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The Approaching Narco Lords, American Politicians, And The City Of Lost Girls

by x Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2007 at 10:11 PM

These people are protected by DHS and own quite a few NM/TX politicians, as wells as others



http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/11-1-2003-47157.asp



'Rich Killers' Stalk City of Lost Girls

Sandra Jordan reports from Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, where one campaigner is battling the authorities to expose the powerful men she believes to have murdered 100 women.

Ciudad Juarez is known as 'the city of the dead girls'. In 10 years almost 400 women have been murdered in this city on the border between Mexico and El Paso, Texas, and the killings continue. Now a courageous Mexican-American journalist is alleging a group of six businessmen is behind the slaughter. Described as 'untouchables', their wealth puts them above the law. Their motive is said to be blood sport.

The border has always been violent, but organised crime exploded in 1993 when the Carrillo-Fuentes drug cartel, known as the Juarez Cartel, took control. It is the most powerful cartel in Mexico, and the most brutal, being responsible for trafficking most of Latin America's drugs into the US. In daylight, the narcos smuggle their loads across three bridges that link Juarez with El Paso. Law enforcers on either side have the choice, according to one former trafficker, of being 'very rich, or very dead'.

Cartel members live in garish mansions in the Golden Zone of Juarez, a far cry from the shanties where most of the city's two million residents subsist. The narcos pay millions of dollars in bribes to stay above the law and Juarez has become one of the money-laundering capitals of the world. Narco money has built 'legitimate' businesses and made Juarez the fourth-largest city in Mexico. The rise of the cartel coincided with the feminicido, the female murders. The first victim was Angelica Luna Villalobos; her body was dumped in the Alta Vista neighbourhood in 1993.

Since then, 370 women have been killed. Some deaths may be attributed to domestic violence or random crime. But more than a third of the women were raped before death. Most victims are tortured and mutilated. Sometimes the killer leaves a signature; a breast or a nipple is sliced off. The bodies are then dumped in wasteland.

The average age of the victims is 16; all were poor. Their deaths, says Amnesty International, 'have no political cost to the authorities'. Many suspects are in custody, but the killings go on.

Human rights organisations accuse the authorities of incompetence, and there have been allegations of torture used to obtain false confessions. Women are frightened to go out, day or night, reminded of danger by the pink crosses marking places where bodies were found.

Only prostitutes come out at night - to cater to the Americans from an army base in El Paso. Prostitutes can earn 0 a day compared to the - weekly wage of a factory worker. 'This is a dangerous job,' said Sandrita, 19, 'but it's safer than working in a maquila (factory). Most of the girls who disappear have worked in the maquilas. At least we get protection from the police.'

Hundreds of factories - often internationally owned sweatshops - have drawn tens of thousands of women here from all over Mexico to seek work. The police have often blamed the girls for the abductions, accusing them of behaving sluttishly. Public pressure forced the maquila bosses to provide buses to ferry the girls home safely.

A mother of one of the victims took The Observer to a cross that marked where her 17-year-old daughter's body was dumped. The girl disappeared after leaving work to catch a bus home. Like other victims, she had been gang-raped and strangled. Her left breast had been severed and her body, covered in bite marks, was badly beaten.

Diana Washington Valdez has investigated the murders for five years for the El Paso Times. Courageous in the mould of Veronica Guerin, the investigative journalist murdered in Ireland, she has gone on the record about the killers' identities. In doing so, she knows she is putting her life on the line.

In her book, Harvest of Women, to be published next year, Washington exposes the seedy underworld of Juarez's narco-traffickers. 'The girls are carefully screened,' she says. 'They're always a safe bet. Disposable women. They are watched in advance for suitability - young and poor.'

Washington's accusations are based on her research and on leaks from the FBI and Mexican investigators.

'Mexican federal authorities have conducted investigations, which reveal who the killers are,' she claims. 'Five men from Juarez and one from Tijuana who get together and kill women in what can only be described as blood sport. Some of those involved are prominent men with important political connections - untouchables.'

The chosen victims are so young, explains Washington, to avoid sexually transmitted diseases. Underlings supply new victims: 'They capture the girls and bring them to their masters.'

