Arun Kumar Acharya, Ph.D., is a Professor and Researcher at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico. He conducts research on perspectives and implications of internal and international migration with regard to human trafficking. Currently, he is also working as a Professor at Sambalpur University, India. Dr. Acharya has published eight books and several journal articles on human trafficking. He also actively participated in formulation of Mexican anti-trafficking law during 2012 and 2014.
Lilia Susana Padilla y Sotelo, Ph.D., is a Professor and Researcher at National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in Geography from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She conducts research on Health geography.
Jose Juan Cervantes Nino, Ph.D., is a Professor and Researcher at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico. He conducts research on social inequalities, migration, violence and gender.
During the last 17 years, since the adoption of the Palermo Protocol, authorities at international and national levels have investigated and prosecuted trafficking cases, and aided victims. Nevertheless, every day thousands of people around the world are sold, lured with false promises and exploited. In Mexico, 10,000 young girls and women are said to be trafficked into cities for sexual exploitation every year. Trafficked victims suffer a wide range of sexual exploitation, physical and psychological violence, human rights violations including their right to dignity, and cruel and inhumane treatment, creating vulnerability and isolation. To cope, many victims adopt harmful sexual and non-sexual behaviors, which we discuss in this paper. For this study, we gathered information from 70 trafficked victims in Monterrey, Mexico. We found that trafficked women and children are forced into high-risk sexual and non-sexual behaviors. Many of them use drugs, alcohol, and marijuana. Their sexual behaviors indicate that many victims are coerced into high-risk sexual practices including having multiple sexual partners.
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Acharya, Arun Kumar; Padilla y Sotelo, Lilia Susana; and Cervantes Niño, Jose Juan
"The Harmful Sexual and Non-Sexual Behaviors of Trafficked Women and Children in Mexico: A Study of Victims of Sexual Exploitation,"
Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence:
2, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/dignity/vol3/iss2/3
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