Police bribes in Mexico

Police officers in Mexico demand up to 45 percent of all bribes reported in the country, according to a study on corruption by BRIBEline.

Roughly half of all demands for bribes were considered extortion threats, where a bribe would be paid in order to avoid harm to a person or business.  Bribes to receive preferential treatment, such as winning a contract or favor, was less than 30 percent of all bribes.

The amount demanded for in almost 65 percent of the bribes were less than $6,000.

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Source:  Associated Press, “Bribery study in Mexico says police the problem,” Washington Post, March 25, 2010.