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Mexican tourism has suffered lately from the country’s growing reputation for violence. Drug-gang wars, kidnappings and random beheadings have created a persistent public relations problem. The southwestern state of Guerrero, which includes tourism-dependent Acapulco, has a solution: sexy cops. Secretary of Public Safety Ramón Almonte Borja put out a job notice recently looking for “Women ages 18-26, who are at least 5-foot-5 and whose weight is proportional to that height” with good physical and mental health. Knowledge of English is a plus.” He is seeking to fill 120 positions for unarmed public safety officers who will serve more as tour guides than seductive SWAT teams. “The idea is to have a police force comprised of only women, preferably beautiful ones,” Mr. Borja said. He imagines a force wearing “a gorgeous uniform that can distinguish us like the police in London, for example, so that Acapulco can have an additional visual attraction to what we already have.” Feminist groups are understandably upset by Mr. Borja’s shameless appeal to sex, and this plan would more properly fall under the rubric of promoting tourism rather than law enforcement. And if it comes down to a contest between violent drug gangs with semi-automatic weapons and young women armed only with a smile, don’t bet on the cops. Those “gorgeous uniforms” better be bullet proof.


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James S. Robbins

James S. Robbins, Ph.D., former Senior Editorial Writer for Foreign Affairs, was formerly professor of international relations at the National Defense University, associate professor of international relations at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College and special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense under Donald Rumsfeld. Dr. Robbins is author of the recently released "This Time ...

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