Prostitution. The child’s Hell in Tijuana

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Universal.com.

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Prostitution. The child’s Hell in Tijuana

In the alleys on of the Zona Norte, in Tijuana, Baja California, there are not just Americans, but they are the basic business source. Many billboards are in English and as one walks, the cantina security guards call to you with loud cries of “beer and girl.”  The locals have neatly perfected their accents.

Somebody is constantly appearing to ask you where you are from, and what do you want.  They offer powdered crafts brought from China in 1980, and the typical photo while mounted on a burro with prominent ribs painted as a zebra. Other times, into your ear, they offer a child, very young.

Carlos is 17 years old, and a veteran according to the logic of the pedophile, who says the business deals in Tijuana are sealed with a handshake in downtown internet cafes in this border city.

The children wait to play Candy Crush on a computer, until a greasy 50-something appears, with a double chin and big belly. Although the belief exists that a child costs more, the standard fee is between $20 and $50 dollars for all night.

For Carlos, the Veteran, he was retired this year. After being prostituted for seven years, he was allowed to leave the business. There is no market for a boy who recently contracted HIV.

Sexual Tourism

Tijuana is the destination for sexual tourists, a couple of weeks ago, Joel Wright, a seminary student from Ohio, who had contracted a “tourist guide” who was to have three babies ready in Tijuana so he could abuse them, was arrested by United States authorities at the San Diego airport.

According to the complaint, to which El Universal had access, the Catholic seminary student published an announcement on Craigslist, an internet classified ad site. He asked for the services of a tourist guide for Tijuana.

Upon making contact with some, the confessed to them his desires to have sex with little girls. It was at that time that some of the guides contacted American authorities. Agents from Homeland Security infiltrated and exchanged mails with the seminary student.

Joel Wright has a fat face, sunken eyes and prominent ears. His glasses are like coke bottle bottoms, his shirts were pastel and the priest’s robe he wore in his photographs made him look even scarier.

“I planned to do everything when I visited Tijuana, it would be great having sex with a 1-year old and another 4-year old,” according to the court documents, in which the seminary student exchanged more emails, with details that turn anyone’s stomach.

Few beaches in Mexico are fit for swimmers

Translated by Fulano from an article in Foroambiental.com.mx.

Although according to the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS), of the 269 beaches monitored in the main tourist destinations, only six are considered as unfit for swimmers, the reality is if one applied in our country the norms of the World Health Organization, very few could pass the test.

And that is because the Mexican standards allow up to 200 enterococcus per each 100 milliliters of water, while WHO establishes that a beach is contaminated when there are more than 100 enterococcus per 100 milliliters.

Moreover, according to WHO, swimming in sea waters with a concentration of just 137 enterococcus per 100 milliliters, is the same as having contact with sick family members.

If we take into account this level of contamination [100], more than 70% of the tourist beaches in Mexico present health risks, although this continues to be disregarded by Mexican authorities, who prefer to fool the population and say only 10 beaches are unfit for swimmers, when the reality is very different. According to the WHO parameters, which are followed by most developed nations.

Sadly, in Mexico, only 40.2% of sewage is treated, and even worse, according to Greenpeace, every second 33,000 gallons of raw sewage is dumped into water basins.

According to that source, the main cause of contamination on Mexican beaches is sewage which discharges untreated sewage directly into the ocean.

Mexico’s treatment plants are totally insufficient, some of them are overwhelmed by the volume of sewage they receive, and many more are inoperable, that is to say, they discharge contaminated water, including fecal matter.

In addition, of the 154 municipalities in Mexico, only half of them have sewage treatment plants, which speaks of the little attention from the federal government, as well as the state and municipalities, to this matter of such vital importance to health and the environment.

Worse even, is of the 77 municipalities which do have a sewage treatment infrastructure, at least of those do not function at 100% of their capacity and another part have a capacity less than necessary.

The discharge of sewage along the coasts directly affects more than 3 million persons who live in coastal municipalities. To that figure, must be added the millions of tourists who visit the beaches, which considerably increases during vacation periods, like the Easter Week 2015 which is about to start.

Returning to the WHO parameters, swimming in sea waters which exceed 137 enterococcus per 100 milliliters represents a health risk which can cause skin irritation, ear and eye infections, genital and respiratory infections, stomach illnesses and even diarrhea from gastrointestinal infections.

But the problem does not end here. Due to the contamination in the coastal zones and agricultural, domestic and industrial discharges, toxic substance such as cadmium, lead, mercury, copper, zinc, persistent organic compounds lie insecticides, hydrocarbons and salmonella and cholera bacteria have been found in oysters, clams and other mollusks and fish.

According to Greenpeace, each minute 1.5 million gallons of raw sewage are discharged into Mexican ocean waters, which speaks of the gravity of the problem which exists in Mexico.

