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Posted By: Marty

Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/04/10 04:48 PM

Police swoop arrest five in San Pedro

A police detachment from Belize on special assignment to San Pedro has arrested a 24-year-old Guatemalan woman and charged her with human trafficking.

Four other Guatemalan women, ranging in age from 19 to 23, have been arrested from three nightspots in San Pedro and charged with overstaying their allotted time in Belize.

Martha Julia Jimenez Estrada, 24, of Guatemala, was charged with human trafficking for having an under-age girl in her establishment and remanded to jail in Hattieville, along with her four girls.

Jimenez Estrada was granted bail by order of the Supreme Court, when her trial began in San Pedro this week. She is due back in court on October 19.

The other four Guatemalans: Wendy Martinez, 22, Kimberley Moraquin, 20, Nellie Gonzalez, 19, and Erlinda Moralez, 23, have been charged with over-staying their time in Belize. Immigration records show they all entered Belize through Benque Viejo del Carmen on a 3-day pass on July 10.

A police team from Belize City, commanded by Assistant Police Commissioner Miguel Segura, raided three nightclubs: Los Compadres Bar, the Thirsty Tiger and the Black & White Bar in San Pedro.

They detained also two Belizean girls, one 17, the other only 14 years old, and two other 17-year-olds, one of whom was Honduran.

Some 24 women and girls were detained in the initial raid. All except five have been released without charges.

The San Pedro police had no knowledge of the raid and were not invited to participate, to avoid the targeted establishments receiving an advance warning of the raid.

The Reporter
Posted By: Diane Campbell

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/05/10 05:00 PM

On the same essential subject ..... a news article from the internet today:


Tens of millions of 'missing' girls
September 5, 2010 10:28 a.m. EDT

Author: Stop abuse of women worldwide
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

* Sheryl WuDunn: Tens of millions of girls die young or aren't born due to discrimination
* Educating girls and giving them economic opportunity could transform the world, she says
* Girls who are educated have fewer children and educate them better, she says
* WuDunn: Those who have their material needs satisfied should aid women around the world



(CNN) -- Discrimination against women and girls takes a staggering toll around the world, says author Sheryl WuDunn. It leads to as many as 100 million fewer females than males in the world.

Ending the oppression of women is the great moral challenge of the 21st Century, a cause she compares to fighting slavery in the 19th century and totalitarianism in the 20th Century.

WuDunn, a former reporter for The New York Times who is now an investment banker, and her husband, Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, wrote "Half the Sky," a book focusing on the role of women in the world.

She spoke about their findings at the TED Global conference in Oxford in July and in an interview with CNN.

Watch an interview with Sheryl WuDunn

During their time as correspondents in China, WuDunn and Kristof learned of the phenomenon of an estimated 30 million "missing" baby girls in the nation.

WuDunn says part of the gap could be attributed to infanticide by families who were determined to have a male child under China's one-child policy and in part to the development of the sonogram. That medical device can be used to determine the gender of a child before birth, prompting some parents to obtain abortions.

"One peasant in the southern part of China once told us, 'The sonogram's great, we don't need to have baby girls any more.' "

TED.com: Radical women embrace tradition

The problem is not limited to China; WuDunn says there are between 60 million and 100 million missing females in the world, even though women outnumber men in some more developed nations.

The solutions, she says, are education and economic opportunity. Overpopulation is one of the larger contributors to poverty, WuDunn said. "When you educate a girl, she has significantly fewer kids." Girls who go to school get married later in life and educate their children "in a more enlightened way."

WuDunn says her work is not just about helping reveal the plight of women and girls in many countries, it's also about helping provide the groundwork for a movement to solve the problem. In the Western world, where many people have all their material needs satisfied, it's an obligation to reach out and help others, she says.

WuDunn told the story of an American aid worker in Darfur who had seen great suffering but never broke down.

On a vacation back in the United States, she visited her grandmother and noticed a bird feeder in the backyard.

"She was in her grandmother's backyard and she basically broke down. And she realized that not only was she able to feed and clothe and house herself but also see that people in her country were able to feed wild birds so that they don't go hungry in the winter. She knew that with that luck and fortune also comes great responsibility."

