More than 30 thousand children and adolescents are recruited by cartels in Mexico

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It is estimated that 624 girls, boys and adolescents were victims of homicides and injuries with firearms at the hands of crime

Morena deputies and human rights activists called for authorities at all levels of government to strengthen social policies to eradicate the recruitment of girls, boys and adolescents by organized crime, a phenomenon that is increasingly on the rise.

In a forum organized by the Lower House, the federal legislator of Morena, Verónica Collado, warned that there may be a national emergency this forced incorporation of minors into criminal groups, as it is estimated that there are more than 30 thousand children recruited in the country by organized crime, for which she committed to reinforcing the laws to prevent and sanction this crime.

“Children are used in many cases to carry weapons, transport drugs, cross migrants, in extortion and in all kinds of activity outside the law. Faced with this reality, I want to guarantee you that in legislative matters we seek and permanently promote legal alternatives to avoid and attack this new antisocial phenomenon. We want our children in the classrooms not in the hands of the criminals”.

Faviola Capetillo, activist of the World Vision Mexico organization, pointed out that although the country is not in a situation of armed conflict, there are criminal groups that incur in the recruitment of girls, boys and adolescents.

She called on the relevant authorities of the three levels of government to foster environments of peace and security, avoiding the participation of minors in armed conflicts.

“And to make visible not only the recruitment of girls, boys and adolescents to armed groups but the impact of criminal groups and armed conflicts on their lives, we have the arms trafficking, the events of internal displacement where the number of girls, boys and adolescents who have witnessed these issues is increasing more and more. Girls, boys and adolescents who have been detained or killed in this crossfire between armed forces, public security and armed groups”.

In this 2024, the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System estimates that 624 girls, boys and adolescents were victims of homicides and injuries with firearms at the hands of crime.

Source: W Radio