Thursday, October 23, 2008
Doing Business in Juárez
Junkyards and auto parts shops, known locally as yonques, across the border from El Paso, Texas, have turned into a major target for mafia extortion. According to a leader of a group of Juárez yonqueros, armed groups demanded up anywhere from $500 to $1,000 a week from the business owner. More than dozen businesses whose owners refused to pay were burned down. As a result of all this, more than 70 local junkyards have closed up and moved on.