Rioting broke out last week in Argentina after 13 people were acquitted over the disappearance of a young woman who was allegedly kidnapped and forced  into sex slavery.

When Maria de los Angeles “Marita” Veron vanished in 2002, her mother, Susana Trimarco, launched a one-woman campaign to find her – and rescued hundreds of women from sex slavery along the way. Ms Trimarco’s search exposed an underworld of organised crime figures who operate brothels with protection from authorities across Argentina.

The 13 people on trial – seven men and six women – faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted on charges they abducted Ms Veron and made her work as a prostitute. The three judges delayed the verdict for more than four hours before coming to their unanimous decision: not guilty of all charges.The judges explained that despite the testimony of over 130 witnesses, including a dozen former sex slaves who described brutal conditions in brothels, there was no physical evidence linking any of the defendants to Ms Veron, and no trace of her whereabouts. Susana Trimarco said she suspected judicial corruption was behind the acquittals.

Increasingly we are seeing organised sexual abuse of women and children reaching into the heart of the boss class across the world, not content with merely exploiting people for financial gain through the profit system, the capitalists want to violate people in the most intimate of ways to make their conquest complete.  Rape and abuse is the now the common currency of power, and it is good to see that such injustices have for once resulted in an outraged, direct and visceral attack on the rapist State and its agents.



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