In 2013, there were 8,042 reported extortion cases in Mexico, according to statistics released by the Federal Government. The number of extortion cases reported was higher than the 7,272 extortion cases reported in Mexico in 2012.
In the State of Mexico, 1,688 extortion cases were reported in 2013, a 58 percent increase in the number of reports compared to 2012.
In contrast, the number of murders committed in Mexico dropped by more than 16 percent in 2013.
Security experts state that extortion has a negative impact on Mexico’s economy by discouraging investments into the community by businesses.
Source: Karl Baker, “Mexico’s rising threat: extortion,” Christian Science Monitor, March 19, 2014.