I remember all of the grim, breathless stories about the missing women of Ciudad Juarez in the 90s. People thought it was a drug war, serial killers, corrupt cops, slavers, organ harvesters. The cops claim its routine domestic violence, rape, and drug war-related murders. Dozens of women a year went missing or were found murdered in the desert.
The stories dried up. The media moved on.
But women are still being murdered in Juarez, and the frequency is increasing.
Wave of Violence Swallows More Women in Juarez, Mexico - NYTimes.com
Ciudad Juarez became infamous for a wave of attacks beginning in the 1990s that left hundreds of women dead over the course of a decade.
International attention moved on, but the killings have continued, with a second wave even larger than the first. Even as overall violence here declines, new clusters of slain women are continually being discovered.
Roughly 60 women and girls have been killed here so far this year; at least 100 have been reported missing over the past two years. And though the death toll for women so far this year is on track to fall below the high of 304 in 2010, state officials say there have already been more women killed in 2012 than in any year of the earlier so-called femicide era.
This time, though, the response has been underwhelming. “People haven’t reacted with the same force as before,” said Gustavo de la Rosa, a human rights investigator for Chihuahua State. “They think it’s natural.”
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