Seven Women Disappear Daily in Mexico

Photo: International Women’s Initiative


While President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) may have screamed foul when the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearance (CED) on Tuesday, April 12, declared that disappearances in Mexico are on the rise, thanks to organized crime groups, government complicity and “almost absolute impunity” for culprits, even going so far as to call the committee members “liars” and “misinformed,” his administration’s own statistics bear out the fact that the occurrence of women going missing in the country is skyrocketing.

According to National Registry of Disappeared and Not Located Persons (RNPDNL), so far this year, seven women have disappeared on average every day in Mexico.

On Friday, April 15, the RNPDNL reported 748 women have disappeared in Mexico between Jan. 1 and April 14, with the State of Mexico, Mexico City and Morelos accounting for 46 percent of all cases.

The statistics correspond to the number of women reported as missing so far this year who have not been found, since, during in the same period, 729 missing women have been located throughout the country, 12 of them dead.

In its report, the CED warned of a “notable increase” in the cases of disappeared women, often linked to sexual violence and human trafficking.

According to the RNPDNL of the 748 disappeared women so far this year, 320 are between 10 and 19 years old.

Of the total of 2,272 disappearances reported in the country so far this year, 33 percent were women.

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