Harrowing Images Emerge of Foster Children Behind Bars

Daily Mail (London), July 17, 2014

Youths freed from a refuse-strewn boarding house by Mexican federal police were sexually abused and held to ransom by staff, say relatives and officials.

Parents said they tried to remove their children from the Casa de la Gran Familia in Zamora, Michoacan, western Mexico, but were met with demands for thousands of dollars for their release.

And authorities said residents, including children, told them they were forced into having sex with workers at the home, beaten, starved and locked in a small cell as punishment for rule breaking.


Ten of the residents were so malnourished police couldn’t even determine their age.

Mainly poor parents and other relatives gathered outside the home last night as a truck hauled away about 20 tons of rubbish from what authorities said was an insect-infested shelter that had housed 607 adults and children.



Mexican federal police swooped on La Casa de la Gran Familia on Tuesday, after parents filed complaints with authorities because they were being stopped form seeing their children.


The police raid freed six babies under three, 154 girls, 278 boys, 50 women and 109 men who officials said were kept in deplorable conditions, fed rotten food and forced to sleep on the floor among rats, ticks and fleas.

Nine employees of the shelter, which acted as a foster home of sorts, have been detained and are being questioned.


Prosecutors said early statements given by residents described sexual abuse, beatings, hunger and filth in a once well-regarded group home.

Some were forced into sex by shelter employees and others told of being locked in a tiny punishment room without food or water, officials said.

‘Victim No. 4 said she had been held in the group home against her will since she was 18,’ said Tomas Zeron, federal chief of criminal investigations.

‘She was sexually abused by one of the administrators, and got pregnant as a result of the abuse. The same person beat her to cause an abortion, beating her in the stomach on several occasions.’

Two boys told investigators a male staff member had forced them to engage in oral sex and warned one of the boys that ‘he would kill him and sell his organs if he refused,’ said Mr Zeron.


Authorities have said the shelter had been highly regarded and the government sometimes gave money or even entrusted children to the shelter.

It was often visited by politicians, and local media published photographs of the owner with former President Vicente Fox, former Michoacan Governor Leonel Godoy and other officials.

Mr Murillo Karam said the home was subject to government oversight, but the ‘institution’s prestige may have made the inspections less intense.’

Topics: ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • Luca

    Mexican Family values on a grand scale. Coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Mexican Family Values = Manson Family Values

    • ElComadreja

      They’re already here.

    • These are the same gran familia values that so impressed Shrubya.

  • MekongDelta69

    I’ve got a crazy idea…

    DON’T send your kids on a 1,000 mile trek with Coyotes to sneak into… walk into America illegally.

    Problem solved…

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      It astounds me that so many Latin American parents think this is a good idea. I get that life in America is many, many times better than in their home countries, but I can’t imagine ever sending my child off alone with human smugglers.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    This isn’t our problem. This isn’t our concern. As long as they’re not mass immigrating to America or any other western country, I couldn’t care less about what happens to mestizos in Mexico.

  • For a moment, I thought this was one of our “refugee” resettlement hovels.

    • Oil Can Harry

      It can’t be. It’s not a $50 million luxury hotel.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Get the Gringo with Mel Gibson. Fun movie on Netflix. Mel…

  • M.

    Grunting out surplus humans… The Third World problems in a nutshell.

  • Dave West

    How many people in non-white countries worry about the welfare of poor white children?

    I’m not even talking about poor third word countries; I’m thinking more like Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Latin American elites.

    I’m guessing that number is close to zero! They have a political spectrum focused on what is most important for their people and their nation. Only white people, and not just the libtards, take up causes to help those, on a large scale, who do not belong to the same ethnic groups as them. In any large urban American city you will see scores of naive whites clamoring to sign petitions to “end hunger in Africa.”

    In the 21st century situations like hunger, famine, and sex slavery do not just appear in countries because they are unlucky or were colonized by a European power 120 years ago. They arise because of low IQ corrupt dictators leading an even lower IQ population.

  • Melvin Bonzarelli

    The word is out that Roman Polanski has sent word to the Mexican embassy in Paris that he is formally requesting political asylum in Mexico and wants to open a foster home for homeless Mexican children. Particularly young girls under the age of fourteen.

  • kjh64

    “They have a better welfare package than the USA. I would never have to work again! Costa Rica strictly and swiftly enforces their laws.”

    They can have a better welfare package BECAUSE they enforce their laws and they don’t have a bunch of Blacks and foreigners living on the dole. The USA not only has tons of dysfunctional Black “baby mamas” on the dole, but we have half of Mexico here on it too.

    • As John Engelman once wrote, a generous welfare system is unworkable if one invites the whole world in to share the benefits.

  • kjh64

    Yes, a lot of things are happening that aren’t being reported. Such as gang members trying to get the young males into gangs, pimps trying to recruit the girls. all kids of diseases from drug resistant TB to others.

    • The main hot spot for tuberculosis in Latin America is Bolivia, although Guatemala and Honduras are well above average. I suspect that this is because the prevalence of Amerind ancestry is higher in these countries than their neighbors like Mexico or Peru, and Amerinds simply do not have the resistance to TB that whites possess.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    But we’re not getting these illegal kids from Costa Rica. We’re getting them from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, primarily. Those countries really are bad places to live.

    • me

      And that would be because…..

  • blackjack322

    I’m about to start looking for some place new to live.

    Texas has gotten really bad in recent years. Heartbreaking because this is my home but I’m going to have to leave, I don’t have much choice. There’s too many blacks moving in and mexicans pouring through the south.

    It’s too much. I went to the grocery store last night and the majority of the shoppers were black and/or hispanic. You didn’t see many whites, and the ones you did see where n***** lovers, old people who can’t afford to move (retired before the diversity hit) or trashy degenerates without a clue of what’s going on in the world. Most all the white folks have upped and left I think, that or they just don’t shop at wal-mart on saturday nights. I don’t know. I think they left though. I grew up in this city and this side of town rarely had any blacks here, and now it’s swarming with them.

    I gotta get outta here.

    • someplace not close to military targets, easy to defend and hide in, good water and wild food.

  • This sounds a bit like what happened in the 1212 Children’s Crusade. Many of those kids ended up as slaves. Some things never change.

  • Another image of the filthy conditions there, taken from “Excelsior” and “Animal Politico”. The last is an exterior shot; note the wire mesh to prevent escapes.