The U.S. State Department has officially issued a warning to college students across the country who are about to embark on spring break travels: stay away from Mexico.
Mexico has been known to be a popular spring break destination due to its warm weather, coastal oceans, and notorious margarita drinks. However, gang and criminal-related violence have become rampant in various sectors of the country, ranging from ransom kidnappings to serial murder.
The travel warning from the department reads: “U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery in various Mexican States.”
The department specifically identifies 14 of Mexico’s 31 states as dangerous areas to avoid. Some of these states include popular destinations like Baja California Sur, Guerrero, and Nayarit.
The warning further reads:
“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. 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.”
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Despite the department’s warnings and provided statistical information regarding homicide and kidnapping rates, Mexico’s tourism industry is still thriving. In 2016, Mexico earned a ranking of 9 out of the top ten most-visited places for vacationing, with 11.44 million international tourists visiting the country.
H/T: Fox News
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