This week we shine the spotlight on Mexico:
CHILD TRAFFICKING PROBE IN SONORA
Mexican national daily Excelsior reports that the country's Attorney General formally charged two officials from the northern state of Sonora with child trafficking. The case first emerged last month, when Vladimir Alfredo Arzate and José Hernández López, both officials at a government agency tasked with protecting at-risk minors, were alleged to have run a child trafficking network in Sonora that abducted newborn children and sold them to willing buyers.
According to financial newspaper El Economista the men and their associates, including a doctor who falsified birth certificates, are accused of taking babies from poor mothers or women suffering from drug addiction and then sell them to wealthy families for anywhere between $5,000 and $9,000 each. They could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
ANNIVERSARY MARCH FOR MISSING STUDENTS
Thousands took to the streets of Mexico City to mark the anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students in the city of Iguala, kidnapped on Sept. 26, 2014 from a rural high school. Relatives of the missing students joined with marchers from across Mexican society for a peaceful protest against the government's handling of the investigation into the disappearance.
The Mexican government finished its investigation in February, concluding that the students were taken by local policemen allied to a drug lord who later killed them and incinerated their bodies. But the people who gathered to march to Mexico City's central Zócalo square don't believe the government's story, and this month experts from the Organization of American States (OAS) refuted the official version of events. Mexican daily El Universal writes that 18,000 people marched in the pouring rain to commemorate the missing students and demand justice from the authorities.