Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Sex-Abused Children Lining the Cartels’ Pockets

Posted by DD Republished from The Daily Beast
 They go from one hell to another, from the nightmare of sexual abuse, to living with hate, ending up part of organized crime as eager, angry children ready to do anything
 ACAPULCO, Mexico — Elena met Rafita a few years ago on the malecón, the breakwater along the port of Acapulco. His shyness and his eyes like the eyes of an injured puppy stole her heart, she remembers.  Tourists were throwing coins off their boats and yachts and they were amazed to see him prance along the dock, then nail a dive that seemed almost impossible in order to retrieve their money.

At night, his body went through a different kind of test, used by rickety gringos or Canadians who paid a pimp to do with it what they wanted.

At the time, Rafita was eight.
 
He was like many others Elena has seen. He had come from the neighboring state of Morelos to this one, Guerrero, which, by 2015, had the highest homicide rate in Mexico, with 54.5 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. (By contrast deadly Chicago—“Chi-raq”—has a murder rate of 15.09.) And he had wound up in Acapulco.

Here, the violence has grown steadily worse. Last April 24, the main avenue of the port, the Costera Miguel Alemán, became a battlefield contested for more than two hours by Mexican federal forces and the organized crime cells that control the non-tourist zones of the municipality.



“I told Rafita he could get away from all this, go to our house,” says Elena, a woman who speaks with reticence and suspicion—who asked that her real name not be published because she fears for her life and for those she protects—but who claims to have helped more than 150 child victims of sexual exploitation at the hostel she runs.
“Rafa lived with his biological mother and stepfather,” Elena told us. “It was the stepfather who sexually exploited him and offered him to friends.  He was with us two years … and then he returned to his family. His case is the one that has most affected me. I never thought I'd see a child in such vulnerable conditions.”
 
Since 2000, Elena has been working to rescue as many children as she could. “We decided to help these little ones—help them have a home, an identity, and respect,” she told me. “They wouldn’t be street kids anymore, they’d have a roof over their heads.”

But something happened in 2007. After the declaration of war on drugs launched by former President Felipe Calderón at the start of his administration, the social climate in Acapulco changed totally. Violence began to increase dramatically, according to figures from INEGI, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (PDF).

Before, there was no war between drug traffickers in the poorer neighborhoods of this warm-water port that was sometimes a world-class tourist destination. Elena and other volunteers could take food to the kids and move about without problems. But now, suddenly, there were shootouts, executions, and decapitations to contend with. In the deadly July of 2015, in less than 30 hours, 14 people were killed.
 

Thanks to Los Rojos, Los Ardillos and the Cártel Independiente de Acapulco fighting for territory, the municipality got a reputation as “Mexico’s Iraq.” It became the most violent city in the country and the fourth most violent city in the world, according to a study by Mexico’s Citizen Council for Public Justice and Criminal Justice.

This profoundly affected the work of Elena and her team at the hostel, who had to dial back their efforts to rescue child victims of sexual exploitation because of the murderous violence in the more remote neighborhoods of the coast.  There were children who ought to have been rescued, she knows, but who were abandoned to their fate.

"What we were doing for the little ones was about finding them, caring for them, giving them shelter and schooling—protecting them and making them good people—that was the purpose,” said Elena, again asking that her name not be used, such is the long reach of the narcos and the terror they impose. In Acapulco today, opening your mouth can have mortal consequences.

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58 comments:

  1. O M G !
    muchas gracias DD and the Daily Beast
    The hideous plight of these children needs to be everywhere !

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    1. Miguel angel yunes linares, Veracruz candidate for governor,representing el PAN ND el PRD coalition, owner of hundreds of properties in mexico and the US, and millions and millions of dollars from dubious procedence, a friend of Jean succor kuri, and el gober precioso mario marin, is on tape talking about his dirty deeds with minors, as is his right hand congressman...
      --Omar Fayad, ley fayad author,candidate for hidalgo state governorship, same shit...
      --emilio gamboa patron, televiso legislator, also named with many others by lidia cacho and some of their victims, some are just murderers and cartels chieftains like javier duarte de ochoa, but AAALL OF THEM CORRUPT...
      --now let's suppose for a minute it is all a lie, lies cooked by their political adversaries...
      --no, couldn't do it...
      --some will volunteer that they believe in the mexican politicians, like the US Congress and Obamanos, and keep sending them weapons paid for by the US taxpayers to the US amerikkkan second hand weapons dealers that collect and sell that shit to the mexican narco-gobierno de cagada...

