493 U.S. citizens reported as missing persons in Mexican territory were never located

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The strategy of militarizing public security by the current government and the so-called war against drug trafficking, initiated by Felipe Calderón and continued by Enrique Peña Nieto, and now the highly criticized “Hugs not Bullets” strategy of Lopez Obrador, has left 493 US citizens as missing persons not located in Mexican territory.

Out of that number, according to the National Registry of Missing and Unlocated Persons (RNPDNO), 245 disappearances correspond to citizens of the United States of America who went missing during AMLO’s term, that is 49.7 percent, according to El Financiero.

Among them is the disappearance of three American women of Hispanic origin, who, according to the FBI, from the border town of Peñitas, on the outskirts of McAllen, traveled by vehicle to Mexico on February 24 to sell in a market. of Montemorelos, in Nuevo Leon.

This case, however, has not received the same media attention as that of March 6, when the FBI offered a $50,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of four US citizens who were missing after a group of men armed kidnapped them in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.

It should be noted that, according to the RNPDNO of the Ministry of the Interior, between March 15, 1964, and November 30, 2006, there is only a record of five missing Americans, therefore the highest number of cases has been registered. from 2006 to date.

With this, since 1964, a total of 498 Americans have been registered who have disappeared in Mexican territory, of which 331 are men and 167 are women.

According to the National Program for the Search for Missing and Unlocated Persons, published on March 2023, a group in a situation of particular vulnerability to the problem of disappearance are migrants, due to the conditions of violence, insecurity, and precariousness to which they are exposed in their transit through Mexico.

Sources: Cambio de Michoacán / El Financiero

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