Foreign escort found lying in a pool of blood after being shot dead inside a motel in a busy tourist destination
Mayerlin Luisiana Maria Padilla Pinango, a Venezuelan escort was found dead and lying in a pool of blood inside at a drive-through sex motel in Cancun. As reported by Daily Mail, according to the Quintana Roo prosecutor’s office, the emergency officers received a 911 call at approximately 8 p.m. local time. In the call, the speaker stated that Mayerlin had died of multiple gunshot wounds. Upon arriving, the authorities found four bullet casings near a flight of stairs where she was laying down sideways at the Bombay motel. The motel is located at a residential area and charges around a rate of $24 to $45 for an eight-hour stay in three of its rooms. A full day reservation is estimated to cost between $75 and $136 according to the tabloid.
Mayerlin reportedly left her native land seeking better working and living conditions as she was unhappy under President Nicolas Maduro’s regime. She landed up at the hotel on Tuesday (July 24) along with an unidentified man who later was missing from the scene. Her death adds to the list of nearly six other murders like Mayerlin that have been reported since last year. Six sex workers have been killed since last year out of which four had been natives of South America.
The tabloid reports that in February, Kenny Finol, 26, who had also emigrated from Venezuela and worked as an escort as well was found dead in Mexico City. This recent death also adds to the other 100 deaths that have already been reported in Cancun. Despite this, the arrival of tourists to the city remains unaffected.
Meanwhile, in two separate incidents that took place on the night of July 19, armed thugs killed eight people, while one person resulted injured. Then another incident saw 15 gunmen involved in a shootout that left at least six dead and four injured. The incident took place on the same night when Mayerlin was found dead. At the same time, on Friday night (July 27), a firefight at a restaurant left six dead, including two officers.
This is not the first time that so many deaths have been reported in a short period of time. According to the New York Post, 14 murders were reported in a span of 36 hours in Cancun. The incident took place on April 4 which saw 14 people killed and at least five others left with gunshot wounds in six separate instance in the town. To make matters worse, most of the murders that have reported since the beginning of 2018 are still unsolved.
What's even more disturbing is that Cancun is meant to be one of the safer places in the area and is quite the tourist hotspot. However, British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who visited the city was shocked with the lack of police and security on the road knowing the number of crimes that take place in the city. "It’s as if the police don’t want anyone to notice. There’s minimum fuss and hardly any officers here,” he said.