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Colombian Beauty Queen Ania Acosta Found Dead in Mexico

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ania acosta found dead in Mexico
Ania Margoth Acosta Rengifo, a Colombian celebrity, was found dead in Mexico almost a year after her disappearance. Credit: @EmbColombiaMex – X.co

Colombian beauty queen and actress Ania Acosta was recently found dead in Mexico. The model had disappeared almost a year ago and her body was finally discovered in Morelia, in the state of Michoacan.

Shortly before her disappearance in June 2023, Ania Acosta had warned her family that she was receiving persistent advances from a member of a Mexican cartel, who wanted to have sexual relations with her.

Through its X social media account, the Colombian embassy in Mexico has apologized to Ania Acosta’s family, citing “a failure of the state” regarding her distress and fate. The embassy also stated that the Colombian had been a victim of “human trafficking”, which led to her “femicide”.

Ania Margoth Acosta Rengifo was 43 years old and a native of Quibdo in the Choco Department, on the Pacific coast. She was a beauty queen, notably being elected the runner-up in the Miss Choco pageant in 2001, and also had a career as an actress in Colombian productions. Ania Acosta, mother of a young boy, had moved to Mexico to expand her personal and career opportunities.

Ania Acosta, a victim of sex trafficking

According to preliminary investigation results, Ania Acosta’s death was linked to sex trafficking. The model was allegedly kidnapped to force her into illicit sexual activities.

Sex trafficking is a recurrent issue in Colombia, with Colombian women being particularly vulnerable to this problem. The grim link between the criminal world and sex trafficking dates back to the era of Pablo Escobar.

The Medellin Cartel was famous for its parties involving dozens of women, prostitutes or models, particularly in the drug lord’s private prison, the Cathedral.

When the conflicts between Pablo Escobar and its Medellin and Cali rivals intensified in the 1990s, the Medellin Cartel went on a rampage against women who had participated in these events, torturing or killing dozens to obtain information on rivals.

Today, in Colombia, sex trafficking has increasingly been linked to sex tourism, as some foreign visitors to the country take advantage of their high purchasing power to satisfy their sexual desires, mostly with adults but sometimes also with children. Recent cases have brought national attention to this issue and have triggered a response from public authorities, notably in Medellin.

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