Carla Stefaniak’s determination took her around the world, posting photos on social media to influence others. That’s what led her to Costa Rica to celebrate her 36th birthday. A few days later, her body was found.
Venezuelans on Sunday went to the polls to elect 2,459 council members, amid another call of abstention from many opposition parties. The ruling socialist party led by President Nicolas Maduro is expected to sweep the municipal elections.
Sex trafficking, domestic violence and slavery often plague women who leave Venezuela to escape Nicolas Maduro’s collapsing economy. At least 41 migrants have been killed in Latin American countries such as Mexico.
Women like Kenny Finol and Lorena Cardozo left Venezuela to other Latin American countries to find relief from shortages, hyperinflation and unrest. Instead, these immigrants were beaten, tortured and murdered.
These Venezuelan women were among the droves of migrants moving to other countries such as Mexico in search of jobs. Instead, they found a world of prostitution, violence and death. Here are their stories.
The families of Venezuelan women who fled the country’s crisis and were killed in other Latin American countries are struggling with frustration as well as grief as many of the murder cases have yet to be solved.
Hundreds of middle-class Venezuelans are starting to see pawnshops as a way to raise money for basics — like food — in a country plagued by hyperinflation. They sell gold jewelry and family treasures to buy groceries.
Carlos Molina has been teaching at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas for 22 years, but he only makes between $17 and $20 a month. Like him, many college professors in Venezuela struggle to survive.
Venezuelan opposition leaders are asking the Bank of England not to return 14 tons of Venezuelan gold, saying that the administration of President Nicolás Maduro would likely steal or misuse the bullion amid the country’s economic collapse.