Last week, Mexican Senator Gabriela Cuevas addressed a conference on child exploitation, "Combatting Child and Adolescent Pornography," and announced that at least 85,000 Mexican children have been forced into child pornography.
Mexico has recently become the world's largest distributor of child pornography, according to Mexican officials.
Jacobo Bello, coordinator for the federal police's electronic crimes unit, also attended the conference and provided a very sobering fact...
While there were roughly 11,000 documented cases of child pornography in Mexico, during 2012, a mere 16 individuals were actually arrested in those cases.
Why so few arrests?
-Mexico's current laws do not require internet service providers to hand over information to law enforcement on users who regularly distribute child pornographic images, making investigations very difficult.
There are also more than 1,300 Mexican websites devoted to the distribution of child pornography, according to La Jornada.
-Since the drug cartels branched out into the human smuggling business, thousands of young girls have disappeared throughout Mexico. Most of them are forced into prostitution in both Mexico as well as the United States, but many have undoubtedly also been used in the growing child pornography business.
In Sight Crime reported:
Mexican criminal organizations are known to be involved in human trafficking and have been linked to underage prostitution. With an estimated 800,000 adults and 20,000 children trafficked for sexual exploitation each year in the country, it is feasible that some trafficked children become part of Mexico's large child pornography industry.
Another item which plays a part in this sickening trade, and rarely reported upon, is Mexico's cultural attitude toward young girls.
You see, the age of sexual consent throughout the majority of Mexico is 12 years of age.
Article 261 of Mexico's Federal Criminal Code states:
Whoever, without the purpose of reaching copulation, performs a sexual act on a person under 12 or on a person that has no capacity of understanding the meaning of the act or that for any reason cannot resist, or demands that the act is performed, will be punished with a term of 2 to 5 years in prison.
In addition to Mexico City, the age of consent is 12 in the following Mexican states:
-Baja California Sur
-San Louis Potosi
The age of consent is 15 in Mexico state, 13 in Yucatan and Zacatecas, the age of consent is actually listed as "puberty" in Nayarit and 14 in the seven remaining Mexican states.
Until Mexican laws are drastically changed and then enforced, that nation's children will continue to be exploited in the most sickening manner.