Washington alleges at least 100 women have been killed by these men, of whom all but one are multi-millionaires. They have political connections going all the way to President Vicente Fox, and some have allegedly made contributions to Fox's presidential campaign. They have ties to the Juarez Cartel, and have used their drug wealth to build respectable businesses.

In March, the FBI passed a report to the Mexican authorities detailing locations in Juarez where the abducted girls are brought to. The FBI believes the Mexicans did not act on the intelligence, even though it revealed plans to capture another four girls.

Sickened that the authorities did nothing to prevent further murders, Washington campaigned to expose the killers. She does not believe they will be arrested.

'It sounds crazy,' said psychologist Dr Stanley Krippner, who teaches in Cuidad Juarez, at the Institution of Medical and Advanced Behavioural Technology. He attributes the murderers' behaviour to a mix of male bonding and wild fantasies.

'It is one aspect of men in power,' he said, 'especially in a developing country. They know they can get away with outrageous behaviour because they are more powerful than the police and the government.'

Manuel Esparza, spokesman for the women's sexual homicide department, said: 'We don't have information that links our cases to organised criminals, to the drug cartels.' He says if there was evidence of who was committing the murders they would be arrested. But Amnesty International's report, which Esparza admitted he hadn't read, said his unit had undermined the credibility of the justice system.

Now the feminicido seems to be spreading. In the neighbouring city of Chihuahua, at least 16 young women have disappeared over two years in a seemingly copycat pattern. Eight have turned up dead.



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from rigint/blogspot.com august 2006



It's such a blinding embarassment of weirdness out there, it's hard to know

where to look these days. But we need to keep looking at Mexico. Its loose

threads may help us tie up things elsewhere.

Of course there's the staggered rebellion of the disenfrachised, belittled

or ignored by the same media that lionized and tub-thumped Ukraine's "Orange

Revolution." But there are also some curious developments, seemingly out of

the blue, in the case of the Ciudad Juárez ritual killings of hundreds of

women that may lead us into the black.

Last Thursday in Mexico City, coincident with the delivery of John Karr into

the embrace of Homeland Security, came the crowing announcement from the US

Embassy that a Mexican citizen was being held in the United States on

suspicion of the rape and killing of at least 10 of the women. By another

coincidence, Edgar Alvarez Cruz was arrested in Denver, Colorado.

There have since been two more arrests on American soil, one in West

Virginia and the other in Sierra Blanca, Texas. The three are being held in

El Paso, and are expected to be handed into the care of Mexican authorities

some time this week, at least several of whom would appear to be less than

grateful:

Some Mexican authorities said privately that they were caught off guard by

what they called U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza's "premature announcement"

Thursday of the first arrest. Mr. Garza called the arrest of Mr. Álvarez a

"major break" in the investigation. But a Mexican law-enforcement official,

speaking on condition of anonymity, said the announcement could "jeopardize

the ongoing investigation."

Have we heard something like that recently? Though to be truthful, there

doesn't appear to have been much of an investigation ongoing: just three

weeks ago a headline in The Independent read "Human rights groups attack

decision to close Juarez murders investigation."

These aren't the first arrests in the case, though the consensus of victims'

families is that none of the men previously arrested had anything to do with

the murders. Two died in custody, one had his conviction overturned, and two

of their attorneys were shot to death.

"This case is the most symbolic of everything that has gone wrong in

Juarez," Laurie Freeman, a Mexico specialist with the Washington Office on

Latin America, told the Denver Post. "It's the one that makes me believe

that there is some sort of official complicity in some of the killings."

When I saw that quote several days ago, I thought it might be a good idea to

copy the body of the article and not just make note of the link. It was a

good idea: the article has since been updated, and the only change I can see

is that Freeman's reference to official complicity has been deleted.

Diana Washington Valdez, an investigative reporter for the El Paso Times and

author of Harvest of Women, isn't so shy:

The best information we have is that these men are committing crimes simply

for the sport of it.... We know of people who've told stories about escaping

from certain parties, orgies, which some of these people were present --

they were recognizable people from Juarez society, from Mexican society.

The authorities know who the killers are, and nothing's being done about it.

We have two issues here: people who are getting away with murder, and...

authorities who have become accomplices, and so this has become crimes of

the state.

But those are the Mexican elites and Mexican parties of Mexican high

society, protected by Mexican authority. Such things, of course, are

inconceivable across the Rio Grande....

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