We dont see it: Mexican TV series spotlights trafficking in plain sight – Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The creators of a documentary series about human trafficking in Mexico hope the TV program will educate the public about the abuse of workers in plain sight – be it cleaners or farm laborers.
The eight-part public tv series The Route of Human Trafficking tells the stories of survivors – most of whom are kept anonymous – and explores the origin and motorists of labor and sexual exploitation.
“( Human trafficking) is there in broad daytime … and we dont see it … maybe since its so apparent,” co-director and manufacturer Hector Ortega told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has actually said there may be between 50,000 and 500,000 trafficking victims in Mexico – from sexual exploitation to required labor – however academics state the real number is tough to select with concrete information doing not have.

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Human trafficking takes several forms in Mexico, from ladies pushed into prostitution to domestic employees in young men and slave-like conditions persuaded into working for drug cartels.
The developers of the show said they chose versus covering trafficking by orderly crime groups due to the fact that they thought it was too risky on their own, the survivors and the professionals.
Co-director and manufacturer Marilu Rasso stated she wanted the audience to review why and how cases of human trafficking occurred, instead of just concentrate on the nature of the abuse.
” Precariousness makes exploitation and trafficking possible, the thought that there are … people who in some way deserve less or are simply there to produce,” stated Rasso, who likewise runs a shelter for female victims of violence.

In one episode of the show – which first aired last month and runs till September – activists explain how agricultural workers move from poorer parts of Mexico through a dirty system of brokers and are mistreated, threatened and underpaid.
Rasso and Ortega said they had actually currently been conscious of the horrible conditions many farm workers suffered, but were surprised by the intensity after interviewing some victims.
” We need to put up a huge reflector to understand that what were so utilized to living is violence which it allows something as harsh as human trafficking,” Rasso said.
The pair stated chances for financing compelling documentaries in Mexico were limited however that they had managed to protect public funding after being rejected by huge broadcasters.

From Bollywood to Hollywood, film and TV portrayals of human trafficking are frequently criticized for sensationalizing the problem or oversimplifying and miseducating audiences about a trade that has an approximated 25 million victims worldwide.
Yuriria Alvarez, who used to run the CNDHs anti-trafficking program, said the series revealed how concerns from sexism to discrimination sustained human trafficking in Mexico.
” Unlike other projects that generally just show you something incredibly victimized or misconceptions … (the program) paints a picture of all the violence in advance,” stated Alvarez, who advised Ortega and Rasso. “Human trafficking does not take place in a vacuum.”