Mexico: Acapulco's Other Side

To the outside world, Acapulco is a swingers' paradise filled with sunshine and golden people. Splashy new hotels and motels are sprouting up like beach umbrellas; old ones like Las Brisas, which includes a private pool and candy-striped Jeep with every bungalow, are adding new space. All over town, from the Tequila a Go-Go to the Paradiso, night life is a throbbing pandemonium. But there is another side to Aca pulco that the gay, sunny travel posters ignore: the resort city is one of Mexico's worst centers of crime.

Acapulco has spawned a...

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