More Trouble South of the Border

Come to Acapulco for fun, sun and sexual assault (courtesy of

By now I’m sure we are all aware of the growing violence in Mexico, most of it perpetrated by drug cartels. But crime in general is on the rise there, too. In fact, things have gotten so bad “south of the border” that governments around the world continue to warn their citizens about travelling there.

And the U.S. State Department is no exception.

Not long ago, the USSD warned American tourists about the bars in Mexican resort cities, indicating they could be “havens for drug dealers and petty criminals.”

Of course, they also said this: “Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes.”

If only that were true.

On Tuesday, Mexican officials in the resort city of Acapulco reported that hooded gunmen broke into a bungalow being rented by Spanish nationals, many of whom were women.

After tying up the men with cell phone cables, the gunmen raped six of the female tourists and fled. A seventh woman was also in the bungalow, but miraculously escaped the attack.

Thankfully, no one was killed, but the gunmen remain at large in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

An investigation is still underway (courtesy of

Spain‘s Foreign Ministry reacted to the attack and reminded travelers that “while foreign tourists rarely are victims of kidnapping or extortion, they can be victims of assaults and robberies.”

They even went a step further and warned tourists to avoid the Guerrero region or to proceed with “extreme caution.”

If you ask me, nothing reinforces this more than the rape of tourists in what is supposed to be a scenic resort destination. And for those of you thinking about a Mexican vacation, I have only one piece of advice: consider taking a Caribbean cruise instead.

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, after all. And spending every waking moment looking over your shoulder in fear simply doesn’t qualify.

Posted on February 6, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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