Human Rights First’s Most Wanted Traffickers: Alfonso Angel Diaz Juarez
As part of its anti-trafficking campaign seeking to disrupt the slavery exploitation network, Human Rights First is calling for accountability and justice for individuals who benefit, or have benefitted, from modern day slavery. Human trafficking is a human rights violation that involves holding another person in compelled service by force, fraud, or coercion. Traffickers profit from this practice by controlling their victims and exploiting them for labor and/or sex, generating an estimated $150 billion dollars in profits a year.
Alfonso Angel Diaz-Juarez is wanted by the FBI for his participation in an international sex trafficking ring that is alleged to have operated in the Houston area for more than a decade. Diaz-Juarez is one of 14 co-conspirators who smuggled women and girls from Mexico to local cantinas, brothels, and bars owned and operated by co-conspirators. Diaz-Juarez and the other traffickers used threats and violence to coerce the victims to perform commercial sex acts. In some instances the victims were beaten if they “did not keep the clients happy.”
Diaz-Juarez, who according to authorities is one of the pimps who supplied the women and girls to the places of exploitation, is the only member of the trafficking ring who remains a fugitive. He is a Mexican national and is believed to have ties to Mexico, Houston, and Florida. The FBI is offering a reward for any information that can lead to his arrest.
Human Rights First is working to reduce the incidence of trafficking by promoting policies to increase the risks, penalties, and punishments for those who exploit other human beings. While there are many important laws and policies in place to address human trafficking and protect victims of these horrific crimes, traffickers often operate with relative impunity. Please join us in calling on the U.S. government to bring this exploiter and others like him to justice.