Nosing around a ranch in the area two days later, the police chief accidentally stepped into some soft earth. To his horror, out popped a woman's arm-the first...

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