Thursday, February 7, 2008

Visit Mexico and Disappear! (but not in a good way)

The U.S. Consulate in Tijuana issued a travel advisory last week that said U.S. citizens living and traveling in Mexico should be extra vigilant.

Kidnappings of San Diego-area American Citizens in Mexico have more than doubled in the past year.

Last year, at least 26 San Diego County residents were kidnapped and held for ransom in Tijuana, Rosarito Beach or Ensenada, local FBI agents overseeing the cases said yesterday. In 2006, at least 11 county residents had been kidnapped in the three communities.

“Some of the 26 were recovered, some were hurt and some were killed,” said agent Alex Horan, who directs the FBI's violent-crime squad in San Diego.

“It's not a pleasant experience. Victims have reported beatings, torture and there have been rapes. . . . Handcuffs and hoods over the head are common,” he said.

Kidnapping has increased - not just in toilets like Nuevo Laredo - but in places like Rosarito Beach, Ensenada, and the backroads of Baja.

He described the kidnapping groups as sophisticated operations similar to terrorist cells, each with a boss and clear divisions of labor. Usually, one group is involved in scouting, another carries out the kidnapping, a third holds the victim and a fourth handles the ransom.

“They know who they're going after. I think they have a list,” Horan said. “These are kidnapping cells. . . . That's what they do. They do kidnappings all year long.”

From: SignOnSanDiego

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These idiots don't have enough exposure to "La Raza" in the USA.

Go to Mexico but don't cry about what you wish for "and get it".

With my blessings.