Report: More Women Joining Mexican Cartel Ranks

An International Crisis Group report reveals that more women are joining Mexico’s cartels and criminal groups.

The report’s author, Angélica Ospina-Escobar, told Vice News that women are joining the Sinaloa Cartel, Jalisco New Generation Cartel, and Cartel del Sur in increasing numbers and taking up various roles, including as car thieves, drug sales managers, supervisors, and assassins.

While the exact numbers are unclear, the report suggests that Mexican criminal organizations recruit around 7,000 members annually, with women making up between 5% and 8% — or roughly 350 to 560 new members per year.

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