THE Mexican tourist hotspot of Cancun is in the grips of a violent and growing crime wave that threatens to leave it a ghost town.
Violence has escalated to such an extent that the murder rate has doubled in the past year - with 169 killings recorded in the first half of last year alone.
Amid a thriving drug trade and widespread extortion, fear is rampant and most of the murders go unsolved, reports news.com.
Now, the situation is so dire that its multi-billion dollar tourism industry is under threat.
British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy travelled to Mexico for SBS’s Dateline to investigate why so many murders are taking place.
“This is one of the most beautiful views in the world and we are the only people here,” Guru-Murthy said from Cancun’s main beach.
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