Americans love drugs. That’s why narco-traffickers have made Mexico the hub of their production operations. After all, being close to your customers is what retailing is all about right?
However it’s been hard on ordinary Mexicans.
Now, public indignation about Mexico’s surging homicide rate has followed the two latest high-profile killings — those of a human rights ombudsman in Baja California Sur state and a telecommunications executive outside Mexico City.
President Enrique Peña Nieto denounced the killing of Adolfo Lagos Espinosa, a vice president of the Televisa media giant, who was shot Sunday in an apparent botched robbery.
Then late Monday, at the end of a long holiday weekend, came news of another slaying, that of Silvestre de la Toba Camacho, president of the human rights commission in Baja California Sur, a popular international tourist destination that has been rocked by gang violence.
Nationwide, 2017 is on track to be the deadliest year in recent Mexican history. From January to October, authorities say, Mexico registered 20,875 homicides — almost 4,000 more than the 16,881 homicides reported during the same 10 months last year.