July 19th, 2012
01:07 PM ET

Teen's brothel escape triggers Mexico clampdown

By Rafael Romo, CNN - They were only 14 years old, cousins from a small town in central Mexico, when a fun trip to the local fair turned into a nightmare of drugs and forced prostitution.

As Maria and Lupe - CNN has changed their names to protect their identities - were waiting by the highway for their early evening bus home,  they say a semi-tractor trailer stopped right in front of them and two men got out.

There were no conversations. It all happened very quickly, the cousins say. "They were two men who were wearing black masks like hoodies. We couldn't see their faces," Maria said.

Lupe says she didn't even have time to react. "I only felt that they put something on my nose and that's all I remember. The last thing I remember is yelling for help," Lupe said.

Drugged and drifting in and out of consciousness, they lost track of time. They only know they woke up in a dark room where they were kept for several days. There was no food or water and the cousins were cold. But it was only the start of their ordeal.

Several days later, Maria says, a woman showed up. She let them both know that, from now on, they were going to "work for her," the cousins said. At that moment they had no idea what the stranger was talking about.

Lupe was taken out of the room and Maria was left alone with the woman. A man then entered the room and started beating her savagely. She says he raped her; and then both the man and the woman threatened her life and told her to cooperate.

That night Maria says she was forced to have sex with 23 men. "When they left, I stayed there, lying on the floor, bleeding. My entire body ached. The woman told me to get up, that it hadn't been that bad," Maria said.

It was the beginning of several months the cousins describe as torture. They were sold to a pimp who forced them to have sex with multiple men every night. Their hair was dyed. They were forced to wear skimpy outfits. They would get beaten up if they weren't "friendly" with clients.

Meanwhile, in their hometown, their families were desperately looking for them. At first, they thought the girls had got lost and searched around the town. Then they started looking in wooded areas around the town, afraid they might have been killed or fallen off a cliff.

Lupe's father, a laborer, recalls how desperate his family was to find the girls. The family organized search parties. They posted flyers everywhere they could and reached out to hospitals, jails and other places. At one point, someone suggested searching in bars along highways.

Francisco - CNN has changed his name as well - and a brother went to many different bars in Morelos state, neighboring Mexico City.

Francisco says he was disgusted by what he saw: underage girls who should be in school working as prostitutes. "We would see young girls. There are many in the state of Morelos. Some of them were wearing masks. Others had their hair dyed and wore suggestive clothing," Francisco said.

At one of the bars Maria was taken to, she says she was forced to work from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. only to get up again at noon to prepare for another 18-hour shift. "I felt so dirty, that every time I took a shower and every time they put makeup on me I felt like an old lady. I felt as if I didn't have a family," Maria said.

Forced to use drugs and drink alcohol, Maria says she thought her life would soon end. She was horrified when she saw a very young girl brought into the house where she and others were being kept. She asked the girl how old she was. The answer: eight years old.

Maria says she attempted to escape once. She ran away and asked some police officers on the street for help. What she didn't know was that the officers were on the payroll of the pimp and took her right back into the brothel where she got another savage beating.

Maria and Lupe were kidnapped on January 27, 2010. Almost three months later, when Maria says she had lost all hope, she finally saw the light - literally.

Maria says she'll never forget the date: April 14. She woke up to see a ray of light in the room coming from behind an armoire. When she pushed the armoire out of the way, she found an unlocked door.

Maria says she ran as fast as she could. Several hours later, she ran into a young man who appeared genuinely concerned about her. A group of young Christian men fed her, gave her a room to stay the night and bought her a bus ticket home.

After Maria reached home, the girls' families went to the police who raided the brothel. Ten people were arrested and six underage girls rescued, including Lupe. The eight-year-old was not among them.

Lead prosecutor Victor Carranca, the state attorney in Puebla State, says this case allowed authorities to learn about the underworld of human trafficking and the vast networks that kidnap underage girls for forced prostitution.

"The State's Attorney's office focused on targeting sources of financing for these criminal groups. We eventually closed down 600 establishments," Carranca said. "Many of these places were not only illegal brothels, but meeting points where criminal gangs planned their crimes and illegal activities."

The cousins are now getting financial, legal and psychological help from Camino a Casa, an anti-trafficking organization that focuses on assisting victims. The foundation was started in 2005 by Rosi Orozco, a Mexican lawmaker who has launched a crusade against human trafficking.

"There are some people that think they can buy another human being," Orozco says. The Mexican Congressman authored an anti-trafficking bill that was signed into law in June.

The new law makes human trafficking a federal crime, punishable by up to 40 years in prison. And it targets not only those involved in sex trafficking, but also other forms of modern slavery, including forced labor and child pornography.

Orozco is also targeting those who pay to have sex with underage girls. "We all can change if we stop saying 'johns' - they're not johns! The clients are criminals," Orozco said. She estimates tens of thousands of underage girls are sexually exploited every year in Mexico.

With the help of the Camino a Casa foundation, both Maria and Lupe are learning new skills that will help them have a brighter future. They're back with their families. Maria says her mother still cries when she thinks about what her daughter went through.

As part of her therapy, she talks to small groups of people about her ordeal. "I want people to know what they did to me. I'm no longer angry or want to get revenge. That's what I want to say. Vengeance is not good. I have already forgiven those people and I'm happy again," Maria says.

A long and painful road to recovery is ahead, but finally being home, Maria and Lupe say, allows them to dream again of a better future.


soundoff (400 Responses)
  1. evan

    the us spends 7 biilion on its defense budget each year, if you add up the next 18 countries it equates to our military budget

    July 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • evan

      700 billion*

      July 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
      • 210

        to stay on topic- the saddest part of all this is that these girls were tortured and kidnapped just so someone could bust a nut for a few seconds. Now these girls will be haunted forever. God only knows what monstrosities the 8yo girl is facing now. Im really starting to lose faith in humanity. Whoever thinks this exact thing doesn't happen in USA is oblivious

        July 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
      • Daremonai

        Loose faith?
        The fact this is even news is a good sign. Stuff like this used to be much, much more common, even in the US. It wasn't worth getting outraged over because it was just considered normal. So that we have such a strong reaction to it today is a big deal.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
      • aliberalworld

        Saddest part is these kind of stories are all CNN have been posting because their rating are the worst they've ever been., and they can't post anything that isn't liberal or biased.

        Well, least we know WHY. Keep it up CNN, we LOVE your liberal reporting!

        July 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
      • bill

        Daremonai – " It wasn't worth getting outraged over because it was just considered normal." ... so in the past (and present?), you weren't outraged since you considered it normal? that's really pathetic.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
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        July 20, 2012 at 11:45 am |
      • FuqOff

        Actually Evan, Americas defense spending equals half of the entire worlds defense spending. Facts would help. On another note, this artice is f'ed up. In my world, there is no other punishment for these guys but a swift death.

        July 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
      • warsteiner

        Yeah well thats great but the issue is slavery, And so many people indifference to the suffering of others. Unless trouble directly effects middle and upper class folks they just dont move on a solution. If wealthy female teens were the target then congress would be on fire passing new lawsmetc etc,.But if the targets remain poor girls no politician will say a word in defense of them. And if you made a living off of kidnapping young girls Im pretty sure you would choose girls who's parents did not have the resources to hire help

        July 22, 2012 at 7:22 am |
      • Misty

        I don't understand, if their children are not worth fighting for then there is nothing that will be worth it. Disgusting that it has gone this far, let the brave men, women and children of Syria show you how it's done and then get in there and get it done! Save your country, your children and you families!

        July 23, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
      • glj

        And the defense budget is related to this article how?

        August 2, 2012 at 6:35 am |
    • TjHolland

      That has nothing to do with this article.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
    • petercha

      So? I am glad that we are very well defended. But your comment is off-topic anyway.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
      • Patrick Meighan

        You are free to spend as much of your own money as you want "defending our country". But you want to spend my money too, right?

        July 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
      • Kevin

        Exactly. It's not OK to spend his tax dollars on health care but it's OK for him to spend mine.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • evan

        or you just cut the military budget by 400 billion. Wed still have the strongest military and we can reduce the national debt, help fund better healthcare, education, and infrastructure...

        July 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
      • kari

        Not that this thread of conversation has ANYTHING to do with the above article...
        I would like point out to the people who are so strongly advocating slashing the defense budget: The defense budget also pays people like myself, active duty military members, who have families and bills. We have expenses and the need to pay bills to survive, just like you. Cutting the defense budget means less people in the military, less retention rates for members, and even lower cost-of-living pay raises. Many of the enlisted ranks fall below the poverty level, and you want to make that worse? Shame on you, for quite literally wanting to take the food out of our mouths.

