Mexico: Number of Drug-Related Killings of Prostitutes Triples

Posted on July 27, 2011 • Filed under: Crime, Drug Activity, Latin America Womens Issues, Mexico, Organized Crime

The rate of murders, rapes and disappearances of female prostitutes in the context of the war against organized crime has increased at an alarming rate over the past few years, Vanguardia reports. Previously, the homicide rate of prostitutes was about 6 per year per state, about 190 to 250 in the entire country. However, in the first two years of the current administration, the rate skyrocketed to more than 20 murders per state per year. Experts say that the increase is attributed to the war against organized crime – gangs want to involve prostitutes as informants, and those who refused are raped and/or killed. Read Article

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