“Sol Prendido” for Borderland Beat
Two men appear on film in daylight hours. One is an extortionist and the other a victim who failed to pay for the mandatory shakedown imposed by thugs.
Extortion is a common practice used by organized crime within Mexico. In 2021, a total of 8,827 cases of extortion were reported across Mexico, up from 7,960 cases a year earlier.
Sicario: This is what happens whenever anyone refuses to pay every week. You have to pay every week. Ok, now get into position, get into position.
Sicario: That’s only been two licks. And we still have to reach a total of 10 hits. Go ahead and stand up.
Captive: How many do we have to do?
Captive: Oh my God.
Sicario: Stand up, stand up,stand up, stand up.
Captive: Please for the love of God…