That is their industry," Coppedge says. This makes them vulnerable to human rights violations. COM has chosen English as your language setting. Unaccompanied Central American minors, traveling through Mexico to meet family members in the United States, fall victim to human traffickers, particularly near the Guatemalan border. NGOs, many with foreign donor or private funding, provided the majority of specialized shelters and assistance. There were girls who were crying.
Poverty often drives families to make decisions out of desperation and lack of education.
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After crossing into the United States, the women were told the truth about their work, and those who resisted were raped or beaten, according to court records and interviews with the victims conducted by FSU. Due to the clandestine nature of the human trafficking business, corroborating everything Karla told us is not possible. School of Social Work. She thought it was her lucky day -- a police operation to rescue her and the other girls. Karla says she was abused for as long as she can remember and felt rejected by her mother. District Attorney Donna Hawkins.