Guilty Verdict For 5 Men In Abductions, Murders Of 11 Juárez Women

A high-profile trial in the Mexican border city of Juárez ended this weekend in a guilty verdict for five men accused of sex trafficking and murder.

The victims were young women who vanished from the streets of downtown Juárez beginning in 2008 and throughout a period of intense drug violence.  The skeletal remains of some of those women were later found in the desert outskirts of the city.

On Saturday a three judge panel declared five men guilty in the abduction and murder of 11 of those women. A sixth man was acquitted.

Judges said they believe the women were vulnerable because of their poor socioeconomic status and taken advantage of by a local sex-trafficking ring with ties to a powerful drug cartel.

Women’s rights organizations that participated in the trial consider it a milestone because they worked alongside police during the investigation.

Juárez has a long history of violence against women. In past murder cases, authorities have been accused of planting evidence and torturing suspects.

This story was reported by Mónica Ortiz Uribe in collaboration with Fronteras: The Changing America Desk. Fronteras is a consortium of NPR member stations in the Southwest.

This story was reported by Mónica Ortiz Uribe in collaboration with Fronteras: The Changing America Desk. Fronteras is a consortium of NPR member stations in the Southwest.

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