Quintana Roo Mexico: String of women murdered minimized by authorities

Posted on February 2, 2016 • Filed under: Crime, Latin America Womens Issues, Mexico

27 Nov 2015 mg.co.za/ “A string of women have been killed in Mexico’s top holiday destination, but the authorities are trying their best to downplay the murders.”

Quintana Roo is Mexico’s sunshine state, a booming tourists’ playground that draws record numbers of holidaymakers to its golden beaches, coral reefs and Mayan ruins.

But, in recent weeks, this region on the Caribbean Sea has been badly shaken by a string of brutal murders of women, which authorities seem keen to downplay. Within three weeks, seven women have been murdered, bringing the total to 18 so far this year.

At least two of the victims were strangled and several had been sexually assaulted before their bodies were dumped in public places. All the women were Mexican.

The murders have renewed tensions between activists against gender violence and state officials, who accuse them of ­trying to derail tourism and economic progress. Read Article

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