        July 27, 2012 at 6:58 am |
    • SB

      7 billion? Try 650.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
      • Richard

        Actually, try $1 trillion. When you add up the "defense" budget, the "black budget" ($56 billion for secret things we're not even told about), the money spent prosecuting the war in Afghanistan, the CIA budget, the Coast Guard, homeland security, etc. it tops out at about a trillion dollars. Absolutely preposterous.

        July 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • dspringsteed

      What's your point

      July 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • Prez Obozo

      We need the military you bed-wetting liberal fool. What we don't need is spending billions sending ships to mars to look for nothing!

      July 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
      • Furious Styles

        Who's sending ships to Mars??? The shuttle program is DONE. Where have you been??? And if anything goes to Mars, it will be a rover or probe not a ship.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
      • Norm

        You need to ...un...educate yourself.
        This isn't Fox.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
      • MattinDC

        Great idea to WASTE BILLIONS in Iraq huh Bush Boy?

        July 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
      • evan

        we need a military but not one that spends as much as the next 18 countries combined, but im sure your all for cuts in education, medicare, and social security

        July 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
      • bigubu

        Well, when the resources of this planet are used up your descendents can just grovel in the dirt and die, my descendants will be on one of the transport ships taking the human race to a planet far far away to start anew.

        I am glad that these 2 young ladies were able to survive their oprdeal long enough for one of them to escape and save her cousin and the others. "Maria" showed incredible strength to survive and fight to stay alive. It is a shame that in this day and age that young innocent girls can be treated so barbarically. Maybe Prez is right, if humans continue to act in these ways should the human race really be allowed to keep surviving.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
      • geoz

        topic please.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
      • Humanbeing

        What ???? This article is about trafficing human beings you idiot! Male insecurities concerning your 'manhood' are the source of so much pain in this world!

        July 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
      • RoofRat

        Way too much Faux Noise..!!! It's shrinking your brain cells...!!

        July 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
      • Mardeca

        The earth won't last forever. We need to explore other planets for habitation if the human race is to survive.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
      • thepope

        The ships to mars was a republican thing. Just like all those wars we are in.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
      • jeru0455

        Techniquely we don't need a military. All the world's most successful countries don't have them. There is no realistic reason to think that we'll ever be invaded, since we have the world's largest stockpile of nuclear weapons. The only reason to have a military, if you're a super power, is to inflict you will on weaker countries.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
      • ElmerGantry

        Very likely a refugee FOX NEWS blogger.

        July 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
      • Voice of reason

        Yes, we do need a space program sending missions to mars and elsewhere. What we don't need is the military.

        Without advancement in the space program, eventually an asteroid, overpopulation, volcano caldera erruption, genetically engineered disease, or some other horrific killer will strike a final blow to humans as if we were insignificant ants.

        We must already be living in the stars in order to survive this ordeal.

        July 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
      • Mayman

        Unbelievable how narrowminded and short sighted you are. You DO realize that the continued exploration and understanding of space is absolutely ESSENTIAL as a species? But, just like all the other science hating and war mongering individuals, you wanna make the world a place filled with more weapons so we can wipe out our species just that much quicker. YOU sir, and the millions of other useless and dangerous morons who think like you, are the EXACT reason why this planet is in so much trouble. Pick up a book and turn off the TV you clown, there's a real world out there, not just what FOX news is cramming down your ignorant throat.

        July 20, 2012 at 10:39 am |
      • FuqOff

        @Prez Obozo. Really you idiot? OR MAYBE.......The gop can stop spending a billion dollars trying to repeal "obamacare" and actually for ONCE vote on the presidents job's bill. It cost's over $30 million to keep Congress open for ONE DAY! The GOP has voted 33 times to repeal "obamacare". They have NOT ONCE voted on his job's bill. It just goes to show you which party is really wasting this country's money. Oh that's right Prez forgot to tell you, shuttle program doesn' exist anymore. Maybe you should actually for once educate yourself on politics, instead of believing everything you told. It's called getting facts. Tool

        July 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
      • FuqOff

        @Prez Obozo. Really you idiot? OR MAYBE.......The gop can stop spending a billion dollars trying to repeal "obamacare" and actually for ONCE vote on the presidents job's bill. It cost's over $30.2 million to keep Congress open for ONE DAY! The GOP has voted 33 times to repeal "obamacare". They have NOT ONCE voted on his job's bill. do the math: thats 990,600,000 MILLION DOLLARS! Just short of a billion. It just goes to show you which party is really wasting this country's money. Oh that's right Prez forgot to tell you, shuttle program doesn' exist anymore. Maybe you should actually for once educate yourself on politics, instead of believing everything you told. It's called getting facts. Tool

        July 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
      • Dennis

        If the GOP wasn't starting a war with every other country we deal with,perhaps we wouldn't need to spend so much on defense costs.

        July 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
      • Living in Reality

        Well "Prez" I think YOU are the bedwetting fool here! You are so completely ignorant of technology and politics that you are complaining about the so-called "waste" of money on Space while you are PlSSlNG and MOANING via the very technology that the Space Program CREATED you fool! What "great advancements" have the military EVER given us ??? NONE WHATSOEVER! If it were not for the Space Program YOU would not have an iphone, laptop, mp3 player, NOR the INTERNET to spew your ignorance upon! Wake up and educate yourself!

        August 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
      • Scott in NH

        Whether or not we need the military doesn't matter, because we cannot afford a $1T a year military. Our federal debt is over 100% of GDP, we can't keep the deficit where it is much longer. We already have the weakest safety net of any developed nation. We already have 50 million uninsured, millions of hungry children, and kids with cancer going untreated. We can't slash our social spending any more. We have to pay our interest on the debt. Therefore, military is the only thing we can cut. And we don't have a choice, we are at the end of the road.

        August 28, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • Flatsguide

      If we have to protect and feed the world, it's gonna cost.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
      • Bob

        Land of the free my butt.

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16K6m3Ua2nw&w=640&h=390]

        July 20, 2012 at 1:21 am |
      • numberonewithabullet

        the sad thing is he's right and yet he's wrong...despite all of the problems America is still number one...what a sad commentary on the sh**hole status of the rest of the world...eh?

        July 20, 2012 at 3:29 am |
      • ScottCA

        Bob Thank you for sharing the clip. I very much enjoyed it.
        As you say that is the most honest 3 minutes of TV I have seen in a long time.

        July 21, 2012 at 12:55 am |
      • dakota2000

        Bob- Most powerful clip I have ever seen. I can't believe Newsroom. It is a total shocker. I thought Jeff Daniels was a milquetoast semi-comedic actor. He is really powerful. I can't believe any network would have the guts to air it. It is probably the most important show on TV at this moment in history.... and I have seen a lot of TV in my lifetime.

        July 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
      • Josh

        Thank you Bob! An amazing and true clip. Now that this is on TV maybe people will actually start to notice and get their heads out of the sand.

        Now I wanna watch this show.

        July 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
      • Mike Bronx NY

        Wow, a friend of mine has urged me to watch this series, will certainly watch it from now on.

        July 23, 2012 at 3:16 am |
    • bam

      this is how the gop wants women treated... backwards in time

      July 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
      • tony goodwin

        Why would you even say something this inflammatory? It's not funny. You don't trash a political party at the expense of drugging and raping young girls. If you truly believe this then you're ignorant. If you're just saying this to illicit a response from someone in the GOP, that's just sick.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
      • bqm13

        You are an idiot! GOP doesn't treat women like this. All of the hate speech toward women is coming from the left. CNN had an opinion column yesterday questioning if the new YAHOO CEO should be working soon after she has her kid. Letterman is the individual who made comments about about Bristol Palin. Bill Maher, has made several deroratory comments about GOP women, including Bachman, RIce.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
      • Jonsie

        I've seen some stupid posts but your's truly takes the cake! Are you really stupid or just pretending?

        July 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • nk

        Our system thrives on people like you.

        Keep spreading your foolish ideas and ideals, you're the only one that looks like an idiot.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
      • thepope

        The bible says women are property and gives rules on how to rape and kill them. The GOP is just doing gods will. Mexico is an extremely christian nation and is simply following the bibles rules.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
      • Hilo, HI

        It wasn't the GOP who kidnapped them.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
      • topperson

        thepope,

        Nice try. No one is going to believe that slanderous statement. It's amazing how no one can just merely comment. The comments section is filled with either political comments or anti Christian rhetoric. It's pathetic.

