ODI denounces network of child sexual abuse in schools in at least 7 Mexican states – The Yucatan Times
The report on the sexual exploitation of children in schools, prepared by the Office for the Defense of the Rights of the Child, AC (ODI), this type of cases were pleaded in at least 18 schools.
Mèrida, Yucatàn, (June 1, 2021) .- In public and private schools in at least seven states of the country, criminal groups engaged in the organized sexual exploitation of children have operated with impunity. Teachers, managers, administrative staff and school principals participated and in some cases abused children themselves, on and off campus, while in many other cases the abuse was filmed for the purpose of online pornography..
According to the report “Sexual Exploitation of Children at School”, prepared by the Office for the Defense of the Rights of the Child, AC ( ODI ), who has accompanied and pleaded cases of this type in at least 18 schools, “concerns criminal patterns marked by organized and large-scale actions carried out within a school campus”.
The states where these cases have been documented and pleaded are Mexico City, the State of Mexico, Jalisco, Baja California, Morelos, San Luis Potosí and Oaxaca. However, the report does refer to a hundred other cases in which there have been complaints of abuse of minors in schools, but it is not known whether there have been any detainees, whether they continue to be subject to abuse. ‘investigations or whether they have gone unpunished.
The ODI has documented over the past two decades cases involving more than 100 minors across Mexico. The report states: “Many preschools and elementary schools have been taken by this network and used as spaces for the commission of crimes of child sexual exploitation online.
The document, coordinated by Professor Margarita Griesbach Guizar and presented by academics and activists Karina Ansolabehere, Maite Azuela, Lydia Cacho, Denise Dresser, Manuel Gil Antón, José Guevara, Lorenzo Meyer, Juan Martín Pérez and Luis Daniel Vázquez, refers in detail to a larger problem in terms of the sexual exploitation of children, pedophilia and pornography in public and private schools in Mexico.
The story of what lurks in classrooms, in patios, in the offices of school principals across the country reads: “Boys and girls constantly tell of being penetrated with water needles, dirty or even stained straws or paper. with excrement ”.
They also describe being hanged or forced to injure other classmates; furthermore, “boys and girls report having been recorded or photographed”.
The material produced by criminal gangs, labeled as teachers, has never been found and has not been investigated – by the then Attorney General’s Office (PGR) – those who work or fund the child pornography network.
Studying with the enemy
At the Andrés Oscoy Kindergarten in Iztapalapa, parents and neighbors never imagined the terror that hundreds of little children have experienced for years.
Only 30 families reported. In 2011, the PGR contacted ODI to request legal assistance for the victims, all aged three to five.
“According to the testimonies of 19 boys and girls aged three to five, it is detected that they identify 10 people as direct attackers, including the principal of the campus school, the teachers, the staff of the quartermaster. and even the teenage son of one of the teachers “.
The preschoolers’ accounts of hell they experienced show that the attacks were recorded in various locations on campus. “Most boys and girls report being attacked in a bathroom. However, others mention the management office and a “drainage room”, as well as open spaces, such as the patio or the schoolyard.
For months or years, no one at the Ministry of Education ( Sep ) found out what was going on at that school, nor did they investigate or ask if 10 of its officials were involved in the sexual exploitation of children.
At least 13 of the children report acts ranging from touching to rape. Three of them say they were raped, 11 say they were beaten, some say that adults exhibited themselves in front of the students or that they were aggressive towards a small child in front of the group. Several of them describe sexual acts between adults while they were being abused.
“Among the victims’ accusations, some mention being tied up or gagged and a girl claims to have bled. In addition to the high levels of violence, the victims refer to grotesque dynamics and rituals, which have been presented as games.
“Case A”: rituals, games and impunity
In 2008, the ODI represented the case of a five-year-old girl for sexual abuse in a private nursery school, who for the safety of the victims and because the information is not public, the report calls her ” Case A ”.
“The little girl mentions up to six adults involved (…) and mentions that the abuse is committed against her with other classmates. It describes ritual practices, the use of costumes and the staging ”. The story of the case is simply outrageous.
