Slayings of tourists and Colombian women expose the dark side of Medellin’s tourism boom

February 23, 2024

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — The lush valley enveloping Medellin was once the heart of a brutal war involving the Colombian government, drug cartels and a smattering of other armed groups. After meeting the woman, Xiong was kidnapped on Dec. 10, tortured, beaten and robbed. A hotel worker displays a sign that says in Spanish “No to pornographic exploitation and sex tourism” in Medellin, Colombia, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024. A couple strolls past the Coyote nightclub in Lleras Park in Medellin, Colombia, Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. A tourist rides a bungee jump in the Comuna 13 neighborhood of Medellin, Colombia, Friday, Feb. 2, 2024.