        July 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • evan

      how about wastefull govt spending

      July 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • Kevin

      In response to TJ, the US defense budget has everything to do with this article. We march into other nations on the other side of the globe under the guise of freedom, yet we do nothing for our neighbors next door. Drugs, cartels, child rape......is it any wonder that the decent people want to come to America, yet all many of us can do is call THEM criminals? Having a neighbor as out of control as Mexico is very bad for national security. 1) Legalize less harmful drugs, take the profit motive away from the cartels. 2) Send troops to support the Mexican police until the nation can rebuild. 3) Support common sense immigration reform to help those who are truly victims. If only Mexico had more oil this would be a moot point.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
      • shraeve

        If only Mexico had more oil? Mexico is sitting on a sea of oil. Because of their corrupt system all the profits go to the politically connected.

        July 20, 2012 at 11:08 am |
      • Bazoing

        Let other countries alone and keep our armies at home. I hate "recreational" drugs, but you can get anything you want easily in the US. If we legalized the stuff and sold it in liquor stores we could have better control over access by children. We would also solve many of Latin America's problems, just thee repeal of prohibition helped the US.

        July 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • TheLaw

      So I guess in some backwards way you must be pointing out that if the U.S. spent only 500 billion instead of 700 billion we would still be defended better than the top 10 countries in the world and have money to invest in education, law enforcment and infastructure? I guess I have no disagreement with that but human trafficing needs more than law enforcement and Mexico needs more than education, law enforcement and infastructure. They need jobs which means Americans need jobs so we can buy Mexican goods. .....vicious circle jerk!

      July 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • Don

      @Evan- If you don't like what we spend you should run for office and change it. If that doesn't work move to a country that has a very unstable government and horrible security issues. I am sure that someone like you would probably blame all of the world's problems on Bush, though. Bad thing is most of the terrorists (mostly islamic) were here long before Bush.

      On topic: I support executing people who do this to people. They are inherently evil and you can't fix that.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
      • evan

        when i graduate from uconn and save up the funds i will be running for office to try and save this country from parties

        July 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • B Money

      What a Troll. This article is about little girls not Military Funds!

      July 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
      • Daremonai

        While poorly stated, it actually does tie in here. We have been expending vast amounts of resources on our military actions lately, meanwhile a country that we share a border with is dipping further and further into what is essentially a civil war, which at some point is going to seriously jeopardize our national security (and in many ways already is). So if we want to talk about 'how can we stop this from happening', how we allocate our military resource is an important part of the planning.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Retired Army

      Maybe if the next 18 countries spent a bit more to have a better military, ours wouldn't have to do so much around the world!

      July 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
      • CV

        These 18 countries have the US to protect them so why do they need a strong military?! Kinda like health insurance. Why force people to buy it when they have other people to pay for it.

        July 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Hugo

      Evan, this story doesn't have anything remotely to do with the U.S. defense budget. It's not even set in the U.S. It's set in Mexico.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
    • jdk

      Yeah, we should stop spending on defense and try to be more like Mexico. Celebrate diversity.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • The Wiz 71

      1) Your figures are wrong, way, way wrong. 2) This has nothing to do with the story at hand. Go troll someplace else.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • russh

      Evan, what are you talking about, this is about kids. Quit taking drugs and get back on the subject.

      July 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • Guest

      And we spent $454 billion last year on interest on the national debt. Time to cut spending. Also your number is overblown. The sad thing is that mine is not.

      July 21, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
    • bob

      the US spends more in dollar amount than most countries but less in terms of overall budget percentage. granted, i would still like some of that money put in to more usefull areas such as education.

      July 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      This is a reason to go to war...........

      July 23, 2012 at 7:52 am | Reply
    • dude

      is there oil on the moon or mars out there some pales

      September 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  2. loverpoint

    That is why US citizens should stay out of Mexico.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • TexDoc

      I live two hour drive from Mexico, won't go back till they have the rule of law. Incarcation of criminals, a government that punishes coruption, and safety for the innocent. Everyone should do the same.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
      • Flatsguide

        You could say that about the Democrats.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
      • Ramrod

        You need a dictator who will Impell these pimps and plant the poles long the highway for everybody to see.
        If you don't know what impell is look it up.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
      • geoz

        you could. but if you did you'd also have to say "I'm an inflamatory idiot" and that would get old.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
      • Spidey-Man

        Hey ramrod... Maybe you should've looked it up first. It's spelled impale.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
      • Retired Army

        LOL @ Nimrod.....ur.....I mean.....Ramrod.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
      • CLEpost

        Ramrod: the word is impale.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
      • Chris

        Ramrod, you want a dictator to push them along? I don't see how that will solve the problem, and he'd probably get tired from shoving so many pimps, but it's at least a novel idea.

        July 21, 2012 at 5:05 am |
    • Henry

      ...and awkwardly enough it is exactly why many U.S. citizens go to Mexico.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • nisroc00

      One reason I will not travel to the US is it is full of hypocrites that think they have a perfect country yet far from it.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
      • Flatsguide

        No one wants you here anyway.....Stay out.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
      • catmeow

        Good! Stay the h ell out. We have enough freeloaders over here and more than enough illegals. What happens in Mexico is Mexico's problem. Shouldn't even be on a website of U.S. news.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
      • TheBigSarge

        still better than your's :)

        how do you like the subsidies that we give you? bet you dont turn those down.

        -TheBigSarge

        July 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
      • smiley

        Oye, usted no debe ponerse al mismo nivel a los demás que ponen toda la gente de un país en un grupo solamente porque son de ese país. No sea tan ignorante, por favor. Soy americana y no me va a acusarme a mí ser hipócrata.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
      • smiley

        @ catmeow,

        You are pathetic. You better hope that you or anyone you care about never gets into a situation like this, regardless of the country you are in or from or traveling through. Have some compassion. It makes NO difference what nationality/religion/gender these kids are of, they were being abused. This is not a discussion about immigration or politics.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
      • bigubu

        It's not the hypocits, it is the professional politicians (both democrats and republicans and all the wackos like the tea party) that are in bed with the corporations sucking the life out of the hard working americans. All you politically motivated people calling out cheap shots at the other side should realize that you are just dupes. If you want to make this a great country again we need to kick out the professional politicians and start over. Maybe use a draft? If you have the qualifications your name goes in the pot, and then we pick. 1 term, no more. No one ebholding to the corporations or PACs. Just a suggestion, but the governance has to change so government once again represents the people and not the corporations and special interests.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
      • brathead

        @Smiley....We are an english speaking country, no one understands what you are saying. If you are trying to make a point please speak in English!

        July 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
      • bqm13

        Good! Not everyone has to come and visit america!

        July 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
      • Jonsie

        Smiley, Soy de Texas y que fue my bien dicho!

        July 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
      • Retired Army

        @ bigubu.......I understood every word.

        What are you; some mono-linguistic, ignorant hillbilly?

        July 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • Mattyj

        Hey Brathead,

        We are a nation of multiple languages and cultures. Some of us are smart enough, and driven enough, to learn a second language.

        Heck, if you wanted to know what he was saying you could even use google translate, smart guy...

        July 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
      • Nabun

        Ok, the web has no country, the site goes to many countries. So speak what ever language you want, its only the uneducated (in that language, that do not understand), who cares.

        July 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Flatsguide

      And Mexicans out of the U.S.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
      • GonzoJess

        Ignorance is a HORRIBLE trait, my friend.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • u-yer

        Non-whites are people, my friend.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
      • al

        @flats honestly we need to get all the white people out of America all you've done is kill off the natives and say you found this country

        July 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • GonzoJess

      I agree with Henry. Plus.....this happens in many other countries across the globe, especially, Thailand....where vast majority of the clients are American.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
      • ScipioRising

        Please cite your references for such an unsubstantiated claim.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • independentlyowned

      These girls weren't US citizens... They were Mexican....

      July 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
      • Rosi Orozco

        yes, they are mexicains, their families went broken looking for them for three months. Thank you to ask for them. To care for the person

        July 21, 2012 at 8:06 am |
  3. Guest

    May g-d bless these girls and their families.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • Zeke2112

      It's the least he could do after allowing them to be tortured, r@ped, and beaten. Nice guy there.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
      • hardtruth

        lol...enjoyed your comment.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
      • Emily

        Someone leave a comment of hope and you tear it down because you take issue with God. How about you try being respectful. There is nothing wrong with her comment so keep your negativity to yourself.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • Tullia

        So you would like God to take away people's free will and turn them into robots. If God stopped what had happened to those girls, he would have had to completely take away the free will of their captors. Would you like to be a robot, with no ability to make choices and decisions for yourself?

