Two Women, an Indecent Proposal and “The Porn Artist”

Two victims' stories on how they defend themselves and accuse an intellectual of filming them while having sex in order for him to upload their videos on social media

LEON, GUANAJUATO. – Ana Becerra is not worried about that people will know her real name and her face after this article is published or people will point at her for being the woman that reported, legally and socially, the photographer, poet and local philosopher Luis Antonio Garcia Amézquita to whom she accuses to film her in an intimate sexual encounter and to disclose the video in the social networks.

What she really cares, what it takes her time and persistence since last January is that nobody else to be the target (it is enough with the six girls she managed to document after her case) and that there are not the more victims of sexting, that crime a person commits when sending sexual photos or videos by Internet and of which little is spoken although Mexico ranks first in Latin America according to digital research firm Mattica.

“He is the one who should be ashamed, not me,” says the 26 year-old Estela, after several nights without sleeping in which she elaborate tens of hypothesis on what could happen if she denounced him and the video went viral, about her safety and what her friends, her family, her surroundings could think.

“The macho culture regularly says: `that happens to her for being trusting and then the man is seemed as the fantastic one, the lady’s man, and the woman looks like the idiot, but after this experience what I can say is that I did not do anything wrong, I wanted to have a relationship, I did what I wanted with my body, and that does not give him the right to neither to record me nor to exhibit me publicly.”

Estela tells her history while she drinks a coffee in a small square with lights and sources close to her house. She is quiet. She has a computer in her hand that she uses more like a weapon than a test instrument because, at the end, Twitter erased the video and the copy is already in the hands of the Attorney’s Office of the State of Guanajuato, where she introduced the legal complaint.

THE SEDUCER

“He completely dazzled me,” says Estela about the three-month courtship she had with Garcia Amézquita whom she met on Facebook.

The version on how, when and where the events happened has only one narrator so far. The counterpart did not answer phone calls or emails from this newspaper aimed atluis.g.amezquita@gmail.com. He has not declared before the Public Ministry nor has notified that he changed his address.

Luis Garcia Amezquita.

She says they quickly “click”. Although he was physically very short for her taste, he seemed very interesting and intellectual with his folder of artistic photos; a curriculum with a doctorate from the University of Guanajuato, a masters from the University of Buenos Aires and a scholarship from the federal government as a prelude to his verbiage.

– You are the most intelligent woman I have ever met: you are beautiful, you are a psychologist, and you are music- he used to say.

They spent several nights together before he took her a half-naked image without authorization. It was while she was taking off her blouse. “That time, I did not give it as much importance, as the moment when I saw him taking the phone to record me in a moment of oral sex.”

She asked him to erased it and he agreed, but before, he sent it to its own telephone number from where he upload it to a Twitter account and the blog “Old Harbor,” as he did before with other conquests and after Estela.

The relation ended when she realized that Garcia Amézquita changed from being the loving admirer to an unbalanced boyfriend. “One time he asked me to pretend he was raping me and when I told him he was hurting me he lost interest, he turned back and blamed me: he enjoyed blaming me for anything.”

After the separation, she was worried about the whereabouts of the intimate filming and for that reason, she continuously checked the Facebook account, the only one she knew. “There, I saw that a friend who asked him about `Old Harbor’ and that alarmed me,” she remembers. “I started to search and discovered that he had blog and a Twitter account where he had uploaded the video with me and others with several girls. I felt so much hatred: I did not know whether to hide, to cry, to shout.”

CRIME WITHOUT PUNISHMENT

Mariana L., is another of the filmed women, says over the phone to Impremedia that she did not realize that Garcia Amézquita had filmed her during the sexual act in the seconds that were enough to capture her face until Estela alerted her and, since then, they formed a block against the defendant.

“Another whore,” was the caption on bottom of the video.

“He never wanted anything serious,” says Mariana. He proposed me to be only lovers so that I `did not lose the chance to know other men’ and I agreed, but two months later I ended the relationship when he began to behave aggressively; he knew that I was vulnerable to certain things and that was the way he hurt me.”

Mariana will join to the demand against the “pornographic artist” in the next days, a decision that a few face. In fact, “only 2% of the young victims of sexting ask for help,” says Alejandro Rubio, from the non-profit organization Center without Internet Violence.

The reasons are varied, from ignorance to modesty and the fact that currently only four states have laws that punish sexting: the State of Mexico (with the highest penalty of four years), Mexico City, Nuevo Leon and Chihuahua.

These laws had as a common denominator a media scandal like the one that happened in Ciudad Juarez in 2013, when two children were videotaped in a street sexual act and widely publicized in social media.

In Guanajuato there is not even a bill and, with the exception of Baja California, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosi, where the proposals lie forgotten; in the rest of the country, there is no indication of regulations or that the subject to be of interest in the respective congresses.

From shame to counterattack

With pressure, Estela got to be heard in a Public Ministry of Guanajuato. “As soon as I got there they told me that the crime does not exist. If I had not had told them that I got the support from Las Libres activists, they had not even let me cross the door.”

Las Libres is a local civil organization that is in favor of women’s human rights and has won several cases in court, among them, to remove from prison several women who were serving sentences for abortion In recent dates, they have advised three “emblematic” cases related to harassment and sexual violence.

“In 16 years, we have realized that it is very important that women retake their lives with dignity to say enough!, to impunity and a way to publicly point out the offender by name, “says Veronica Cruz , director of the organization.

“Thus, we demonstrated that the violence against women does not come only from poor people, with addiction problems or lack of education, but from all social classes, artists, politicians and people whom are never pointed out because they have power.”

Estela decided to make her experience public to set a precedent and encourage other women to point out their aggressor whoever he is. “”Girls can see my case and think, ah, if she did I, why not me?”