(PresidentialWire.com)- A motel in Cancun was raided by Mexican state authorities last week for being used for the sex trafficking of underage girls.
According to the Quintana Roo Attorney General’s Office, four adult suspects were arrested and one underage girl allegedly being forced into sex trafficking was rescued at the Sexto Sentido Motel in SM 63. After their arrest, authorities also shut down the motel, which is a short distance from the main tourist district, alleging that the business was complicit in the crime.
Three recent armed in Cancun reveal a new turf war involving Mexican gangs, Russians, and local politicians, as gangs vie for control of the drug and sex trafficking trade in the region.
In late October, an attack inside a bar in the city of Tulum killed two foreign tourists including Anjali Ryot, a US-based travel influencer.
During the first days of November, tourists visiting Puerto Morelos were locked down in their hotels after gunmen opened fire on a beach and pursued a target into a nearby resort. Two people were killed in the shootout.
On the morning of December 7, three men on jet skis stormed a Cancun beach and clashed with rivals. The shootout took place in the middle of the day in Playa Tortuga, with the gunmen firing at least twenty shots, but no one was injured.
Both Mexican military and police launched a large-scale manhunt to find the gunmen, but they got away clean. Authorities only found the three abandoned jet skis.
Tulum alone had 65 homicides between January and September of this year, an 80.5 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
There are currently six gangs affiliated with major Mexican drug cartels operating in the Cancun region. These gangs are involved in drug dealing and trafficking, extortion, human trafficking, and money laundering.
Two weeks ago, Mexico deployed 1,500 National Guard troops to Quintana Roo to patrol tourist beaches.