Violence in Mexico reached a new height this June, which saw 2,234 murdered, making June of 2017 the deadliest month in the country in at least 20 years.
Even areas usually not affiliated with Mexico’s drug gang related crime were hit hard.
Baja California Sur is ordinarily a haven for tourists an Mexico City has long been spared from gang related violence, yet both experienced devastating rates of homicide last month.
It has been a tragic year of violence in Mexico.
Associated Press reports:
For the first six months of 2017, authorities nationwide recorded 12,155 homicide investigations, or 31 percent more than the 9,300 during the same period last year.
Just Friday, the same day the report was released, a marine and four other people were killed when armed forces moved against the leader of the principal fuel-theft ring in the central state of Puebla.
Four of the dead were alleged members of “Los Bukanas,” a violent gang that sells gasoline stolen through illegal taps in the government oil company’s pipelines.
A terrifying story broke recently about a plot which lured job hunters only to force them to train in a prison like environment under the rule of gang members.
Associated Press continues:
Also Friday, the top prosecutor in the western state of Jalisco, Eduardo Almaguer, said authorities discovered two drug cartel training camps where they believe about 40 people had been trapped and trained after being tricked by online job advertisements. An unknown number of human remains were also found.
The victims were apparently lured by job offers for private security guards or municipal police and were then forced to build their own shelters from wood and branches and train in tactics and shooting – using paintball guns – while under guard by gang members, Almaguer said. The investigation that led to the camps started with six similar reports of missing people in June.
“They are recruiting good people who look for employment,” Almaguer said.
Violence between or against drug gangs has decimated many communities, often culminating in clashes between gangs and police or armed forces.
States which have usually avoided bloodshed, such as tourist resort speckled Baja California Sur and Colima drastically increased in 2017.
It may be hard for some Americans to imagine so much bloodshed so close to home, but the sad truth is that homicide in Mexico has become such commonplace that it isn’t news to many media outlets in the U.S.
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