More than 60,000 people have disappeared in Mexico since the start of the country’s war on drugs in 2006, according to authorities.
The number is far higher than previous estimates of around 40,000.
On top of this, more than 31,000 people were murdered in the country last year alone.
While drug cartels and organised crime groups are the main perpetrators, security forces are also blamed for deaths and disappearances.
Around 53% of those who disappeared were between the ages of 15 and 35, and 74% were men, officials said.
They put the total of disappeared persons at 61,637 since records began in 1964. However the vast majority were recorded since 2006, which is when then-President Felipe Calderón started a military crackdown on the drugs trade.
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WNU Editor: This is on top of the 31,000 who were murdered in 2019.
More than 60,000 Mexicans have disappeared amid drug war, officials say — Washington Post