Patricia Nell Warren

Mexico Alert

Filed By Patricia Nell Warren | November 25, 2007 8:25 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts
Tags: Baja California, Mexico, racing, robbery, travel

LGBT people visiting Mexico -- make sure you stay safe. Americans going into that country are increasingly the target of brazenly public armed robbery and assaults by organized gangs. Mexican police reportedly do nothing.

One event that is now notorious as a target for these criminal activities is off-road racing in Baja. After the recent Baja 1000, a racer family, the Halls — husband, wife, two kids — were returning to the U.S. and had almost reached the border when they were stopped at gunpoint.

The gunmen drove them into the mountains, took their trailer and racing equipment, money, GPS and jewelry, and left them stranded. The family hiked to the nearest town, where they found scant sympathy from officials on both sides of the border, but ultimately got home safely.

I heard about this incident from a friend, and found a report by the Halls themselves. The incident is also reported on Baja 1000 racing news sites. The Halls count themselves lucky that they weren’t murdered, and commented, “After 25 years of the Baja, we are done.”

If this can happen to a straight family in Mexico, imagine what can be done to any of our people. And no, I don’t think the U.S. is a safe place either. But I’ve spent some time perusing the glowing LGBT travel tours for Mexico, and don’t find much in the way of warnings.


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For sake of balance:

US ALERT!

The US is becoming an increasingly dangerous place for Mexican citizens and others this racist society could assume to be Mexican or Latino. Mexicans and other Latinos (including US citizens) visiting, living and/or working in the US should be aware of vigilante groups, violent racists, sham border patrol, opportunistic politicians, exploitative employers and other xenophobes. LGBTQ Mexicans/Latinos should be especially concerned, as US law so viruently discriminates against LGBTQ people and immigrants/non-citizens that entire families can be broken up with the wave of a pen.

Carlos Montano | November 27, 2007 5:07 PM

This same post could be made about any number of countries. The fact that few warnings are posted in travel tour guides is more likely indicative of the fact that they want to make money. Yes, Mexico has some crime and corruption issues (the State Department's travel guides point this out clearly), but none of what you've brought up here points to specific abuses against LGBT people.