Lydia Cacho (born 1963) is a Mexican journalist, author and a feminist activist against violence.
In 2000, Lydia founded and directed a high security shelter for battered and sexually exploited women and children in Cancun, Mexico. She was the first woman in Mexican history to take to trial an organised crime ring involved with child pornography, sexual tourism and trafficking of women.
Lydia herself has been imprisoned for her work and has put her life on the line on behalf of women and children in Mexico. As a consequence of her unwavering defence of human rights and journalistic freedom, her own life has been repeatedly threatened.
With more than twenty years of experience as a workshop teacher and keynote speaker, Lydia has toured the globe with her inspirational conferences on peace education, freedom of expression, and ethical commitment to changing the world. She has spoken at the United Nations General Assembly, UNESCO, and the European Union. She was recently appointed by the UNODC and the Spanish Government as Ambassador for the Blue Heart Campaign against sex trafficking.
Lydia has published seven books, one of them being an award-wining manual to prevent, detect and heal child sexual abuse. In addition, she is a co-author of several collective books. Currently, Lydia is a columnist with El Universal, the main national newspaper in Mexico, and a workshop teacher on successful approaches to help trafficking victims. Her book, Slaves of power: a journey into sex trafficking around the world, was released in 2010.
Lydia is in Australia to give the talk ‘Slavery is Big Business’ at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.