Today, 05:46 PM
Mexico is a shit hole.
Mexicans in government positions are devils worthy of nothing less than the stake.
No offense to Ms. Doe, but should she not have done a little research into the nature of the place into which she was to travel? I will not go so far as to say she did this to herself, but her experience should serve as a warning to decent people not to go to MX for any reason. I've been there many times and I noticed in the late 90s the change from an atmosphere of welcoming, to one of contempt for the gringo, even in places that depend upon tourists for their daily sustenance.
I've been acquainted with a large number of Mexicans, having lived in CA, AZ, OR, WA, and NJ, all of which have large populations. In my experience, and just as with the people of most other nations, the average Mexican is a complete shit. However, there are elements of savagery in Mexican culture that are rivaled by few other nations. That is simple fact. I could tell you things about Yaqui Indians that would turn your stomach, for example. Again, this is a matter of simple observation with very little need to editorialize, given that the truths observed speak for themselves. MX is a very dangerous place, particularly when the gringo (and even many good Mexicans) wanders off the beaten paths. Mexico's prima facie claims to "rule of law" are a mockery of same. This is nothing new. What IS new is that the tourist areas used to be sacrosanct. Go to Cancun, Cozumel, Playa Car, etc., mind your own business and do nothing stupid and you were basically guaranteed your safety. Not anymore, as this story so hideously underscores.
Let us repeat that which everyone on the planet should now know: the world is no longer in any way a friendly place. As the world on the whole moves closer and closer in practice to the progressive ideal of paradise on earth, it becomes ever less friendly and ever more dangerous in terms of the risks people must assume when traveling. Until the day comes that all this bullshit is sorted out, it behooves people (especially Americans) to stay close to home.