        July 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Sarge

    The only cure for anyone that harms a child is a bullet.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • Samantha

      Even that's too humane!

      July 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
      • TheBigSarge

        liver shot....that'll take a few minutes for them to bleed out...gives them time to think about what they did :)

        -TheBigSarge

        July 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • PS

        TheBig Sarge – Problem is, if someone's psycopathic enough to think raping a child is okay, do you really believe they'll think about what they've done and give any credence to the fact that it's wrong while they're bleeding to death? Or is it more likely that they'll lie there blaming everyone else for their fate and cursing the world on their way out?

        As a survivor of child molesters, I can tell you that unfortunately, the likelihood is that it would be the latter. The only regrets they tend to have is that of being caught at all.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
      • Chris

        First ever post – many of you are upset with the world. You should be. What have you done to change it this day – July 19 2011. ?

        July 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Phil

      I agree. Right on.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      Sarge – I have to disagree with you - the proper thing would be to cut off their member – shove it down their throat. Cut off their legs and arms and poke thir eyes out with a hot poker. Allow them to live the rest of their life this way in pain and suffer a life of torture similar to what they put these girls through.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
      • Flatsguide

        You've put a lot f thought into this, haven't you Bob? MIght be time to up your Prozak dose.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
      • Mason

        Bob- We cannot fight hate with hate and judgement. God is the only one who can judge us so the right thing to do is to expediate their Judgement day with a quick execution.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
      • SusanBarwick

        Bob, you are not far off for those who do such things to young girls and boys. The deviant behavior of these people will never stop and so I say stop them any which way you can. What low lifes who stand in line to rape a teen.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
      • ScipioRising

        And this is somehow not deviant behavior. I'll bet you enjoy torturing small animals.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
      • Skitzle

        Don't act so self righteous to say that he's messed up for saying this. If this was your daughter, I'm sure you would fathom much worse.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
      • thepope

        Wow Bob, you could have been an author of the bible with your violent lust.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • Gary

        I was thinking maybe "the girl with the dragon tatto" scene. She got him back pretty good.. Im a r@pist pig tattoed on the chest? Maybe instead of chest, it should be on the forehead..

        July 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
      • Ocie

        @Flatsguide and @thepope I want to read your holier-than-thou talk about the rapists more than your condescending talk about @Bob. If you can open your pie-hole and badly about Bob wanting violence to the rapists you could let your mouth loose on the kiddie-predators too, unless you sympathize.

        If you have more to say about somebody who talks about hurting Pedo-rapists than you have to say about someone who pedo-rapes kids, you got a problem.

        July 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Faith

      I agree.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • Sunshine100

      Amen! Prayers and appeals to god are useless.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
      • thepope

        Not totally useless, without the god to make these things OK they would be more difficult to do.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • mdill

      somehow real muslim justice appears to be appropriate: cut off the offending part.....

      July 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
    • Irish

      Excellent point! I completely agree!

      July 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • Mac

      AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • gus stevens

      yeah a bullet after 1 month of torture

      July 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
      • thepope

        You are a true christian Gus.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Sinister

      Chasing these s umb bags down in Mexico or elsewhere is the only reason I would leave my cosy Engineering job for.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • Nik

      What about all those US soldiers who killed children in Iraq and Afghanistan?

      July 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
      • thepope

        "What about all those US soldiers who killed children in Iraq and Afghanistan?"

        When we do it it's a good thing. And don't forget the thousands of american women the US soldiers rape, that's a good thing too. Praise Jesus as he makes these good things.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
      • Fed up

        You make me sick – the majority of our soldiers are kids themselves – they are honest and decent – trying to do a thankless job for an ass like you. Many more children have been killed over there by the terrorists who use them as suicide bombers and human shields. If you are so concerned about them get your ass over there and do something about it instead of slamming those who are.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  5. Todd in DC

    Heck, this is why Mexicans want to stay out of Mexico.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • penquin

      I honestly hope that you do not think this type of thing does not happen in the U.S. because you can rest assured that it does. Where do you think that 8 year old probably ended up? She is, unfortunately to some, a valuable commidity.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • M.Jet

      I know many Mexicans that are still going to Mexico. I suggest you don't generalize if you don't know the big picture, there are various reasons as to why Mexicans and others from South American are hesitant to visit.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  6. Lindalou

    This happens too often around the world. Be glad for what you have..it can all be taken away by cruel, greedy people at every level of society.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  7. DeeKay

    This should be a capital offense.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  8. WVUU

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME.......what animals!! Losers!!!!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  9. Multi-Tasking @ work

    sad story of young innocence being stolen....glad the girls were rescued and pray that they can get over their ordeal. scary crap out there

    July 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  10. V.G.

    Thank God, there are people out there who care and who cannot be bought–who love God and love their neighbor. May they multiply and be salt and light for our desperate, sin weary world!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • mdwesterngrl

      I am not religious and I agree with you. The primary law is the golden rule. Follow it and so many other laws are not necessary.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  11. CJ

    Evan,

    You may not be the sharpest tool in the shed.

    I do not know what our military spending has to do with this article. Since you brought it up our annual military spending is 711 Billion per year.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  12. bob

    still think illegals should go back? would you go back if that was happening where you lived?

    July 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      They don't have to go back but they can't stay here. The people of Mexico should ban together more and make a safe place to live if thats really what they want. They just rely on their pathetic government to do it or maybe they like their country the way it is so they opt to do nothing about it.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
      • 210

        Bill how can you blame them? The police and politicians are corrupt. Ban together? This isn't a student group planning a walk-out. The cartels run everything and kill people for even talking bad. Dozens of headless bodies are discovered everyday. And before you talk about them depending on their government too much why don't you take a look at Americans.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
      • Pac

        Bill, that's a very narrow minded stupid comment to make. What have you done to make the U.S. better? Remember you were lucky enough to be born into a country that has a rule of law and for the most part is stable. The U.S has the highest murder rate of any industrialized nation. So read, and think before you speak.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • TheBigSarge

      they need to have the cajones to stand up for themselves. if they need to revolt against their local, state, national government, then they should do so. we did it, and it worked out pretty darn well.

      -TheBigSarge

      July 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
      • smiley

        Hey "Big Sarge" (think a lot of yourself there, bud?)...

        Learn some Spanish .... cajones does not mean what you seem to think... Caja = box; cajones = big boxes. You are looking for the word cojones. End of Spanish lesson for today.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
      • Bill

        Exactly, they should fight for a better livelihood ^^^

        July 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
      • 210

        Big sarge did we have dozens of drug cartels trying to control our country. Did they have thousands of workers and thousands of guns. Did they also pay off the police and local governments? Any attempt at revolt will end in total massacre. You can't compare 2012 to 1776. You just can't

        July 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  13. MrId

    Happens here too. Very sad.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  14. Samantha

    I am physically sick to my stomach!!! How can these poor children have any hope, when the people that are supposed to help them (the disgusting excuses for law enforcement officers) return them to their tormentors??? Once again, I will state that I believe in "an eye for eye". I guarantee that if these people were subjected to what they put these girls through (repeated rape and beatings), they would think twice before committing these acts.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  15. smako

    This is no secret. It has been going on for ages.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • AXE

      SO TRUE BEEN HAPPENING FOR A LONG TIME

      July 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  16. Darth Cheney

    Evan, not sure why your post is here, but your math is off by 10,000%. We spend 7 billion every 3 or 4 days, 700 billion a year, on defense. Maybe your point is that it would be more compassionate to spend a little more fighting human trafficking instead.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • TheBigSarge

      yeah, but if we stop human trafficking around the world, what would the obozo's secret service do when not on duty?

      -TheBigSarge

      July 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  17. Wallster

    ... and all you spoiled Americans who sit on your high horses and shout out how illegal aliens should be sent back to where they came from, this is what some people have to endure in their own Country. People don't come here for freebies, they come here because it's safer. The same spoiled Americans believe that the Government should stay out of our lives, well their Government is staying out of there's, how would you like to live like them?

