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07MEXICO2113
2007-04-30 13:01:00
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Mexico
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MEXICO'S LOWER HOUSE OF CONGRESS APPROVES

Tags:   KCRM  ELAB  KFRD  KWMN  PHUM  PREF  SMIG  MX 
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R 301301Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY MEXICO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6675
INFO RUEHXC/ALL US CONSULATES IN MEXICO COLLECTIVE
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
						UNCLAS MEXICO 002113 

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KCRM ELAB KFRD KWMN PHUM PREF SMIG MX
SUBJECT: MEXICO'S LOWER HOUSE OF CONGRESS APPROVES
ANTI-TRAFFICKING BILL




1. (SBU) On April 26, Mexico's lower house of Congress
approved a bill criminalizing trafficking in persons (TIP) at
the federal level, with 396 votes in favor and one
abstention. This bill is a revised version of the one
unanimously passed by the Mexican Senate in December 2005.
Post's contacts in the Senate as well as outside observers
expect that the new bill will be easily approved by the
Senate, which has been a motivating force behind the passage
of a federal anti-TIP law. In addition to initiating and
passing legislation more than a year ago, the Senate launched
a media campaign in the summer of 2006 to promote the
importance and need for a national law, broadcasting 30
second announcements on television and radio. Unfortunately,
yesterday was the Senate's last day in session, and it will
only reconvene for the next session in September. Unless
there is a special session of Congress held this Spring or
Summer, as is currently being discussed, the anti-TIP
legislation is expected to be passed by the Senate and signed
into law by President Calderon late in the year.



2. (SBU) The anti-TIP legislation punishes those who
promote, solicit, offer, facilitate, obtain, transport,
provide or receive - through physical or moral violence,
deceit, or abuse of power - a person to be submitted to
sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery or slavery-like
conditions, servitude, or the removal of organs. A person
convicted of trafficking could be sentenced from six to 12
years in prison, with fines up to 1,500 days of the minimum
wage. If the trafficking victim is a minor or lacks the
mental capacity to understand or resist the act committed,
the person sentenced could receive nine to 18 years in prison
and fined up to 2,250 days of the minimum wage. A public
servant convicted under the legislation could receive up to
27 years in prison and a fined up to 3,300 days of the
minimum wage.


Visit Mexico City's Classified Web Site at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/wha/mexicocity and the North American
Partnership Blog at http://www.intelink.gov/communities/state/nap /
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