Considering the fact that Mexico is the only neighbor directly to the south of the United States, even for those who live in the upper half of America, it is a convenient vacation spot – a familiar destination for college-age people looking to have a good time during Spring Break. At its best, Mexico offers warm weather, a vibrant culture, and artifacts reflecting a rich history and proud people. Yet, at its worst, this nation is home to high rates of crime, often involving wanton acts of violence.
In fact, the U.S. Department of State, in its International Travel Information advisories, lists numerous areas within Mexico where instances of violent crime have been incurred and names petty theft, criminal assault, human trafficking, and extortion among the more common offenses of which visitors become victims. One crime of particular note, though, and shockingly frequent is that of child abduction.