FJA 2019 / Shortlist

Category: Outstanding Investigative Reporting

Mariela Castañón (Guatemala)

“People Trafficking, a denunciated crime in the Virgen de la Asunción Safe Home”

Original article (Spanish)

La Hora - August 4th, 2018

Surviving girls of the Virgen de la Asunción Safe Home and their families have denunciated the crime of sex trafficking in two ways: entrance of outsiders to the Home and transferring the teenagers to prostitution houses. To this date, there are still 162 open Alba-Keneth alerts of teenagers that evade the process (escaped or disappeared) from the Home. According to the Public Prosecutor’s office, the information that could be provided by the girls that have not yet been located will determine what happened before March 8.

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This story was performed in the framework of the Program for Development of Journalism of Data and Investigation from Intervews