Two hundred and fifty heavily armed and armored police from three branches of Mexican law enforcement raided several nightclubs, hotels, and pleasure emporiums in Tijuana's Zona Norte nightclub district on Friday night, according to Tijuana dailies El Mexicano and Frontera. The commando-type raids included members of the municipal police force, the Federales, and immigration enforcement.
During the pandemonium, theft and debauchery under color of authority ran rife. Several exotic dancers, go-go girls, sexoservidores (prostitutes), and their patrons were physically assaulted and forced to undergo body searches. Several complaints were filed by accosted females, citing inappropriate groping and robbery foisted upon them by the attacking horde of lawmen, clad in bullet-proof vests, riot helmets, and body armor and brandishing high-powered automatic assault rifles and pistols. The abusive assaults were caught on security video cameras and were turned over to local news media. Booty stolen by the badge-bearing bandits included money, cell phones, radios, cameras, perfume, and even women’s underwear. One irate courtesan complained of being robbed of $900 U.S.
Cesar Sanchez, president of the Associacion de Empresarios Turisticos, said the raids and subsequent forced body searches were made without obtaining the proper court-ordered warrants and only succeeded in scaring the pants off patrons and diminishing international trade and tourism on Tijuana´s famous strip-club strip located on Coahuila Boulevard.