Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mexican "femicides" on the rise in 2008

I just read about an incredibly disturbing phenomenon in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: women killed just for being women.

This week, the body of 25-year-old maquiladora worker Guadalupe Diaz was discovered in a vacant lot two weeks after her disappearance. A second victim was discovered in her home with at least ten gunshot wounds.

Already this year, Ciudad Juarez registered at least 75 cases of “femicides," the worst year in recent memory. At least 544 women have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez since 1993.

A 2002 article from Salon begins with a description of one of the murders and goes on to say:

However horrific the details, they were numbing in their familiarity. The body of a woman who had died in similar circumstances was found in the same dusty lot a couple of months earlier. The bodies of eight women were found in a lot not far away a little more than a year ago. So many women have been murdered here in the past 10 years that there is no reliable count. Most experts place it close to 325, an average of 32 a year, nearly three every month. At least 90 of the deaths are believed to be the work of one or more serial killers. Hundreds more women have simply vanished.


"A lot of girls were picked up here," [a Nike outlet security guard] says in a voice of calm resignation. "But really, it's the girls' fault. It's because even though they weren't prostitutes you know, they were more like easy women. They didn't have to get into those cars if they didn't want to."

How has this not been more widely reported?

1 comment:

  1. i recall reading a small article about this quite some time ago and then nothing.

    the attitude is so awful and the fact that it is an accepted attitude even moreso.

    i don't think it's a priority with either the police or the public there.