"You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy" - Obi Wan Kenobi
A more apt description of Cuidad Juarez in Rifts Earth could not be made. Juarez is a paradise to the villain, the outlaw, and the decadent, yet a nightmare to the righteous, the just and the moral. Cuidad Juarez is in of itself a dichotomy, a haven for those fleeing the evils that lie to the far south, yet an oppressive den of inequity and vice for the impoverished souls that live within the city. It is the only real "human" city not under control of vampires or alien intelligences in Mexico. Cuidad Juarez is like a massive frontier city, filled with mercs, borgs, mutants, magic users, D-bees, strolling the the thoroughfare in MD armor with MD weapons strapped to their sides. Gunfights, murder, robbery and all manner of vice can be found throughout Cuidad Juarez. All rogues, wanted criminals, escaped mutants from Lone Star, and Pecos raiders within a thousand miles uses Juarez as a way station. Anything can bought or sold in Juarez, especially if banned in more civilized areas. Salons, gambling halls, prostitution dens, and the exotic can be found on nearly every street for the right price.
The city government is completely corrupt. It has all the trappings of a democracy, elections, public officials, police force, etc, but all exist for the perpetuation of greed, corruption, power, and the continuation of the status quo- i.e. the rich keep getting richer and poor stay poor.