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The Impact of Gangs in Mexico

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"The Impact of Mexican Gangs" Nathan Katica March 25, 2010 Language Arts 6th Period Four years ago, Claudia Wallace's brother Hugo was kidnapped and murdered by a Mexican gang. Claudia, her husband, and her children now live behind large concrete walls. She and her family have been threatened and shot at by the gang. This is just one example of gangs' effect on society. Gangs should be eliminated entirely. What exactly is a gang? How did gangs originate in Mexico and how long have they existed? A gang is an organized group of criminals that band together for mutual protection, and perform criminal acts for profit. Mexican gangs originated in the late 19th century, because groups of poor people needed a source of money and fellowship that was devoid in their own family. ...read more.


These tasks can include robbery, murder, and kidnapping, or sexual intercourse for women. Gangs often engage with violence with other gangs, and this is a threat to gang members' health. Once inside a gang, it is almost impossible to get out of it. If gang leaders discover that a member tried to desert the gang, consequences can be a beating, death, or public humiliation. Members of a gang can get in trouble with the law for drug possession, drug sales or drug trafficking, racketeering, murder, theft, or kidnapping. All these charges necessitate a jail sentence. Members of a gang can develop drug addictions and sexually-transmitted diseases. Women in gangs can become pregnant with unwanted children. Anyone ever kidnapped by a gang can suffer from trauma and therefore suffers from mental slavery. ...read more.


Increased police involvement against gang-related behavior and anything that causes kids to join will help too. Federal legislation in Mexico should crack down on gangs, mainly by spending more of taxpayers' dollars on gang prevention. Consequences should be harsher for those affiliated with gangs. Most of all, it is up to you to choose not to join a gang. After all, you would not want to end up like Claudia Wallace-hiding behind a concrete wall. Source Page 1. Brosnan, Greg and Emmott, Robin. "Beating Sinaloa drug gangs key for Mexico, United States say." March 16, 2010. www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N15481891. 2. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Copyright 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. 3. Wagner, Rob. "The History of Gangs in Mexico." March 16, 2010. www.ehow.com/about_5208713_history-gangs-Mexico.html. 4. Lustig, Robert. "Taking on Mexico's kidnap gangs." March 16, 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8132067.htm. 5. Unknown. "The Mission Statement of 2nd Call." March 24, 2010. http://www.2ndcall.org. ...read more.

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