They show the United States Consul security advances in Baja California Sur

Translated by Fulano from an article in ColectivoPericu.net.

Having a close and productive relation with the United States is crucial and strategic for a state like Baja California Sur, whose economy is based fundamentally of tourism of more that 1.5 million American citizens who visit our state year after year. As such, these kinds of meetings help us define an agenda of mutual interest, said Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis, after a working meeting held with the Consul General of the United States for the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur, William Ostick.

At the meeting, governor Mendoza Davis provided information on the decrease in violent events in La Paz, which in turn had motivated alerts by the Department of State, but whose conditions have made a favorable change in the last few months. Consul General William Ostick, said the data provided will be taken into account in the next travel advisories issued by the US to its citizens.

In the same vein, in matters of safety, it was stressed at the meeting the agreement to facilitate the US infrastructure, human and technology, to detect false documents and stolen vehicles, which will provide Baja California Sur police access to training and databases to professionalize their work. Likewise, by consulting criminal databases in the United States at Baja California detention facilities, local authorities will be able to detect and alert on the possible arrival of people wanted by American authorities.

On his part, Ostick thanked the Governor of Baja California Sur, and the support his government has provided to the community of almost 30,000 American citizens living in the state, whether it be temporarily or permanently. Likewise, both officials spoke on the establishment of a consular office in Los Cabos to address the processes and services offered by the US government to its citizens.

Finally, Governor Mendoza expressed the interest of the state to start a new chapter in the relations between sister cities of Baja California Sur and the United States, such as the case of Redondo Beach and La Paz, whose brotherhood dates back to the 1960’s. “In spite of our differences, it is possible to find common ground, the events that cause us to share knowledge, experience and better practices to grow as a society,” said the Governor referring to the importance of providing a base for mutual benefit in relations with other cities.

Accompanying the governor was Secretary General Álvaro de la Peña Angulo, Secretary of Tourism, Genaro Ruiz Hernández, and Chief of the Office of the Executive, Carlos Rochín Álvarez.

Ensenada woman with brain tumor denied surgery by IMSS Clinic

Translated by Fulano from an article in Ensenada.net.

In spite of the fact that the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) received an order from a federal judge since past February 2 to immediately operate on a woman with a brain tumor, the management of Clinic 8 of the Ensenada IMSS who were issued the order have not performed the operation, placing the life of the woman at risk.

Irma Magdalena García Galván, 48 years old, started to feel sick last December 24, said her attorney.

That night while she was with her family, she had an intense, raging pain in her head, which forced her to first go to a private doctor, as the IMSS was not admitting people for consultations.

After her first consultation, she was referred to a local neurologist, who after an exhaustive examination and several studies, told the woman’s family she needed to be admitted immediately to the IMSS, where she is a member.

On January 8, at IMSS Clinic 8, she was told she had a brain tumor and needed to be operated on as soon as possible, and after a series of administrative procedures, she was told they would bring a special team from Tijuana for the surgery as it was risky to move the patient.

The team was brought from Tijuana, and the nurse prepared for the surgery. But in the process she saw that the saw used for the surgery was damaged, so she needed to be operated elsewhere.

It was recommended she be transferred in bus to Sonora, where she could be operated on, which was opposed by both the woman’s family and the private physician, as she a great risk as the tumor had grown with the passing days and her health had deteriorated, and could not withstand a 12-hour highway trip.

In light of this situation, they looked for another alternative, the legal route, and obtained an order from the 7th District Court, last February 2, 2016 which based upon the right to a dignified health demands the patient be operated upon.

The court ordered the Management of IMSS Clinic 8, vai file 25/16 to operate on the sick woman immediately, either in Clinic 8, where she is a member, or in a private clinic subcontracted by the Institute.

The directors of the Ensenada IMSS clinic refused to perform the operation, and more than a week later, have still not carried out the court order, meanwhile the sick woman is getting worse from the growth of the tumor in her head.

This Wednesday, without giving any information to the family, the patient was put on a stretcher and taken to an ambulance for transfer to Tijuana.

The woman’s husband had not left he alone since the day she was admitted to Clinic 8, accompanied her, and when she arrived in Tijuana, the woman was left is a hallway, on the same stretcher, as the doctors said there was no bed to place her in and had to wait to be admitted.

The family’s fear is the Clinic 8, in order to evade the court order, had sent the sick woman to Tijuana, where she would also not be operated upon as ordered since February 2.

Americans attacked by Mexican soldiers in Baja California Sur

Source: BajaNomad forum.

