Human Trafficking in Mexico

By National Institute of Migration

Mexico is currently a country of origin, transit, and entry for migrants. Through its borders millions of people come and go every year, including tourists, local visitors, or temporary workers. In recent decades, it has become an especially important transit point for thousands of irregular migrants, mainly from Central America, heading to the United States in addition to the flow of hundreds of thousands of undocumented Mexican migrants trying to cross the border to the States.

This situation has helped to increase the vulnerability of many people, especially women, children, and adolescents, as well as to expose them to become victims of trafficking, mainly for sexual and labor exploitation. Human trafficking is a crime with dire consequences, viewed as a contemporary form of slavery and as an extreme form of violence against women and children that violates their fundamental human rights.

In the fight against human trafficking, the joint initiative “Trafficking in women and children in Mexico” has been designed and launched. The project was initiated in October 2004, receiving financial support from the Agency for International Development of the United States (USAID) and National Institute for Women.

Human trafficking is a highly lucrative criminal activity, often involving organized networks associated with other criminal activities, such as smuggling of migrants, drug trafficking, money laundering, and arms trafficking. Human trafficking thus becomes an important issue of national and international security. If you know or have been the subject of human trafficking, please report it to 01800 00 854 00 or


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