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International: Mexico reaches record high of 100,000 disappearances

3:30pm on 18 May 2022

By Jessica Hopkins 

A record number of disappearances have been reported throughout Mexico.

In the past two years alone, the number of people reported as disappeared increased from 73,000 to 100,000. 

Three quarters of those reported missing were men, a fifth of them being under 18. 

Many of the missing are victims of organised crime and hardly any of those responsible have been punished.

Government data, which goes back to 1964, shows that almost all disappearances reported are from 2007 onwards, when then-President Felipe Calderón launched his "war on drugs."

The United Nations is calling it "a human tragedy of enormous proportions."

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