Young, Missing and Murdered Women
In the critically acclaimed documentary Señorita Extraviada, or Young Missing Woman, filmmaker Lourdes Portillo questioned why Mexican government officials failed to investigate and hold accountable the killers of hundreds of girls and women in Ciudad Juarez beginning in the early 1990s through 2001. The film raised international awareness. However it tended to focus more on local corruption and less on the ways in which the implementation of NAFTA in Ciudad Juarez and the rapid industrialization in the city also produced systematic patterns of sexual abuse and femicide. The story of the Juarez murders of women is symbolic of the patterns of sexual abuse and violence that have tended to be a part of the trend of globalizing economies.