More than 900 women and girls in Peru have gone missing since the start of the corona crisis, reports a top Peruvian official specializing in women’s rights. The official calls the figures “alarming” and calls for a national register of missing persons to be established.
A total of 915 people – 606 girls and 309 adult women – were reported missing in Peru between March 16 and June 30.
They are feared to have been victims of human trafficking, domestic violence or murder. In the month of July, the number of missing persons may even have risen to twelve hundred.
According to the official, there are no systems in Peru that keep track of the number of missing persons. As a result, it is often not registered if someone who has been reported missing is later found to be found again.
Many countries have reported an increase in incidents of domestic violence since the COVID-19 outbreak. The United Nations has therefore called for government action.
Especially in Latin America and the Caribbean there is a lot of violence against women. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of thousands of women in Latin America demonstrated in the streets against violence against women, including in Peru.