Information hero

Lydia Cacho

Lydia Cacho’s coverage of violence and sexual abuse affecting women and children has won her many international awards such as the Wallenberg Medal, the Olof Palme prize and the UNESCO press freedom prize. But it has also brought her a lot of trouble in Mexico, including a rape linked to her reporting in 1999, an arrest in 2005 after the publication of her bookDemonios del Eden (which helped bring down a major paedophile ring), an abortive plan by Puebla’s governor to have her beaten and jailed in 2006, the sabotaging of her car in 2008, and being forced to flee abroad temporarily in 2011. But all this failed to prevent her from producing a new book in 2013 entitled Esclavas del Poder, which is about sexual slavery worldwide.