Extortion is on the rise

Through this method, the criminal doesn't need to attack its victim, they use intimidation methods to obtain money, which often becomes a monthly extortion

Extortion is on the rise
Criminals are extortioning business owners and drivers - Photo: Edgar Garrido/REUTERS
English 28/04/2019 09:30 Mexico City Editorial Actualizada 09:37
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As a new plague of the Apocalypse, extortions are one more crime people in the Metropolitan area have to deal with. A special investigation by EL UNIVERSAL revealed that besides all the crimes perpetrated against people in Mexico City and the state of Mexico, a new form of organized crime has been implemented: extortion. Through this method, the criminal doesn't need to attack its victim, they use intimidation methods to obtain money, which often becomes a monthly extortion.

In theory, there is a mechanism to link extortioners and the victims, which is the money deposit, the criminals have managed to reduce the possibility of being tracked down when cashing the money. Criminals use fake or temporary bank accounts or hire or force others to collect the money. On the other hand, they instill fear among their victims since the threats are not only directed at them but also against their families, homes, and work, as it has been proven in cases were cars, workshops, and other businesses that have been destroyed.

The few public transport drivers who have requested the aid of the police have explained that haven't been backed by authorities and those who have revealed the way in which they are extortionated are in serious risk because criminals have already identified them.

Unfortunately, there is a case of a route of public transport that was going to be monitored by the state of Mexico, for which the local government invested money in a new surveillance system but it was later revealed that the cameras were never connected to the surveillance center. Finally, they have accepted that the only solution is to negotiate with criminal groups and pay them monthly fees.

The issue is so serious that it has been calculated that this crime affects up to 80% of consumers of public transport in the state of Mexico, with losses calculated in millions and which has pushed them to consider the suspension of the service, a measure that could affect thousands of users. This is an alarming situation that has to be solved now, and even the newly-created National Guard could be used to stop this crime.

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