‘Diana: the hunter of bus drivers’

I am teaching Mexican Economic Development this semester for the first time and as part of the class I am having the students watch the new FX show The Bridge.  It takes place on the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez border and talks a lot about the lawlessness, drugs, and femicides in Juarez.  The killing of the girls in Juarez and Chihuahua City was never solved, but a lot of suspicion circled around the bus drivers in those cities. (For an excellent essay on this topic, see  Alma Guillermoprieto’s “The Hundred Women” in the New Yorker in 2003).

Now apparently there is a blonde female assassin on the loose in Juárez calling herself Diana.  She claims to be an “instrument of vengeance for women” who suffer sexual assault on Mexican buses; so far she has gunned down two bus drivers.  Not too surprisingly, only 10 of the 20 bus drivers on that route showed up for work the next day.  Here is a Guardian article for more on Diana.

In a sad commentary on the treatment of women in this city, the leader of the Chihuahua Women’s Human Rights Centre said: “It’s a fact that there are sexual abuse cases on the bus routes, but it’s no greater than women disappearing from the streets in downtown, in human trafficking rings.”

Here is a depiction of the original huntress from Roman mythology.


One thought on “‘Diana: the hunter of bus drivers’

  1. There’s some doubt about whether women were targeted or whether many women were killed because many people were killed during outbreaks of violence in Juarez (correlation & causation?). I came across this question in Chapter 16, “The Dead Women” in Robert Powell’s, This Love is not for Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Cuidad Juarez.

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