(Fox News) The warning comes as students are finishing up midterm exams and heading out in search of warmer climes, salty margaritas and wild parties. But Mexico, once among the most popular spring break destinations, is plagued with endemic levels of violence, according to the government.
“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 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. It is also unfortunate to be the largest city in Guerrero state, Mexico’s prime location for opium production and one of the most violent regions in the country, notorious for the disappearance of 43 students in 2014 and a seemingly incessant wave of violence and social unrest.
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There are other and better places for your youngsters to go, drink, fornicate and swap STD’s during spring break. Make safer suggestions. Supply standard and oral condoms.
There are US based people (mostly former special forces types) who rescue captive party teens. It’s a very expensive thing (the value of your house if you’ve live in an expensive area and own it outright), there is no guarantee of your loved one coming back in one piece (physically or emotionally), but it’s a living for people like the narcos and for the people who pull children back from hell. If you don’t have the money to pay for the service, throw yourselves on the mercy of the Mexican police, who specialize in pay-to-play…or don’t send your children in the first place.