Here are excerpts from "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn:

"So let us be clear about this up front: We hope to recruit you to join an incipient movement to emancipate women and fight global poverty by unlocking women's power as economic catalysts. That is the process under way -- not a drama of victimization but of empowerment, the kind that transforms bubbly teenage girls from brothel slaves into successful businesswomen. This is a story of transformation. It is change that is already taking place, and change that can accelerate if you'll just open your heart and join in. ...

"The tide of history is turning women from beasts of burden and sexual playthings into full-fledged human beings. The economic advantages of empowering women are so vast as to persuade nations to move in that direction.

"Before long, we will consider sex slavery, honor killings and acid attacks as unfathomable as foot-binding. The question is how long that transformation will take and how many girls will be kidnapped into brothels before it is complete -- and whether each of us will be part of that historical movement, or a bystander."
Posted By: pamkillen

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/05/10 06:10 PM

It is important for all members of the Belize and San Pedro community to keep in mind that we must take a stand against child abuse and sexual exploitation. Everyone has a role to play either by reporting or simply making it clear to your peers, employees, and newly arriving friends that YOU do not accept the behavior.Also, consider the role of the houses where these girls work, do we want them on the island?
Posted By: elbert

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/05/10 06:10 PM

Sheryl WuDunn is a nut case.
Not on the same subject at all,'Police swoop arrest five in San Pedro' is a real story written by responsible journalist and this crap spread by WuDunn is hyper sensational garbage.
WuDunn is off her meds and doing harm to any cause she picks as a topic.
"30 million "missing" baby girls"
"WuDunn says there are between 60 million and 100 million missing females in the world"
WuDunn transforms bubbly teenage girls from brothel slaves into successful businesswomen if you'll send your donation today Visa or Master Card only.!
Posted By: James Pearce

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/05/10 10:15 PM

Originally Posted by elbert
Sheryl WuDunn is a nut case.


Amartya Sen?
http://ucatlas.ucsc.edu/gender/Sen100M.html

The editorial team of The Economist?
http://www.economist.com/printediti...mages/20100306/20100306issuecovUS400.jpg
Posted By: Diane Campbell

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/05/10 10:18 PM

Thanks James.

Posted By: pamkillen

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/06/10 01:10 AM

What is more important to me is that all of us stay focused on the girls who are being sexually abused and exploited. These girls and young boys really need for all of us to keep the conversation about them.
Posted By: Mike Campbell

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/06/10 06:55 AM

Please correct me if I am wrong. It seems there are two different sets of problems under this genre. One is the underage girls from guatemala and other places who are recruited to come to the tourist areas to work. I suspect many were in that trade in their home country. Could you please tell me the age of consent in our neighboring countries to help shed some light on the depth of the problem. A recent poster on another board suggested the missing Maya children in the PG croc disaster were really kidnapped by human traffickers which I find most unlikely and not exactly good press. I dont see the traffickers going into the villages with a net to catch girls and smuggling them to Belize, I would imagine most are experienced and easy to recruit.
The second and worse (to me) set of problems is the sexual exploitation and molestation of Belize children by usually their own family members. Of course both sets of problems would have different solutions.
Please correct me where I am wrong. I want to understand this problem better.
Posted By: Gaz Cooper

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/06/10 03:26 PM

Originally Posted by Marty
Police swoop arrest five in San Pedro

A police detachment from Belize on special assignment to San Pedro has arrested a 24-year-old Guatemalan woman and charged her with human trafficking.

Four other Guatemalan women, ranging in age from 19 to 23, have been arrested from three nightspots in San Pedro and charged with overstaying their allotted time in Belize.

Martha Julia Jimenez Estrada, 24, of Guatemala, was charged with human trafficking for having an under-age girl in her establishment and remanded to jail in Hattieville, along with her four girls.

Jimenez Estrada was granted bail by order of the Supreme Court, when her trial began in San Pedro this week. She is due back in court on October 19.

The other four Guatemalans: Wendy Martinez, 22, Kimberley Moraquin, 20, Nellie Gonzalez, 19, and Erlinda Moralez, 23, have been charged with over-staying their time in Belize. Immigration records show they all entered Belize through Benque Viejo del Carmen on a 3-day pass on July 10.

