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Revisited Reviews: Daughters of Juarez

I stumbled onto The Daughter’s of Juarez after having a discussion on the term femicide (the act of killing a woman is a more generic definition, but this term is often applied to specific mass killings of women). In Juarez, Mexico women from all social classes and with distinctly different family ties have been disappearing. Now and then bodies (and the occasional mass grave) of women that have been sexually abused and mutilated show up. The Daughter’s of Juarez explores the lives of these missing women, the media blips that have occurred as a result, the political turmoil caused over these cases, as well as the possible answers to what has happened to so many women. After reading about this, I was horrified by what had happened and because I had never heard of any of this. A thrilling and exploratory read of the lives of women in Juarez, Mexico as well as a look at the relations between the U.S.A. and its southern border neighbor.

Daughter of Juarez is a frightful true crime tale and personally it was the book that kicked off my interest for Latin American politics, literature, and the relationship between the U.S.A. and our neighbors to the south. I was appalled to learn of the working conditions, mainly women’s condition, in U.S. owned companies that operate just south of the border with management and owners driving across the border from El Paso every day.

Other opinions: Feminist Review.

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