One woman in Ciudad Juarez is apparently elevating ‘take back the night’ to an entirely new level.
Two bus drivers have been killed by a woman wearing a wig or with dyed hair in what is being claimed as revenge for the hundreds of woman who have been raped and killed after boarding buses. Bus drivers have been accused of committing assaults of female riders in the past but have only resulted in a couple of convictions. Diana, it seems, is fed up with the plague of sexual violence in the region. From an email sent by ‘Diana’.
“I myself and other women have suffered in silence but we can’t stay quiet anymore,” the e-mail said. “We were victims of sexual violence by the drivers on the night shift on the routes to the maquilas,” a reference to the border assembly plants that employ many residents in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. “I am the instrument of vengeance for several women.”
As a result, many of the bus drivers on the route where the killings occurred are refusing to show up for work. Authorities are unclear who the killer might be or whether ‘Diana’ is even a real person but as the head of the Chihuahua Women’s Human Rights Center states, the high number of female murders along this particular bus line aren’t exceptional.
“It’s a fact that there are sexual abuse cases on the bus routes, but it’s no greater than women disappearing from the streets in downtown, in human trafficking rings,” Castro said.
Many of the women in Juarez are factory workers. They and female field workers both in Mexico and the US have endured increasing levels of sexual violence for decades much of which occurred in Juarez after the North America Free Trade Act created an economic and population boom in the region. Since 1993, roughly 370 women have been murdered in Juarez with a third suffering sexual violence.
Speculation continues as to whether ‘Diana’, described by witnesses as being circa 50 years old, is a former victim herself or the loved one of a victim.