IF LOOKS COULD KILL... Inside Mexico drug cartels’ glamourous death squads
MEXICAN drug cartels are employing SEXY young ladies to brutally murder their rivals.
Female death squads – known as ‘Las Flacas’ or ‘Skinny Girls’ – are said to be the most effective secret weapons being used by criminal gangs in Mexico.
The young women are hired by crime bosses based on their good looks and sex appeal before being trained as cold-blooded killers.
Operating in groups of three or four, the Las Flacas are usually deployed when infiltration is likely to be more effective than brute force.
The girls then utilise their skills and charm their way into the rivals’ inner circles before striking, and killing them, when least expected.
Professor Andrew Chestnut, an expert of the murderous women, said: “They are ideal killers: young, beautiful and reckless.
“There’s an inextricable link between sex and death in the culture of these female killers.
“In seeking to be the most desired by the narco men, they seek also to be the most brutal among their group of peers.
“It’s gone as far as having them worship the image of Saint Death in their own likenesses, dressed in sexy lingerie.”
Last year, one female killer known as ‘La Peque’ was captured by authorities while working for the Sinaloa Cartel.
She confessed to the murders of at least five men and revealed that she enjoyed drinking the warm blood of her victims and shagging their dead bodies.
She said from her jail cell: “Ever since I was a little girl I was a rebel, and then became a drug addict and an alcoholic.”
Professor Chesnut said the girls are touted to become assassins for the cartels through various routes.
He explained: “Many come in through the traditional path of low-level lookout work for the cartel.
“Others arrive through prostitution, birth into cartel families, or are recruited during short spells in prison.
“These girls are active on social media, and in seeing images of drug traffickers’ lifestyles, they want a piece of it themselves.”
However the fate of most Skinny Girls is pretty grim, as rival female squads often target each other in a bid to assert dominance.
There have also been instances where they have been murdered by rival drug gangs or handed over to the police by their own cartels.
One of the most notorious Las Flacas was Joselyn Niño, who worked for the Gulf Cartel.
The killer first gained notoriety when she posted a photo on social media of herself smiling while holding a modified M4 assault rifle, which later went viral.
She also openly boasted online about her bloody achievements until she was murdered by another Skinny Girl, La Gladys of the Zetas.
In 2015, Niño’s body was discovered hacked to pieces and stuffed into an ice cooler on the US-Mexico border.
A photo was released online of her lying dead in the cooler next to a man and woman before she was dismembered.
The photo was shared on Twitter with the caption: “It will happen to all the filthy who want to support Cyclones.”
La Gladys of the Zetas remains at large and has continued to terrorise parts of northern Mexico.