Las Desaparecidas De Juarez
Located in the state if Chihuahua, Juarez is the 5th largest city in all of Mexico with almost two million people (Juarez-Mexico). The population of Juarez is not the what people from Mexico and all over the world talk about but instead they talk about the mass murders of young women, and female children which rose in numbers since 1993. From the years 1993-2003 there was a reported 265 murders or femicides of women; and an estimate of around 460 to this date (Casa Amiga). There are is a surplus amount of murders and kidnaps cases not legally reported just as there are many questions unanswered.
Thousands of women migrate to Juarez from all over Mexico anywhere from Durango to Veracruz in hopes of finding a job. Many of the girls and young women which travel are “campesinas” which come from very poverty-striken families (Agosin, Marjorie). The jobs that they seek in Juarez are factory jobs who have already reached their capacity of workers. Women who come to Juarez are attracted to the jobs even if they are exploited because in January 1, 1994 the “ North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), ha[d] created jobs for more than 1.2 million Mexicans, approximately 250,000 in Juarez alone” (Agosin, Marjorie). Some people speculate that some of the murders started because of the “machista” characteristics since women made up approximately 60% of all the factory workers and they earned around 55 dollars a week. This could have fired the violence against women since having earning their money increased financial and social independence.
These women were daughters, sisters, aunts, and mothers, and wives to somebody and will forever leave a memory engraved in their respective loved ones. Many family members to this day have not had any answers given to them as to who the killers are. The families are who are affected the most. Nobody benefits from these tragic murders but everybody should consider this to be a detriment to their daily life since the women specially those who travel alone or at certain times of the day should definitely worry about the issue. Not only should the female workers worry about watching out for their life at night or at sunrise but at any time of the day. In the documentary Bajo Juarez a young lady named Lucia was kidnapped and rape during plain daylight. It was only 4 p.m. and she was was waiting for the bus to take her to work. The kidnappers grabbed her and took her to a pick up truck in which she was brutally attacked and raped. Fortunately he was not killed but did end up being pregnant and almost died during the child birth (Juarez Desierto de Esperanza).
Many of the victims are in the younger side of the spectrum although this crime is committed against anyone. The University De Valle De Mexico investigated and found the statistics concerning the females that were kidnapped and raped from July 2003 to June 2004. During that year 40% of the women were between the ages of 15-19, 25% between 20-24, 10% between 10-14 and the remaining 25% are 25 years of age or older (Cardenas, Victor).
Many of the family members suspect that the murderers range anywhere from gang related crimes to very wealthy and powerful people.There is speculation in which wealthy people buy land and they let the years pass for the best bidder, which does not always happen which in time leaves Juarez with huge empty land lots, in which anybody is able to throw and discard of mutilated bodies (Benítez, Rohry). Many of the places where they have found bodies in clusters and almost in the same area are owned by very powerful people who’s names are kept quiet. Some of the land which the most bodies have been found are in places like Lomas de Poleo, Cerro Del Cristo Negro, Lote Bravo, Los Arenales, and many others. Many detectives investigating this believe that the bodies are being dropped could me a message from authorities, and just how they choose their victims they also choose where the...
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