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‘You Have to Pay With Your Body’: The Hidden Nightmare of Sexual Violence on the Border
MCALLEN, Tex. — It was dark in the stash house where they kept her, the windows covered so no one could see inside.
- Manny Fernandez
- The New York Times
At first, the smugglers had her cook for the other migrants who had recently crossed illegally into the United States.
Then they took her to a room upstairs, locked the door and began taking turns with her.
It was the summer of 2014, and Melvin, a 36-year-old mother of three, had just completed the journey from her native Guatemala, crossing the Rio Grande on a raft before being led to the house in the…
For weeks in that locked room, the…