Maquiladoras

Ciudad Juarez: From Boom Town to Ghost Town?

Once among Mexico's most prosperous cities, Ciudad Juarez has lost 120,000 jobs and 6,000 businesses in two years amid rising drug violence. The problems threaten the city's maquiladoras, or assembly lines, which employ 80% of the city's workforce and represent $1 billion a year in production, much of it destined for export.