Mexican Drug War Fuels Violence In Juarez

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Bus drivers and food vendors wait for business in front of a... News PhotoBestof,Bus,Business,Cocaine,Crime,Death,Driver,Emigration and Immigration,Factory,Food,Gun,Horizontal,Immigrant,Justice - Concept,Law,Mexico,Poverty,Social Issues,Topics,Topix,USA,Vendor,WaitingPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2010 Getty ImagesJUAREZ, MEXICO - MARCH 23: Bus drivers and food vendors wait for business in front of a maquiladora, or factory, on March 23, 2010 in Juarez, Mexico. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will all visit Mexico on Tuesday for discussions centered on Mexico�s endemic drug-related violence. The border city of Juarez has suffered from the duel effects of the recession in America and the surge in drug violence. An estimated 100,000 jobs having been lost since the recession and some 10,000 businesses have been closed in the past 18 months. City officials also say that thousands of homes have been abandoned as residents leave for El Paso or safer cities in Mexico. Juarez has been racked by violent drug related crime recently and has quickly become one of the most dangerous cities in the world to live. As drug cartels have been fighting over ever lucrative drug corridors along the United States border, the murder rate in Juarez has risen to 173 slayings for every 100,000 residents. President Felipe Calderon�s strategy of sending 7000 troops to Juarez has not mitigated the situation. With a population of 1.3 million, 2,600 people died in drug-related violence last year and 500 so far this year, including two Americans recently who worked for the U.S. Consulate and were killed as they returned from a children�s party. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)