Mexico City (CNN)Karla Jacinto is sitting in a serene garden. She looks at the ordinary sights of flowers and can hear people beyond the garden walls, walking and talking in Mexico City. She looks straight into my eyes, her voice cracking slightly, as she tells me the number she wants me to remember — 43,200. …
Her testimony was used as evidence in support for H.R. 515 or Megan’s Law that mandates U.S. authorities share information pertaining to American child sex offenders when these convicts attempt to travel abroad. Full Article
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Anyone who reads the number 43,200 is going to freak out. However doing minimal research I uncovered the minimum age of consent for Mexico as 12. This is a Mexican federal minimum with each state varying from puberty to 15. Granted penalties do exist for non consensual sexual activity with someone under eighteen, but laws and prosecutions vary from state to state. Of course prostitution involving anyone under eighteen is illegal throughout Mexico. As horrible as her story is not enough details are provided to know all the circumstances and the exact degree of illegality of everything she claims. Moreover 43,200 is merely her estimate. Was she really raped that many times in four years? Were there some instances where she consented?
More importantly she makes no mention of U.S. citizens being the ones who paid her. On those grounds alone I would say her testimony has no relevance in pushing forward United States law. Mexican law, absolutely, but not United States law.
There is no doubt that this woman has been significantly harmed and those who forced her into prostitution should be punished. There is great doubt, however, that there is any link between what has happened to her and the proposed legislation. Instead, the legislation is yet another fear-based reaction that would not solve the problem that has been identified. For that reason, California RSOL opposes H.R. 515.
So…let me get this straight. This chick (obviously being used by so called “human rights advocates” and the US government; with a plea for $$$ at the end) are saying that somehow what happened to Karla can be prevented if (obviously the US government pushing this one) advanced notification of someone already being victimized by the state registry is reported to nations the person intends to travel to? Even though nobody or any agency has ever offered any concrete proof (or any proof) that US citizens travelling abroad do so for the sole purpose of “victimizing” young impressionable local girls? And somehow what Karla’s own countrymen did to her is tied in with US citizens on the illegal registry here?
I’d really like to see the statistics of all the registrants from this country (or any country) that have been caught and arrested for engaging in human trafficking (the seemingly new favorite tool to instill fear in the room temperature IQ types), and convicted.
This sounds like a terrible story, but with all due sympathy, what does it have anything to do with HR 515?
This was a Mexican victim and ALL Mexican participants IN Mexico. From the relative who abused her as a small child, to the man who preyed on her, the mother who turned her 12-year old(!) out on the street, to the men who used her for paid sex, to the corrupt police men who betrayed her and their position and further abused her.
What on earth does any of this have to do with a guy with a criminal conviction for inappropriate photos wanting to spend 5 days in Cancun?
Has this story even been verified in some form? And why does she get to speak in front of Congress? Does anyone here get to speak on the subject to these decisionmakers? I am sorry if I sound harsh, but they are MY / OUR representatives. Not hers. At least 53 of them are.
The most frustrating thing is that reason completely makes an exit when these matters are at hand. I would imagine one does not become a Member of Congress without at least a solid college education. Which, one would assume, would include some lessons in relevance and even CAUSALITY.
And can not hope that one, at least one of these politicians would have the balls to say, hey – this is not relevant, and certainly not causal. Just one.
That is the most upsetting, that these people simply are not rational. I might as well argue with my German Shepherd. Same intellectual level, same outcome.
Suspicious at best…just part of the ongoing scam and lie.
*** INTERNATIONAL MEGAN’S LAW REPORTED WITH AMENDMENTS FAVORABLY BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS on 11/10/2015 ***
As of 11/12/2015 no amendment information has been received. Any idea what these amendments say? I tried to watch the meeting of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on 11/10 but there was no live audio or video stream available for that meeting. Our government does these things behind closed doors so it looks like we need to just “trust them”? I guess the bill now moves on to the Senate floor for a vote?
This is like blaming winding roads on airplanes crashes.
Assuming she was forced to “work” 12 hours per day (11 a.m. – 11 p.m.), she had 2 1/2 “Johns” every hour, EVERY DAY, for four years. Sorry, I doubt the veracity of that claim. But more to the point, she was obviously presented in order to shock panel members into advancing this bill without actual thoughtful consideration.
The ends doesn’t justify the means. My crime was as closely related to this scenario as the bombings in Paris. But, tug at the heart strings and Americans will sacrifice all rights (of Others) for peace of mind. This article is merely a fund-raising effort for CNN’s “Paper Airplane” to help end slavery campaign.
Do they target this law at people who’ve been convicted for soliciting prostitution that are NOT required to register? It seems like that would be a little more sensible to me. It’s just another poke at registrants who’ve been deemed re-punishable under the guise of regulatory measures.
My question is, are those convicted of offenses not related to children ect banned from traveling abroad?