I've been reading MexConnect since 2006. The plan was to retire in Mexico. Normally, tourists/expats aren't targeted by narco trafficantes ... everything is fine, they say, if you stay in safe tourist zones. Yet, we hear about another incident; a Canadian women beaten unconsious in a 5 star resort in Mazatlan.
I know, things can happen anywhere, I've travelled in unsafe countries. http://www.cbc.ca/...canadian-beaten.html
Would it affect your plans if it was her Canadian significant-other who beat her?
If you still have interest in Mexico, you could consider relatively safe areas, like Yucatan, where the murder rates are 10X to 20X lower than Canada.
To keep perspective on how Canadians treat their spouses, official Canadian government statistics show:
"Rates of spousal violence by a current or previous partner in the 5 year period were 7% for women and 6% for men**... It was also found that female victims of spousal violence were three times more likely than male victims of spousal violence to fear for their life (34% versus 10%)" Family Violence in Canada
"Female seniors (in Canada are) victimized at a rate of 119 per 100,000 population and males at a rate of 184. ... Older women are more likely than their male counterparts to be victims of family violence. Close to four out of ten senior female victims were assaulted by a family member, ..." page 11 of the previous official government reference.
Family violence works out to 312 Canadians per 100,000 having to go to a family shelter every year, due to violence / abuse by Canadian men. and 34% of them "feared for their lives" .
There are reports of evidence that her significant other was responsible. Not all Canadians are docile and peace-loving ... again, sad....
Please realize that not all violence to Canadians in Mexico is caused by Mexicans.
Roughly 4 years ago the friends of a young Canadian fellow visiting Cancun reported that he and his friends started drinking at the airport, just after they got off the plane. Their drinking continued for 24 of the next 28 hours. The friends tried to put the young fellow "to bed" 3 different times, but as drunks are wont to do, he kept returning to the bar. After their last attempt to get him to "sleep it off", he came to and tried to stagger back to the bar, again, but this time he fell to his death from a 3 story walkway. The Canadian press reported his family's version that his injuries must have been caused by the Mexican Police. The same Canadian press ignored the friends' later reports of his binge drinking. ...again, sad....
**Think of a group of 30 of your fellow Canadians, look at each of them carefully and see if you can tell which two beat their spouses.
I offer these official govt. perspectives not to bash Canadians, but as a simple pointer to help keep things in perspective.
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(This post was edited by YucaLandia on Jan 23, 2012, 3:25 PM)