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The Supreme Court of Tucumán today convicted 10 people for the kidnapping and sexual exploitation of Marita Verón, partially overturning last year’s ruling that absolved all 13 defendants.
Verón’s mother Susana Trimarco, who has campaigned for more than a decade for justice for her daughter, and the public prosecutor appealed against the judgment delivered by the Criminal Court of Tucumán on 11th December 2012, which acquitted all of the suspects accused of human trafficking.
Judges Antonio Estofán, Antonio Gandur and Claudia Sbdar found six men and four women guilty of the kidnap and forced prostitution of Verón, while María Jesús Rivero and Víctor Ángel Rivero were pardoned. The 13th defendant, Irma “Liliana” Medina, who owned brothels in La Rioja, was previously accused of being a “necessary participant” but died in February.
The highest tribunal of the province considered Daniela Natalia Milhein, Andrés Alejandro González, José Fernando Gómez and Gonzalo José Gómez were conspirators of the “aggravated holding and concealment for the exercise of prostitution” of Verón.
Carlos Luna, Cynthia Gaitán, Domingo Andrada, María Márquez, Juan Derobertis and Mariana Bustos were considered “necessary participants” in the abduction and forced prostitution case.
Referring to the earlier judgement, Carlos Garmendia, lawyer for Susana Trimarco, said the ruling, “strengthens us because it gives us reason when it comes to the impunity of judges.”
Verón disappeared on 3rd April 2002, when she was 23, in Tucumán’s capital city San Miguel de Tucumán. Sex workers in prostitution rings have spotted her in several locations in the country, including La Rioja, Tucumán and Córdoba, according to reports.