MEXICO: Ties Between Elites and Child Sex Rings “Beyond Imagination” | Inter Press Service

MEXICO CITY, Sep 13 2006 (IPS) – The complicity in Mexico between child sex rings and the political and business elites “goes beyond what we can even imagine,” says activist Lydia Cacho, who faces death threats and was even thrown briefly into prison for revealing those ties in a book.“What we have just seen is only the tip of the iceberg,” Cacho told IPS, after the local media aired Tuesday recordings of telephone conversations between two prominent politicians and a hotel owner now in prison, and a wealthy local businessman.The number of Mexican politicians and businessmen involved in child pornography and sex rings “would shock us if we knew the real extent of the phenomenon,” said Cacho.In one of the illegally taped conversations broadcast Tuesday, which apparently date back to 2004, the governor of the state of Veracruz, Fidel Herrera of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and Emilio Gamboa, head of the party’s bloc in the lower house of Congress, can be heard talking on friendly terms with textile mogul Kamel Nacif.Nacif, a Mexican of Lebanese origin, who in the obscenity-laced conversation can be heard asking Gamboa to block a gambling bill to be debated by Congress, is suing Cacho for libel.In her 2004 book “Los demonios del Edén” (The Demons of Eden), Cacho – who is a journalist and writer as well as the director of a women’s shelter in Cancún – links Nacif with Jean Succar, a Lebanese-born hotel owner who is in prison facing charges of arranging paedophile parties in that Mexican resort town.

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