Human trafficking survivor raped 43,200 times

November 12, 2015
Karla Jacinto (Photo by Nathaniel Janowitz/VICE News)

From the girl forced into prostitution at a gas station or a tourist stripped of his passport and held against his will- Human Trafficking is real. There is a common experience that all victims share- the loss of freedom.

Karla Jacinto, 23 is a Mexican woman who survived human trafficking.

She told CNN journalist, Rafael Romo yesterday how she was abducted in 2004 and  forced into prostitution. In the emotional interview she recalled how from  age 12 she was raped by a number of men.

"She says up to 30 men a day, seven days a week, for the best part of four years -- 43,200," wrote Romo.

Jacinto who is now works as an advocate against human trafficking was rescued in 2008 by an anti-trafficking operation in Mexico City. 

A year before her rescue, 15-year-old Jacinto gave birth to a child, fathered by her pimp.

Jacinto has shared her story with the pope, congress and numerous interest groups to highlight that human trafficking and forced prostitution still happens and is a growing problem in our world.

In July, The United States government placed Jamaica on the Tier 2 Watch List for human trafficking, which indicated  Jamaica does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

However, this was challenged by Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding who said Jamaica has been making significant strides to combat human trafficking.




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