"According to recent estimates published by the federal Attorney General s Office in Mexico, approximately 340 women, most of them young and poor, have been the victims of violent homicide in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua since 1993. Although many of these killings appear to have been caused by domestic violence, a disturbingly large number of cases seem to be the work of sexually motivated serial killers.
A common pattern has emerged in these killings: victims are kidnapped, raped and tortured, and their mutilated bodies are left in garbage dumps or in the outlying desert areas of the city. In spite of the gravity and frequency of these crimes, the problem of the women of Juárez was barely acknowledged in Mexico until quite recently and no serious action was taken to prosecute the killers or ensure women s safety." Source : U.C. Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies. CLAS Policy Papers.
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