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So the Canadian media continues to plug away with little tidbits on the issue of police corruption and hassling of tourists in Baja.

A couple of months ago I wrote this blog post about a Canadian reporter who was allegedly shaken down by police officers in Tijuana.

The Canadian Press, a wire service north of the border, had a piece on its website yesterday about how the recent increase of tourist scams and police shakedowns is affecting tourism in northern Baja.

From the wire post:

Assaults on American tourists have brought hard times to hotels and restaurants that dot Mexican beaches just south of the border from San Diego.

Surfers and kayakers are frightened to hit the waters of the northern stretch of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, long popular as a weekend destination for U.S. tourists. Weddings have been cancelled. Lobster joints a few steps from the Pacific were almost empty New Year’s weekend, usually a busy time for tourists.

I particularly liked this part of the post:

The violence has hurt tourism mostly in the north, home to drug gangs and the seedy border city of Tijuana. The comparatively isolated southern tip, home to the tony Los Cabos resort, has remained safer and still popular with Hollywood celebrities, fishermen and other foreign tourists.

Los Cabos? Tony?

WILL CARLESS

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