A major cocaine trafficking waypoint, Honduras has seen street gang members murdering innocent civilians with impunity. Boys who have grown up alone, their parents working in maquiladoras, get caught up in gangs and learn that drugs and killing are fun. Those involved in news coverage in Juarez have a saying that's also a warning: a journalist can stay alive sometimes - based on what they don't report. Watch brand new episodes of The Spanish Princess now on Stan. (KTSM) — Juárez Municipal police are investigating a series of murders over the last 24-hours in the city that have left at least four people dead. I’ve visited Ciudad Juárez for a couple of weeks every year since 2003, usually working with my friend, photojournalist Julian Cardona, on radio stories for “Day to Day” and “Marketplace”. By contrast, 375 murders took place in Australia in 2018. has gone hand-in-hand with a dramatic spike in violent crime. I think this is the story of how it used to be, back in the good old days when the drug lords were actually in control of the police, the courts, and the government, and that now, unfortunately in Juárez there are no police, courts or government to control — they exist, but they do not function. In February last year, nine people were shot dead in an amusement arcade frequented by the Los Viagra gang. Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc.All rights reserved. The murder rate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico has become the highest in the world. It's on track to hit 3,000. What drug lord or military officer or police commander orders the killing of clowns juggling at stop lights? In August last year, nine dead bodies were strung up naked from a bridge. The troops arrived in January and pretty much every month since then the killings, the kidnappings, the car jackings, armed robberies, extortions, the general sense of chaos has increased to where now Juárez is perhaps the second most violent city in the world next to Baghdad. Instead, the murder rate soared. Another estimation is that there are now 20,000 locations on the streets of Juárez where you can buy small packets, a day’s dose, of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines for less than five dollars. Initial reports […] Since Mexican President Calderon declared war on the drug cartels in 2006, 28,000 people have died. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone. Friday, a man who was exiting federal court was shot multiple times by unknown assailants. Things started to fall apart in January when President Felipe Calderon sent 3000 Mexican troops to Juárez to fight the war on drugs — a war the U.S. finances to the tune of 400 million a year, small in comparison to the 50 billion we spend on illegal drugs. So nobody really knows who is doing the killing or why. Almost a dozen journalists have been killed this year. It is the second year in a row atop the ignominious list, compiled by Mexican crime watchdog the Citizens' Council for Public Security. Tijuana, Mexico, a stone's throw from San Diego, California, has been named the most violent city in the world. ", But Juarez is seeing escalation of violence - a car bomb was recently used to hit paramedics trying to save a life. Beset by gang violence, the army rolled in to the townships to take control and stop the bloodshed. But instead they chose to drive pickup trucks and vans to poor neighborhoods and break into people’s homes in the middle of the night, wearing black ski masks, and break things, steal things, beat people up, take men away and torture them. This year alone, more than 7,000 have died. Off the charts. , and as the members were deported to their countries of birth, they brought the crime with them. Mexican Journalists Protest Cartel Attacks. "We're seeing the cartels for the first time, fearing the government, fearing the rule of law in Mexico.". Andrew Selee, Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute. More About the Violence in MexicoMexican Journalists Protest Cartel AttacksMexico's Drug War Adopts Al Qaeda TacticsDrug War Violence Escalates. Among those are 5000 police officers who have quit in the past few years. He wants to "preserve the lives of the people out there reporting, covering stories. It used to be that Juárez was like a trampoline for drugs coming into the United States, but now there is a huge internal market for them — not just gang members but middle class people, old people, all kinds of people are now drug addicts in Juárez. According to Juárez Police, the victim had an extensive criminal history and was on trial at the time […] The city had 856,000 residents in 1950. She said she spoke to Calderon, because she still hopes "for justice. To improve your experience. The violence has taken a new turn. But crime and pollution has steered tourists elsewhere. As drug cartels have been fighting over ever lucrative drug corridors along the United States border, the murder rate in Juarez has risen to 173 slayings for every 100,000 residents. This year alone, more than 7,000 have died. An offshoot from the Sinaloa cartel, the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, has filled the vacuum caused by the arrest of. Does the violence mean the drug cartels are running scared? Now, Americans are being warned away from all of Mexico, especially the northern third of the country. (KTSM) — A handful of murder investigations are underway in Juárez as the latest wave of violence grips the city. I have to wonder who is giving these orders. A Scott Carrier essay; photos © 2008 Julián Cardona. Who orders the killing of two disabled parking police — one blind, the other in a wheel chair? Remarkably, Juarez's murder rate has halved in the past decade. In 2010, more than 3500 people were murdered there. Thursday, President Felipe Calderon suggested prosecutors and judges aren't doing enough to bring criminals to justice. Juarez has become the murder capital of the world, with 2,600 dead last year. Why kill a reporter whose only mistake seems to have been to keep count of the number of dead bodies? Juarez's murder rate has halved in the past decade. By 2009, the 20,000 population had a murder rate of 1,600 per person. complete collapse of the Venezuelan economy. This drug war is fought with American weapons for the American market. But it is not the major cartels responsible for most of the bloodshed. The deadliest city in the world in 2013, San Pedro Sula has been plagued by criminals deported from US jails. The death toll could be higher this year. The intention is to frighten citizens away from testifying against them. Calderon himself has come under criticism. She said the person who did it "has no heart.". Your web browser is no longer supported. As with most cities on this list, drug gangs are the main culprits behind the bulk of the homicides. In 2010, more than 3500 people were murdered there. The homicide rate for the ten-year period ending in 2006 averaged 250-300 a year, roughly equal, per capita, to Detroit or Baltimore.