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Dateline: Mexico's Beach Wars
Mexico's Beach Wars
SBS  |  March 13, 2018
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Every year hundreds of thousands of tourists travel to the white sand and aqua blue water of Cancun - but with increasing gang violence scaring locals and tourists alike, will people stop going? Acapulco, once one of the most glamourous places in the world, is now the murder capital of Mexico. The city is so dangerous that troops patrol the streets and beaches. Extortion and murder are rife and many businesses have been forced to close. The gang-related issues facing Acapulco are now moving to Cancun - one of Mexico's main tourist destinations, known for its white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Cancun is in the state of Quintana Roo, where there were 169 killings in the first half of 2017, more than double the previous year's figure. Dateline discovers the impact this has had on both the local area and Mexico's billion-dollar tourism industry.

Every year hundreds of thousands of tourists travel to the white sand and aqua blue water of Cancun - but with increasing gang violence scaring locals and tourists alike, will people stop going? Acapulco, once one of the most glamourous places in the world, is now the murder capital of Mexico. The city is so dangerous that troops patrol the streets and beaches. Extortion and murder are rife and many businesses have been forced to close. The gang-related issues facing Acapulco are now moving to Cancun - one of Mexico's main tourist destinations, known for its white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Cancun is in the state of Quintana Roo, where there were 169 killings in the first half of 2017, more than double the previous year's figure. Dateline discovers the impact this has had on both the local area and Mexico's billion-dollar tourism industry.

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