A police team from Belize City, commanded by Assistant Police Commissioner Miguel Segura, raided three nightclubs: Los Compadres Bar, the Thirsty Tiger and the Black & White Bar in San Pedro.

They detained also two Belizean girls, one 17, the other only 14 years old, and two other 17-year-olds, one of whom was Honduran.

Some 24 women and girls were detained in the initial raid. All except five have been released without charges.

The San Pedro police had no knowledge of the raid and were not invited to participate, to avoid the targeted establishments receiving an advance warning of the raid.

The Reporter


Seems to me that this raid was not very successful and kinda shows the problem in the bars is not as bad as it is made out to be, with the exception of one 14 year old most were detained for immigration violations and not underage sex workers.

While a couple were 17 lets face it anywhere in the world 15,16 and 17 year olds try to get into bars when they can get away with it so kind a poor result especially when you consider its was an undercover op and SP police were not informed (Dont say much for Sp police when they are kept out the loop)

Anyway If its going on as many seem to think it is then its great to see that something is being done however I have not seen anything to confirm SP has a big problem in that area up till now although I do believe in famillys the case may be a lot higher.

What that raid may do is alert the owners that it could be a regular thing so clean up there establishments.

Anyway Im all for keeping kids out of bars and protecting them from predators.

Gaz
Posted By: pamkillen

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/06/10 04:29 PM

I am not sure that these establishments are known about town simply as bars. I have always understood that they were actually places where men bought women. They were raided for that reason.
Denial is an amazing thing.
Posted By: elbert

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/07/10 03:39 PM

Its as always a matter of opinion Pam. "men bought women" is really a point of view not shared by men. Women 'sell' themselves to men after seductive enticements in cold cash business deals..
I still think this whole matter is a witch hunt!
Towns/cities all over the world will always have prostitutes, since the beginning and until humans become extinct.
Posted By: elbert

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/07/10 04:23 PM

Amartya's article sighted by Pearce is about 100 million women population deficit because of natural selections Genetic and Biological differences favoring male birth numbers.
Nothing to do with being lost to being brothel slaves or gender genocide.
However WuDunn will still accept your donation to transform bubbly teenage girls from brothel slaves into successful businesswomen
Posted By: pamkillen

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/07/10 04:26 PM

The issue of prostitution may be one we agree to disagree. I have really mixed feelings about it. But when it is used for sexual exploitation of under age kids, there is no confusion for me.
Posted By: Renegade11

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/07/10 06:33 PM

I use to agree with the stance that prostitution is going to exist, and is a victimless crime, and not much can be done about it but you have to draw the line at underage kids being involved. That was until I saw a documentary on prostitution which pretty much showed how most adults selling themselves as prostitutes are indeed victims, and pretty messed-up people with very low self-esteem.

Guys can kid themselves about prostitution not being harmful to adult women, but it kinda is.
Posted By: elbert

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/07/10 07:04 PM

Didn't say its not harmful, it definitely screws up the individual, just inevitable that every city/town will have some.
There is positively an entrapment situation that exists in Belize where young women from Honduras, Guatemala and Dominica are promised a better life and are indentured to work as prostitutes to repay cost for passport and work permit in Belize but not on the grossly exaggerated scale as discussed on these threads.
Its an international crime when a passport is involved, thus the pressure from the US State Department to clean it up.
The local police don't give it priority because its small scale but nationally there is pressure to act and show compliance or be punished by the State Department.
As a Belizean I resent the US involvement I find the the US condescending and you don't even want to hear my opinion of Hillary Clinton.
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/07/10 07:32 PM

How is she involved?
Posted By: elbert

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/07/10 07:42 PM

US State Department foreign affairs adviser.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/16/AR2009061602628.html
The root of all this Human Trafficking propaganda
http://hillary.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/06/16/hillary_clinton_releases_human_trafficking_report
Senator Clinton, of course, was already well-versed on the issues Boxer brought up. Here's her exact wording:

I have also read closely Nick Kristof's articles over the last any months, but in particular the last weeks on the young women that he had both rescued from prostitution and met who have been enslaved and abused, tortured in every way -- physically, emotionally, morally. And I take very seriously the function of the State Department to lead our government, through the Office on Human Trafficking, to do all that we can to end this modern form of slavery. We have sex slavery; we have wage slavery. And it is primary a slavery of girls and women.

