Six tourists have been raped in the famous Mexican tourist resort of Acapulco by an armed gang who broke into their rented beach bungalow as they slept. Five masked men attacked the Spanish women after tying up their partners with telephone cords and the elastic from their bikinis.
The rapists spared a Mexican woman who was staying with the group.
Police escort a van carrying the 12 Spanish tourists from the Office of Justice. Six Spanish women were raped in their rented bungalow in Acapulco, while their six companions were tied up with cord and swimwear elastic.
Acapulco's mayor Luis Walton condemned the crime and promised to catch those responsible. The incident happened in the early hours of Monday morning at Playa Bonfil just south of the city centre. The gang fled afterwards with their victims' valuables including cash, credit cards and mobile phones. The women, aged between 30 and 32, were last night receiving counselling. Acapulco is one of Mexico's oldest beach resorts and attracted a lot of Hollywood stars.
Acapulco is one of Mexico's oldest and most famous beach resorts but has declined in popularity in recent years over safety concerns. Packed crowds have gathered on its cliff tops since the 1930s to watch professional divers plunge 130ft into the shallow waters of the Pacific. Its reputation has been tarnished in recent years by the rival drugs cartels that have turned part of the city into no-go areas, although thousands of American teenagers still travel there for spring breaks every year. Two Mexican tourists were injured on Saturday after trying to drive through a roadblock set up by locals who have formed self-defence groups to combat the drug-related violence.