Published: December 13. 2012 4:00AM PST
Demonstrators and police officers clash Wednesday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The acquittal of 13 people accused in the disappearance of a young woman who was allegedly kidnapped and forced into prostitution for “VIP clients" spread shock and outrage across Argentina on Wednesday, prompting street protests and calls by political leaders to impeach the three judges who delivered the verdict.
Many called the ruling a setback for Argentina’s efforts to combat sex trafficking, which began largely as a result of Susana Trimarco’s one-woman, decade-long quest to find her missing daughter, Maria de los Angeles “Marita" Veron. Her attorneys said Trimarco would pursue appeals.
President Cristina Fernandez personally called Trimarco to express her surprise and outrage.
Victor R. Caivano / The Associated Press