Posted By: elbert

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/07/10 07:43 PM

and her threat to Belize is cooperate or we will punish you!
Posted By: SnoopysMom

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human traffickin - 09/08/10 12:25 AM

Perhaps Hilary should take a look at ______ (insert here any urban city in the US) to expose underage runaways, prostitution and drug trafficking.

Oh, while she's at it, perhaps her husband can help explain why he abused his position of authority multiple times with a young female intern while on duty as the leader of the free world.

I feel nauseous frown
Posted By: reaper

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/08/10 12:49 AM

I wonder if Commisioner Segura drove past the "Rose Garden" on his way out to the airport for his flight out to San Pedro? Probably not. Must have flown out of Municipal.
Posted By: jilco

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/08/10 02:30 PM

From what I have found online, Jimenez Estrada was released on bail and is to appear back in court on October 19th. Please correct me if I am wrong or if any of you have further details on this case.

I am also curious about the current status of NARCISA ORELLANA, who was recently released without bail on her THIRD Human Trafficking charge of 2010. http://www.7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=17351

This is not about prostitution. This is about females and males of ANY AGE being forced to work (most likely in the sex trade) against their will.



Posted By: elbert

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/08/10 03:46 PM

Originally Posted by jilco

This is not about prostitution. This is about females and males of ANY AGE being forced to work (most likely in the sex trade) against their will.

Your correct in that it should be about this only.
Yesterday I was pondering the underage factor and realized my grandmother married my Grandfather when she was 14 and I'm 16 years younger than my mother.
so I might have some prejudices in this matter.
Its about Human Trafficking, its wrong and illegal the rest are cultural differences.
Defined-Human trafficking is the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor: a modern-day form of slavery.
Jilco your words ? "While all areas containing high concentrations of human trafficking exploitation bars should be investigated, tourist areas should take precedence, with San Pedro, Ambergris Caye targeted as the number one offender in the country."
seems like a hand full was more the reality than your 'thousands a month' est.
Posted By: jilco

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/08/10 06:25 PM

Elbert -

I can't find my original post from back in July but no, Elbert, those were not my words. Those quotes you used are from The San Pedro Daily. http://www.sanpedrodaily.com/6-17-10.html

Thanks for the formal definition of Human Trafficking.

Posted By: James Pearce

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/09/10 03:31 AM

Originally Posted by elbert
Amartya's article sighted by Pearce is about 100 million women population deficit because of natural selections Genetic and Biological differences favoring male birth numbers.


We're way off topic. But that's just what it doesn't say (at least, after the first sentence).

The cited article eloquently sets out why the numbers are exactly not what would be expected by genetic and biological differences alone. To quote:

"These numbers tell us, quietly, a terrible story of inequality and neglect leading to the excess mortality of women."

It's hard to reconcile the heady writing of Nobel Laureates with seedy goings on in San Pedro night clubs. But I felt I had to set the record straight on an important piece of writing.
Posted By: elbert

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/09/10 03:23 PM

Jilco ,one of the administrators moved you last thread on the subject to a subforum that is seen by business community members only. It a negative subject that affects tourism , The post IMHO where exaggerated way beyond the reality on the island and gave a false impression.
Posted By: seashell

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/09/10 08:20 PM

This thread should be under NEWS subforum anyway, to my mind.
Posted By: Alter Ego.

Re: Guatemalan woman charged with human trafficking - 09/09/10 11:51 PM

Wow! I wonder if these authorities actually sat in front of a drawing board and planned this all out...Its funny how we cant get a group of Ministry of Works employees to rush down here and fix San Mateo or maybe some Belize Coast Guards to work at night without the consent of our town board...I agree with a lot..I'm against child exploitation but last night I rode to a nearby store to buy a bread and thought that this immigration sting would help me from getting my bike stolen..what I'm getting at is I think if any law authority has to fly out here/water-taxi comfortably on taxpayers money I think it should be for authorities that would help or educate use on how to save HolChan or tell use we are sending 5 atleast semi-navy trained police officers..
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