Infamy: How One Woman Brought an International Sex Trafficking Ring to Justice

Lydia Cacho (Author)


In 2005, after publishing her book The Demons of Eden--where she denounced the very powerful men behind the a Mexican child pornography ring--Lydia Cacho became a target. Exactly eight months after the publication of the book, one morning as she was making her way to work, Lydia was apprehended by the police from the neighboring state of Puebla, and taken into custody during a nightmarish 24 hours during which she was tortured, intimidated and abused.

In this chilling memoir, comparable to Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel, Lydia tells her story and exposes the horrific ways in which women--and young girls in particular--are abused then disposed of, while an oftentimes corrupt government simply sits and watches.

Product Details

$18.95  $17.43
Soft Skull Press
Publish Date
April 12, 2016
6.0 X 1.1 X 8.9 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Lydia Cacho is a Mexican journalist, author and a feminist activist. She has published seven books, one of them is the award-winning Manual to Prevent, Detect and Heal Child Sexual Abuse (Con Mi Hijo No). Currently Ms. Cacho is a columnist with El Universal, the main daily newspaper in Mexico, and a workshop teacher on successful approaches to help trafficking victims and on Community Schools for Peace: a holistic approach to negotiate conflicts.


"A Mexican journalist bravely sets precedent in the highest court in targeting corruption and influence pedaling. . . . An important record of the incremental steps one journalist took against sexual violence in Mexico."--Kirkus

"Cacho is not somebody who can be silenced." --The Guardian

"Confronted by these abhorrent practices, Cacho tries to understand how, ethically, we as a society can allow sex slavery to exist and thrive. She boldly questions every aspect of our civilization, including sacrosanct values such as free speech, free markets, and liberty." --Bookslut

"Lydia Cacho is an impressive investigator renowned for pursuing stories often at great personal risk." --Socialist Review

"Lionhearted Mexican journalist and activist Cacho probes prostitution, pedophilia, and sex trafficking rings across Southeast Asia, South America, and beyond"--Publisher's Weekly

"Award-winning El Universal journalist Cacho has a history of crusading for human rights through her work. Here, she chronicles her global travels to document the world of human trafficking. [... She] is at her best when she loses herself in her interactions with her subjects; in those moments, the writing is so elegant that it purges memories of clunky exposition." --Kirkus Reviews