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During the first five months of 2021, femicides in Mexico increased by a whopping 7.1 percent compared to the same period in 2020, Secretary of Public Security Rosa Icela Rodríguez said Monday, June 28.

Speaking during the daily press conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) at the National Palace, Rodríguez said that between January and May of this year, 423 femicides had been registered nationwide.

The highest incidence of these femicides were concentrated in eight states — Morelos, Sonora, San Luis Potosí, Jalisco, Quintana Roo, Colima, Sinaloa and Chiapas — which, Rodríguez said, accounted for 57.4 percent of all femicides so far this year.

According to Rodríguez’s report, May represented the third-highest number of femicides ever, with a total of 98 gender-based murder victims, less than the 100 registered in December 2018 and the 99 that occurred last March.

During a previous security report in mid-June, Rodríguez pointed out that the incidence of rape through May 2021 in Mexico increased by 30 percent compared to the same period in 2020, while human trafficking registered an increase of 47 percent.

According to government figures, in May 2,963 intentional homicides were registered in Mexico, the highest number since July 2020.

Rodríguez also said that police are now treating all homicides of women as possible femicides until proven otherwise, something that did not happen in the past.

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