An astonishingly high rate of female migrants from Central America are raped by members of the Mexican cartels and transnational gangs as they travel through Mexico to the United States.
In 2019, a Fusion investigation estimated 80% of migrant girls and women are raped on their journey.
Now, Republican senators who visited the U.S.-Mexican border last week are drawing attention to a phenomenon called the “rape tree” to illustrate the failure of President Biden’s immigration policies.
“We heard multiple reports of something, I’ll be candid, I had never heard of before until today — something called a rape tree, which are trees where the traffickers would violently rape young women and then hang their undergarments in the tree as a trophy,” Cruz said at a news conference Friday.
The senators explained that migrants typically cannot afford to pay the high fees charged by traffickers for escorting them to the United States.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., referred to the “rape tree” when he asked: “How do you think the young women pay off their five, six, seven, eight thousand dollar human trafficking fee? I think we all know.”
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