In its latest warning, the Department of State urges Americans to take precaution when traveling to Mexico. The travel advisory, issued Feb. 8, is the strongest statement from the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Americans, many of them young Spring Breakers, heading to the warm beaches of the country’s southern neighbor.
“The Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter (Transnational Criminal Organizations) which engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico,” the announcement reads. “The TCOs themselves are engaged in a violent struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other criminal activity.”
If traveling south of the border, the Department of State recommends the safer major tourist destinations, rather than the areas along major trafficking routes. The statistics show that Americans have been killed and kidnapped, in addition to becoming the victims of carjacking and highway robberies.