Rosalinda Carrillo Ochoa “The Star”, captured in 2012 and sentenced to 15 years in prison, was one of the first women to become leader of a cell of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG), which is characterized by its cruelty against the female sex.
However, in recent months the presence of women at the lowest levels of the organization has intensified, either collaborating in kidnappings or as assassins who are trained from a very young age.
He recruitment of underage women by the cartel led by Nemesio Oseguera “El Mencho” It was verified last August, when a cell of the criminal group was arrested in the state of Guanajuato. Among the 16 detainees were three young women between the ages of 18 and 20.
Although the girls are already of legal age, it is presumed that eThey have been integrated into the criminal group for yearsThat is, when they were still teenagers.
The cartels recruit minors to take advantage of a section of the law stating that no one is legally responsible before turning 14 and after 18 they receive minimum sentences.
For that reason, it is that criminal organizations recruit children between the ages of 7 and 9 to initiate them, with the intention that between 16 and 16 they can already serve as hitmen.
In the case of women, on many occasions they are ripped from their families either to integrate them into the ranks of the organization or for sex trafficking. There is a record that crime rates committed against women, such as homicide, extortion, intimidation, sexual violence and kidnapping, are higher in areas occupied by organized crime.
A analysis of the Network for Children’s Rights in Mexico (REDIM) on violence against minors in the country, compared the numbers of girls and adolescent women victims in the first quarters of the most violent years, 2018, 2019 and 2015, in which 54, 51 and 47 girls and young women were murdered, respectively.
With the recruitment of girls and youth, the CJNG follows the patterns established by other criminal groups such as La Línea, in Chihuahua and the Northeast Cartel, who already have cells made up exclusively of women.
The line began to recruit and train dozens of “young and beautiful” women as assassins, revealed Rogelio Amaya, one of the organization’s gunmen after his capture.
“They are pretty, good-looking teenagers, to deceive their opponents more“, he declared before Mexican authorities in 2010 and added that the majority were between 18 and 20 years old, the eldest barely reached 30.
Women already They had joined the “commandos” of the criminal group that were fighting against hired assassins of the Sinaloa Cartel to maintain control of Ciudad Juárez. Although they are always accompanied by a man, their work is similar and they do it with the same effectiveness as their peers.
“They go in cars and carry long or short weapons. They are accompanied by men, they get off to do the job,” said the hitman.
Another cartel gunman arrested that same year, Rosalío María Martínez, confessed the existence of exclusive commands of women who had different tasks ranging from drug dealing to murdering rivals.
The most notorious example of sicarias girls is Joselyn Alejandra Niño, one of the members of the Las Flacas Cartel, who in 2015 showed one of the worst faces of drug trafficking, after being executed and dismembered.
The body of “La Flaca”, as she was also known was found cut into pieces inside an abandoned ice chest on the border bridge between Matamoros, Tamaulipas in Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas, United States. Another dismembered woman and a decapitated man were also found at the scene.
Las Flacas were a cartel of young assassins, Physically very similar, operating independently and working for different criminal organizations to assassinate rivals. They mainly operated in the northern part of Mexico in states such as Baja California, Nuevo León, Sonora and Tamaulipas.
They were known to be young, skinny men wearing bulletproof vests, gold chains hanging around neck, slicked back hair and sunglasses on her head.
His almost childish appearance and youth it helped them to go unnoticed among their victims for whom they seemed defenseless.