Systematic abuse

Women in Mexico are being assaulted so police can boost arrest numbers in war on drugs, Amnesty says

People display images of deceased or missing loved ones at Border Field State Park, which separates the cities of San Diego and Tijuana, on August 12, 2012 in San Diego, California, at the launch of "caravan for peace" across the United States, a month-long campaign to protest the two countries' brutal drug war. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)

The war on drugs in Mexico is leaving a trail of abused women in its wake, according to a new report from Amnesty International which claimed that Mexican security officials have been sexually assaulting and physically assaulting women to boost their arrest numbers to justify increased police work. Tailyn Wang is one such woman. At 33, the Peruvian cook and mother of two was living in Mexico City and two months pregnant when federal police broke into her house, ripped off her nightgown, and threw her to the ground. They assaulted her and then took her blindfolded to a police station without a warrant. She was accused of organized crime, and miscarried her child. She still sits in jail today, two years later.

Amnesty interviewed 100 women for their report, 72 of whom said they were sexually abused during or soon after their arrests. Eight of ten women who were pregnant when they were arrested miscarried, according to the report. Only two women out of the 100 said they were actually guilty. Wang said she was falsely accused by an acquaintance who was a local police officer. She has reported her abuse to authorities, including the National Commission for Human Rights. And despite the widespread arrests and abuse, only a handful of women have been prosecuted, according to the report.

“Instead of investigating the torture I suffered, the whole system has ignored it, including the doctors, who instead pressure me to take psychiatric drugs to shut me up,” Wang told The Guardian.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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