Discovery en Espanol focuses on sex trafficking, Ciudad Juarez policing in original documentaries

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 21-11-2013

Discovery en Espanol will finish off its year with the premiere of two original productions that conduct comprehensive investigations into two harsh realities.

Trata de Mujeres: de Tenancingo a Nueva York, premieres on 8 December and looks at the savagery behind a growing sex trade, revealing a black market business that runs from Mexico to the United States and affects thousands of women. Meanwhile, in Huesos Que Hablan, airing 15 December, viewers will have exclusive access to Ciudad Juarez's Centre for Forensics Services and the infamous cases of feminicide and violent crimes investigated there.

Each year, thousands of women are turned into sex slaves in Mexico. While these girls are from all over Mexico, it is known that the majority of pimps are located mainly in one city: Tenancingo, an epicentre of female sex trafficking. In Trata de Mujeres, Discovery en Espanol's cameras travel from this small town up to seedy locations in New York to uncover how these mafia families operate, luring girls through the false pretence of arranged marriages, but instead forcing them into prostitution.

The production exposes this stark reality through the heart-wrenching testimonies and stories of Madai and Amanda, two young women who were forced to act as sex slaves for bosses in Tenancingo. The documentary includes interviews with a pimp who reveals the secrets of his trade to the cameras, as well as statements given by government officials and organisations on both sides of the border, and from mothers who have spent years looking for their daughters.

In the documentary Huesos Que Hablan, scientists and detectives work together in the brand new Ciudad Juarez's Centre for Forensics Services to uncover the identities of countless victims. From 2008 to 2011, two drug cartels battled for control of Ciudad Juarez, and thousands of people were slaughtered during the four year period. Throughout the programme, viewers are given exclusive access to these labs as they investigate, including studying the recovered bones of 11 women who were found in Juarez Valley, 25 miles south of the United States border.

In order to solve these violent crimes, especially the feminicide, and in response to pressure by the hundreds of families demanding an explanation, the Mexican Government invested millions of dollars and created a forensics centre equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and technology.