According to the national registry, about 18% of the nation’s 37,435 missing are minors, a problem largely unrecognized
More than 6,600 children and adolescents have disappeared in Mexico over the past dozen years as the country’s rising drug violence spread to previously placid corners of the country claiming victims among even the youngest citizens.
The National Registry of Missing and Disappeared Persons has recorded 37,435 individuals as unaccounted for as of April 2018. Some 18% of the missing are minors, according to local media reports on Friday.
“It’s an invisible topic. In any other country this would be a scandal. Here it’s not,” said Juan Martín Pérez García, director of the Network for the Rights of Children in Mexico (REDIM.)