Lucia's Letter is the award-winning documentary by WGCU Public Media that describes one Guatemalan teenager's trip with a coyote from Guatemala through Mexico to southwest Florida.
The story is a composite of several local Mayan women's experiences of becoming a coyote's slave. All of the women were raped, starved and drugged during the trip and then sold when they arrived in the U.S.
Some ended up as indentured slaves in the vegetable fields and/or in brothels. Others were sold to men they were forced to marry.
This documentary tells the story of this effort through the women, trying to use Lucia's Letter to convince mothers to stop sending their daughters to the states.
This version is an excerpt of the complete show. CLICK HERE to find the full one-hour documentary and more information about Lucia's Letter.
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