"If you are planning to vacation in Mexico, it is crucial for your safety and the safety of your family that you understand what has happened to some travelers who through no fault of their own and without having knowingly committed a crime are now serving sentences in Mexican jails. "
Tourism to Mexico provides a huge influx of dollars to merchants and businesses in Mexico and so the department of tourism expends great efforts to lure us down there. For the most part the experience of traveling and visiting in Mexico is absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, not only legitimate business people are anxious to tap into tourist dollars. A few corrupt police have their own way of getting "their share" of this tourist bonanza. Through the legal system that has little oversight these rotten few use their position to shake down Americans traveling by charging them with various infractions and then soliciting "mordida" (bribes) to "fix" the problem.
If you become enmeshed in this scam and are lucky it will only cost you a few hundred dollars and the spoiling of part of your vacation. If you are not so lucky, and have an experience , it might ruin your life and that of your family.
As I know in Tijuana you maybe arrested for:
- Drinking alcohol on any public way
- Disturbing the peace of other persons
- Carring or using firearms
- Possession or comsumption of any kind of drug
Prostitution (although not recommended) is legal unless at age under 18.
It goes without saying: Behave yourself in Tijuana. Most of the stories about corrupt cops may very well not be true, but why would you take the chance to find out? Tijuana cops, for the most part, are used to seeing arrogant and irreverent Americans getting drunk in their streets. It doesn't mean they have to tolerate anything beyond getting drunk.