Feb 7 2013, 1:27pm CST | by Jeffrey B. Roth
Authorities in the resort town are investigating the rape of six female Spanish tourists by a group of masked gunmen. The women were on vacation in Pacific coast resort, once known as a popular destination for American college students going on spring break vacations.
Its popularity has waned over the years due to drug violence, while Cancun and Los Cabos have continued to draw more tourists. The assault occurred when a gang of masked men wielding weapons, broke into a beachfront home, just before dawn, on Monday. The six men who were sharing the residence with the six women, were bound, and then the women were raped. A Mexican woman was reportedly unharmed during the incident.
A spokesperson for Travel Leaders, a travel organization, said Acapulco is no longer one of the top Mexican tourist destinations. In fact, in a survey of 1,000 travel business leaders, not one of them chose Acapulco as a top tourist destination.
While the city may no longer be a choice international destination, it remains popular with Mexicans and Spanish citizens, who live in Mexico, as was the case with the rape victims. About 50,000 Spaniards visit Mexico annually, but most travel to destinations on the Caribbean.
While unconfirmed, sources hinted that the attack may have been drug-related.
Jeffrey B. Roth
A multi-award winning writer, Jeffrey B. Roth is a well-known investigative reporter, who covers crime, law, politics, sciences, business, medicine, education, history and a wide range of other topics. In 2010, Roth won first place for a new series in the Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. A published short story writer and poet, Roth is listed in the Locus Index of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors. Currently, Roth writes for CBS Philadelphia, CBS Baltimore, the Philadelphia Examiner and regional publications, including Carroll Magazine, Carroll Business Quarterly and Hagerstown Magazine to name a few. In the past, Roth, a former crisis intervention counselor and teacher, has written for numerous Pennsylvania newspapers, state and national magazines and the Associated Press. He lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, west of Gettysburg, Pa.
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