According to a study released on Saturday by the Ombudsman’s Office, more than 3,400 women were reported missing in Peru between January and April of this year.
3,406 complaints of missing women were made in the first four months of 2023, according to the office’s report, “What happened to them?” According to the report, 1,504 people remain missing and only 1,902 were found.
According to Isabel Ortiz, the Ombudsman’s deputy, “the situation regarding disappearances would be classified as a situation of imminent danger.”
“The State is not taking action to prevent these types of events,” which happen each year in the Andean nation of 33 million people, she said.
“The State is not making the issue of disappearances (mostly kidnappings and abductions) a priority agenda item.”
Over 5,380 women, predominantly girls and teenagers, were reported missing in 2022, a 9.7% decrease from 2021.
Numerous feminist NGOs claim that because the police and prosecutor’s office assume that the women fled of their own volition, they frequently underinvestigate numerous instances.