More than 900 women and girls in Peru have been missing since the onset of the corona pandemic. A Peruvian top official who specializes in women's rights reports this. The official calls the numbers "alarming" and wants a national register of missing persons to be set up.
In total, 915 missing persons in Peru, including 606 girls and 309 adult women, were reported missing between March 16 and June 30.
They are feared to have fallen victim to sex trafficking, domestic violence or female murder. In July, the number of missing persons may even have risen to 1,200.
According to the official, there are no systems in Peru that keep track of the number of missing persons. Because of this, it is often not registered if someone who is reported missing is later found to be right again.
Worldwide, many countries have reported an increase in incidents of domestic violence since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. The United Nations has therefore called for urgent government action.
Latin America and the Caribbean, in particular, experience large numbers of violence against women. Hundreds of thousands of women in Latin America, including Peru, were demonstrating on the street against violence against women prior to the corona pandemic.