Attorney Calls for Pressure on Mexico to Prosecute Crimes Against Women
The international community must bring pressure to bear on Mexico's government to prosecute crimes against women as such cases increase, Mexican attorney Karla Michel Salas, who handles cases involving crimes against women, said Monday.
"No public servant has been punished criminally" in Mexico despite accusations of "systematic negligence" in the investigation of these crimes and the alleged links of public officials to crimes committed against women, Salas said in an interview with Efe.
Violence against women has increased exponentially since 2006, when the so-called "war on drugs" was launched, with 60 percent of the 1,488 murders of women in Ciudad Juarez, a border city located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, since 1993 occurring in the past six years, Salas, who serves as president of the Association of Democratic Lawyers, said.
Ciudad Juarez first gained notoriety in the early 1990s, when young women began to disappear in the area, with the majority of the cases going unsolved.
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