Archbishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon has rejected re-zoning proposals that would allow casinos to be built in the Mexican city. He charged that such places promote addiction, drug trafficking and prostitution.
During a press conference on Oct. 25, the archbishop said casinos are always linked to “easy money, to the presence of drug trafficking, prostitution, money laundering and the fostering of addictions.”
He noted that games of chance can lead to psychological problems and added that compulsive gambling leads to family conflicts.
“It’s hard to imagine that these evils could be prevented with the new zoning laws. We can only conclude that the laws would be taken advantage of to legitimize or expand the presence of casinos,” he said.