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Mexican girl fleeing forced marriage detained by police



Mexican girl fleeing forced marriage detained by police

A 14-year-old indigenous woman was detained by Mexican police after fleeing her neighborhood to keep away from a pressured marriage, human rights defenders stated Wednesday.


The woman, recognized as Anayeli “N”, escaped her poverty-stricken neighborhood in Joya Actual to keep away from being offered and married to a 16-year-old boy in trade for round $10,000 that will have been paid to her household.



She was detained within the southern Mexican state of Guerrero for 14 hours after being captured on Monday night time, stated Abel Barrera Hernandez, director of the Tlachinollan Human Rights Middle.


“Anayeli was detained by the neighborhood police for resisting pressured marriage on the request of the household of the boy” who she was to marry, the middle stated in an announcement.


Marriage between minors was legally banned in Mexico in 2019, however indigenous communities proceed to implement the union beneath a convention that critics have stated traps girls in abuse. 


Anayeli was launched after legal professionals from the Tlachinollan Middle, with the assist of Mexican authorities together with the state prosecutor’s workplace, negotiated with neighborhood officers.


Indigenous individuals characterize round 10 % of Mexico’s inhabitants of 126 million, and nearly 70 % stay in poverty with out entry to fundamental companies, based on official figures, resulting in the commodification of ancestral dowry rituals to lift cash.


Guerrero is without doubt one of the Mexican states the place the sale of minors takes place in trade for cash, animals, and even alcoholic drinks.

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Throughout a go to to the state final yr, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador refused to intervene in indigenous practices, saying they weren’t widespread.


“The sale of ladies, the prostitution of ladies… will not be the rule. Within the communities there are various cultural, ethical and non secular values, this can be the exception, however it’s not the rule,” he stated.



In keeping with official figures, round 3,000 individuals between the ages of 9 and 17 gave delivery in Guerrero in 2020, typically after being pressured into marriage.


In October, a 15-year-old woman from Guerrero was arrested after she fled house as a result of her father-in-law tried to rape her. She had been pressured to marry a person dwelling in america in trade for round $6,000.

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