Today we share with you the appaling news of hundreds of children in Mexico. Its sad that something like this is happening so close to our country. Article from Cnn Follows –
(CNN) — Authorities in Mexico are still unraveling the horrors allegedly committed on nearly 500 children sheltered at “La Gran Familia” refuge in the western state of Michoacan in Mexico.
At The Big Family shelter, scores of children — some as young as two months old — were denied visits from their parents, virtually imprisoned in vermin-infested quarters and routinely subjected to physical, psychological and sexual abuse, authorities said.
Authorities raided the sprawling, squalid shelter in the city of Zamora, Mexico Tuesday after a number of parents complained about being denied access to their children, Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karan told reporters.
“We found close to 500 children in truly deplorable conditions,” Murillo said.
Victims told investigators that children were routinely forced to beg for money on the streets, eat unsanitary food and sleep on hard floors crawling with rats and roaches, Murillo said. It was not clear from Mexican authorities how so many children — along with some adults — came to be at the shelter.
The operator of the shelter, Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, was detained along with eight of her employees, authorities said. They were being questioned in connection with abuse and other charges.
“This is truly upsetting,” Michoacan governor Salvador Jara Guerrero told reporters. “We did not expect to find such conditions… We must not allow these things to occur — not in Michoacan, not in the republic.”
Tomas Zeron de Lucio, chief investigator with the attorney general’s office, said babies born at the shelter were allegedly registered under Verduzco’s name. The biological parents were told that the babies would be allowed to leave when they came of age.
One victim told investigators that she asked Verduzco permission to leave the home when she turned 18 but was kept there as a worker for an additional 13 years, Zeron de Lucio said.
The victim said she gave birth to two daughters while living at the shelter and both were registered under another name, Zeron de Lucio said. She was allowed to see the girls for three hours every two months.