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  2. There are supposed to be no tourists in cacapulco, but there are thousands of soldiers since the seventies when they murdered lucio cabanas and genaro vazquez rojas...
    --Before that the government had been murdering 'activists' for demanding pay rises of about 0.15 cents (pesos) per kilo of copra, (coconut pulp), education, health services... (communism, you know?)
    Now we must, have to, believe the biiig baaad narcos and their fights are too much for the military and polesias that flood cacapulco and the whole state...poor mexican military, on iguala they were also affraid of the uguala polesias of the imperial abarca couple, may e what they need is OTAN, (nato) to come and help them, "probesitos" so far from el DF...
    --and from having some HUEVOS...

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  3. If anyone knows of Gringos/Canadians abusing children in Mexico, knows their names, information about them and what's been happening, who they are or where they are staying, please call: 1-800-668-6868 These sex tourists will be dealt with when they return to Canada. Get pictures if you can.

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    1. Thanks BB reader for this info. I checked out the number and it is an excellent/legit program.

      Kids Help Phone https://www.kidshelpphone.ca/Teens/home.aspx

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    2. Calderon a sido el peor presidente de Mexico mecay. Declarando una guerra contra que o quien???? Bullshit. Ni pedo mexico te toca hasta que aparezca el falso profeta.
      El que tiene oidos para oir......

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  4. Agreed that anyone who victimizes children should be dealt with severely within the law; however, the author does a great injustice to all abused children with the xenophobic speech. Millions of Canadians come to Mexico each year without any desire to abuse children; many Canadians help your neglected Mexican children who are most often abused in Mexican homes by relatives; there are many Mexicans in jail for child abuse and for being child predators in their own Mexican homes and their own Mexican communities; the author knows all that, and still ignored reporting of those facts because the author writes like a bigot might write just like Mexicans say that Donald Trump is a hater, we agree. Bad author, you have added to the problem of child exploitation in Mexico by casting your misinformation just like a dirty politician would do.

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    1. 11:10 well, my dear innocent canadian, with all due respect, "keep out of mexico"
      Behind your travels to mexico and the blessings you spread around, canadian mining companies and other industries, are just exploiting the parents of those children you help and protect.
      It is like nafta is a treaty that produces economic benefit for the rich US and canadian investors and poverty and slavery for the mexicans, go home and stay home, canadians and americans, and keep your charity with yourselves for another day, helpa make sure your "countrymen" stuff their investments where the sun don't shine, that would help mexican children...

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    2. 11:26, greetings. Thank you for writing that you have "due respect" for whomever you think that I am. You are correct that I help and protect children in Mexico just like most other mothers do from where I am from originally, Japan, and please know that most Mexican mothers and fathers that I know in our rural Mexican community do the same, help and protect children. Unfortunately there are exceptions as there are known to us in this Mexican community 13 Mexican men and one Mexican woman in Mexican prison (placed there by fellow Mexicans) for child exploitation abuse. Interestingly, some of those in prison expressed the same type of hate speech during community gatherings before being arrested that your inspired writing has produced; you see, they were the type to like to blame others too. You end your writing with trash talk so we are assuming that is most important to you; we wonder, did you perhaps learn to talk and write like that from suggested admiration for Donald Trump who also wants to end NAFTA just like you; your words "my dear" are coming back to haunt you; so, you mean to suggest then that Donald Trump and you are all for helping Mexican children in need.

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    3. @11:26 am. With all due respect that works 2 ways! U come here to the u.s by the thousands every year and u want us to stay out of mexico? I dont know anyone here clamoring to go there anyway lately! These child predators just need to be castrated with no anesthesia!

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    4. 8:45 we the mexicans that come to the US where some special cases do not want us, but where most american people welcomes us, and many others, we do not come here armed with crooked laws cooked between our lobbyists and bananera corporations to stick it to the american people, there is a different ce between touristas and crimilales, and real investors that donvt.just come to mexico to polute and pay slave wages...
      You pay one mexican one week salary with one hour salary to a Canadian or american miner, that is proof enough, in a the treatues, mexicans always get the shitty end of the stick because your money corrupts the mexican government...

