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I Didn’t Have Anywhere to Run’: Migrant Women Are Facing a Rape Epidemic

Anna-Cat Brigida, 2016

An estimated 60 to 80 percent of female migrants from Central America are sexually assaulted on their journey—and perpetrators often act with total impunity. As thousands of Central American women weigh the risks of migrating to the US each year, they must take into account an extra peril: An estimated 80 percent of female migrants from Central America are victims of sexual abuse at the hands of criminal groups, human smugglers, or corrupt officials during the journey.

Updated February 28, 2018.

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