NGOs, government officials, and other observers reported that trafficking-related corruption among public officials, especially local law enforcement, judicial, and immigration officials, was a significant concern.
Prosecutors reported that many judges did not fully understand the dynamics of human trafficking, including the trauma experienced by victims, often leading to fairfield escort backpage the acquittal of traffickers.
Some states maintained state-level anti-trafficking committees, which varied in effectiveness.INM reported providing unspecified migratory assistance to 47 trafficking victims in 2013 but did not report how many foreign victims received legal residency during the year.And Canadian temporary work visas in exchange for thousands of dollars in fees.Mexican law has provisions to protect trafficking victims from punishment for unlawful acts committed as a direct result of being subjected to human trafficking, and foreign trafficking victims could receive refugee status independent of any decision to testify against suspected traffickers.In many parts of the country, law enforcement efforts focused on raiding bars and nightclubs and searching for administrative irregularities, as opposed to intelligence-based anti-trafficking operations.Federal and state governments engaged in a wide variety of awareness-raising activities, including conducting seminars and roundtables, promoting theatrical works on human trafficking, and continuing to distribute awareness materials in indigenous languages.NGOs reported a lack of transparency in government anti-trafficking efforts, and authorities failed to release a national study of human trafficking conducted by an international organization with government funds and completed in December 2012.There were no reports that trafficking victims were awarded restitution.A 2012 investigation of four Puebla officials for suspected trafficking crimes was continued as a kidnapping investigation during the year.Cases involving individuals who may have been forced by criminal groups to engage in illicit activities were not investigated or handled as potential trafficking cases, despite indications that force or coercion may have been involved.
In some cases, authorities shared victims names and case details with the press, failing to protect their privacy.
The attorney generals Special Prosecutors Office for Violence Against Women and Trafficking in Persons (fevimtra) handled federal trafficking cases involving two or fewer suspects, while a unit within the organized crime division (seido) investigated cases with three or more suspects.
Government on 18 joint trafficking investigations in 2013.
In September 2013, the government issued the laws implementing regulations, though efforts to change internal mechanisms to put the regulations into effect remained ongoing.
Some officials handed victims over to the National Institute of Migration for detention and subsequent deportation due to victims lack of legal status or lack of identification as a victim of trafficking.The press and civil society organizations reported a lack of coordination between federal, state, and local officials on victim services and case management.Federal prosecutors reported assisting 13 female trafficking victims.Mexicos social welfare agency operated general shelters for children under the age of 13 who were victims of violence; comprehensive statistics were not maintained on how many trafficking victims stayed in these shelters during the reporting period.The government reported increased trafficking convictions and sentences in comparison with the previous year.The shelter coordinated medical, psychological, and legal services for an unspecified number of trafficking victims during the year.The vast majority of foreign victims in forced labor and sexual illegal prostitution philippines servitude in Mexico are from Central and South America, particularly Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador; some of these victims are exploited along Mexicos southern border.Many foreign trafficking victims opted to return to their countries of origin after giving testimony, in some cases due to a lack of adequate shelter or information about their rights.
It was difficult to assess government efforts to identify and assist victims and to investigate and prosecute trafficking cases, as data collection on victim identification and law enforcement efforts was uneven.