September 9, 2010 |
Advocates say the women, who insist they suffered miscarriages, got caught up in Mexico's cultural wars over abortion. The seven women were accused of killing their newborn babies and handed long prison sentences. They insisted they had suffered miscarriages and should not be punished; one claimed she wasn't even sure she was pregnant. The women have finally been freed, after years in jail and only after their cause was taken up by human rights organizations here and abroad and by a handful of determined legislators.
July 17, 2007 |
Carlos Ochoa is not a Mexican woman. But he remembers what life used to be like for Mexican women way back before the turn of the century seven years ago. "It was the house, the kitchen, taking care of kids," said Ochoa, a government press director for Mexico's delegation at the Pan American Games. "But now," he added, "it's totally different." That's because now their choices also include gold, silver or bronze.
December 12, 2004 |
In the so-called developed Western world, every generation of women seems to get the book it deserves, or demands, whether it's "A Room of One's Own," "The Second Sex," "The Female Eunuch," "The Bell Jar," "Fear of Flying," "Sex in the City" or, heaven help us, "Menopause for Dummies." But in Mexico, things haven't exactly worked that way.
May 20, 2004 |
When Maria Guadalupe Ramirez set up a snack stand a few years ago to help support her five daughters, they started eating most of their meals in the streets. "I used to cook at home for the girls every day," she said, "but working at the stand makes that hard to do." The girls have paid in extra pounds, fueled by a culture of street food awash in grease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2004 |
A federal grand jury indicted four people Thursday on charges that they smuggled undocumented Mexican women into the United States and forced them to work as prostitutes at a Los Angeles brothel. Investigators said that at least 12 females, including two girls ages 14 and 15, were forced to sell sexual services as a way of paying off the debts they owed for being smuggled into the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2004 |
A woman charged with smuggling Mexican women into the United States and forcing them to work as prostitutes at motels near Disneyland has jumped bail, officials said Tuesday. Maria De La Luz Menjivar, 43, of Wilmington failed to appear in court for a hearing last week, prompting a judge to issue an arrest warrant, Anaheim Police Sgt. Rick Martinez said. Menjivar was arrested Feb. 4 after three women reported the alleged sex-slave ring to police.