In a heartfelt piece about sensationalistic American media and its effect on the residents of San Miguel de Allende, travel writer Laura Fraser writes:
There is no doubt that there has been horrible violence in Mexico due to drug wars between warring factions. But that violence has, for the most part, been restricted to “entre ellos,” or between them, the drug factions. The violence has also been restricted to certain parts of the country—and San Miguel de Allende is not one of them.
San Miguel de Allende is so safe that I feel comfortable walking around by myself at 2:00 in the morning. I read the police blotter, which mainly consists of a handful of incidents of drunken conduct, domestic violence, and breaking into cars. That’s fairly tame by American standards.
Fraser goes on to talk about the news story that has hurt, in particular San Miguel de Allende, the most – a Dateline piece about a “gringo” that was kidnapped and tortured. The story has caused the usual vacationers and expats to stay away from San Miguel this year, significantly hurting San Miguel’s economy and residents. What Dateline failed to properly reveal was the kidnapped man’s shady ties with crime. He was a victim of “entro ellos,” not random and rampant violence.
Read the compelling, full article here.