Tijuana, Part 6
There are more than 3,000 hookers in Tijuana and about 500 of
them are streetwalkers.
To the west side of Tijuana is the commercial
district and westerly from there are many ornate hillside residences.
Many of these residences are filled with large families with familial
links or even what we might call tenticular appendages reaching
thousands of miles to the south to Columbia and even ten thousand
miles to the east to Afghanistan. While they consider themselves
simple families, we in America have embraced a different, if mean
spirited, term for them: The Cartel.
The “ratta tat tat” sporadically
followed by the subtle counterpoint of “Brrappp ding ding
clank” one hears on warm summer evenings in Tijuana is only
the distant echoes of automatic weapons fire as familial entanglements
and disagreements are settled within … The Cartel.
Tijuana's entire police force was disarmed by the "federal
authorities" for a month and federal troops provided a modicum
of peace in this border town.
If 2,300 city policemen without guns seems a
risk, the 3,000 troops with .30 caliber assault rifles more than
made up for it.
Tijuana’s Arellano Felix Organization — The Cartel
— still supplies about a third of all cocaine sold on America’s
streets and huge portions of the marijuana. Because these refined
agricultural products are so very important to Mexico’s
economy, odd situations occur which are curious and yet fascinating
and something you might well experience first hand during your
visit to Tijuana.