Juana Barraza, born on 27 Dec 1957, grew up in Hidalgo, a Mexican state just north of Mexico City. Young Juana entered a troubled family, and she lived in a small village completely shrouded by poverty. Low-income families surrounded Juana everywhere, and reports state that she gained very little in terms of education, reportedly only truly learning to read and write her own name.
From Juana’s own words, she was subject to neglect and abuse from an early age. In a disturbing retelling, Juana states that her mother sold her to a stranger for just three bottles of beer. This stranger became Juana’s new de-facto guardian, however, he proceeded to rape her repeatedly, eventually leading her to become pregnant multiple times as a teenager, resulting in the birth of her first son and multiple miscarriages.