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Femicides in Mexico soar 137% in the last five years

Mexico registered a total of 976 complaints of femicide in 2019, representing an increase of 137 percent compared to 2015, according to data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SNSP).

The SNSP notes that during the past year practically all indicators of violence against women skyrocketed, although feminicides stand out, which have gone from 411 to 976 in this five years, according to the complaints registered by the SNSP, whose figures collects the Mexican newspaper ‘Milenio’.

By states, Veracruz is where there were more murders of women (157), followed by the State of Mexico (122) and Mexico City (68), while Baja California (2), Yucatán and Tlaxcala, both with three cases, were The least affected.

The majority of victims are of legal age, although the SNSP has highlighted the growing number of girls and adolescents among them. In 2019, there were 98 children killed, although the figure could be higher since in 130 femicides the age of the victim could not be specified.

Mexico is one of the countries with the highest number of femicides. The case of Ciudad Juárez, on the border with the United States, became sadly known for the murders and disappearances of women, including minors.

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