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One more Victory on the ongoing battle against child pornography. A small victory indeed but a huge step towards freedom for our children on this planet.

MEXICO – A child pornography ring operating from Mexico City and contacting their victims through Facebook and Twitter, was thwarted by prosecution authorities of the state. It highlights the digital version of Mexican newspaper El Universal.

According to a statement from the General Federal District Attorney, the investigations to these alleged criminals began in September 2010. Through them we could discover that they used social networks to contact their victims, children aged between 8 and 14 years.

In addition to Facebook and Twitter, the criminal group would have created child flirting pages and emails in order to have more contact with these children.

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After getting intimate images of minors, these criminals would send the material to pedophiles from other countries in America and even Europe.

Besides the obvious gravity of the crime, the Mexican authorities are investigating because there are cases that have gone beyond the virtual, and have ended up with sexual abuse against minors, says El Universal.

One of the things that hinder the punishment of those responsible for these crimes is the lack of complaints by victims. Officials urge parents to monitor their children relationships established through social networks, and suggest not to let children interact with strangers.

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According to the International Labor Office, 5.7 million children in Latin America and the Caribbean under the age of 17 are working under extremely harsh and hazardous conditions. Many have been forced to leave their families, and are struggling to survive on their own.

In Central America and Mexico, at least 80,000 to 100,000 kids are living on the streets. Often forced to perform dangerous and degrading labor, these children are at great risk of being physically or sexually exploited.

Watch this short video to learn about child labor, and what Covenant House is doing to provide a better life for these children in Central America.

Help us to spread the word, sharing this stories with as many friends and family members as possible, so that together we can take this nightmare to an end.

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