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Protesters demand justice in case of alleged child sexual abuse by official

Guadalajara, Mexico, Aug 20 (efe-epa).- Protesters gathered in the Mexican city of Guadalajara Thursday to demand justice in the case of alleged sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl by a Puerto Vallarta police official in a case that worries civil groups and that could uncover a child trafficking network.

The protest was called by collective Aquelarre Radical with the intention of making public “the abuses” to which children are subjected throughout the country, said Rubí, one of its spokespersons.

“It is also necessary to talk about child abuse, that it be a fixed debate in all spaces… that a discourse on child abuse always be carried out and not only explicitly physical abuse, but also verbal and emotional, and how we really indoctrinate our children,” she said.

Hooded and dressed in black, about 100 protesters carried signs in a street near the Government Palace of Jalisco that read “Girls should not be touched, raped nor killed” and “For all the girls who will not scream with us tomorrow.”

They demanded the authorities resolve this case and punish the official, who has been removed from his post.

On July 26, Luis Alonso “N”, then the human resources director of the Puerto Vallarta Public Security Police Station, was arrested after being found inside his vehicle with a naked 10-year-old girl.

The case of this minor, whose identity is protected, has raised suspicions among international civil organizations who fear it could be related to a child trafficking network.

Puerto Vallarta is known as a resort area where pornography and sex tourism networks operate.

On Monday, the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights demanded that local authorities investigate whoever might be protecting Luis Alonso “N”.

In the last few months alone, the committee has denounced 67 cases of girls and boys who have suffered violence and sexual abuse, which have been officially registered in the area.

The police official will remain in preventive detention for six months linked to another judicial process for child sexual abuse.

In addition, Mexican judge Jorge Luis Solís last Friday caused outrage, saying that the detainee could not be prosecuted for corruption of minors since “the minor did not feel pleasure” and that the accused was linked to the child sexual abuse process.

Solís was dismissed and is being investigated by the Mexican Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, while the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit froze his bank accounts due to irregular movements.

The case will have a new hearing on Friday in the courts of Puerto Vallarta.

The agency announced on Wednesday that regardless of this new hearing, they still want Judge Solís to be investigated for his decisions with which “he violated the principle of maximum protection and the best interests of the minor, of under 10 years of age.”

Groups plan to hold new demonstrations over the weekend in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. EFE-EPA

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