    July 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Mo Brown

      The Catholic church encourages procreation. Millions of immigrants from Central America ride the notorious "Beast" train to escape poverty. It's a vicious cycle of overpopulation and attempted escape. One can only conclude that parents who cannot feed or properly take care of their offspring are engaging in child abuse. The Catholic church should be promoting birth control, abstinence, and critical family planning. Just this week, residents of Tulitilan, Mexico had enough of panhandlers, beggars, empty bean cans, debris, and increased crime. They boycotted and protested until Casa del Migrante, ran by the Catholic church, was forced to close down. Casa del Migrante had a two day policy for immigrants.
      They helped promote an endless stream of Central Americans trying to escape poverty by risking life and limbs for a better life in the United States. The vicious cycle of poverty needs to end soon.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • TheBigSarge

      hey man, you need a tourniquet? your heart is bleeding all over the place!!!!!

      -TheBigSarge

      July 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
      • smiley

        Dude, you need to GET a heart! Sad for you.

        July 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • SusanBarwick

      Wallster is correct. Many of them come to the US to flee this type of nightmare living and the drug cartel violence. I just wish a system was in place that made it easy and without fear for them to register. Many of them have little or no schooling and this compounds the problem. I am tired of the high numbers of illegals, but I can understand why many flee with their loved ones at any risk to a safer America. Americans should stop going to Mexico for vacations is how I feel about it. It would hurt them in the pockets and then maybe the people will get their fill and start demanding something be done about the violence.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  18. trek820

    Positively disgusting. I find it hard to fathom that people can do this to one another and get away with it. I hope the Mexican government is successful.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  19. eric

    "A group of young Christian men fed her..." Why is their religion important? I bet the men who kidnapped and raped them were Christian, too.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • TheBigSarge

      there is a big difference between being a Christian and calling yourself one. look at the mafia, they all profess to be good Catholics, even as they break the Commandments.

      we find this type of behaviour in every country. even the Muslem have their bad guys, and i dont mean al queda or the taliban. at least they are fighting for an idea. then there are those who are just evil and force repulsive situations like the ones in this story, against human kind.

      -TheBigSarge

      July 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • DaveinCincy

      ...intolerant atheist! Atheists would have turned her away.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
      • Harold

        ...ignorant christian! You would turn anyone without your exact ideals away! Some people are wholesome and good, and some people simply are not. It doesn't ahve a whole hell of a lot to do with their religion. Not all christians are ignorant, but how dare you make that generalization about atheists. I'm sure even "TheBigSarge" wouldn't have turned those girls away... Some Atheists are good, caring people... about the same percentage as good, caring Christians i'd suspect.

        July 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Ken

      You have diarhea of the mouth, jerk

      July 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  20. Bob

    "A group of young Christian men fed her, gave her a room to stay the night and bought her a bus ticket home."

    That can't be true. Every time I read a CNN story that in any way involves religion people always tell me how evil Christians are.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • Transcending

      Like any religion, there are good and bad people in it.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  21. a a

    This should be legalized

    July 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  22. arian

    sick disgusting men using kids

    July 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  23. homie

    like this is new???? this has been happening down there for hundreds of years.....

    July 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  24. PAT

    The monsters that lurk out there its scary s*it, sounds like something right out of Criminal Minds, but real!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  25. Vinny

    If those are her legs in that screen shot....they are pretty nice.

    Just sayin'

    July 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • Vincent

      You're a funny guy Vinny. Way to lighten the mood, dude.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
      • bcarpe

        I see what you did there, Vinny!

        July 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  26. yneemee

    The media and the left who refuse to curb illegal immigration are the biggest TRAFFICKERS of all – just because the illegals among us don't all flip a trick doesn't mean they are not being used, abused, exploited and degraded as well.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • pm

      lol, right yneeme...you should actually look up your facts before spewing lies just becaus eyou hate liberals. #1, there are less illegals entering the country now than when either Bush was in office and the fact the George W was best buddies with the corrupt leader of Mexico and did nohing about illegal immigration because he was busy starting two wars he lied to us getting into and taking away our rights and torturing prisoners and not offering prioners due process, which is one of the founding tennants of our justice system and is suppose dto make us different. Obama has sent more illegals back home than all of the GOP Presidents since regan combined, so don't say the liberals are soft on immigration. The other Big Lie being told by Faux News and repeated consistetly is that liberals want people on welfare...A liberal Democrat, Bill Clinton , was the President who tackled wefare reform in the 90's, against GOP opposition, by the way. Right now, the welfare system is a temporary way to make ends meet for poor Americans. The max anyone can stay on welfare is 24 months. Ineresting that more white people are on welfare than blacks or hispanics...Liberals believe in a compassionate country where the people and Government take care of the less fortunate. No one wnats generations of families on welfare, no one. Stop repeating lies about liberals.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  27. KEO

    This is happening all around the world at a sickening pace. In the US Atlanta is at the top of child trafficking. I wish the story had included a what you can do to help section at the end. Recognizing this exists is one thing, stopping it is going to take a massive world-wide effort. And I agree, no mercy for the disgusting, sickos who perpetrate these crimes. The low chances of them being caught, convicted and sentenced is helping to fuel their "trade."

    July 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  28. PoBoy

    Prostiution is just like drugs. Until you reduce and/or eliminate the demand, it's going to be tough to eliminate the supply. Start locking up the customers and they'll change their behavior.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • the truth

      start locking up all the men?

      July 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
      • TheBigSarge

        not all, just those that utlize these places for their recreation.

        heck, even i can get a date!!!

        -TheBigSarge

        July 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
      • pm

        Until you open your vile mouth, then they run the other way...unless you happen to be dating Michelle Bachman.

        July 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  29. Clover

    OMG, what else is new under the Sun? Once upon a time in Mexico stories! Aye first take that brick out of the U.S. before you cast the first stone at Mexico. Such ugly Americans we are, example Penn. State.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • Billy Bob

      Hey clover, perhaps you are indeed and ugly American, but the majority are not--in caae you forgot, the front page story was about the third world dump, Mexico-why I do not know-but since CNN continues to spotlight the evil in that dump, stones will be thrown--time for you to adult up

      July 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
      • 210

        That third world dump is a big part of our economy and like it or not it effects things that happen here. This isn't Vegas, what happens in Mexico doesn't stay in Mexico. If those pedos can make money in Mexico you can be damn sure they will try to make it here as well and USA is full of pedos. Like Sandusky

        July 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  30. Billy Bob

    With all that is taking place today in our country, why does CNN continually spotlight Mexico? --could this liberal media outlet be trying to deflect the bad news about their hero??-–the numbers are out and the economy is still getting worse, thanks for the person with no past and his ilk.
    I am sorry for those teenage girls, but it is not front page headline news-I am sure it has not made any front page headlines in Mexico--

    July 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • Fred Evil

      Psst...your ODS is showing! They have meds for that now...you deserve the help, princess.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • geoz

      Your pov is callous and self-centered. The solutions and problems don't stop and start at any border.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • pm

      Thanks Bob for at least trying to become more educated by constantly tuning into CNN. I have watched Faux News for about one hour of my life and I wanted to scream and break my TV, so I don't tune into that pandering forgien owned media outlet that only spews the ultra wealthy mantra and ignorant poor Americans buy into it even though the values and ideology directly opposes thier own interests. Poor people voting GOP are igorant fools. Bob, keep tuning in. Eventually you'll realize you were wrong all these years.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • pm

      PS: BOB...your hero war mongering President G.W. Bush was best buddies with the corrupt leader of Mexico along with the Saudi Prince who is now the Saudi King, alll the while illegal immagrants streamed in from Mexico and 12 of the 15 9-11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia. So what did Bush do about these two threats to our national Security? Invite them both to his ranch in Texas for some shootin and bar be que and start a war with Iraq. Which President ineeds defending? Bush and Cheyney should be tried for war crimes and it's the GOP who is soft on immigration, get your facts straight.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  31. ElleC

    I wish that instead of sending our troops overseas and all the money we spend for that to be focused on mexico. Send our troops there. Its our neighbors and if we could start to turn it around and crack down and make it liveable rhen maybe we wouldn't have illegals desperate and fleeing here. I am a mom of 3 little girls and I know if we lived in mexico i would be desperate and do whatever was needed to keep them safe out of that desperation. Send troops there..get schools set up...crack down on the violence. Help to correct the problem down there bc it is spreading upwards to us all. I am from cali abd have seen it bad, now I live in the South and see it coming through here

    July 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  32. the truth

    Legalize it. If it was legalized, then there would be no crime

    July 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • Christy

      Wrong! Underage girls and unwilling young females are targets for pedophiles. Sick men and rapists will want those kinds of girls. And surely you aren't saying that rape and pedophilia should be legalized.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  33. Bill

    It is a shame Government Troops can't go into these towns and execute these people that are exploiting our children all over the world. I would have no problem killing people that do this and would not lose a second of sleep. Its a shame all the good people don't have automatic weapons to take them out, especially after their family members are abducted.

