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Mexico Sends 300 Agents to Probe Killings

Federal police will bolster the local force in Ciudad Juarez, where 261 females have been slain, and in many cases raped, in the last decade. Responding to an international outcry, the Mexican government has sent 300 federal agents to Ciudad Juarez to bolster a local police force that has proved incapable of halting a decade-old string of rapes and killings of women in the violent border city. The intervention is the first in which federal police will share responsibility for the security of an entire Mexican city, officials said. It began two days after the latest victims, three women in their 20s, were last seen alive, riding in a truck Sunday with a man they knew. The women’s bullet-riddled bodies were found Wednesday, buried in the desert 20 miles east of town. The man was missing. Their deaths brought to 261 the number of slain females in Juarez listed by the Mexican attorney general’s office since 1993. Some parents in the city of 1.4 million people, across the Rio Grande from El Paso, have stopped sending their daughters to school or work for fear of never seeing them again. Full Story

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