In a time of protest and social unrest, Laredo has also had its share of movement but nothing like what the city experienced on Tuesday as a small group of people gathered together to protest against pedophilia and sex trafficking.
As the topic of pedophilia continues to gain prominence due to several events that have occurred nationally and around the world, a group of young Laredoans decided to speak out, and this is not the last time they will do so. The event’s organizer Juan Mojica III plans to hold more events to bring a bigger spotlight to the issue.
“The reason for this protest is to raise awareness for those missing children who are being used for sex trafficking,” Mojica said. “We want to bring unity to force the government for deep investigations for the missing children.
“I obviously think pedophilia is wrong and sick, and I don’t just think it’s a local issue but a universal issue. This is something that has been going on forever but has been paid very little attention, and numbers of missing children keep drastically increasing. So yes, it is not only a local issue but a global issue.”
The first event was created by a quick discussion on social media, and Mojica said new events are already being discussed and scheduled to focus on the issue of pedophilia. The group already had a second gathering Friday at city hall and has more in the works.
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“There’s more to come until the people of Laredo are more aware of an ongoing issue,” Mojica said.
Mojica encourages social distance for all participants in efforts to not spread the novel coronavirus. He thanked all those who joined him so far for what they believe is an important cause.
“I feel that these are the type of events we need around the community and country to finally bring to front and center a topic that I believe we all know about but many do not really put good attention to due to the fact that the media does not pay much attention to it,” Ricardo Cruz said. “It must be held as an important topic to talk about for the future of the kids.”
Samantha Arrellano said she was glad somebody had the guts to bring the issue to the spotlight.
“It is so good to see the youth try to bring light to an issue that not many people talk about, and it is one of the worst things that a person can do after murdering,” Arrellano said.
Mojica is encouraging people to spread the hashtag “#SaveOurChildren” on social media as he attempts to bring more attention to the issue.