According to new data released on Thursday by the Mexican Network for Children’s Rights or REDIM disappearances among adolescents increased by 191 percent between 2012 and 2014.
The new figures, which were obtained through the government’s National Registry of Missing Persons database, revealed the disturbing trend that girls between the ages of 15 and 17 are disproportionately affected by enforced disappearances.
According to REDIM, seven out of 10 of missing children are girls between the ages of 15 and 17.
“These are the highest numbers we have seen for this age group since 2006,” REDIM President Alicia Vargas stated.
In its report, REDIM attributed the rise in child disappearances to criminal organizations involved in human trafficking and the ongoing “war on drugs” waged between Mexican security forces and drug trafficking organizations.
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According to official figures, almost 50 percent of the 22,322 disappeared people in Mexico went missing between 2012 and 2014 under the current administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.
During a press conference on Thursday, REDIM Executive Director Juan Martín Pérez also called on the Mexican government to adopt preventative measures to help curb killings among Mexican youth.
“We are still far from 2012, which was when violence in our country reached its peak, but we are still concerned that federal authorities are not taking preventative measures to address violent killings,” Perez stated.