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CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) - School dropout Toby was just 15 when he and his friends started kidnapping businessmen, truck drivers and lawyers for ransom in Mexico's most violent city, Ciudad Juarez.
He says he made up to $45,000 a time with the abductions, and shared the loot with his friends.
No official data is available on minors staging kidnappings in Ciudad Juarez, but Eustacio Gutierrez, a judge dealing with local juvenile delinquents, said he hears cases daily. Youngsters typically get hold of guns on the city's black market, start tracking wealthy residents and kidnap them.
"I've handed down sentences as long as 12 years," he said.
Originally posted by JakiusFogg
It never fails to amaze me that when any topic here gets posted about the situation in parts, yes PARTS of Mexico, that almost immediately some people try and turn this into a discussion about US border policy.
But a turf war between Mexico's most-wanted trafficker, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman and the powerful Juarez cartel has frightened off tourists, sparking a mindless spiral of killings that has laid waste to the manufacturing city and destroyed job prospects for the city's youth.
While the 9,300 drug war dead in Ciudad Juarez since early 2008 has scared away U.S. teens from getting involved in smuggling drugs across the border, a lust for money and status is trumping fear for Mexican youngsters.
"All the businesses are shutting down, so what opportunities do young people have?" said Marc Marquez, deputy chief of juvenile services for El Paso County. "It is a vicious cycle. By the time they are 15, they are so desensitized."
The economic situation in Mexico does not help the matter either.
Originally posted by DaddyBare
Still to blame a teenagers bad behaviour on the cartels is to turn a blind eye to the real problem... why did turn to this in the first place??? answer that question and win a prize...