MSNBC SPECIAL REPORT: Latino Brothels Spreading Across America
By Mariela Rosario | 04/05/2011 - 15:30

We were absolutely appalled when we saw this MSNBC special report on the Latino brothels that have been growing across America. Apparently, there is a startling new trend of women being lured from Latin America to the United States with the promise of work and board, only to be forced into sexual slavery in brothels that have silently but steadily been spreading in communities. You have to see it to believe it:

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New New Report on Immigrant Workers Reveals Rampant Workplace Abuse
New Report on Immigrant Workers Reveals Rampant Workplace Abuse
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 01/04/2011 - 15:35

That grilled chicken salad that you ate for lunch? There’s a good chance that everything in it, from the tomatoes to the lettuce to the bird itself was picked or processed by a Latina. Some 640,000 women (mostly Latinas) perform farm work and another estimated 63,000 work in poultry farms and processing centers.

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Pregnant 10 Year Old Reignites Abortion Debate in Mexico
By Mariela Rosario | 04/21/2010 - 16:00

How exactly does a ten-year-old even become pregnant? That's the same question we were grappling with, and your worst assumptions about how this happened are unfortunately true. A little girl was raped by her stepfather (subsequently charged and in custody) and is now almost four months pregnant in Mexico.

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Teen Rape Victim Speaks Out: “Violence Is Always the Wrong Choice”
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 11/04/2009 - 13:05

The 15-year-old Richmond High School student who was allegedly gang raped outside her school’s homecoming dance sent a written message last night to hundreds of people gathered in protest of the attack.

"We realize people are angry about this," the young victim said in a statement read by her church pastor. "But let the anger cause change, change that is necessary to keep our children, our neighbors and our friends safe."

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Five Arrested in Alleged Gang Rape, Friend of Victim Speaks Out
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/29/2009 - 10:42

Police investigating the gang rape of a 15-year-old student outside of a school dance on Oct. 23 have arrested five people, CNN reports. Three juveniles and two adults—Salvador Rodriguez, 21, and Manuel Ortega, 19— were taken into custody. Richmond, CA police spokesman, Lt.

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Teen Gang Raped for Over Two Hours While Others Watched and Did Nothing
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/27/2009 - 14:50

This is one of those stories that’s so gut wrenching and horrifying that it’s difficult to report. California police say a 15-year-old high school student was gang raped Friday outside of her Homecoming dance by at least four teens, according to CNN. She was flown from the scene of the brutal attack in critical condition. By Monday, the girl was stable. Two suspects have been arrested in the case, and another is being questioned.

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Guilty Before Proven Innocent?
By Christine Estevez | 06/04/2009 - 17:45

What happens when everyday citizens decide to take the law into their own hands? If you’re in Philadelphia, nothing. About a dozen angry residents of West Kensington neighborhood will not face criminal charges for hospitalizing 26-year-old Jose Carrasquillo, after beating him for several minutes on Tuesday with fists, feet, and wooden sticks prior to police arriving. The catch: Carrasquillo was wanted for questioning in the rape of an 11-year-old girl, which was so violent she needed surgery to recover.

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VIDEO: Nicole Richie Raises Awareness for the Women of Congo
By Mariela Rosario | 04/16/2009 - 13:55

Nicole Richie sat down with experts John Prendergast of the Enough Project and Kimberly Pinkson of the Eco Mom Alliance to talk about the gruesome situation that has, unfortunately for the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo, become a daily reality. In Congo, rape has become the weapon of choice in a war that has been ravaging the area for years. From baby girls to grandmothers, no one is safe. 

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Another Brazilian Minor Raped By Family Member, Found to be 4 Months Pregnant
By Dorkys Ramos | 03/26/2009 - 15:50

Looks like the abortion issue will continue to stir controversy among Brazilians. In yet another disturbing case of sexual abuse, a teenage girl has been impregnated by her father. But this time the 13-year-old girl has asked the courts to allow her to carry her four-month-old unborn child to term.

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The Steep Price of Immigration for Latin American Women
By Mariela Rosario | 03/17/2009 - 14:15

After the overwhelming response to the article about rape trees published last week, we decided to take a more in-depth look at the perils women face as they attempt to immigrate into America. The journey is dangerous—from the malevolent coyotes transporting their human cargo, to the harsh conditions faced in the desert—and many women are realistic about crossing the border.

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