Homeless and later pregnant, she then turned to alcohol and prostitution to survive. So women became worthless."As a teenager, Garfias found work as a cleaner in a brothel for a big-time pimp in La Merced. He poached more women working for other pimps along La Merced's warren of rubbish-strewn colonial alleyways.The brothers say growing up in such an environment shaped their attitudes towards women and skewed their moral compass."Obviously I'm not justifying myself but I grew up thinking violence was normal. Read More: One-Third of Trafficked Humans Are Kids, UN Says"I was never taught to value women. Within a year Garfias was running a lucrative business employing his brothers and mother.Dart pistols were also used against women, while one woman was once tied to a chair with fireworks placed around her genitals, the brothers said.Two years after the family's release from prison, their stories offer a rare insight into the methods of sex traffickers - how they lure their victims and the violence they use to control them.By Anastasia Moloney MEXICO CITY, Nov 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mario Garfias never thought twice when he pulled out his baseball bat, nicknamed Panchito, to beat the women and teenage girls that he used as prostitutes in Mexico City's red light district of La Merced.Together with his younger brother Enrique and mother Esperanza, Garfias was a sex trafficker.
Their mother would cook for her sons and their victims, while telling the women to work harder."I didn't say anything about my sons' work with the girls because for me it was normal.
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I'd hit them with it," said Mario Garfias, who headed the sex trafficking ring."Obviously never in the face because I'd send them to work.
But I'd hit them across the back, legs and buttocks," said Garfias, who like his brother and mother, spent nearly 12 years in prison for his crimes.