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    5. 11:13-And that's our fault our dollars corrupt your government.Now how can we force your government to play by the rules.It's more the other way around.Yes we have lost jobs by the thousands and thousands here in Canada.1 auto parts manufacturer has given Queretaro 93,000 jobs.We would gladly have them move back but yes it works for the corporations.We get screwed as well as you but that's business.

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    6. 11:06 that is not business, Canna, That is CORRUPTION, WHAT YOU DO IS BRING IT UP AT THE NEXT NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING, and kick some ass, impose quotas and forbid the doing business with that company, boycott...
      --Mexican government can't play by the rules, mexico plays by the un-written rules, full of no-see-'ums...

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  5. Not sure they should be blaming tourists from America.. it's dead there and the assumption would be no Nationals are pedos using their services. Pretty naive if you ask me.

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    1. 12.39
      Good insight,and undoubtedly true,your the only one who used his head and not some distasteful agenda.
      Of course we want sex tourism stopped and the harshest punishment for anyone harming children in this way,but lets not focus on jingoism but the problem in Mexico

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    2. That's exactly what I'm saying down below the thread. There are NO tourists from north of the border. Might sound hard to believe, but in January, during the week, you maybe see 10-15 people at any of the major hotel pools sometimes less. Out of those dozen or so, maybe 2-6 gringos. Come weekend time, hotels seem more around 35-50% full, but with nationals only. This is in high season as well for Americans. Walk the streets and no Americans to be seen. Go to the bars again, no Americans. I reckon there's a few filthy sex tourism wanderers, but not enough to support a black market under age prostitution market. Sounds like the guy in the interview again is blaming someone other than themselves...probably the type to waive Mexican flags in the USA.

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    3. Even Cuba could not stop the jineteras from prostituting themselves...
      --In mexico, child prostitution built cancun, and it has moved economies from juarez to tijuana, and then trampaulipas, all along with mature prostitutas...
      It is because banana republicas are left with not much to sell, after being mined, all they have left is the shaft and their better looking arses to be rented away for profit.
      Guerrero states attorney recently stated that child prostitution is due to the parents, not to the pederastas from other countries that pay for it...and is about to release some tourist from prison because of that...
      "Es que no hay dineros"

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    4. There are almost no tourists NOW, but the damage has been done it has been done in cancun too, and in televisa...where there are not many tourists, but la Trevi is back...y la flaca, laura de meexiicooo, que pasen el pase las desgraciadaaaaas!!!

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    5. Before fidel castro, there were mass movements denouncing disappearances of minors, there are photos of cuban demonstrators, google images...
      --It was also legal to kidnap minors for "hotel work", I wonder about the stories the Habana Hilton would tell, but millionaire "investor" Jeffrey Epstein friends, victims and fans stories of passionate love fests with minors in his private island in el Caribe will have to do for a while...

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  6. Now all thee pedophile greengoes will flock to Acapulco and add to the problem of child sexual exploitation.

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    1. 12:44 Sure there are pedophile in the U.S . Not sure of the ratio compared to mexico or anyplace else . One thin is for certain it is a long long tradition for Mexicans to accommodate sex tourism . One thing the gringos will do is prosecute pedophilia committed abroad by u.s. citizens . Don't point at the gringos . U.S. prisons have more than their share of Mexican locked up because their "woman" was only 12 or 13 and they were between 18 and 30 . I believe pedophiles should be dealt with harshly of any nation . I hate a goddamned pedophile , even if he thinks he's not one .

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    2. 6:40 HEEERE WE GOOOO AGAIN...
      "it is everybody's fault..."
      No mames güey.

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  7. OMG dd give yourself applause,the plight and blight of this has been exposed by you to the world.
    Maybe the world will listen to dd

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  8. WTF has the world come to not even babies are safe nowadays

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    1. 1:17 the world's neo-liberals leave little else, the 1%ers do not exactly care what trickles down from their stupid economic exploitation practices.

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  9. Is actually really sad, for the kids ,to be victims...It could have been me or you if we had the bad misfortune to be born in Acapulco to a poor family...mexico is a living hell, I know everyone is proud to be mexican or whatever but , violence, narcos,corruption, no laws, poverty, ignorance, peña nieto, yeah a hell on earth...who needs to lucifer and punishment when you have Acapulco!!!

