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Sex, violence driving Mexico’s teen pregnancy problem

AFP, MEXICO CITY

“I dream of finishing my degree and becoming a professional dancer,” she said. “And as a mother, watching my kids grow up right and finishing their own education.”

That is the best hope for fighting teen pregnancy, said Christian Rodriguez, an Uruguayan photojournalist and child of a teenage mother who has traveled around Latin America documenting the subject.

Rodriguez, who also spoke at the forum, said the same problems can be seen throughout the region: poverty, gender violence and deep inequality.

“There are girls whose only prospect in life is to become mothers. One of the things we have to do is give those girls the same opportunities,” he said. “The best contraceptive out there is to give someone a real, possible dream in life.”

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