zepherin wrote:There is always room for negotiation even when they hold all of the cards. Always remember criminals are generally stupid. They don't know all of the cards that you hold in her case she doesn't hold jack other than she has 10 or 15 people working with her and some body guards. If she negotiates from a position of strength she can get concessions out of the cartels and pretend she is giving up things in return when the reality of the situation is that anything she gets out of the cartels is a bonus. It is an incredibly useful skill to learn how to negotiate when you don't have squat, and the person you are negotiating with has the leverage. There will be a time when you will have to do something like this with an employer. It is almost guaranteed.
You forget that this is not a war of police vs. drug cartels, it's a war of drug cartels vs. drug cartels; the only options the people and government have are to provide or get out of the way. The violence is not going to stop until one cartel rains supreme; human trafficking and selling drugs to minors is just too much money to pass up, especially now when they have to pay for extra security/hit men and profits are running thin. Hell, drug cartel members have taken kidnapping and bank robbery as supplemental income.