Latin America

Pair of brutal murders cast light on Mexico’s femicide problem

Mexican cities have faced increased levels of femicide, which remain high today. Women's rights movements are calling for action from the government

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Protest in Guadalajara, Mexico, on March 8, 2020. Photo: Lorenza Ochoa/Shutterstock

In Mexico City, Fátima Cecilia Aldrighett Anton and Ingrid Escamilla—the former just a child and the latter aged 25—recently became the latest names on the list of Mexican women and girls murdered because of their gender.

Last month, Ms. Escamilla’s body was found with several cuts and stab wounds, and her 46-year-old partner Francisco Robledo confessed to the crime. The exposure of the murder was quick and irresponsible, with several local newspapers publishing pictures of the corpse and Mexico City’s prosecution service investigating at least six people—among them law enforcement agents—for leaking the images.

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