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Mexican pop superstar Gloria Trevi's career fell apart in the 1990s when she and her manager were accused of corrupting minors, sexual abuse, and kidnapping.
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It all started with the publication of a book by Aline Hernandez, who had previously worked as a backing singer for Andrade. Her book, De la Gloria al Infierno (From Glory to Hell), detailed her life with Andrade.
They had married when Hernandez was a mere 13 years old. By age 17, in 1996, Hernandez had managed to escape from Andrade. She claimed that Andrade was a sadistic, controlling misogynist, who picked up young girls, promised to make them stars,
and instead lured them into a life of slavery, abuse and sex. Hernandez also claimed that Trevi was in love with Andrade and a willing participant in his sexual orgies and slavery. She said, "I think Gloria arrived as innocent as the rest of us were. If Gloria contributed to all this, it is because [Andrade] made her ill, turned her, trained her, educated her in his way."
In 1999, several girls who had been in Andrade's sex-slave ring, managed to escape and immediately went public with their stories. In television interviews, they told of being beaten, abused and starved, just as Hernandez had claimed in her book. Karina Yapor explained how in 1996, at age 12, she had left her home in Chihuahua, Mexico, and gone to live with Andrade and Trevi in Mexico City. A year later, at age 13, she had given birth to a baby boy and claimed Andrade was the father. She later wrote a book about her experience with Andrade and Trevi, citing horrible physical and psychological abuse.
Two teenage sisters, Karola and Katia de la Cuesta, made similar allegations of sexual abuse against Andrade and Trevi, who had originally hired them as backup singers. Another teen, Delia Gonzalez, claimed she had been recruited as a singer by Trevi. She was forced into making a pornographic film and had endured nine months of repeated rapes and beatings by Andrade.
In 1999, as a direct result of the public accusations of slavery, violence, and sexual abuse at the hands of Andrade and his accomplice, Trevi, the Mexican authorities had to react
They accused Sergio Andrade, Gloria Trevi, and choreographer and backup singer, Maria Raquenel Portillo (also known as Mary Boquitas), of corrupting minors, sexual abuse, and kidnapping. The three, who were all over the news, denied the charges and managed to escape from Mexico with about a dozen girls. They were officially declared as fugitives by the Mexican judicial system.
In late 1999, Andrade, Trevi, Boquitas and their troop of girls flew first to Spain and then to Chile. Not long after that, they moved to Argentina.
It was in Argentina that the teenage girls escaped and were returned to their homes in Mexico. Andrade, Trevi, and Boquitas then moved to Brazil, where Trevi enjoyed wandering around their neighborhood and would stop to eat at a local bakery every day.
The trio lived in Brazil for several months before they were caught by Brazilian police and arrested in January 2000.
While the three awaited their fate in a Brazilian prison, their high-profile arrest caused a legal battle. The Brazilian prosecutors wanted to charge the trio in Brazil, as that is where they had been arrested.
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