UTB Government Department Chair Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera spoke to Action 4 News about the phenomenon.
Professor Correa-Cabrera reports that women being involved in gun battles is not a surprise, especially since cartels have been recruiting men and women even teenagers in large numbers in recent years.
"Karen" , the teenage sicaria was arrested at a property in Cuernavaca, a popular tourist city, capital of the central state of Morelos, coincidentally the home of infamous boy sicario "Ponchis"
When cornered, she shot the policemen. After her capture, the military realized that she was carrying a nine millimeter caliber weapon.
The confessed sicaria had been recruited by a criminal cell to kill and dismember people from rival groups. She said her home was a subway stop in Mexico City
Cartels have been recruiting women training them to kill just as they train any other member of the cartel. Some cartels concentrate on training younger girls.
Last weekend, two women were killed in a gun battle in Reynosa across the river from Hidalgo.
|13 yr old Zeta sicaria|
|la Nina Halcón|
some young girls are not always involved as a “Sicarias”, instead they may distribute drugs, for the criminal organization, or just as often they may work as a halcón , a lookout"
“Sicarias”, or female assassins, are often fighting alongside their boyfriends, husbands or just joining the crime wave by themselves.
Maria Celeste was arrested in June 2011 after a fierce gun battle between Los Zetas and Jalisco state police in Guadalajara. After she was apprehended, she told reporters at a news conference, "I'm a sicaria serving Los Zetas." Maria, aged 16 at the time, said she had been trained in the use of assault rifles AK-47 and AR-15, and other firearms. Nine other members of the cartel were arrested and six were killed in the shooting.
|"Soy Maria Celeste, Sicaria"|
But in some cases, economic hardship doesn't apply or begin to answer the questions about their involvement even if they are not trained as killers or as anything, as with the two former Sinaloa beauty queens, Laura Zuniga who was arrested in 2008, after she was found riding with suspected gang members in a truck filled with weapons and the more resent Sinaloa beauty, Maria Susana Gaméz Flores who lost her life in a firefight with the military.
La Linea the armed wing of the Juarez cartel, which operates on the U.S. Mexico border, was known to recruit and train dozens of young and beautiful women as hitmen . This fact was revealed after the capture a gunman for the organization. "They are nice, good-looking, young and they can deceive and mislead their opponents a little longer," said the suspected member of the of La Línea, Rogelio Amaya, on camera of the Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) federal, in a video circulating after his capture in 2010. This criminal gang, characterized by its cruelty against his rivals, had between 20 and 30 women, mostly "pretty" between 18 to 30 years old hired and trained to kill. The women operate in the same way as men and carry both light and heavy weapons, trained to kill, said Amaya.
Cabrera says most of these woman are voluntarily becoming killers and there is no sign the trend is slowing."We have more women who are willing to participate because of globalization, because of modernization, they are leaving their homes and have found another options to bring the bread to the table," Professor Correa-Cabrera said.
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