Mexico orphanage children sexually abused, forced to beg

Mexican Police have rescued more than 450 children from an orphanage in Zamora in the state of Michoacan, where the kids were made made to suffer sexual abuse and forced to beg other than being kept in filth and squalor.

Last Updated: Jul 16, 2014, 09:54 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Mexico City: Mexican Police have rescued more than 450 children from an orphanage in Zamora in the state of Michoacan, where the kids were made made to suffer sexual abuse and forced to beg other than being kept in filth and squalor.

Having rescued 458 children and 138 adults from the House of the Big Family children`s home, the police have arrested nine employees of the orphanage, including the owner Rosa del Carmen Verduzco.

In one of the most heinous cases of child abuse in Mexico, hundreds of children at the House of the Big Family children’s home were kept in miserable conditions.

Speaking at a news conference attended by top federal investigators and Michoacan Governor Salvador Jara., Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that the children were fed rotten food and made to sleep on the floor among rats, ticks and fleas and many of them were never allowed to leave the premises.

"I`m in utter dismay because we weren`t expecting the conditions we found at the group home," Jara said.

The investigation began after five parents filed complaints last year with authorities because they weren`t allowed to see their children at the home, Jara said.

One of the parents was a woman who grew up and gave birth to two children at Great Family, which has been open for 40 years. She was allowed to leave when she was 31-years-old but Verduzco kept the two children, who had been registered under her name, said Tomas Ceron, head of the Criminal Research Agency at the Attorney General`s Office.