By H. Nelson Goodson
May 18, 2013
Mexico City, Mexico - On Friday, both Jesús Murillo Karam from the Attorney General's Office (PGR) and Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, the Secretary of Government (Segob) announced during a press conference that they will create a federal missing persons investigative joint unit (FMPIJU) composed of members from the Segob and PGR to investigate thousands of missing reports of undocumented immigrants from Central and South America. Shortly after the decision was made to create the FMPIJU, hundreds of mothers ended their hunger strike that began on May 9, to bring awareness of the thousands of undocumented sons and daughters that have been reported missing while traveling through Mexico.
The Mexican government reported that at least 26,000 missing persons reports are filed each year, but those reports get lost or ignored in different Mexican federal government agencies. The new FMPIJU (Segob/PGR) will now be in charge of investigating those reported disappearances. Some of the immigrants have become victims of criminal organizations and drug cartel feuds, murder, kidnappings for ransom, prostitution rings, drug trafficking, human organ trafficking and extortions.
In the last six years, at least 70,000 of undocumented immigrants from Central and South America have been reported missing in Mexico by their families. More than 140,000 immigrants, including women and children make their way every year through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border.