Friday, December 03, 2010

Kidnapping Epidemic in Querétaro

Omigod omigod omigod!! According to the state law enforcement agency, Querétaro experienced as many kidnappings in 2010 as in the previous five years combined!!!!1!

Or, to put it another way: um, five. Which is definitely an increase from the previous years' totals of 2, 2, 0, 1 and 0, but in a state of 1.5 million people still works out to an incidence of 0.3 per 100,000 - just slightly below the U.S. rate of 6.7.

Happily, four of the five have been found - though, somewhat less happily, all were suffering from advanced rigor mortis.  The fifth was allegedly released to great fanfare last week, but so far no one has seen or heard from him, which we're pretty sure is not how these things are supposed to work.  Perhaps he's been re-kidnapped, in which case we're uncertain whether it would count as a sixth kidnapping or not.

But, most certainly, it is no reflection at all on our current law-and-order governor, Pepe Calzada, that there have been five kidnappings and four deaths in his first year in office, while his two predecessors had a six-year total of just seven kidnappings, all of whom came home alive. Harrasing gringo bloggers has in no way diverted public safety resources, and it's really sleazy of you to even imply this. We await your apology.

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