Number of missing in Mexico due to drug violence

Since violence began in 2006 between government security agencies and drug trafficking cartels in Mexico, 5,397 people were reported to have been missing at the beginning of 2011.

3,457 men and 1,885 women, with 55 unknown cases, were reported to the government.

Included in the totals are cases involving kidnapping for ransom, as well as individuals detained by federal security forces.

Source: “Mexico: Thousands missing in drugs war says CNDH,” BBC News, April 2, 2011.