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Mexico: Government Promulgates Law Against Human Trafficking

(Dec. 2, 2007) The Mexican Federal Government promulgated the Law to Prevent and Punish Trade in People on November 27, 2007, effective the same day, its official date of publication, President Felipe Calderón announced the Law's publication the day before, during a commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The new Law protects women and minors. Under its provisions, perpetrators of human trafficking crimes may be subject to prison sentences of up to 27 years and fines of up to 3,375 days' worth of the minimum wage. The Law also mandates the establishment of a national action program in which the federal agencies undertake commitments to combat human trafficking. The Law also amends the Federal Law Against Organized Crime, the Federal Penal Code, and the Federal Code of Criminal Procedure. (Decreto que Expide la Ley para Prevenir y Sancionar la Trata de Personas, y se Reforman, Adicionan y Derogan Diversas Disposiciones de la Ley Federal Contra la Delincuencia Organizada; el Código Federal de Procedimientos Penales y el Código Penal Federal, DIARIO OFICIAL DE LA FEDERACIÓN, Nov. 27, 2007; Press Release, Office of the President of the Republic, El Presidente Calderón en el Desayuno con Motivo de la Conmemoración del Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra la Mujer, (Nov. 26, 2007.)