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    1. Mexico is not hell on earth. You couldn't pay me to set foot in Durango, but that's not all of Mexico.

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    2. Like not aaaall the americans or aaall the canadians are pederastas, not all mexicans partake of the trade, but many pederastas from all over the world, built Havana before the revolution, Cacapulco, Can-cun etc etc etc, the mob in Cuba had it al tight, happily, the good times of "freedom" is about to come back to Cuba, from BIIIG baseball players with Biiig baseball bats to minors and beautiful jineteras...ho-lliday inn wants its Havana Marriott and their money back, same with Coca~Cola and other "important corporations" now working with the cuban "comunistas" that ain't no problema now, hermanos!
      --Fack the cuban banana republic of miami!!!

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  10. There's practically no foreign tourists in Acapulco. Very few snowbirds left flying down there. Even during US holiday time, your lucky if you could find a half dozen Gringos at the more popular hotels so either this story is old or they are referring to the old fart sick perverts you see lurking around the Zocalo. You see these unkept old farts sitting around over a beer or puffing a cigarette around the zocalo more than likely seeking young boys. 2 months back they arrested some filthy Canadian for kissing underage girls. You don't see the higher class of yesteryear in Acapulco anymore...Just penny pinching snowbirds and a few stragglers here and there. Also, if they are targeting tourists with under age prostitutes, I've never seen that...I reckon one would have to search that out.

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  11. @ 8:19
    La OTAN???? Hahahaha no mames esos weyes la fifa y la U.E son igual de corruptos que el gobierno en Mexico, if you think corruption exist only in Mexico, pues te diere que estas pero bien wey!!!
    The only way to get rid of all this scum is to kill it on site!!! Ohhhh but way no!! Don't do that sicarios are just some poor dears victims of society. Human rights.

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  12. Good job daily beast for your badass article

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  13. Good story, horrible facts. But Chicago is just the 30th most murdered city in the US, compared to East St. Louis with a crime rate of 101 per 100,000 Acapulco pales. Nor that anyone is looking to win that dubious privilege, but if you add the "gun accidents", legal and illegal drug deaths in America you end up wondering where do you want to rise your kids ... the moon maybe?

    Source: http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/top-lists/highest-murder-rate-cities/

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    1. It doesn't matter where you raise your kids. There are dangers lurking around every corner if you think about it. Death is every where kinda like germs. With germs if a person uses their brain and take precautions you typically won't get sick. The same could be said for death whether it be accidental, intentional or random. The world is a cold place and if you aren't careful you will be a statistic regardless where it is. 4:31 yourself and I have had our discussions on BB before so I don't want to get into throwing numbers around about which place (city, state or country) is more dangerous. Would I go to Acapulco, Nuevo Laredo or Tijuana anytime soon? No. But the same could be said for Chicago, Detroit or Cleveland. Only difference for me is that I have enough of a Street IQ to stay away from the rougher neighborhoods in the US. In Mexico unless you have a person assisting you on the street etiquette down there many of us would be completely fucked myself included. Personally the risk is too high for me and my family to visit Mexico anytime soon.

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    2. @8:26
      --@4:31 is anonymous, gademet!
      --How do you "know" you have had discussions before???
      --i know it wasn't me...

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    3. Hi 8.26, you are smart, but I find the world charming, you may say I'm a dreamer ... I have been to Acapulco, Tijuana, New Orleans, Baton rouge, Houston, Chicago, LA (today I received a Whatsup from UCLA warning about a shooting in campus - lock yourself up!), and over 40 countries, 25 Mexican states and 25 US states, lived for a while everywhere. My kids have traveled a lot too, no incidents, we grew them in a small town in Mexico, but went to college in Guadalajara, Paris, Harvard, England, Canada and Louisiana. We currently live in Mexico by choice as they have dual citizenship. We feel safer here, no street shootings and we don't do/sell drugs, so no cartel problems. Have we been robbed? of course!, in Houston, Guadalajara(Mexico) and Füsen (Germany).

      We find depressing to read the news (Mexican, US or else) you can either be uninformed or missinformed, they just show what money pays for, good for their friends, bad for their foes.

      No, you won't be fucked, unless you don't have Street IQ or you join a cartel..., it is the same everywhere, steal some drugs from a dealer anywhere and you get shot.

      Once you arrive to a country you see the people living, walking, playing, the kids running ... that is reality, not the virtual fucked image created by the news systems to keep us afraid.

