Mexico City, Mexico — The Federal Police and the General Attorney’s Office of Mexico City say they have been working for three years in the dismantling of the international network of sex trafficking through the website Zona Divas.
They report that the website has a link in South America with extensive operations in Mexico where seven of its main operators have been arrested and brought before the judicial authority, while across several countries, a 1,000 women were released from the the hands of the criminal organization.
After the capture of the operators and those who directed the financial structure of the website which is now called La Boutique, agents have arrested the photographer, Reclusorio Oriente, who takes photos of the women to be posted on the website.
The anti-trafficking prosecutor of the Attorney General, Juana Camila Bautista, reported that this person was captured in the Colony of Doctors where he had set up a photo studio for young women who had been lured to the studio under false pretenses.
In a press conference, she explained that the dismantling of a network such as Zona Divas is extremely complicated since the victims rarely collaborate with the authorities out of fear. “They are so terrified that they say no.
“Fulano is dangerous. We know he has even killed people, so we must understand and respect the women and let them see for themselves that we are working to provide security and that the Federal Police and the Attorney General’s Office are doing something to eradicate the group,” she said.
Head of the Investigation Division of the Federal Police, José Antonio Vega Michaca, stressed that the follow-up of the case involves the consultation and exchange of information with authorities from other countries such as Venezuela, Colombia and Argentina, among others, to expand the investigations and specify the captures of those who cross the borders to violate the General Law of Trafficking in Mexico.
To date, three women and four men who police say, were the main movers in luring women to the website, have been arrested. They are the ones responsible for luring the girls to Mexico, transferring them to Mexico City and dealing with their international financial operations. The most recently arrested is Reclusorio Oriente who was taken into custody August 10.
Bautista Rebollar said that they are still waiting for the extradition of another woman of Venezuelan nationality who operated a cell where she hooked her victims.
The Prosecutor for Human Trafficking commented that to date, the Attorney General’s office has managed to rescue 32 women who were sexually exploited through Zona Divas.
However, the main leader known José Antonio Santoyo or El Sony, who is wanted throughout the American continent, is still out there.