Monday, May 23, 2016

Extortion, threats, kidnapping: Workers the hidden casualty of Mexico’s violence | Toronto Star

The Mexican Citizens are not being supported by their Government, or by the Cartels. They are sort of out on their own, now even the Unions are being corrupted, but now by the Cartels. Even here in bordering McAllen, Texas, it is easy to see why talk of cartel brutality often elicits uncomfortable silence. The cartels operating in Tamaulipas rely heavily on extortion and kidnapping as income. Between 2007 and 2014, Tamaulipas registered the highest number of disappearances in Mexico: more than 5,200, according to the country’s registry of missing and disappeared persons. In 2012 alone, there were an estimated 8,631 kidnappings in Tamaulipas. Union leaders often have to relocate to the US, and even then have to hide from the Cartels. With all that the Cartels are finding family member still in country to kidnap.
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