The city of Juárez, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, is a border city that faces the US city of El Paso in Texas across the Río Grande. Ironically, while El Paso remains one of the safest and most tranquil cities in the US, Juárez is one of the most violent cities in the world. With the implementation of NAFTA on 1 January 1994, maquiladoras (Mexican factories that produce goods for export) have become the landmark of trade in Mexico, particularly in the border city of Juárez. This ‘economic growth’ led to a rise in violent crimes committed against young Mexican women, with many maquiladoras workers murdered in the city. This paper explores the background of the victims, the reasons behind the violence in Juárez, and the measures that can be taken to diminish the occurrence of these atrocities.
|Keywords:||Women, Violence, Juarez City, Mexico|
Senior Teaching Associate in Spanish, Department of Culture and Language Studies, University of New Brunswick Frederiction, Fredericton, NB, Canada