"Illegal sites take advantage of gaps in the current legislation to the detriment of players, who do not have guarantees on whether they will receive the money they win," this is the reason behind the proposal brought forward by Ulises Murguía Soto, a member of the Mexican lower house, the Chamber of Deputies.
Murguía Soto seeks to amend section 4 of the federal gambling law so as to empower the Mexican Secretariat for Home Affairs (Segob in Spanish) to award online gaming licenses. Potential operators would have to apply for a permit to open their sites.
The lawmaker explained that the lack of regulation prevents the government from applying adequate safeguards to guarantee that players are of age and, thus, protect children and teenagers. He also said this vertical has been growing increasingly within the last five years and there are currently more unauthorized sites than operators that hold the relevant government permits.