    All countries should have the death penalty and use it.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • pm

      Too many idiots have automatic weapons already! Look at Arora Colorado...more weapons and hatred and killing is not the answer. Only love can conquer hate. More guns and violence is not the answer...FOR ALL OF YOU SUPPOSED CHRISTIANS OUT THERE...JESUS SAID TO OFFER THEM THE OTHER CHEEK...None of you that are advocating violence as an answer to violence, are part of the problem and not Christian, so stop acting like you are.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  34. Russ

    And everyone lived happily ever after. I love how they tie it up at the end with a big bow. Chances are, this girl is going to have nightmares the rest of her life. She went through the equivalent of war, and probably has post traumatic stress syndrome.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  35. jswagkobe24

    You sit there and go and traumitize these young girls u people r so sic u mite as well rape each other.these girls have lives to live and im almost positive that they dont want that vision stuck in their head

    July 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  36. AV

    It is so scary to know about this. I mean just one bad day in life and your life is gone, all hopes, all dreams everything is gone. These criminals if caught should be prosecuted for death penalty. It is a gruesome situation for all young girls in mexico and it can happen with anyone who is out there in mexico. God help us all.
    May god bless Lupe and Maria and all the other girls who were in that condition.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  37. Samuel R. Preston, III

    Why does CNN use stock photos for the lead-in on these stories, that show hot looking women sitting in a fancy night club? Trying to glamorize something that in reality are little kids being raped in the back of gas stations or flea-infested roadside motels?

    July 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • Rhino

      excellent point!!

      July 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • pm

      Maybe because putting pictures of the victims out there would be STUPID.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  38. Dee-Dee

    Unfortunately, this goes on in other countries also. That includes in the United States. Have you ever been around the bus terminals and seen the run aways????? The pimps know which ones they can talk to about "helping" them!!!!!!!!!! Granted, we can't help them all, but we can start by being there in your own home town and city. Just being there for these children to have someone to talk (AND that included young males as well) CAN ake all the difference in the world. I know because I was pimped out 60 years ago and didn't have anyone to talk to. It took me almost 40 years before I was able to talk about it!!!!!!!!!!!! That's why I know from first hand experience what these kids gp through!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • Taylor

      I am so sorry you went through this, but I'm glad you are speaking out so people realize it is a growing problem and has probably always been a problem. We need to get this under control now.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • pm

      But Dee-Dee, the Tea Party says the Government should spend every last cent of taxes on the US war machine and since we signed a pledge to Grover Nordquist, we can't raise taxes so we don't have any money left to help our own children avoid a similar fate here in the US. No new taxes! Let's eliminate food stamps, welfare, social security, medicaide and any organization that offers family planning at the same time. It would take 10 years to re-create the US into the new Mexico...under the Tea Party plan, were almost there. As long as we don't have Muslims in our Government and stop funding any program to actually healp 99% of Americans, we'll be ok, don't worry.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  39. andy

    wuau this is what happen in other countries and people want to be safe in HERE GOD BLESS AMERICA

    July 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  40. knute

    Obamas fault, as is the holicost in Syria

    July 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  41. mordrud

    After reading this I can't help but hope for an asteroid to come and wipe us out. What a vile and rotten species we are.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • j0eschm0e

      yeah ok, not all of us are vile and rotten. the vile and rotten are like weeds that pop up everywhere and need to be weeded out. but youre saying destroy the whole lawn, rather than a few weeds. "so to speak"

      July 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  42. Natalie

    Wow I can't believe she went through all that and lived

    July 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  43. geoz

    I hope they got the cop that was on the pimp's payroll.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  44. j0eschm0e

    this story is just like the movie "Taken"

    July 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • K

      I think this is more than just a "story" from a movie. She didn't get to go home at the end of the night, take off her make up, and go home to her mansion. You make it sound like CNN saw the movie and thought, "WOW how can we write an article based on "Taken"?

      July 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  45. Sidb1980

    The fault is that we focus more on war and greed than on people. We watch reality shows and wallow in junk food that we are oblivious to reality around us. So many sick people out there to buy s e x. God just needs to wipe us out.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  46. Matt

    I got to Mexico to bang these 14 year olds and they are worth every penny.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • Christy

      Troll

      July 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • Irish

      That's sick! Calling this person a troll is being way too nice.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • Burbank

      Hopefully some thugs will be doing the same to you in prison soon!

      July 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
    • strangways

      get out of your parents' basement and get some help you creep.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
    • ElmerGantry

      @Irish,

      You are correct, calling this person a troll is way too kind.

      July 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
    • k

      Sick, you should be looked into be law enforcement.

      July 22, 2012 at 1:02 am | Reply
  47. K

    I love all the comments that say "stay out of Mexico" or referencing OTHER countries and implying that this does not happen in the U.S. REALITY check everyone:

    "An estimated 17,500 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. every year. That's not counting domestic trafficking, which is harder to track. Advocacy groups believe about 300,000 girls are bought and sold in the United States annually. Texas accounts for 25 percent of that business."

    And guess what? The people going to the brothels outside of our country are usually American tourists looking to violate an under aged girl (I am NOT talking about 16-year old girls that look 21... these are CHILDREN... as young as six-years old).

    This is NOT a problem that is found ONLY outside of the U.S.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • steve

      Enter Rush Limbaugh with a bottle of Viagra. OMG that's scary.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • Taylor

      Thank you! It boggles the mind how few people realize this is a serious growing problem in the US.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  48. Ellen Degeneres

    Mmmmm Headin to Mexico

    July 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  49. Jenkman

    Anyone else see parallels between these girls and those 2 cousins that are missing in Ohio? Odd.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  50. SusanBarwick

    Human trafficking is a world wide problem. No race is exempt. No age barriers. All those who kidnap, pay to rape these children need to be lined up and shot. How many children/teens are murdered while captives? No one will ever know. Many are purchased to do just that, be murdered.

    II wish the very best for these young women in their future lives. It breaks my heart to read their and others stories.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  51. steve

    I am amused how the Police raided the brothel after the girl escaped. They didn't know about it until then. The police officer who took the girl back should be executed.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • SusanBarwick

      Right on! Would like a follow up on what happened to him. I am sure the girl could ID him.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  52. yellownumberfive

    Well, at least they didn't have to do any donkey shows.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  53. Burbank

    All the more reason to enforce the immigration laws. Who are we letting into our country by looking the other way? Do you want this to happen to your daughters?

    July 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
    • Taylor

      THIS HAPPENED IN MEXICO if you read the story. However, you are right to be concerned about it happening in the US, as incidents are increasing–but it's usually Americans enslaving other Americans.

      July 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  54. BROCK LANDERS

    I like the part where they went to a police officer and they returned them, lol, gotta LOVE mexico, so typical.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  55. Spidey-Man

    They need to lock people up for life for kidnapping like we used to do in the states. But for this kind of slime the slow painful death penalty is always one of my favorites.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  56. aliberalworld

    Bet the kidnappers were liberal – glad to take others and put them into slavery, but never ever themselves!

    They're doing it right now with the poor BLACKS hispanics and whites – YA GO ON WELFARE AND FOODSTAMPS SLAVES- WE GOCHA ON OUR PAYROLL SLAVE – JUST KEEP VOTING AND WE WON'T TAKE YO OFF!

    July 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • Veronica

      No one is twisting those leaches arms to collect welfare.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  57. Sarc

    And this is why i will never vacation in mexico...

    July 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • Cyprustree

      Right on! I agree with you 100%. There may be some beautiful places there, but I'll never see them because it is simply not worth the risk of venturing into any part of Mexico. Way too dangerous and uncivilized!

      July 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  58. mork

    &**#@*!!!! PERVERTS!!

    July 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  59. aliberalworld

    Ever notice the liberal world looks exactly like Nazi Germany?

    Replace "Jews" with "Rich and Successful" and you got it!

    July 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • luckylei

      I'm sure Holocaust survivors would beg to differ.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  60. Rhino

    even a story like this, where any decent human being should be outraged...

    ... people turn it into an argument between coservative and liberal.

    I thought I'd read comments about where charitable donations could be made, or at least a collective agreement that no child deserves such a nightmare.

    If people can't put politics aside on such a basic issue, we are truly in for some terrible decades ahead.

