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Bodyguards: Guarding Mexico’s Elite

The primary sources of income for Mexico's organized crime gangs are drug trafficking, extortion and kidnapping. Consequently, many Mexicans feel constantly under threat. Since corrupt police are often part of the problem, elite Mexican families that are prime kidnapping targets tend to take protection into their own hands by hiring private militias of bodyguards.

Although they are for obvious reasons loath to have their lives documented, one prominent Mexican businessman allowed coverage of his family and their team of highly trained bodyguards. His conditions were that the faces of his children would not be shown and that his name and location would never be disclosed. This project provides a unique insight into a rarely reported sector of Mexican society.


Resources

Private Policing in Latin America Associated Press Interactive

For More of Mexico’s Wealthy, Cost of Living Includes Guards The New York Times

InSight Crime, Organized Crime in the Americas A foundation dedicated to the study of organized crime.

Justice in Mexico As a U.S.-based initiative working to improve citizen security, strengthen the rule of law, and protect human rights in Mexico.

In Mexico, a Kidnapping Ignored as Crime Worsens The New York Times

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