Monday, February 20, 2006
If you only look at one site today, read The Crosses of Juarez on openDemocracy - don't forget to look at the photos at the bottom of the article.
Since the mid-90s, hundreds of Mexican women have been kidnapped, raped and killed in the border town of Ciudad Juarez. Amnesty International's report 'Intolerable Killings', published in 2003, documented the systematic nature of these disappearances: the women are usually under 30, poor and tend to work in the maquiladoras. Little (or some might say no) effort has been made by the Mexican goverment to find out what is going on, leaving plenty of room for rumours that include snuff films, drug rings, forced prostitution and much more. The killings of Ciudad Juarez also bring up other issues that both the US and Mexican goverment would rather not deal with besides violence against women, such as cheap labour and the explotation of women workers.
Ask Amnesty Women's Human Rights Index
Amnesty International Demand Justice