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Lost Daughters of Juarez

Gabriel Romero | Mexico

Ciudad Juarez is a Mexican border city that lies next to El Paso, Texas. Since 1993, thousands of young women have disappeared, and hundreds have been found dead in this turbulent city known for drug cartel violence. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Sept. 29, 2014.

In the Mexican city of Juarez, thousands of young women have disappeared and hundreds have been found dead since 1993. This phenomenon has helped usher a new word into the lexicon: Femicide. This is described as the deliberate killing of women, because they are women. Sex trafficking and exploitation have been identified as the precursor to this insidious crime. The numbers have reached epidemic levels and the government whether culpable or incompetent has done very little to find a resolution for grieving families in a system that few trust. In recent years however, efforts have intensified at a grassroots level among local activists determined to raise awareness within the population, and give the next generation of young women a fighting chance. Their efforts have begun to turn the tide. Their battle cry is “Ni Una Mas” or “Not One More.”

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