Government Issues Warning To College Students Against Traveling To Mexico
It’s the time of the year where many students flock to popular spring break destinations to enjoy a week of sun and sand and of course drinks and partying. This year the U.S. State Department is warning students against traveling to some parts of Mexico due to its endemic levels of violence including kidnappings and gun fights. The rampant crime has made travel dangerous for Americans.
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Fox 32 reports, “U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery in various Mexican States,” the State department travel warning stated.
The warning, which replaces one issued last April, specifically cautions travelers of the dangers in 14 of Mexico’s 31 states, including the popular spring break destinations of Baja California Sur, Guerrero and Nayarit.
“The state of Guerrero was the most violent state in Mexico in 2015 for the third year in a row, and self-defense groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero,” the warning says of the state that is home to the popular beachside city of Acapulco. “Armed members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and, although not considered hostile to foreigners or tourists, are suspicious of outsiders and should be considered volatile and unpredictable.”
Acapulco has taken over from the northern border city of Ciudad Juárez to become one of the centers of Mexico’s bloody drug war. The city suffers from being a strategically located drug trafficking hub on Guerrero’s Pacific coastal highway, while mass tourism simultaneously provides gangs with a profitable local market for drugs.
Read the full warning here.
Wow. Did your spring break plans include Mexico? Are you willing to risk it all and travel there to party?
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