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Friday, November 14, 1997 Published at 16:08 GMT



World: Americas

Mexico under fire over child abuse

A United Nations envoy investigating child prostitution and pornography has called on the Mexican authorities to strengthen laws against the abuse of children.

The UN envoy, Ofelia Calcetas-Santos, said the Mexican justice system was inadequate to protect children from abuse, which was increasing across the world.

Miss Calcetas-Santos said child pornography sometimes involved babies of less than one month old.

She said she would travel to the tourist resorts of Acapulco and Cancun to investigate the impact of tourism on child prostitution and pornography in Mexico.

Last year, Mexican police broke up an international child pornography ring based in the resort of Acapulco which they said had at least four thousand clients in the United States.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service






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