    July 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  61. rodarta

    To these criminals these girls are a commodity, straight and simple. Unfortunately, this is a practice that is prevalent throughout the world, adults preying on the young and innocent. They have no conscience, no respect for these innocent victims. They are not thinking about these children as children, they are not thinking about their parents that are heartbroken and missing their child. The men that patronize these brothels have no respect for these children and are depraved, misogynistic pediphiles. The government and officials are either bribed and don't care. Laws have to be changed and mandated in order for the pimps, madams and johns (pedophiles) to understand the brevity of their crimes. I say if you abduct, rape, sell or assault a child, no trial, no jury, you go directly to the firing squad, just like they do in some Arabic countries for lesser crimes in my opinion (mostly against women, some men for theft etc...). The U.S. spends more money on laws for animal rights than children's rights. We are slowly creating a generation of children that will experience more post traumatic stress disorder, have health related issues (AIDS, unwanted pregnancy, self image issues, mental trauma, lack of trust, etc...) than any generation before us, what does that say for our humanity?

    July 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
    • Logical Thinker

      Amen Rodarta. Your comments are spot on. Every day, young people are abducted in broad daylight. It's not safe for our children and young adults to travel alone or in pairs, especially females. What is fueling the increase for human trafficking?
      One simple answer: Adult Entertainment industry. It's a billion dollar business. The human brain imprints on visual imagery. Human traffickers know depraved minds want to live out their fantasies. So it creates a demand that is lucrative. Look at the Craigslist postings in any major city. Check out the gig section and see all the ads for young women 18-30 years old. Luring them to get involved in the adult entertainment business for big money. Human traffickers are making money by abducting unwilling, easy targets. Encourage children and young adults to travel in groups or with a street wise adult. And you wonder why conceal and carry permits are increasing in numbers.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  62. Damon

    They're too busy looking for loot (drugs and money) to care about these kinds of things (little people).

    July 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  63. timeismoney

    There are durg dealers and criminals living next door to me, and when I was attacked the police put me in jail. So Mexico ain't so bad. These people should be hung by the neck.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  64. Larry Barnes

    I am apposed to the death penalty, but ... I aM willing to make an exception.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  65. thepope

    A Christian country following the rules for women in the bible. Nothing new or strange here.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
    • albert

      Please share with us the Bible scriptures you are referring to. The ones that say we should kidnap young women, beat them, and rape them. Hopefully most people here see past your pathetic lie.

      July 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  66. Franc Ikeji

    Those men must be kill

    July 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  67. roscoe

    This is what America will look like if the christian right is ever elected to power.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • ccb

      .... wow....

      July 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  68. Mids

    Articles like this one are why I read CNN less and less.

    Yes, what was done to those children was horrific, and by the grace of God they made it out alive. Unfortunately, this type of criminal enterprise is both NOT NEW, and NOT GOING AWAY.

    How many 'non-adults' have been raped since time began? Articles like this are put here for one simple purpose: To impose emotional shocks on the public, and then to feed the trolls of public division and have us fighting about COMPLETELY unrelated topics of debate.

    All of you who are fighting amongst each other, are idiots. You are doing exactly what the machine wants you to do. Put in your meaningless, hateful, POINTLESS two cents, and change NOTHING.

    Pathetic. Simply pathetic.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • Andrew

      I think articles like these are just here to inform us the realities that are happening behind our backs in dark alleys. If no one reported this stuff rational people would not know about this. The first stage of combating these kinds of things and building public support.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
    • witnesser5000

      hey, shut up.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  69. Veronica

    The pimps couldn't operate if males weren't so poisoned by their own testosterone. The customers are the problem.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • Troy

      The customers are the problem. The pimps are the problem. Human greed and bad people are the problem. Spending billions to attempt to stop weed from crossing the border while this is going on is the problem. Last but not least, jilted and/or lesbian women who think that the whole issue can be boiled down to poisonous testosterone is the problem. Keep pointing a finger at 50% of the population when maybe 1 in a million men would not be completely disgusted by this and let me know how that has solved anything.

      July 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  70. Dale

    glad they are safe...Its a shame there are people out there who would do that!!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  71. Jennifer

    Wow! Such a sad story! The people that carry this kind of madness out are pure evil. They will surely get theirs in time. I have to give much kudos to those girls for moving on! If this had happened to me, I think I would just off myself to keep from going thru all of that! May strength and peace be with those girls!

    July 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  72. dotheflippinmath

    I used to love visiting Mexico, especially the east coast/Riviera Maya side (but not Cancun). Beautiful country, incredible scenery and ruins, and generally a very hospitable public...until now. Now the drug gangs are in control. Police forces are corrupt and owned by the gangs. Even government troops have been busted for selling-out to the drug lords. It is very sad. I'm glad these girls' lives were saved. Many more will be lost. Who is funding the drug lords? WE ARE! Only "cure" to this problem, which would also destroy most of the US gang problems, simultaneously, and put a huge dent in our economic problems, both through increased tax revenues and employment, is to legalize and produce the least harmful drugs, especially marijuana. Cocaine is a dangerously addictive drug, as is heroin, but I'd rather see those legalized and under government control (ours), than give all that money to US gangs and their foreign suppliers. Take away the stigma, make the drugs as "safe" as possible (i.e. don't let J&J run manufacturing and bottling), and not only will we make our own country stronger and safer, but we will stop feeding those who are destroying Mexico and other central/south American countries. If someone insists upon doing drugs, they're going to, and nothing will stop the supply when there is so much demand. I know it's a slippery slope, but we're more than halfway down it already. Time to take control and deal with the reality that people are going to do drugs, whether they be legal or not. We can do more to help these people, and our country, if we remove the illegality. You can buy alcohol just about anywhere. Few drugs are more potent or more dangerous (pot does not increase crime or spousal abuse, nor does it destroy peoples' livers or lives, yet it is illegal, while alcohol is taxed and *barely* restricted). Cocaine and Heroin are bad – no question. Folks are now buying heroin because the doctors are so afraid of giving them the opiates they need or crave. Better of two evils.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • Ari

      What a stupid reasoning.

      July 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  73. cepuras

    reality is brutal..

    July 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  74. G

    Mercilessly torture them until they tell WHERE to locate THE 8yr OLD! !

    July 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  75. SugarKube

    Stay in Mexico and this wouldn't happen.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  76. Atkins33

    like Richard responded I am dazzled that you can get paid $8407 in four weeks on the internet. did you see this page ..AlluringWay.blogspot.com

    July 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  77. lexgreen

    I hope Mexico has the death penalty . . .

    July 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  78. witnesser5000

    A group of young Christian men fed her, gave her a room to stay the night and bought her a bus ticket home.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  79. FeliciaM

    Praise God these ladies survived! And are making a difference by telling their stories! They have such strength!

    July 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • henru

      And who should we all praise for the 8 year-old who is still untraceable?

      July 20, 2012 at 1:53 am | Reply
      • Bazoing

        If you believe in a God, you must believe in the devil. Any other stance is madness.

        July 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  80. jeremy

    I think this story is fake. Its too scripted and perfect. Its the plot to a lifetime movie or something

    July 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • Mortran

      Quite obviously.
      You must be very naive to buy this story.

      July 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • Bazoing

      It does not even touch on how many children are in brothels in Mexico. A true rendition is too horrible to imagine. The description of the first night is only the start.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  81. albert

    The Catholic church continues to sit back and do nothing in this Catholic majority country. I think when someone commits a hideous crime, instead of saying the person was black, white, Hispanic, etc. They should post the persons religion. This will hopefully put shame on the various religions and expose them for what they really are. If they produce bad fruit, then take away their Tax exempt status since they are obviously failing.

    July 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
    • henru

      Take it easy albert, you have still a long way to go before you publish online comments...

      July 20, 2012 at 1:40 am | Reply
  82. Andy in Oz

    The fact that the young lady in the story has been able to speak of her ordeal to others, to help others through it and is not driven to act in revenge or hate leads me to have at least a glimmer of hope for humanity. If anyone deserves to have a book penned about her experience it is this young lady.... perhaps even more dare I say deserving than people locked up in Italian gaols. Perhaps in reading such a book some other poor soul in torment might see there is hope even in utter inhumanity.

    July 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  83. wavejump1100

    the first night she was raped by 23 different men. i cant believe there was not one descent human being out of 23 so called men. the violence in mexico will never stop if this is an example of what life is like in mexico.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
    • Bazoing

      You have a point. However I have worked for a public health agency and observed that such people are about as common everywhere. Simply put: If you believe most people are good, think again. Loving people does not mean trusting them, it means being kind to everyone because you do not know which are good and which are evil.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
      • pvt4jc

        you will burn in hell troll...count on it

        July 23, 2012 at 3:24 am |
      • pvt4jc

        comment addressed to terrenzio

        July 23, 2012 at 3:33 am |
  84. Terencio

    I'm pretty sure it was Good Christian Men that picked them up from the bus stop too... unless someone here thinks they were women.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Reply
    • henru

      You said it bro...

