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El salvador women pictures happening in the world as it unfolds. San Salvador, El Salvador -- From afar, it looked like a breakdown. A few cars
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In this tiny Latin American country, women bear the brunt El salvador women pictures a brutal gang culture. They are the drug mules and forced foster parents of children of gang members who are either in jail or dead.
Sometimes women are forced into the gangs themselves, subjected to violent initiations that can comprise rape, beatings and murder. That morning, on the side of a highway in Apopa, a district north of the capital San Salvador, lay the body of year-old Jennifer Landaverde, her exposed painted red toenails poking out from a white sheet.
Neighbors say Landaverde was "in trouble" with the local gang, Barrio She had left home at dawn to walk to her job at market stalls in the city. Her mother heard the gunshots and then found the body. The scene at the side of a highway where Jennifer Landaverde, 22, was found dead. Landaverde had been shot eight times. Police say there was no sign of the sexual assault that blights many communities in El Salvador.
But pictures of her body, snapped by news photographers at the scene, showed her El salvador women pictures around her ankles. Officers Landaverde into the back of a police pickup.
The dead woman's shoes were handed to her mother, who wept El salvador women pictures she received them. At the wake the next day, in a tiny village in Apopa where a few years ago the gangs would never have bothered extending their tentacles, little more was said about how Landaverde came to be there. Landaverde's wake
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A woman is murdered in El Salvador every 19 hours; a murder -- more generally El salvador women pictures occurs every two hours. The United Nations' special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, told CNN that women's "bodies are treated as
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Gangs are male-dominated and girls and women parts of the they control.
Callamard El salvador women pictures that about one in 10 murders of El salvador women pictures results in convictions. The women's prison is a large, sprawling series of compounds, littered with laundry, and -- oddly -- the constant buzz of light aircraft that appeared to swoop from the sky throughout our visit.
The courtyard bustled with activity, the women keen to get out of their tiny dormitories. There was a time here when the gang members were kept apart from the normal prisoners.
Now they are mixed together. Back then,
El salvador women pictures was the de-facto head of the women's gang section. Roxana, photographed wearing a blue bandana, said she has retired from gang culture. Roxana, who was wearing a bright blue bandana on her head and matching eyeliner, said her died when she was young and her alcoholic mother left her to care for her five siblings. She ended up on the streets, easy prey to the gangs.
Sometimes you're forced to walk the streets and you are being discriminated for being what you are, so you're forced to rob or kill people Roxana recalled the moment when she committed the murder that left her incarcerated for the rest of her life. What I did to him he wanted to do it to she added of the man she killed. Yes, El salvador women pictures had to defend myself. Since she has been in jail, Roxana has lost not only her mother, but also her son, Rafael.
Rafael spent some time in
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His name is tattooed on the inside of Roxana's right upper arm. said she was initiated into the infamous gang Barrio 18 through an second beating -- in keeping with the obsession gangs have with inflicting punishments that honor their name.
I got kicked out and hit, that was necessary to be part of it.
There are women that go through worse," she said. El salvador women El salvador women pictures said she has now retired from the gang culture. I was just a teenager," she added. Maybe I should be thanking God to have brought to this place.