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    4. 5:24 then your little mundo de juguete breaks down...
      All that traveling must be military, and what would a milotary family do in mexico, but taking care of business?
      --Unless you are "brangelina" or Liz Taylor...

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    5. 11:55 when you have been on BB as long as I have enough a person whether anonymous or not will use certain words or certain phrases that is similar to a cyber finger print. I am fairly sure I have had discussions with 4:33 because of the topic he/she wrote about in this story. I could be wrong but the style is very similar. I can typically identify you because of your constant use of the hyphen and twisted word play in most posts.

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    6. 1:58 i'd be honored if you'd remember one thing I said instead of how I said it...

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    7. You speak cryptically 11:18 and I'm not sure if I can keep up with all the cynical vernacular. I will try my best next time.😁

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  14. Not in Acapulco...

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  15. You see what happens with a story like this?
    The issue gets clouded by gringo race hate ?
    Do you idiots think Mexicans dont do this disgusting activity ?
    And with impunity

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  16. Un barrio es un barrio anywhere around the world. If you're hood you're hood anywhere you go na'mean....??

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    1. Yes man,and do you get the feeling that most here are definitely not hood nor street,havent got a fuckin clue.
      People?Fuck em.Thats why i love dogs

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    2. 5:13 I feel like you wouldn't know a barrio or a dog if they bite you on the ass...

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    1. Ma' Barker, Why do you post and remove your comments?
      That stinks...

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  18. Chigaoland had 64 murders the past three day weekend.

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    1. Well, thank the NRA for saving the 2nd ammendment and imposing free guns for all the ganbanging drug traffickers that want them a total win win situation for gun dealers that pay the NRA tributes to elect NRA friendly pooliticians on the take...

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    2. The Ku-Klux-Klan got mad with Chicago for imposing another kind of president on their brethren, this is their response, stirring up trouble in the midst of the Black-Kux-Klan, they know how, since the 60's when they took wind, but they have been practicing alienating the black slums since forever...
      It is many freeway ricks all over the big cities replenishing the goods and the customers for the real owners of the money laundering machines...

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    3. 10:06 let me correct you. 64 people were shot over Memorial Day weekend with 6 of those victims actually dying. There is a lot of beefing going on in Chiraq but nothing compared to Cacapulco. You got Canadiana excited for nothing goofball.

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  19. When it comes to sex,sicko's can be found anywhere. I just think it doesn't get as much media coverage as it should. In mx,us or anywhere for that matter. Thanks dd

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  20. It is all about supply and demand. If there wasn't a sick pedophile looking for children to abuse, you can bet there wouldn't be a pimp selling them. The same as the drug situation; if there wasn't such a high demand for narcotics in the US, there wouldn't such horrific crimes happening mostly in Mexico. This are just other ways to make money...it would be nice not to have to see or hear this atrocities.

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    1. 1:08 I think there is quite a difference . Comparing Pedophilia with drug addiction is very off . The only thing they have in common is evil people dealing in it. I don't consider all drug addicts evil . Hell some people that have sold drugs may see the error of their ways . A person who would traffic children for sex is evil . I wouldn't pass the opportunity to send him to hell . I hate a GODDAMNED pimp more than anything . The cure for Acapulco is to gather all them pimp sonsofbitches put em in big bags and dump them in the ocean . Hell they have to be locatable or they couldn't be a pimp . It could be done . WHIPE THEM OUT .

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    2. 11:06 speaking for the pimp brothers, in their defense, our thing is an all volunteer grown up adult business only, we refuse to abuse or force anybody into our Cosa Nostra, there is of course that thing about pro.I sing to buy our ladies shoes once in a while, or giving them a ride in the caddie if they won't be jealous of the other sisters, but that is a gift we don't have to give, we don't like exploitive drug peddling violent gangs either...

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  21. Is anything Mexicos fault,and I thought all the rapist went to USA,so now we're sending are scum to Mexico,sounds like rasist bullshit

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  22. Not Mexicos fault. Never is.

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    1. 7:46 "racist" why?
      11:42 mexico's fault?
      Rich foreigners loaded with moneys, buy whatever they want, that is their fault, not the mexicans or the americans, or any other nationality...
      --why do you feel like you need to make it all a race or another or a whole country's fault?
      --because you are stupid, that is why.

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