Mexican Authorities Allegedly Torturing Women Inmates Through Sexual Violence

Mexican Authorities Allegedly Torturing Women Inmates Through Sexual Violence

Mexican police and armed forces have allegedly been torturing women detainees through sexual violence, according to a report by Amnesty International.

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The June account is based on interviews with 100 women in federal prisons. All of them claim they have been subject to vicious abuse like threats, rape, groping, beating, near-asphyxiation and electric shocks to the genitals.

The purported brutality occurred in at least 19 different states. While Mexico's federal officers made most of the arrests, Amnesty says state-level police as well as Army and Navy authorities were responsible for some.

As if the gruesome violence isn’t horrifying enough, the report suggests that the women inmates were often framed for crimes they did not commit.

"Police appear to be using them as easy targets for arrest to boost figures and show society that the government's security efforts are yielding results," Amnesty said.

Some victims claim they were forced to "confess" to being a part of organized crime and that officials planted evidence on them.

"The women subjected to such violence are mostly young and from low-income backgrounds. The multiple and intersecting discrimination these women face because of their gender, age and socioeconomic situation increases their risk of being arbitrarily arrested and tortured or ill-treated,” the report continues.

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Mexican authorities have not responded to the allegations.