Across the globe, there are countless places where human rights abuses take place. In some cases, these abuses are carried out by state actors; in others, they’re committed by individual perpetrators. But what about countries like Mexico? Is their reality as bad as it seems? We visited Mexico to find out and the answer is a resounding yes. From horrific levels of violence to rampant human trafficking, we found no mercy in Mexico. This article is your guide to understanding the ugly reality of Mexico and how you can help end these injustices. Read on to learn more.
Mexico’s Drug War
Mexico’s Drug War has lasted for over 10 years and it is not going to stop anytime soon. Over 120,000 people have been killed since 2006 as a result of the cartels and their fight for control over the drug trade. The violence is so intense that entire villages have been wiped out due to cartel violence.
There are several reasons why Mexico’s Drug War is so dangerous. First, there is a lot of money at stake. The cartels make billions of dollars annually from the sale of drugs in the United States and Mexico. Second, the cartels are ruthless killers. They will stop at nothing to gain control over territory and sell more drugs.
The Mexican government has tried to address the problem by deploying troops and police officers to fight the cartels, but it has not been successful. The cartels are well-armed and they know how to operate in difficult terrain. The Mexican government also faces criticism for its failure to protect its citizens from cartel violence.
In spite of all this trauma, some Mexicans are trying hard to move on with their lives. There are still businesses open and people go about their day-to-day lives despite the risks posed by the Drug War. However, life is very different for those living in areas controlled by the cartels or affected by crossfire between rival gangssters….
The Human Toll
Historically, Mexico has been plagued with violence. Due to the Drug War, that violence has now spilled over into the U.S. In fact, according to the Department of State, Mexico is one of the most violent countries in the world. Every day, Mexicans are killed in shootouts and drive-by shootings; they are kidnapped and mutilated; their homes are burned down or pillaged. In cities throughout the country, murders rates exceed 100 per 100,000 people – more than five times the rate in the United States. It’s no wonder that so many desperate migrants have sought refuge on our southern border…
The human toll of this violence extends well beyond those who have fled to our country. Each year in Mexico – and increasingly in other parts of Latin America – tens of thousands of women are raped or sexually assaulted; an unknown number of these crimes go unreported because victims feel ashamed or scared to speak out. Violence against children is also epidemic: according to Unicef, one in three girls and one in six boys suffers physical or sexual abuse before they turn 18 years old.
This violence has a devastating impact not just on its victims but also on society as a whole. According to a report released by Save The Children last year, for every 1% increase in homicide rates there is a corresponding 0.5% decrease in school enrollment rates for youth aged 5-17 years old…
No Mercy: Mexico’s Horrible Reality, Ugly And Bloody
Mexico’s drug war has claimed more than 200,000 lives since 2006, making it one of the deadliest in the world. But violence isn’t limited to cartel turf wars – innocent civilians are also killed by the military and paramilitary groups battling for control of the drug trade.
Here’s a look at some of Mexico’s most harrowing realities:
1) Poverty and Inequality: Nearly 60% of Mexicans live in poverty, and inequality is still rampant even among those with access to basic services. This has led to high levels of crime, which then feeds into the underground economy – generating even more wealth and power for corrupt officials.
2) Corruption: A report from Transparency International found that Mexican government officials are easily able to bribe their way through bureaucratic red tape, often securing lucrative contracts or kickbacks for themselves. This system not only undermines public trust but also allows cartels to function with impunity.
3) Violence Against Women: Violence against women is endemic in Mexico – and it often goes unpunished. This is due in part to the country’s traditional values and cultural background, which view women as property of men. As a result, femicides (killings of women because they are female) are common place. In fact, they’re now considered an “epidemic” by many researchers.
4) Displacement: The violence plaguing Mexico has led to an unprecedented level of displacement – both internally within Mexico itself, as people flee gang-
The images in this article are horrifying. They offer a snapshot of the reality that is Mexico, and it’s one that is ugly, bloody, and full of desperation. In recent years, there has been an increase in violence across the country as cartels fight for power and control. This horrific violence has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people, most notably members of the security forces. If you’re looking for a glimpse into what life is like on the frontlines of Mexican drug wars, read on.