06.13.1311:57 AM ET

Arrests Made in Mexican Border Deaths

Prostitutes killed when they were ‘no longer of use.’

Police in Mexico arrested 12 people in connection with the killings of young women allegedly forced into prostitution and drug dealing. The remains of the 11 women were found in early 2012 in Ciudad Juárez, which is across the border from El Paso. The suspects allegedly belonged to a gang of drug dealers, pimps, and shop owners that captured girls from between the ages of 15 to 19, recruited them as prostitutes using lies or threats, and killed them when they were “no longer of use.” As many as 80 percent of missing women in Ciudad Juárez may be victims of trafficking, according to the activist group Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa.