Pastora demanded to be called ‘queen bee’

In addition to the forced labor that she allegedly exerted on them, the shepherdess “Velia HG”, director of the Aposento Alto shelter, asked the migrants to call her “the queen bee,” the Central Americans narrated.

The State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) arrested the woman on Wednesday morning as likely responsible for crimes related to human trafficking in its form of forced labor as a means of exploitation, to the detriment of at least six people.

The foreigners reported having been victims of forced labor, psychological abuse, sexual harassment and drug offerings.

They also claimed that they were made to cook the food that was later sold to them, they were threatened that if they left the shelter – where they were charged for their stay – they would not be able to apply for asylum in the United States, and they were made to sign a “contract of confidentiality ”.

While some women even had to clean the shepherdess’s house, the men worked on the construction of the place and made repairs to the daughter’s house. Some were given a radio, by which they had to call the shepherdess “the queen bee” when they communicated with her.

“Children were put to work”, such as filling bottles of sand in a compulsory way, “and what she said was that they had to learn to do things so as not to be good for nothing,” she told El Diario yesterday. , from the United States, one of the victims of the woman who was arrested by the State Attorney General’s Office.

After leaving the shelter and being welcomed in another humanitarian space, between April and May, the migrant families told the Nómadas sin Rumbo collective that in addition to selling them the humanitarian support that organizations such as the United Nations Children’s Fund ( Unicef) or the office of the United Nations High Commissioner (UNHCR).

“They sold donations from Unicef, they took out things, paper, pasta, masks, they came to donate milk, pampers (diapers), wet wipes and they sold all of that”, in addition to sometimes putting them to cook the food they then they sold them or gave them expired food.

‘They didn’t care about anything’

The Central American, who out of fear asked to protect her name, assured that in addition to working, her seven-year-old daughter became ill with “strong poisoning from expired food and she did not say anything. She always made us eat that food, my daughter spent four days in a serious condition and they didn’t care about anything”.

She said that when she arrived at the other shelter, her daughter was afraid to eat, because she thought the food was going to taste ugly, “she said that all the food had worms, cockroaches and thanks to a psychologist who helped me she was able to get out of that trauma ”.

“Right now (Thursday) we show her the news where she (the pastor detained by the FGE) came out and the girl says that she feels happy that they have caught her, and I ask her why she is happy and she says that she is happy for the reason that other children are not going to suffer the same as she suffered,” said the person who paid 200 pesos a week per adult to be able to stay in the shelter.

According to what was documented by the Nómadas sin Rumbo collective, “possibly they (the migrants who did not report) normalized forced labor, normalized things being sold to them (by force),” in addition to the fact that they were threatened.

“Believe me, it was quite difficult for us (to overcome it psychologically), because when we arrived at the other shelter, the treatment at the other shelter was very different, it was very different, very nice, even in terms of the food… the way they received us , of the treatment towards our person; They never discriminated against us or anything, they always made us feel good, ”he assured.

‘I saw our children as hindrances’

She said that “with the shepherdess it was very different, they humiliated us, they treated us badly, they saw our children as hindrances, as children who if we did not teach them they would not be useful, she said, and she always told us that we had to eat what we had. , and well, the food was useless, it was spoiled, it was bad and she told us that we had to eat it like that, that we just wash it well”, said who also claimed to have been forced to clean the bedroom of the shepherdess and the of his son, in addition to suffering discrimination for being a migrant.

Following the complaints, the Aposento Alto and Esperanza para Todos shelters, run by a family, are also being investigated by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) and the Attorney General’s Office (FGR).

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