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Kenny Finol was a young student when she left Venezuela, emigrating to Colombia and then Mexico. She returned home in a coffin.

The 26-year-old had been disfigured with acid, brutally beaten, raped and tortured before she was killed.
Her story is not unusual. From February 2017 to November of this year, more than 40 Venezuelan women who fled home in search of a better life abroad have wound up dead.
Some were murdered when they fell in with criminal groups or escort services. Others were killed by boyfriends and husbands. Other cases are still shrouded in mystery involving bodies that were never identified or claimed. Here are some of their stories:
Finol's story is an alarming illustration of the risks surrounding the mass exodus of Venezuelans. "When one is willing to do anything, human trafficking can make its presence felt."
"She put me in touch with a woman who ran prostitutes. I was forced to work like a dog, without money or food, until I escaped. She even held my passports. Then came the threats," said one woman who worked as an escort.
Many of these women, with dreams of becoming models, wind up working as escorts, or are forced into prostitution by human traffickers.
In one case, an owner of a popular escort service flew a woman he met in Venezuela to Mexico to attend a wedding. "When she arrives, they seize her papers and force her into prostitution."
For the families of these murdered women, closure is hard to come by. Relatives lack money to hire a lawyer or to travel to the place where the crime occurred, or even to make long-distance phone calls to investigators.
"Sometimes [families] can't even afford to bring the bodies home," one attorney said.
Para leer este reportaje especial de @soniaosoriog y @catalinaruiz en español, visita @elnuevoherald:
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