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  1. #1
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    Jul 2009

    Lydia Cacho/Mexican journalist garners another award for exposing child trafficking


    Tully Award to Mexican Journalist: Lydia Cacho exposes child trafficking

    "....Cacho, 45, is an investigative print reporter, with a background in radio and TV, who wrote a series of articles for the newspaper “Por Esto” in Cancún about child trafficking, sexual tourism and the political protection afforded to organized crime in that upscale resort.

    After Random House Mexico asked her to write a book, she published these findings in 2005 as “Los Demonios del Edén” (Demons of Eden: The Power that Protects Child Pornography). In particular Cacho focused on the fates of some 200 children at the hands of Jean Succar Kuri, the wealthy Lebanese owner of Sol y Mer Villas resort, and his cohort, international textile magnate Kamel Nacif. Nacif had a well-established relationship with Mario Marín, governor of the state of Puebla, where some of his plants were located. Eight months later, at Marín’s orders – Nacif was suing her for defamation, then a criminal charge that could put her in prison – Cacho was arrested, driven across Mexico and on the way tortured in an unsuccessful attempt to force her to recant her work.

    Last Monday, Cacho was clear that her captors would simply have killed her in the end – she recounted in chilling detail a cell phone call and the terse phrase “change of plans” that interrupted their stop at a dark beach – had not a network of callers from Amnesty International, PEN International and other groups bombarded both Marín and the media, and one friendly state senator showed up at the Puebla jail holding Cacho....."

    more at link

    I greatly admire this woman's tenacity. She refuses to be shut down. I cannot wait until her book is translated into English. I'm very hopeful that she might be eligible to win the Pulitzer. Here's some background on her if you haven't heard of her:


    I wish she'd speak to the recent debacle in Haiti and about the recent concerns about African adoption/trafficking practices. She's a powerhouse.
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  2. #2
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    Jul 2009
    I have a simple question. Why is it that every new John Grisham or Jonathan Kellerman novel will be translated into 28 languages within a few months of publication but an investigative book of international importance goes un-translated?

    Is there a political agenda here? Cacho's book, "Los Demonios del Edén", has won all sorts of awards for the meticulous investigative reporting and the fearless exposure of some of Mexico's most famous and wealthy men. Why can't English speaking Americans read it? After all, some of the crimes which are uncovered occur where Americans frequently vacation or even own property. I would think this book would most certainly be picked up by a publisher and translated into English, French, German, Dutch, Japanese, etc.

    Why not?

    When I talk to people (such as LE or the DAs office) who should know a good bit about human trafficking and pedophile rings, why have they never heard of this Lydia Cacho and her work?


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Hey MizzIzzy,

    I'm gonna request that this thread get to moved to the "Up to the Minute" forum.

    And then I'm gonna read it


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