Mexican Man Arrested for Trafficking of 16 Year old Belizean Girl

vlcsnap-2014-05-19-21h08m29s53Earlier this month, we reported to you that a 16 year old Belizean female minor was found in Carillo Puerto, Mexico in the company of a 53 year old Mexican man identified as Miguel Angel Manzanero Cocom.

Today we have reports that the female minor, identified only as D.M.G originally of August-Pine Ridge village, in northern Belize, was repatriated to Belize sometime on Friday evening.

53 year old Cocom has since been arrested.  According to what the minor told police, she been physically and verbally violated.

vlcsnap-2014-05-19-21h08m24s20At the time that the minor was discovered, Miguel Angel Cocom had allegedly been forcing her to get out of the vehicle and go to sleep in a place called Motosierras, accesorios y servicios “Toño” and and have sex with some guy. The minor explained that all she wanted to do was to return to Belize.

According to Mexican News Paper, El Diario de Quintana Roo,  the female minor,  who had entered the country illegally, was under the protection of attorney for the defence of children and family and was placed under the care of the National Institute of Migration.

vlcsnap-2014-05-19-21h08m55s71El Diario de Quintana Roo reported that on Friday evening, Jorge Leal, Attorney for the Defence of Children and Families, handed over custody of the minor to Belizean authorities.

However, up to the time of this report we could not confirm with the relative Belizean authorities that the minor, who had been reported missing approximately seven months ago, is indeed back in Belize and in the lawful custody of her parents or guardians.

However, we were able to confirm with the Ministry of Foreign affairs that there has been constant dialogue with the Mexican authorities on this particular matter.

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