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Eduardo X
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« on: August 01, 2008, 12:49:46 PM »

I met somebody at work who is from Chihuahua, and I told her that my aunt just moved to Ciudad Juarez, which I wasn't happy about. She told me to "get her out of there," and the next day I found Daughter of Juarez on my desk. It's about the over 400 murders of women in Juarez since 1993 and the extreme poor handling of the situation by the police and government there. The government and police are the true perps in my eyes, torturing scapegoats into confessions rather than actually trying to stop the murders. It's a shocking, brutal story, and I couldn't put it down.
And yes, it makes me want my aunt, even more so, to leave Juarez.

The issue I had with this book is that it is really poorly written. The journalism behind it seems top notch, but the author repeats herself, leaves open threads, and uses the word "pretty" more than is necessary. I wonder if anyone else has read this book or one like it about the murders in Juarez?
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2008, 01:33:35 PM »

With the corruption and the drug border wars I wouldn't want anybody I care about living anywhere near the border towns.
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2008, 01:38:00 PM »

It's a truly horrible (and ongoing story).  I saw this article in the Washington Post last year.  400 murders in 15 years.  Just sickening.
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2008, 01:41:53 PM »

I was stationed down in El Paso years ago for work for about a year and I heard all sorts of horror stories about Juarez.  If I recall correctly, there was another murderer who concentrated on prostitutes that was eventually caught on a train around that time.

Juarez itself is just scary.  Although Tijuana isn't exactly a walk in the park, either.  Border towns, as someone mentioned, are just bad news, unfortunately.
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2008, 02:24:32 PM »

Yes, I've heard the horror stories about Juarez. These bordertowns are just near lawless. Your aunt should move out of there pronto. Better to be broke and be in a safer city.
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2008, 02:28:55 PM »

I saw a feature on it one of those Dateline-type shows a couple years ago. It is really chilling.
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2008, 03:02:45 AM »

And to think back in the mid to late 60s I used to walk all over Juarez and Tijuana any time I wanted ( I lived in southern California and was stationed at El Paso for awhile) with no fear. It's hard for me to believe they've turned into what they have now.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2008, 03:06:19 AM »

If my aunt listened to reason, she would be in a much better situation than she is in now, unfortunately. She moved from Colombia to Miami to Colorado, with the last being the only sane part. Juarez just makes no sense.
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