The Latin American country is ranked as the fourth most dangerous in the world, according to a report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.
Mexico is already the fourth country in the world with the highest crime rate in the world and the second in the American continent, according to a report prepared by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime in which 193 countries are studied. Only Colombia, the Congo, and Myanmar surpass the country presided over by Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Violence in Mexico has reached levels never seen before, especially after violence increased in Colima earlier this year.
There are different reasons that explain why Mexico has achieved these poor results, among which are the high sophistication of organized crime groups in that country, which are the most wanted in the world: ”The drug cartels control the territory in much of Mexico, co-opting the State through bribery and intimidation, with the aim of facilitating their illicit activities.” To this situation of control of the country by the mafias, we must add other frequent criminal activities in Mexico, such as human trafficking, arms trade, and different drugs such as heroin, and crimes against flora, fauna and resources. country natives.
In addition, the location of the country, which has long stretches of coastline, and the wealth of biodiversity present in Mexico, makes it an ideal environment for drug and human trafficking, in addition to the smuggling of species, which makes it rise in the world crime rankings.
In Mexico, we can find approximately 125 of the existing species on the planet, which makes it a very rich country and a focus of interest for the mafias that traffic in animals. Experts predict a huge crisis of biodiversity loss in the country, fueled especially by the high levels of national unemployment, which make many Mexicans see animal trafficking as an option to earn income. Among the exotic species that are most traded, the Yellow-headed Parakeet, the Scarlet Macaw, the green macaw, the yellow-breasted toucan, the spider monkey, and the howler monkey.
The level of control of the mafias with respect to the State is so great that it not only generates vulnerability to Mexican citizens, it also endangers the democratic quality of the country. Experts fear that organized crime could manipulate the elections due to the power vacuums of federal security authorities and the proximity to states such as Zacatecas, which holds the first position in terms of organized crime.
This situation is reflected in the statements of the general director of the National Citizen Observatory of Security, Justice and Legality AC (ONC) Francisco Rivas Rodríguez: “Today Durango, of the six entities that change government, is one of those that should concern us, due to the proximity with entities that are particularly broken that can lead to an outbreak of violence”, he said referring to Zacatecas, and added: “If there is a risk due to all the space that is left empty and everything that is left to act that the authority Well, organized crime is finally going to sneak in.”
Being a journalist in Mexico, a risky profession
It cannot be forgotten that Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism. Following the rise of organized crime in the North American country, the murders of journalists have been a constant, and the figures are clear: since 2000, 155 journalists have been murdered in Mexico, of which 141 were men and 12 women. Only so far this year the number of murdered journalists has already reached eight people.