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Fun, Sun and Guns - Drug Wars in Mexico’s Vacation Paradise

A drug war is raging at a popular Mexican vacation destination. Los Cabos, on southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, attracts American multimillionaires and Mexican drug dealers alike.

Now the region is trying to combat cartel violence.

Los Cabos regularly tops the list of the world’s most dangerous cities. Criminal gangs operate here, and people often disappear without a trace. Yet the rich and famous, and tourists on package holidays, party like there’s no tomorrow. In Cabo San Lucas, or Cabo for short, they relax and unwind without a care in the world, far removed from the problems and violence affecting the poorer neighborhoods.

Los Cabos is also a strategic spot for the continent’s drug cartels, forming a bridge between place of production and the key American market. Organized crime syndicates, like the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, are increasingly exploiting the peninsula’s location on the Gulf of California. That’s a disaster for the local economy, which has become increasingly reliant on tourism.

Join us for fascinating insights into Cabo’s growing divide: between luxury and pleasure on the one hand, and violent crime and poverty on the other.

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