Southernpulse: Homicides among children under the age of 18 years in Mexico rose from 924 in 2000 to 1563 in 2011, according to a UNICEF report released the week of 30 October 2014. The study showed that men account for 78 percent of the homicide victims. From 2005 to 2011 the homicide rate per 100,000 population between the ages of ten and nineteen more than doubled from 4.6 to 11.8. The national average homicide for the population 18 years and younger in 2011 was 3.9 per 100,000 but that year some states recorded rates far higher including Chihuahua (17.3) and Guerrero (12.3). The study further highlighted that in a single year, from 2009 to 2010, there was a 34 percent increase in the number of teenagers arrested on charges relating to organized crime in Mexico. Read more.
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