Jorge Fernández Menéndez
Responsible for the slaughter of some 70 migrants, mostly from Central America, which appeared in a mass grave in the town of San Fernando, Tamaulipas was a 22 year old who was just arrested. This young man ordered the kidnapping of several buses carrying the migrants, detained and tortured them to find out if they had a relationship with a rival group and finally ordered they be killed.
Also arrested was one of the murderers of two of Governor Rodrigo Medina’s bodyguards, who is 18 years of age. SWAT team members of Nuevo Leon were picked up by police in the municipality of Zuazua, and given to assassins who tortured and killed them leaving a message to the governor. Also last week, there was a very rough gunbattle on the border between Jalisco and Zacatecas. Gunmen who moved in several trucks with federal forces clashed for hours, ten died and several were arrested, including six girls between the ages of 16 and 21 who admitted being killers and sexual partners of members of the criminal group. They collected 12,000 pesos ($1,000) every two weeks.
Such was the case last week. Before this there have been stories of “El Ponchis” and child assassins of Morelos, or the young girls, almost children, with whom Jesús “El Negro” Radilla, head of the same group which “El Ponchis” was affiliated with, who served as sexual partners, assassins or were hired to leave mutilated bodies in the streets; or the thousands of young gang members in Los Aztecas or Artistas Asesinos, engaged in brutal warfare across the border area of Ciudad Juárez.
The stories are innumerable, but the truth is that every time, the assassins of these criminal groups are younger and crueler with their victims, and more money has less to do with their involvement in these criminal groups. Nothing is more worrisome in terms of social phenomenon which has been done directly, than involving thousands of children and adolescents in organized crime, not as in the past being camels (carriers) or consumers and distributors, but increasingly as killers for trace amounts of money. Girls held in Jalisco are paid 1,500 pesos every two weeks, cartel members for the Pacifico Sur just over 3,000 pesos, which is the same as members of the Aztecas or Artistas Asesinos.
Money is no longer the engine of this embodiment. It is a mixture of lust for power, social standing, and ends up being, although it sounds terrible, it demonstrates the magnitude of the social challenge we are facing, when the aspiration for some young people is to be an assassin, to take part in the most cruel and most violent acts within organized crime. Of course all this has to do with the inadequacies that exist in offering work and study to millions of young people in the country, but also a deterioration of the family environment in which these youth are raised, which leaves them with what appears to be, no alternative. If the lack of study or work is the determining factor, the use of drugs and alcohol, which is starting between the ages of 10 and 11, is the trigger for this phenomenon.
It has been said, including those who proposed to be involved in the march that was led by Javier Sicilia, but also by high level political figures, we must have a return to codes - a kind of pact with criminal groups to prevent the current levels of violence. They have forgotten something important: these codes, among criminal gangs, they were lost long ago. If at some time it did not involve women or youth at such an early age in this business, let alone the work of hired killers, it is today the norm, especially when casualties are so accelerated that they cannot or do not want to form new elements . Everyone is disposable.
Today, you can go from stealing car mirrors to becoming an abductor or killer, in a matter of a few weeks or sometimes days in the delinquent pyramid. Views that advocate a covenant or a code with these groups, forget that the moment has passed and that violence has become a code that transcends even criminal groups and their bosses. It has its own dynamics.
The strategy for security may be subject, of course, to adjustments and changes. But it requires an additional national effort, different, having true vision, to serve a generation that is truly in danger and that perhaps a percentage, unfortunately high, we have already lost. But also to take steps towards the next generation, kids who are now completing primary school and are on the threshold of that hell, to not end up falling into it. The secret is obvious: education and work.
As translated from http://www.excelsior.com.mx/index.php?m=nota&id_nota=711122