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Cancun youths being recruited by organized crime members

Cancun, Quintana Roo — The number of executions in Cancún rose to 158 already this year, a historic figure for the tourist destination. The increase in crime has not only increased the rate of executions in general, but also with a new twist. Reports show that about 20 percent of the crimes are being committed by and against young people including minors.

For every 10 executed in Cancun, two are young people between 16 and 20 years of age. A majority of the crimes occurred during the month of September, one or which included an 8-month-old baby who was the nephew of a couple who were killed in the parking lot of the Grand Plaza shopping center in central Cancun.

According to the Attorney General’s Office (FGJ), this increase in the number of young people executed is due to the fact that they are recruited by organized crime to distribute drugs in the most marginalized regions of Cancun and the Cancun Hotel Zone.

Minors or young people aged 18 to 20 years are “son la carne de cañón” of criminal groups, a police official said,  choosing to remain anonymous. “They pay them a good percentage of what they sell or for every delivery they make, which in another job is money that they would not earn. That generates work for them regardless of whether their lives are at risk,” he says.

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