Cancun seeks to stop police from extorting tourists

Translated by Fulano from an article in

CANCÚN, Faced with the constant extortion by transit police of tourists who visit the Mexican Caribbean, members of the tourist sector held a meeting with members of the tourist police to improve treatment and end the abuses and corruption.

“We have many complaints that the police are extorting the tourists who rent automobiles and other complaints that if a tourist is walking because he is a little drunk coming out of a discotheque, they approach him and take money. We came to some interesting agreements, among others, we are going to place decals on the patrol cars in the tourist zone which say it is not allowed to give money to the police officers and doing so is a crime,” said Sergio González Rubiera, president of the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies.

In this way, he said, it could considerably lower the number of extortions, which reach 2,000 or 3,000 pesos per each case, or the demand US$100 dollars on average and when the tourists do not have the money on them, the accompany them to ATMs to take out the money.

This compliant, he said, has been generally made by the consulates from several countries, which has created some worry among the representatives of the tourist sector, and it appears the tourist police have the will to participate so that this does not occur.