Guerrero community police arrested a 14 year old girl for several hours, after she escaped from a forced marriage to a minor youth.
According to human rights defenders, Anayeli “N”, had run away to avoid being sold for $ 10,000, since her family planned to match her with a 16-year-old boy who lives in the indigenous community of Joya Real, in the municipality of Cochoapa el Grande.
The minor was imprisoned for a time after being captured Monday night by community security elements and, according to Abel Barrera Hernandez, director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center, in that locality there are around 600 inhabitants who reign the so-called uses and customs.
“Anayeli, for resisting forced marriage, She was detained by the community police at the request of the child’s family with whom they wanted to marry her ”, she detailed in a statement.
In addition to the young woman, another minor was imprisoned and later released for receiving Anayeli at his home when he tried to escape.
Thus, Barrera Hernández mentioned that this Tuesday afternoon Anayeli “N” was released and Alfredo “N”.
According The day The human rights defender highlighted in a telephone interview that since Monday a group of lawyers from Tlachinollan went to the town of Joya Real, with the support of the State Attorney General, State Police and National Guard.
Barrera delved into that the release of the two youths was allowed and the DIF of Guerrero was requested to protect the minors.
Although marriage between minors in Mexico was prohibited by law in 2019, in certain indigenous communities in Mexico they still continue to happen.
During a visit to Guerrero last October, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) ruled on the problem of the sale of girls in the original towns of Mexico, specifically the Guerrero mountain, which he visited.
In one of his conferences, the Chief Executive denied that the agenda of his visit would imply a review of this problem, since he assured that in said towns “There are cultural values” and child prostitution “It is an exception, but it is not the rule” within their practices.
“The sale of girls, the prostitution of girls (…) is not the rule. In the communities there are many cultural, moral and spiritual values, that may be the exception, but it is not the rule ”, said the president at that time.
In a report by the International Day against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women, Girls and Boys, commemorated every September 23, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) reported that 49% of victims of human trafficking are women, of which, the 23% they are girls.
To this, the agency recalled that trafficking tends to lead to other forms of crime, including the sale of infants and the forced marriage, the latter being one of the most controversial in Mexico since “uses and customs” are usually superimposed. to justify the practice.
Hence the interest of public opinion because Andrés Manuel took into consideration the sale of infants during his tour of the state in charge of the newly incoming governor, Evelyn Salgado Macedonio.
*With information from AFP