Without any kind of formalities, control of campus entrances or surveillance by the SEP authorities, the girl was taken out of school in a car and taken with other classmates to a house where there were children. ‘other adults. The minor described sedation events and, on at least one occasion, mentioned the presence of babies as victims of abuse.
The case has not been tried. Reckless or deliberate leaks from the then federal prosecutor’s office forced the family to refrain from reporting for fear of reprisal. These are not isolated cases.
The way these child sexual exploitation groups operate is repeated in different places across the country. In 2011, the ODI received numerous complaints of sexual abuse at the Laura Elena Arce Cavazos Public Kindergarten School in Cuautitlán, Mexico State. Before the Mexican attorney general’s office, six adults were charged with child molesters.
“They describe being victimized in various areas of the school.” These are the criminal bosses, with unprecedented fury. Three children have cuts to their legs which they claim were inflicted by a teacher with a knife during the assault. While three of the 10 victims described there were people taking photos or videos during the attack.
Hell in Mexico City Classrooms
In the “Innovative City of Rights” which the government of the capital boasts, the cases, the stories and the terror of children repeat themselves. In 2018, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) contacted ODI to deal with the case of a public nursery school in the country’s capital. As this is a still active investigation, it is only identified in the report as “School B”.
Again, massive abuse in broad daylight, in the schoolyard, in the bathroom, in classrooms; 16 children described more than one adult present at the time of the abuse.
In total, 11 adults who work at the school are mentioned, including the school principal, several teachers, administrative staff and paradoxically, even an educational supervisor. All, employees of the Secretariat for Public Education (SEP); in total, mistreating minors between the ages of three and five.
the child trafficking being transferred from one school to another or to individuals is mentioned as a common practice of these groups. Two miners said boys and girls who were not from their school were present at the time of the attack. A dozen children, as in other cases, refer to how they were taken out of school, put in cars and taken to homes where they were abused.
In the case of “School B”, the minors “report being forced to touch other boys and girls, physical assault, and attend an adult exhibition in front of the group. In many cases, the victims mentioned having been forced to observe sexual acts between two or more adults ”.
Also in this case, four minors describe the presence of cameras.
“Although this data may not be relevant for the child who does not understand digital sexual exploitation issues, it is extremely important to understand the possible explanations for what is happening,” adds the report.
The online ordering of child sexual exploitation and abuse footage and photographic material implies that the perpetrator of the request and the direction of the act is physically distant from the victims. The material is commonly consumed online in the home and in a country other than where the abuse takes place.
Either by direct contact with the sex offender or through an intermediary, the author indicates what acts he wants the offender or offenders in contact with minors to produce. Child sexual abuse is usually broadcast live through encrypted commercial social networks.
In addition to these cases, the report documents others that have occurred from 2001 to date in schools in Mexico City, State of Mexico, Jalisco, Baja California, Oaxaca, Morelos and San Luis Potosí, which could claim many more victims. and where it is not known whether the teachers and those involved have been convicted or are teaching for free.
Margarita Griesbach Guizar, director of the Office for the Defense of the Rights of the Child, AC, mentioned to THE UNIVERSAL that in Mexico, in this type of case, the disarticulation between the police and the prosecutors, the lack of preservation of evidence prevails; there is no criminal investigation, there are leaks from prosecutors, fragmentation of the investigation, unsuitable for children and exclusion of the victim.
“I can’t say if it’s a network, multiple networks, or just a new modus operandi for a new form of crime. What is clear is that we are facing a complex criminality and that, in the face of this, an investigation with a broad perspective is necessary to understand what is happening in Mexico with these crimes ”.
“I think incompetence is the best friend of corruption and impunity because what happens again and again, both with the criminal investigation and with the intervention of the SEP, is that there has incompetence in terms of professionalization in the selection of teachers, in the files, in the institutional safeguard, or it is fraudulent and there is a cover-up ”, concluded the director of the ODI.
Source: the universal
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