Two army officers sentenced to 100 years in prison for using women as sex slaves
Two Guatemalan army officers have been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for using women as sex slaves.
Lt. Col. Esteelmen Francisco Reyes and Heriberto Valdéz Asij were sentenced to a combined 240 years in prison on Friday after being convicted of turning 15 indigenous women into sex slaves during the Guatemalan civil war in the 1980s.
They were also accused of facilitating "forced disappearances."
Erika Guevara-Rosas of Amnesty International said after their conviction on Friday: "These historic convictions send the unequivocal message that sexual violence is a serious crime and that no matter how much time passes, it will be punished. It is a great victory for the 11 women who embarked on a 30-year-long battle for justice."
The women, who are not identified, said they were held captive from 1982 to 1983. Reyes and Asij were accused of murder, rape, sexual abuse, kidnapping and domestic servitude.
The civil war lasted from 1960 to 1996.