Cartel members shave women’s hair after she “did not respect” them

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A video filmed in the state of Michoacán in western Mexico shows a masked man shaving a woman’s head as a “punishment” for “neglecting” the man and other members of a cartel. The video has been shared online since December 31, 2021 and shows an incident that is not uncommon in this part of Mexico, according to a local resident.

The video was first shared online on December 31, 2021 by the Twitter account “Unidad De Inteligencia Ciudadana” (“Citizen Intelligence Unit”) and has received more than 27,000 views. It shows a masked man shaving a woman’s head while a young girl seems to be holding her. A female voice in the background appeals: “Please, no, no, mom, enough, mom!”

The victim shouts, “He’s hurting me!” and the masked man gives the girl a lump of hair. Another woman is seen with her back turned.

HUMILLAN MUJER AND LOS REYES

A woman who would like to discuss with the regional cartel of United States in the Reyes was publicly humiliated by Sicarius Luís Enrique Barragán Chávez “El R-5 / Guicho de los Reyes” in the center of this Michoacán pic.tw. com / yocC5mnehD

– Unidad De Inteligencia Ciudadana (@ UnidadDeInteli1) December 31, 2021

According to the caption of the video, the events took place in Los Reyes, a city in the Mexican state of Michoacán, and members of “Cárteles Unidos” (“United Cartels”) shaved the woman’s hair.

The cartel is a conglomerate of several criminal organizations operating in Michoacán. Some of them started as “self-defense groups” before developing into groups whose main activity is drug trafficking. Their main enemy: the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

“The cartel people” punished her “probably because she” did not respect the boss “”

The JowharObservers team contacted the Twitter account that posted this video:

People contact us when they want to report things that they may have seen, but can not go to the authorities, if they have links to criminal groups.

Regarding this video, it was the daughter of the woman whose head was shaved who sent it to us. She said they were sitting in their car when they saw men blocking access to a parking lot with their vehicles. Her mother honked and got out of her car to talk to one of the drivers. It was the security detail of Luis Enrique Barragán Chávez, also known as “Guicho de los Reyes” or “El R-5”, the leader of the “Cárteles Unidos” in the area. He was also in the vehicle. The cartel people then “punished” her and shaved her in this humiliating way because she “did not respect the boss”. They told her not to cause any more problems, as they would not be so kind to her next time.

The family has since left Michoacán, and the girl did not want their names published along with the video. [Editor’s note: According to the governor of Michoacán, no complaint has been filed regarding this incident, but he said an investigation would nevertheless be opened].

“Guicho de los Reyes” is responsible for the whole region. His stronghold is Los Reyes, where he has more than 1,000 men working for him, with armored vehicles and weapons, and where he locks in the people he kidnaps or punishes at drug rehabilitation centers. They also have men in Periban [a town near Los Reyes]. In the area, if people oppose them, they have to pay the price.

“This kind of ‘punishment’ happens regularly: They can hit people in the back with boards”

The JowharObservers team was able to contact a Los Reyes resident, who spoke to us on condition of anonymity for security reasons. He said it was not uncommon for local armed groups to impose penalties on residents.

This type of “punishment” takes place regularly, but it is usually men who are punished. They can hit people in the back, with boards or pipes. In the most serious cases, people can be locked up for days or months in private drug detention centers, which the cartel uses as prisons.

CARTELES UNIDOS

In Los Reyes y Periban, Michoacános municipalities under the control of Luis Enrique Barragán Chávez “El R-5” forbid the people to leave the people without permission, in which case they must be castigated in Tablazos in addition to pass 3 months CREAD in one. pic.twitter.com/mOjZqgjB68

– Unidad De Inteligencia Ciudadana (@ UnidadDeInteli1) October 21, 2020 Video published on October 21, 2020 by the Twitter account “Unidad De Inteligencia Ciudadana”: A man is seen using a board to beat another man’s buttocks. The events are said to have taken place in Los Reyes or Periban, where residents “were not allowed to leave the city without permission”.

People are “punished” if they “misbehave”: for example, if they disrupt public order, if they do not respect others, if they steal, if they drive too fast or drunk, if they cause problems on the street …

Personally, I have never seen this type of punishment happen, but I know some people have it: They were taken to a detox center. One of them owed money to a local drug dealer. Another had abused his wife and children. Another had apparently sold drugs in Los Reyes that had come from elsewhere.

“Residents of Los Reyes are used to this”

As for the woman whose head was shaved, I also heard that she was “punished” because she was the caretaker who was responsible for the payments for the parking lot where the incidents took place. She has apparently been accused of abusing her position on several occasions.

That said, some armed groups are even worse. The people of Los Reyes are used to this. Very often, the locals even go to the cartel rather than the police when they have a problem, so that they can act as intermediaries or find a solution …

The conflict between Cárteles Unidos and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel for control of the territory has already caused many problems in the area, such as gunfire, blocked roads, power outages, etc. According to El País, the conflict is currently affecting more and more cities in Michoacán.