Gang Members Convicted of Slaying 12 Women in Juarez

Ten members of a Mexico gang were convicted in the killings of 12 women in the border city of Juarez. According to the Associated Press, three men from the Los Toltecas gang were sentenced to 40 years in prison and the fourth was sentenced to 113 years for aggravated rape, premeditated homicide, and criminal association for the murders of six women. Six men, from another gang known as the Los Rebeldes, received 24 to 40 years for the murders of six other women.

Mexican government records show that at least 300 women have been killed in Juarez since 1993. However, many human rights and women’s rights activists assert that this number is much higher and have accused the Mexican authorities of responding to the murders incompetently.

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The Associated Press 1/7/05; Feminist Daily News 11/6/04

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