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The specter of Pancho Villa drove Univ. of TX at El Paso professor to investigate sex trafficking along the border

The specter of Pancho Villa drove Univ. of TX at El Paso professor to investigate sex trafficking along the border

By Patricia Acosta
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EL PASO — To most people Pancho Villa is a legendary character from Mexican history, but to Ruth McDonald, a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, Villa is a real man who hurt her family when he kidnapped her great-aunt in the early 1900s from the family ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico.

The great-aunt was never heard from again but left an often-repeated story of male dominance and abuse that was told across the generations by the women in McDonald’s family.

Given her family’s experience of violence and injustice against women, McDonald has chosen to focus her teaching and writing on how some Mexican women are lured into sex trafficking and how young people in general struggle to survive daily under adverse conditions

“Regrettably sex trafficking also occurs locally,” said McDonald “The United States not only faces a flood of international preys but also has its own home-based problem of interstate sex trafficking of minors.”

A native of El Paso…

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