My son is close friends with the 16 year old girl who was involved in this incident. I called the father who lives in Bend, Or. for details. He related this story: On January 2nd. He, his wife and stepdaughter along with 3 dogs, were towing a Hobie Cat to La Ventana while in convoy with another vehicle. They stopped at the military check point outside of San Ignacio. After being questioned they were waved through and the soldiers stopped the car containing their friends. Just prior to descending the steep, circuitous pass, the father noticed that their friends had not caught up to them. Near the bottom of the pass a white crew cab pickup truck came up behind them at a high rate of speed and began honking and flashing his lights. The pickup them passed and immediately turned sideways in the road blocking them from passing. 3 men jumped from the truck and converged on the drivers side door. One man smashed the window with a hammer and reached in and opened the door. Another man began to hit the father about the head and left shoulder with a bat. As soon as the father was partially dragged from the car his leg was smashed with the hammer shattering his fibula. The man with the hammer then hit him below the left temple before smashing the left rear window grabbing the daughter by the hair and holding a knife to her throat. At this point a car pulled up behind the Hobie Cat. The 3 assailants ran back the truck jumped in and sped off eastward.

The family was treated at the clinic in Santa Rosalia as well as held for 12 hours being interviewed by various law enforcement agencies. Both the mother and the daughter recognized on of the men as being at the military check point outside of San Ignacio. They family was told that theirs was the third incident of this kind in the same area of the pass.

I forgot to mention that the other vehicle in the convoy was held back and searched for nearly 20 minutes possibly creating the time gap necessary for the men in the truck to do what they did. Also, the mother and daughter threw the fathers wallet and their purses to the assailants who showed no interest in them. This was not a robbery.

The father did not discuss any details of the other incidences with me so I have nothing to offer further than his telling me that the authorities in Santa Rosalia told him that his was the 3rd such crime in the pass area. He told me that he had the impression that the men wanted him incapacitated so that they could take his wife and step daughter. What I find most disturbing is that the wife and daughter recognized the military person as someone from the checkpoint. He had not even bothered to take his military garb off.

 

Man murdered in front of Rosarito church

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.

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PLAYAS DE ROSARITO – In front of the Nuestra Señora de Fátima Churck, right in the tourist district, a 44 year old man was attacked by gunfire. The event alarmed both residents and tourists who were passing in the area. The victim died in the General Hospital.

According to police reports, a group of armed men approached a couple and started to shoot at them, almost at point blank range. The man was with a companion who was lightly injured, but had a severe nervous crisis from the attack.

The gunshots alarmed residents and tourists who were passing through the recently remodeled Zona Rosarito, as well the Catholic community of the largest parrish in Rosarito.

The man was shot at least once in the head and twice in the chest, and lay on the ground in a puddle of blood.

Police came to the location, as well as Red Cross paramedics, and transferred the victim, Arturo Torres Cortés, 44 years old, to the General Hospital, where he died from the wounds.

According to witnesses, the armed men fled on foot while another got into a taxi to flee, total impune from the law, in spite of the area supposedly being patrolled.

Police in the Baja California anti-kidnapping unit accused of rape

Translated by Fulano from an article in JornadaBC.mx.

Tijuana, February 1 – Laying face down and with metal handcuffs on the hands, Alicia begged amidst tears to be left in peace.

The group of ministerial police officers who were with her ignored her. They pulled down her pants and then raised her blouse, her underwear was down around her knees and, as best she could, she tried to defend herself.

“One of them turned me over,” she says while slowly lowering her gaze, then crying but trying to compose herself and finish the story, “there were eight penetrations from behind with their penis. I felt them ejaculate in me.”

Alicia does not know why she ended up at the Playas de Tijuana Anti-Kidnapping Unit, which is a part of the state Attorney General.

Her story, embodied in the court file, started in March, 2014 in Ensenada, when she was going to her daughter’s school. It was not yet 8AM, when a squad of state police officers, with their faces covered, forced her to stop, and got her of her car slapping her and put her into an SUV.

First they put her into a jail cell, accompanied by two Anti-kidnapping Unit officers. They put her on her knees and banged her head against the wall. They they asked her to sign some papers, her confession.

She refused, and the police officers left, and left her alone for a few minutes, then returned with rag and adhesive tape used to cover her eyes.

“My body began to cramp, they tossed cold water on me, I hear a buzzing sound and they kicked me again,” she describes with her hands while touching her eyes and legs. “They yelled at me to stop being an idiot, that they will punish me until I give up.”

“I smelled something like metal burning, I could not see, but I could smell it. They put it on my stomach….they burned me,” meanwhile they warned me they would record this, and to tell them what they wanted. “They raised up my blouse and pinched my nipples, I begged them to leave me alone,” but no, they raped her. “I don’t know it was one, but I felt it eight times and I could do nothing, I was full of disgust and anger.”

After the torture she says she suffered, the signature on her confession is in doubt, but finally a file was opened against her for being an accomplice with her husband, who also was arrested for the same crime: kidnapping.

The State Commission on Human Rights filed a complaint on this case, it is not unique.

The judicial authority requested the application of the Istanbul Protocol to confirm or reject if torture and rape existed during the arrest of two women. The investigation is still in process, meanwhile both continue in prison without a sentence.