Thursday, May 22, 2008

Human-smugglers are well-organized, work closely with drug cartels

Human smuggling organization have built sophisticated criminal enterprises generating an estimated $2.5 billion per year, counting just their operations in Arizona. Working with Mexican drug cartels, the human-smugglers have established networks of drivers, warehouse operators, distribution specialists and enforcers to move their cargo.

The smugglers call the illegal immigrants pollos — chickens — reflecting the low value they place on their human cargo.

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard has said "These people are well-organized, very well-armed, and apparently will stop at nothing to maximize their profit from human beings, including severe brutality and murder. It makes the drug business look almost good by comparison."

Human-smuggling rings are organized like traditional Mexican drug cartels, with the top bosses based in Mexico, operating openly, relatively safe from American police and prosecutors. The smugglers likely pay some percentage of their earnings as tribute to the drug cartels in return for being allowed to use smuggling routes controlled by the drug traffickers.

1 comment:

  1. This is another reason not to let them in. Here we are fighting to keep drugs under control and the goverment is letting illegals come in and smuggle illegal drugs in with them.Kind of defeats the purpose don't you think?


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