Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission is urging authorities to launch a probe into nightclubs in the country that are offering home delivery for illicit activity amid coronavirus-related shutdowns around the country.
“This is an attack not only on the right to public health, but also constitutes discrimination and possible human trafficking for sexual exploitation,” the commission said in a statement.
Some of the nightclubs in question are accused of human trafficking and advertising underage girls. The National Human Rights Commission said the activity was noted on April 3 in the central state of Tlaxcala, a hot spot for human trafficking in the country.
The National Citizen’s Observatory of Feminicide said Tuesday that women and girls being advertised for such services “are being exposed not just to being infected with COVID-19, but also to different forms of violence,” the group said in a statement.
As of Wednesday evening, Mexico has reported 3,181 coronavirus cases and 174 deaths. The country has been slow to implement social distancing efforts, but began doing so late last week.