Mexico’s drug war

Marijuana PlantFighting among Mexican drug cartels has raged off and on for decades, but it reached a frightening new level in recent years. In response, Mexican President Felipe Calderon has dispatched more federal troops than any previous president, but with mixed results. Murders and kidnappings continue daily, and drugs still flow into the United States and elsewhere. Here are a few statistics about the ongoing war:

1. The Mexican government recently said that 22,700 people have been killed in drug-related violence since December 2006. That is more than the highest estimates of military and civilian deaths in the entire Afghanistan war.

2. The drug war has taken an especially heavy toll on Ciudad Juarez, considered the war’s new center. Estimates put the number of abandoned homes at more than 100,000. City businesses have also taken a hit. An El Paso Times report noted that extortion from cartels and local gangs have forced more than 10,000 businesses to close since 2008.

3. Supply. Heroin production in Mexico has increased by 342 percent since 2004, while marijuana production rose 59 percent in roughly the same period, according to a Department of Justice report.

4. Demand. Drug addiction in the country has increased by more than 50 percent since 2002, according to a Mexican health ministry report.

5. Drugs aren’t the only activity of organized crime in Mexico. Another is human trafficking. A 2009 State Department report estimated that 20,000 children from Mexico are victims of sex trafficking every year.

 

Comments

  • T. Brown

    James,
    How “frightening” it is to know that children suffer at the hands of adults. Because of our demand for illegal drugs we allow the undesired to have power and continue to do the devils work here on earth.

  • jjg

    Hi, my brothers and sisters of Mexico. This is the ‘ jesse and and angela love show ‘ on Youtube and Ustream.tv/channel feeling the need to preach the message of ” Comfort them with these words” Rev. (kjv) said,” And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Tell them, I felt the mothers, fathers and loveones hurts after the last of ‘ jesse and angela love show ‘ that I did. We Love you, Mexico.

  • Tom

    I finally got around to watching the recording I had of this episode. I’ve heard a lot of criticism of this show’s content as compared to the likes of Now and Bill Moyers, and I’m joining that chorus. How could you have a segment this long about this issue without even discussing the huge roll of failed drug prohibition policy itself (except in a cheesy segway at the end)?? I find it mind boggling. Isn’t it clear that a) drug prohibition doesn’t, never has, and never will stop supply, b) drug prohibition doesn’t, never has, and never will stop demand, and c) drug prohibition does, always has, and always will make the trade lucrative?

    Sorry, but if I think this show is getting dropped from my recording schedule.

  • Eye

    I am from Mexico, and I am waiting for the new coming presidential elections…. I want all this stupidity stop soon. The drug consumption will never stop if we act with violence against this social phenomenon. Plus, our “vecino” is not helping, he is just looking and “trying” to his interests are not hit.