Five women brutally murdered in Mexico beach resort

MEXICO CITY Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:31pm EDT

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Five women, all apparently connected to a beauty parlor, were found brutally murdered in the Mexican beach resort of Acapulco on Saturday morning, state police said.

The semi-naked and bound bodies of two women and a 14-year-old girl were discovered in the salon in the early hours of Saturday morning. All three had their throats slashed.

Police later found the corpses of another two women with cut throats dumped in the streets. Mexican media said both victims worked at the beauty parlor. No motive was given for the killings.

Acapulco, famed in the 1960s as a glamorous haunt for Hollywood stars, has been convulsed by drug violence in recent months as powerful cartels battle for smuggling routes, prompting the United States to warn tourists against visiting the downtown center of the resort.

Mexican officials have been anxious to downplay the impact of the violence on tourism, one of the country's main foreign exchange earners, pointing out that the number of visitors arriving in Mexico has continued to rise in recent years.

Spreading drug violence that killed more than 15,000 people last year has prompted foreign governments to issue a number of travel warnings for parts of Mexico.

(Reporting by Robert Campbell and Tomas Sarmiento)

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Comments (39)
roaeja1002 wrote:
We could stop these senseless killings if people would just say ‘NO’ to drugs. Their
blood is on our hand’s. Drugs would become worthless, if people would adopt a
no drug policy and the drug cartels would die off. We are indeed our own worst
enemy and people are dying because some use drugs. That do absolutely nothing
to enhance life, but only cause misery to others. I imagine it is just a matter of
time before the drug cartels start killing retired Americans living in Mexico or
blackmail them to take their money. Mexico doesn’t look so bright now, does it?

Apr 23, 2011 5:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
txgadfly wrote:
It would also stop if recreational drugs were legalized. That would certainly stop the violence by dropping the price of drugs to that of aspirin. No money, no gangs. That would happen, though now for the past 100 years of the total failure of substance prohibition in the USA we clearly see that prohibition simply does not work. A century of failure and still people insist that it is a good idea.

The blood of those victims is on the hands of prohibitionists, not drug users. Accept the destruction, death and degradation your failed policies have caused.

Apr 23, 2011 7:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Yodel wrote:
@roaeja1002 You are just plain wrong. Prohibition gave rise to organized crime in the US in the first place. Making something illegal just takes the money that is made from that substance and puts it underground into the hands of criminals. If drugs were legal then the companies that sold them would be monitored by whatever government they were under….It would be pretty hard for them to kill each other then…

Apr 23, 2011 8:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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