From intimate partner violence to sexual slavery, women are being brutally beaten, raped, and sold as chattel in our communities. The market for sex trafficking is thriving on the internet as women and girls can be bought and sold on a smartphone. New Mexico ranks 48th out of 50 states in the frequency of sexual assaults. (The state auditor says that one in four women will be raped in their lifetimes). And men in New Mexico are murdering women at an alarming rate-the state is unenviably third in the nation per capita in that respect. Yet law enforcement and the media have remained ambivalent to violence against women. Sadly, it's open season on women in New Mexico, as Jacquelyn Barela recently learned.
KOB4 profiles the tragic killing of Nikki Bascom, a Silver City resident and mother of two who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Silver City Police Captain Mark Contreras, who then killed himself.