The Juarez Murders: City of Missing Women
More than 500 young women, many of them workers at U.S. assembly plants, have been murdered in this tough Mexican-border factory city.
There's a saying in the area, that, if you want to find Juarez, just follow the crosses. Hundreds more women have disappeared, their bodies never found.
Most of them fit a similar profile young, slender and poor women who came from other parts of the country to work in the maquiladoras, the factories on the border that take advantage of Mexico's cheap labor to produce goods for U.S. and international companies. They earn less than $5 a day.
Many of the women disappeared on their way to or from work or while waiting for the buses that take them between the factories and the shantytowns on the outskirts of town in the late-night or predawn hours.
As the body count climbed, there was a popular theory that serial killers were behind the murders.
It was a theory to mislead and hide the true identity of the murderers.
Although, the similarities of the crimes have fueled the premise that the murders are not random.
It is drug traffickers who kidnap, rape, then murder the women. Since the cartels own the police, serious investigations are rarely conducted and real suspects are never arrested.