Not so, says Maximino Ramirez, the secretary of the Tenancingo town council.
Thirty-three of the 100 women who were interviewed were raped during their arrest.
The pimp then casually mentions a friend whose wife "worked" them out of the problem, noting, "If you love me, you'd do that for me.
Almost 97 percent of them reported some form of physical abuse like near-asphyxiation with plastic bags and beatings.
Non-indigenous elements in the development of Santa Muerte should not be overlooked, particularly since three centuries of European colo- nization changed the indigenous culture in fundamental ways.
When she resisted, the pimp told her, "If you don't do what I'm asking you to, you'll never see your daughter.
The veneration of Santa Muerte is no longer limited to the criminal underworld; her worship has now expanded through the general population, particularly among poorer classes, or those at the margins of the law, such as prostitutes, thieves, and illegal immigrants.
State prosecutors' spokeswoman Judith Soriana says only about a half-dozen people have been prosecuted under laws against human trafficking in the past couple of years.