The bad side of Juarez: Female homicides in Ciudad Juárez

Ciudad Juarez Travel Blog

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Unfortunately, over the last years, Ciudad Juarez became quite (in)famous because of the large number of unsolved female homicides. Apparently I have to tell you about this, and definately I'm not proud (or even close) of this.

So when in Ciudad Juarez, you talk about the female homicides , you're talking about a series of murders that add up to 460 murders and 600 missing persons, sin 1993. The worst part about this is that there's little information of motives or even being close to finding the person responsible for them.

For some time, the supposed murderer was "The Egyptian" Abdel Latiff Shariff, and he was caught in 1995 and arrested. As of 1999 he is supposed to be spending 20 years in prison for his crimes (although I think he's dead now), however this murders continued after he was arrested.

Allegedly he payed some people named "Los Rebeldes" to keep the murders going so he couldn't be charged.

Among the persons and organizations that have helped on the investigation we can find the Mexican Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR), the American FBI, Several foreign investigators and Criminalists and other organizations.

According to the Organization of American States's Inter-American Commission on Human Rights:
    The victims of these crimes have preponderantly been young women, between 17 and 22 years of age. Many were students, and most were maquiladora [workers in foreign owned factories]. A number were relative newcomers to Ciudad Juarez who had migrated from other areas of Mexico. The victims were generally reported missing by their families, with their bodies found days or months later abandoned in vacant lots or outlying areas. In most of these cases there were signs of sexual violence, abuse, torture or in some cases mutilation.

As of August 2006, the investigation of these murders has ended, because the government decided to drop it. These crimes continue unsolved, sadly enough.

ekthor says:
I haven't seen the movie, but I've heard of it. This mass murder thing is certainly something that we are concerned about. However, if you're only passing by you just need to use your common sense to stay out of trouble it is actually not that bad to live in here you get used to it and can avoid the feeling of insecurity by avoiding the troubling places which are usually the places in the outside ring of the city. You should be fine in here. If people can survive living in Mexico city, then people can definately survive in here. ;)
Posted on: Jul 12, 2007
mathewhatcher says:
Have you seen the movie Bordertown? It is a great movie about this situation and brings light on it all. Coming to Juarez in August and really looking forward to it, then I saw this movie but I will make the most of it.
Posted on: Jul 12, 2007
ekthor says:
All that are known of are Mexican. Not necesarilly from here, some of them were from other states, but lived and worked in Juarez.
Posted on: Jul 05, 2007
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