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Miss Torture: a former beauty queen enslaved indigenous people


He hired them as cleaning workers in his home and, in addition to not paying them, he beat them violently and deprived them of food and water.

Hilda Bustillos, a woman who

won the title of Miss Puebla in 1991

, in the state of the same name, near the Mexican capital, was arrested on

charges of enslaving young indigenous people

whom she hired as cleaning workers in her home.

The former beauty queen faces charges of

human trafficking

in its modality of forced labor and deprivation of liberty, formulated by the local Prosecutor's Office.

Hilda Bustillos, in 1991 won the title of Miss Puebla (Facebook).

Among other things, Bustillos, 55, held Teresa,

a 16-year-old indigenous adolescent

, in captivity for 34 months, whom he hired as a domestic worker, and beat him frequently, including once

with a hammer

, causing burns that left him footprints, as well as forcibly cutting her hair and forcing her to sweep in the rain.

Likewise, the young woman, originally from the Sierra Norte de Puebla,

was deprived of food and water,

she was not paid a penny, and she was constantly threatened to kill her and make her disappear.

The former beauty queen faces charges of human trafficking in the form of forced labor and deprivation of liberty (Facebook).

The girl's ordeal ended when she managed to escape with the help of some neighbors and get to safety, to later report her to the authorities.

"He left the woman locked up at home when she, her husband and their children went out, in addition to having her under threat of harming her family," said a neighbor who helped her escape and pointed out that the day he rescued her she had been two years old

. weeks

without eating any food.

terrible torture 

Teresa's case is just one of many, according to

the Kualinemilis Collective

, which revealed that she used to recruit indigenous people from near her home as domestic workers, promising them a salary of 1,800 pesos a week

(about $90)

that she never paid, in addition to food. , roof and rest days, through seductive ads on the networks.

One of the victims, who also did not identify himself and remained under the control of this person for two months, said that

he tried to commit suicide twice

with bathroom cleaning products and when he fled he left "with nothing" but refused to file a complaint for fear that the authorities did not believe him.

Another case is that of a young woman who

was locked up for 5 months

in 2017 and suffered slave treatment, while a man who remained anonymous said that Bustillos

threw hot oil

at her mother and took her identification.

The house of the former beauty queen (Google Maps).

After her arrest on March 19, the woman had her first hearing before a judge in which her evil actions were revealed.

Margarita Garcidueñas, prosecutor for Attention to Crimes of Gender Violence against Women of the Prosecutor's Office, said that Teresa filed her complaint on April 22, 2022, after her audacious escape from the house of the detainee, in the city of Puebla, state capital.

The woman, nicknamed Miss Torture, had been committing these aberrations for 30 years.

After interviews with witnesses, "in situ" inspections and expert opinions on forensic medicine, psychology, victimology, social work and social anthropology, the arrest of "

Miss Torture" was achieved.

The woman had already been detained on March 9 but was able to leave alleging violations of due process.

ANSA Agency.

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