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Man and woman to stand trial for labor exploitation of minors in Playa del Carmen rescue operation

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Mario “H” and Juana “D” are to stand trial for human trafficking of 20 minors from Chiapas. The pair were arrested from a Playa del Carmen house last week during an operation that freed the 20 minors being held inside.

The minor found inside the house ranged in ages from one to 17. They were deceived by the pair into coming to Quintana Roo, where, once in the state, were forced to work long hours and hand over their earnings.

According to the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) the minors were forced to work as vendors selling marquesitas, snow cones, caps and other products in various areas of Playa del Carmen.

“The first investigation in this case derive from the complaint of a teenager on June 19 of the current year, which is why a search warrant was requested and obtained from a judge, which was completed on July 12 by agents of the State Attorney General’s Office, the Secretary of Citizen Security and the National Guard, achieving the capture of Mario “H” and Juana “D”,” the agency reported.

“The now accused were pointed out by the victims, between one and 17 years of age, of forcing them to work as vendors of marquesitas, snow cones, caps and other products in shifts from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in various areas of the city.”

The minors were told the money they earned would be sent to their parents or kept on their behalf, however, they were never paid.