South Western States in the US are also part of the land which border crossing guides and Cartel members are using to cover trees in the clothes of the border crossers they have raped. Coyotes and Cartels use this method to signify their territory and “assert” their dominance.
“After the coyotes get the women across the border, safely on U.S. soil, they gang rape them to show they have total control over them. They hang their panties in the trees as signs of the conquest. I couldn’t leave them there. As a woman, I had to take them down. . . If the women are young and pretty, they are kept in houses of prostitution where they have to have their families buy them out or work their way out. Of course, none will testify to this because the coyotes know where they are from and can seek revenge on their families in Mexico,” says Dr. Carol Hand of the Minute Man Project in Arizona.
Rape trees were once stereotypically linked to coyotes affiliated with the Mexican cartel, this method of territorial marking is used by those smuggling immigrants across borders as well members of drug and human trafficking rings (slavery).