More than 400 girls and women have been killed in Juárez in the past eleven years. Mexican and U.S. criminologists speculate that as many as 90 of those were victims of one or more serial killers. The serial victims bore similar traits. They were young and slender and had brown complexions and long hair. All came from poor families, and many were lured to Juárez by job prospects at maquiladoras. Their poverty, experts say, made them vulnerable. Many of them were raped and mutilated, their bodies dumped in ditches or vacant lots. ... The serial slayings have continued despite numerous arrests and pronouncements that they have been solved. --- El Paso Times

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Mexico - Genocide against women workers
Marxist analysis of roles of PRI and neo-liberals in creating the context of the murders and disappearances.
Scapegoats of Juarez
Report by a US NGO criticizing the investigation into the meurders, and the use of improperly obtained evidence in prosecutions of alleged perpetrators. [PDF]
The Situation of the Rights of Women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: The Right to be Free from Violence and Discrimination
The OAS report presents the background of the situation and the involvement of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an analysis of human rights and legal issues, and recommendations for follow up. (March 07, 2003)
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