After being kidnapped by municipal police officers in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, Liliana and three male colleagues were stripped naked and tortured for three hours. Then they were driven to secluded woodland.

“We really thought we were going to be killed,” said the mother of two, who requested her real name not be published for fear of reprisals. “Before we were led to the truck, a guy stood over us and kept asking: ‘How do you want to go?'”

As legislators debate a major reform of the Mexican law enforcement system, Liliana’s case, and many others like it, highlight the extraordinary levels of corruption and lack of accountability within the country’s police forces.

The fact that Liliana and her fellow victims were also members of the country’s elite federal police force when they were abducted two and a half years ago underlines how serious the problem is. That the team was investigating a wave of disappearances when it was targeted, drives home the point.

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