Veteran journalist Lara Logan found herself the target of “veiled” threats as she investigated a Mexican city built on sex trafficking.
The former “60 Minutes” correspondent was cornered by Mexican police as she attempted to document what she described as sex “traffickers and their secrets” as she and her film crew traveled to the small city less than 60 miles from Mexico’s capital.
(Video: Fox News)
Traveling with special agent for Homeland Security Investigations Thomas Countermine, Logan and her team encountered local law enforcement that seemed more intent on protecting the business of sex trafficking, as the footage from the upcoming Fox Nation series, “Lara Logan Has No Agenda” was previewed on Friday.
“Do you know of any other towns — anywhere — that is like this?” Logan asked Countermine.
“I haven’t found one quite like this,” the agent, who reportedly specializes in targeting New York City trafficking rings, replied.
Logan pointed out that the town apparently does not like “outsiders” and what is “normal for the people who live here is unimaginable for most.”
She noted that “generations of sex-traffickers” over the span of many decades lived in the town.
“Millions and millions and millions of dollars, hundreds, probably thousands of women have come from Tenacingo to our area in the United States, sent money back and basically built this town,” Countermine added.
“So are there scouts sort of tracking us as we move through the town?” Logan asked.
“That’s what it appears,” Countermine responded, just before video showed a Tenacingo city police truck pull out and block Logan’s convoy of three vehicles.
Another HSI agent jumped out of the vehicle in an attempt to talk to the officials just before another police truck pulled up and blocked the news crew. Countermine warned that Logan’s decision to continue filming the encounter might anger the Mexican officials.
“The police are guardians of the traffickers and their secrets, moving in to force us out — a veiled threat,” Logan narrated over the clip.
“We’ve been asked to depart the area,” the agent, who is based in Mexico City, said as he returned. “About a week ago, they did lynch a couple of people that were here, just asking around about the town.”
“So he says right now, there’s actually down the street and up the street — there’s people forming, wondering why we’re here,” he added.
“The policemen told you they lynched some people here?” Logan asked.
“Yes,” he replied. “And he’s asked me to calmly leave the area.”
“For our own safety?” Logan wondered.
“For the safety of the town, he said,” the agent noted.
Logan and her team were then reportedly escorted by the police to the city limits, but the tense exchange did not end quietly as the situation escalated, forcing the team to quickly depart from the Tenacingo area.
Mexican brothers charged with helping orchestrate a sex trafficking operation that was connected to the city were sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in New York City in 2014. The brothers had operated “a depraved and deplorable sex mill,” the judge had said, according to The New York Times, with more than 400 women involved – one as young as 17.
The episode was the first installment of Logan’s four-part docuseries which will be available on Fox Nation on Monday, Jan. 6.
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