By KEVIN S. SELIGMAN-THE ASSOCIATED PRESSIn 2014, more than 300,000 unaccompanied children were forced into prostitution in Mexico, according to the United Nations.
That number is expected to triple this year as more unaccompanied children are apprehended, according in part to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
The Mexican government says the trafficking victims are mostly women and children.
But critics say the majority of the victims are underage girls who are coerced into sex work by pimps who are forced to sleep with them.
The U.S. government has long warned about the dangers of human trafficking and has offered assistance to Mexico in combating human trafficking, but it has not provided specific funding to address the issue in the United States.
A U.NAIDS-supported report last year found that trafficking victims were vulnerable to physical and psychological abuse, and often felt powerless to protect themselves.
In some cases, their families were complicit in their exploitation, the report said.
It called for strengthening the protections of human rights in Mexico.
In the wake of the report, the U