A former political party leader wanted by Mexican authorities and Interpol was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a human trafficking ring involved in the prostitution of women in Mexico City.
Cuauhtémoc Gutiérrez De La Torre was at his home when police investigators assigned to the Mexico City attorney general’s office arrested him without incident.
He is charged with attempted human trafficking in its form of aggravated sexual exploitation, human trafficking in its form of aggravated misleading advertising and criminal association.
“Coordinated intelligence work between the Attorney General’s Office for the Investigation of Human Trafficking, the National Intelligence Center and the Special Response and Intervention Group resulted in the seizure of said person,” the official said on Thursday. Mexico City attorney general’s office in a statement.
Gutiérrez De La Torre came under fire on April 2, 2014 when news radio MSV Noticias aired an investigative report on young women aged 18-32 who had been hired through job advertisements misleading for a prostitution ring he allegedly operated.
Cuauhtémoc Gutiérrez De La Torre, who was the director of the Institutional Revolutionary Party in Mexico City, was arrested by Mexican authorities on Wednesday. He is accused of running a human trafficking and prostitution ring from the political party headquarters in the nation’s capital.
As director of the Institutional Revolutionary Party in Mexico City, Cuauhtémoc Gutiérrez De La Torre hired women between the ages of 18 and 32 for monthly salaries ranging from 8,000 to 14,000 Mexican pesos.
Cuauhtémoc Gutiérrez De La Torre is escorted by police on Wednesday after his arrest. His lawyer Lazaro Tapía told Radio Formula on Thursday that the arrest “was illegal”.
The classifieds advertised positions as hostess, receptionist or administrative assistant at the headquarters of the Institutional Revolutionary Party with monthly salaries ranging from 8,000 to 14,000 Mexican pesos.
The party served as president in Mexico from 1929 to 2000. Those hired distributed meeting agendas and escorted politicians and businessmen to their seats.
However, a journalist from the MSV Noticias went secret and responded to an overture from a hostess at the office of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. She secretly recorded a conversation with one of the women who had been hired and she admitted that she was required to provide “oral or vaginal” sex to her boss, Gutiérrez De La Torre.
The woman told the reporter that she might be able to take home 11,000 Mexican pesos – duty free – a month plus tips.
Claudia Priscila Martínez González is one of four other employees of the Institutional Revolutionary Party office in Mexico City charged with operating a network of human trafficking and prostitution.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party severed its ties with Gutiérrez De La Torre a few hours after the scandal broke.
Three women testified to authorities that they were forced to wear skirts, dresses and heels and had to have sex with Gutiérrez De La Torres.
Arrest warrants were issued in March for four other people also charged with human trafficking and a prostitution ring.
Former Senate candidate Claudia Priscila Martínez González was arrested on September 8, 2021 in Mexico and charged with human trafficking and criminal association.
Sandra Vaca, Congresswoman of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, is wanted for leading a ring of human trafficking and prostitution in Mexico
Adriana Rodríguez Regalado, assistant to the office of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, was arrested on March 11. She was reportedly responsible for leading the recruitment of women who were then forced to have sex with former party leader Cuauhtémoc Gutiérrez de la Torre.
The former financial director of the Institutional Revolutionary Party Roberto Zamorano is still at large
Prosecutors discovered that she had supervised the publication of job advertisements in newspapers and on the online site.
Office assistant Adriana Rodríguez Regalado was arrested on March 11. She was reportedly responsible for directing the recruitment of women who were forced to have sex with Gutiérrez de la Torre.
Institutional Revolutionary Party deputy Sandra Esther Vaca Cortés and former party financial director Roberto Zamorano are still at large.
The former head of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party managed to avoid arrest before he was finally captured on Wednesday night.
Cuauhtémoc Gutiérrez de la Torre, who was the leader of Mexico City’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, was arrested on Wednesday for leading a ring of human trafficking and prostitution from the political party’s headquarters.
A Mexico City judge signed an arrest warrant for him on March 2, but Gutiérrez de la Torre’s lawyers blocked the order.
However, Mexico City’s Fifth District Court granted a motion from the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office to review the stalled Dec. 12 order. Gutiérrez de la Torre’s legal team responded with a second filing to block the order to ensure he wouldn’t be apprehended.
“The arrest of Cuauhtémoc Gutiérrez de la Torre was unlawful. The police overstepped (their limits),’ his lawyer Lazaro Tapía told Radio Formula on Thursday. “They should have respected the amparo (blockade) that we have had since October 14 and which prevented the authorities from arresting him.”