      July 20, 2012 at 1:32 am | Reply
    • pvt4jc

      and I am sure sure you are a sick twisted troll who will eat your words on judgment day

      July 23, 2012 at 3:32 am | Reply
  85. Bob

    It is war. Give the girls weapons. Hunt down these human insects who prey on young children and kill them. They deserve no mercy. They have already sold their souls and they have forfeited their rights as human beings.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:36 am | Reply
  86. Oskar

    The death penalty would be more appropriate for those crimes. What happened to the 8 year old?

    July 20, 2012 at 2:50 am | Reply
  87. qhapaqinka

    The penalty for human trafficking should be death. The penalty for paying to rape trafficked girls should be complete genital excision.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:36 am | Reply
  88. morten olesen

    Mexico needs a revolution.

    July 20, 2012 at 4:30 am | Reply
    • Why?

      They are already revolting.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  89. twaddington

    Instead of invading the middle east for oil America would do a lot better to use its millitary power to help its neighbour Mexico.

    'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself'. Most of what's in the bible is nonsense but this is worth paying heed to.

    July 20, 2012 at 5:23 am | Reply
    • Wastrel

      I've said for years that a limited declaration of war would be useful - we could start shooting illegal aliens as spies, and see how long it takes all of them to start high-tailing it home.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  90. Fredy

    In Europe happens the same thing, if more civilized countries like the ones in europe could not end this big problem what do you think about mexico and all latin american countries where the police salary is less than $600 dollars a month. The police in this countries work for the drug dealers and every bad people.

    July 20, 2012 at 5:25 am | Reply
  91. lskieafse

    Really? They needed this incident to happen to trigger the obvious?

    July 20, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
  92. Critical Thinker

    Mitt's Cayman Islands blind trust invests in these brothels. No wonder Mitt doesn't want to disclose his investments!

    July 20, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
  93. to magy22

    I have a job offer for you: see above article

    July 20, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
  94. Mara

    "The Mexican Congressman authored an anti-trafficking bill that was signed into law in June. The new law makes human trafficking a federal crime, punishable by up to 40 years in prison."

    I'll believe it when I see it. The Mexican government doesn't have the best record when it comes to human traffiking. In fact, they seem to actually *support* it as long as the traffikers are sneaking illegals into the US...

    July 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  95. Well

    After 14, Mexican women turn fat anyway.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • Bazoing

      I bet you think you are a nice person.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
      • Hahahahahahahahaha

        I'll bet you think anything you post here matters. Hahahahahahaahahahah

        July 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  96. Aworkzone

    Mexico do have drugs related crime that are proved to be nightmares for the police force... Regards,
    Aworkzone

    July 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  97. Wastrel

    Mexico is a great place to visit but a horrible place to work in a brothel. Hi, I'm Orotund Vowel and I'm here to tell you that if your daughter visits Mexico, she could be in horrible danger, but now there a plan that will protect her for just a little bit a month. Yes, we are offering BROTHEL INSURANCE at a low low introductory rate for the first 3,000 callers. Call now and make sure your daughter is not a victim!

    July 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  98. Patrick

    It is important to keep in mind that a HUGE source of income for the criminal organizations south of the border is the sale of marijuana. A large fraction of the marijuana users are supporting the drug cartels and other criminals just for the sake of getting high. And these users want to get rewarded by getting the use of marijuana legalized. These users are simply selfish hypocrites who deserve to get fined severely or put in jail for the support they offer to drug traffickers. I know that this is not politically correct but it is still true.

    July 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  99. Bazoing

    When you buy illegal drugs you help finance this and also the arms trade.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  100. JK

    Human trafficking will get much worse if we legalize drugs because the criminals who deal in drugs are not about to go get legitimate jobs just because their crime of choice is eliminated. They will go into human trafficking, other violent crimes, or even just switch to whichever drugs are not legalized. .

    July 20, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  101. Joe Mahma

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    This stuff has been going on for years. Wake up, white people.
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    July 20, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  102. Jimmy Busch

    Obama's fault! Why do you think he sent daughter Satchel down there for spring break?

    July 21, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
  103. jillmarie

    I am praying for the 8 year old. Good for the young lady for being resourceful and finding a way out. What disgusts me (well, the whole thing does) is that those men were posing as cops.
    Hopefully, this can put an end to things like this. It outrages me that innocent children are forced into this. I am glad they are getting the help they need. I hope the same for the little 8 yr old.

    July 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  104. xfiler93

    what a thirdworld stinkhole is Mexico. another reason not to go there.

    July 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  105. Ted

    Re Obama's jobs program: there is no reason to fund it. It can't create jobs. Obama didn't learn that the first time around. If you really want to understand Obama's economic mindset, just listen to his recent comments on how nobody would get rich without the government's help.

    Obama continues to love socialism, despite the fact that it has never, ever, ever worked. The rest of the world is running from it. Obama and the dems are running TO it.

    If Obama wins, we will keep up our steady march towards the cliff's edge.

    July 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  106. Sal

    Some of these comments are so stupid and so are the ones that post them. 

    July 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • Hahahahahahahahaha

      Keep up the stupid commens Sal. Hahahahahahahahahaha

      July 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  107. Karbop

    I think the girl who escaped is remarkable. She kept trying no matter that she was brought back and beaten. You have to be some kind of special to be able to maintain the hope that there is an escape along with the willingness to make the attempts in these kind of conditions. I hope her life becomes something extraordinary.

    July 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  108. Gopherit

    This sort of horrific human trafficking isn't confined to places such as Mexico, but iit even takes place in the U.S. While I generally oppose capital punishment, people who engage in this depraved human exploitation deserve to be executed.

    July 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  109. Russ

    Keep the kids and make the citizens.... and deport their worthless parents.

    July 22, 2012 at 1:01 am | Reply
  110. Amazed

    What do all the above comments have to do with forced Mexican whoring?

    July 22, 2012 at 3:11 am | Reply
  111. warsteiner

    This is the world today people. All this technology to communicate and we only grow further apart. Everyone will pick the resolution closest to them to blame. And that will be where they come up with an answer in there minds of what needs to be done. Its all BS people have become so selfish that unless an issue directly effects their lives they dont REALLY care. And rich people can afford to live far away from any potential problems. So the people with the most resources to help just dont care

    July 22, 2012 at 7:16 am | Reply
  112. Friedo

    These are the brothels Obama wants here in the USA so he can put his Bro's to work as sales people.

    July 22, 2012 at 8:13 am | Reply
  113. rodarta

    While I believe in freedom of speech, how did this topic ever get off topic? Everyone has an opinion, however, I find some of the comments on this blog rather offensive, off topic and just plain mean spirited toward each other. I thought this was a forum to collaborate with discussion on the topic of "Ending Modern-Day Slavery and these children escaping the brothel", not back handed derogatory, snide political back biting commentary. This forum is available for readers to contribute level headed, intelligent conversation, not personal attacks toward each other. I have learned nothing so far on this blog except hostility and infantile comments. It is this type of devisive behavior that breeds negative behavior into the world. I don't know why CNN bothers to have this section on their site for readers to post if we are all going to sound off with snitty, crap comments toward each others opinions, let's have a real conversation.

    July 22, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
    • ccb

      AMEN!

      July 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  114. edweird69

    Typical of heteros! They act like they have a birth right to do anything they want to women. They rape them, abuse them, make children with them then cheat and abandon. I've been on this earth a long time and it baffles me as to why gays are the enemies when heteros abort, over-populate our planet, rape, hate, practice hypocricy to its fullest degree. Our wild animals are gone, our forests are gone, our coral reefs are gone, our planet is warming, but somehow I'm enemy #1.

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    So FOX shut down it's comment sections because all the right wing nut jobs were too much for even FOX? That's great and all, but they all seemed to have come here and are now polluting water here with their wacked out view of the world.

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    Why are people on here writing about the U.S. defense budget? It has nothing to do with the story.

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    These traffickers should firstly get a few months' taste of their own medicine, perhaps "given" to a prison for the inmates to enjoy. Then to some pharmaceutical companies to do experiments on. Then their useful organs should be harvested for transplant and the rest of their carcasses disposed of.

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