“NAFTA promised jobs and prosperity, but in 1995 Mexico lost more than a million jobs, and the peso devaluation cut the standard of living in hald for most workers. While real wages decreased, the cost of living continues to rise. Over the past twenty years, income of Mexican workers has fallen to twenty-five percent of its previous purchasing power” (Livingston 65).
It would appear that it has become almost a necessity for women to seek employment, even at the risk of the gender hostility that ensues.
Bordertown closely resembles Livingston’s article, as they both examine the homicides in Juárez, but what is of most interest is the police investigations and media coverage that follows. The careless police work, in both preventing and solving the crimes, along with the shoddy coverage by local media is something that Bordertown stresses. As the film shows, the victims are often isolated young, poor women leaving from work and assaulted by the male bus drivers. After one woman, Eva, assaulted and left for dead, survives, reporter/protagonist, Lauren Adrian, played by Jennifer Lopez, arrives in Juárez to reveal and report the culprit(s) of the murders by baiting herself as an employee at the same maquiladora as Eva. She is eventually attacked in a similar way as Eva but manages to escape. She implores