Mexico searches for 11 thousand missing children; ‘Amber alert does not work’


The families of 11,772 children who disappeared years ago do not know if their loved ones are alive or dead.

Segob data indicate that of 47 thousand 820 minors reported as missing between the 60s and last December, 36 thousand 748 were located and of the rest, 23% of the total, there is no certainty of their whereabouts.

According to a report by the National Commission for People Search, from December 2018 to the same month of 2019 there were two thousand 720 missing children, of which 1 thousand 713 were found and of one thousand seven (37%) its is still unknown whereabouts.

Juan Martín Pérez, general director of the Network for the Rights of the Child in Mexico (Redim) , affirmed that social networks have become a crucial tool to look for children that cannot be reached due to the absence or ineffectiveness of official mechanisms, such as the Alert Amber


Dozens of ads every day asking if you’ve seen it? Social networks, Metro stations, and streets flood, as Mexico searches for its 11,000 children who are missing, with the states of Tamaulipas, Mexico, Puebla, Jalisco, Chihuahua, and Nuevo León being the ones who report the most cases, according to the latest report of the Ministry of the Interior (Segob) .

The main victims of disappearance are minors, because, according to civil organizations, they are often used for sexual exploitation.

According to the Report of clandestine graves and national registry of missing or not located people of the Segob, 47 thousand 820 minors disappeared from the 60s until last December 31, 36 thousand 748 were located – although not it is specified whether they were found alive or dead— and the whereabouts of 23.15% of them, that is, 11,772 minors, are still unknown.

On the other hand, from December 1, 2018, to December 31, 2019, there were two thousand 720 minors missing, of which thousand 713 were located, that is, 62.98%, and the rest (one thousand seven) was not known of his whereabouts, that is, 37.2 percent.


By age range of 10 to 14 years, girls top the list, and between the ages of 15 and 19, there is no big difference in the number of missing persons between both sexes, according to the Interior report.

There are hundreds of cases in which parents and NGOs accuse that a large part of the children are not located because prosecutors do not turn on the alarm immediately, as one of the requirements is that they allow between 48 and 72 hours, time that is crucial for its location since that period allows captors to flee with the little ones.

The Segob report, from the 60s to 31 December, indicates that the list of missing persons is headed by women in the age range between 10 and 14 years, between 15 and 19 years old, the figure is high and similar between both sexes

According to the general director of the Network for the Rights of the Child in Mexico (Redim), Juan Martín Pérez, the social networks are more committed to the location of missing children than to the Amber Alert itself, because in his opinion This does not work, it is taken as a “fool fools”, since it is a call for help to the public, not a search protocol or does not mean that they are looking for the child.

What usually happens, by trade, is that a document circulates for each case that appears to hospitals and police stations and already with what is reported, there is the folder, there is no more, there are no people looking or asked, only occasionally , when the cases are very media, and that is to control the negative handling of the image because, until now, a single search protocol does not exist, there is also no way in which we can verify how it is being searched or how it was found, if they were human remains or alive ”.


He highlighted the role that social networks play, in many cases, to the location of people, and highlighted the case of Vanesa, who was located in Chalco thanks to the support of the community through the web, “in the face of omission and inefficiency from the authorities because approximately four children and adolescents disappear every day. ”

Given this, Juan Martín Pérez called on the authorities “to do his job”, and pay special attention to the route of human trafficking, mainly in the states of Tlaxcala, Puebla, Mexico and Morelos, “where organized crime often operates in complicity with municipal and state authorities ”.

He accused that the authorities do not fulfill their legal responsibility to protect and prevent, “because there is a malicious omission and intentionally turn their eyes”.

He criticized that everything is reduced to a procedure because they are not seeing people in victims who are being subjected to harassment, damage and possibly death.

He warned that there is an epidemic of long-missing women, who has not stopped and that unfortunately has worsened.


The Mazatlan Post