Former pimp Mario Hidalgo Garfias shows his tattoos depicting bound prostitutes. AFP / PEDRO PARDO
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TENANCINGO, Mexico: "Tenancingo" means "the walled city" in the Nahuatl language, and it lives up to its name: Mexico's sex slavery capital is not a place that welcomes scrutiny from outsiders.The cinderblock houses that line the main street stand in contrast with the luxurious and colorful four-story homes that are the symbols of the city's booming sex trafficking industry.Karla Jacinto, a 25-year-old Mexican woman, was forced into prostitution at the age of 12 .Her nightmare began when a young man approached her in the subway in Mexico City, about two hours' drive northeast of Tenancingo. Jacinto's "boyfriend" forced her into prostitution, beating her and threatening to kill her.After managing to escape, Jacinto now tours the country speaking to groups of schoolgirls on the danger of sex slavery.Sex trafficking is Mexico's second-most-lucrative form of organized crime after drug trafficking, according to Bautista, the Mexico City-based prosecutor.
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