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Human Smuggling from Asia to Latin America On Rise

Authorities dismantled a transnational human smuggling ring that brought migrants from South Asia to Brazil and then transported them all the way to the US-Mexico...
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The US-Mexico Border’s Eastern End: A Forgotten Criminal Enclave?

While Mexico’s drug war has left much of its frontier with the United States threatened by cartel violence, a fine-tuned criminal strategy has allowed the...
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Lack of US Gun Control Provokes Record Bloodshed in Mexico

US firearms have flowed into the hands of corrupt security forces and criminal organizations in Mexico for years, yet the United States is still struggling to stem...
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US Troops Tempted by Fast Money from Migrant Smuggling

The arrest of two US Marines on migrant smuggling charges raises concerns that criminal groups along the US-Mexico border are targeting the country's troops,...
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Migrants Easy Prey Under US ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program

A new set of migrant protocols implemented in the United States is requiring asylum seekers to wait out their court proceedings in various border towns in Mexico,...
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Mexico Police Collude With Criminals to Kidnap, Extort Migrant

The recent kidnapping and sexual assault of a Honduran migrant woman sent from the United States to Mexico underscores the extreme...
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Mexico’s Narcocorridos: A Case of Misunderstanding?

Outrage spread like wildfire across social media last year when video surfaced of a 15-year-old girl from central Mexico dancing to a...
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Mexican Officials Extort Asylum Seekers on Way to USA

Fresh reports that Mexican immigration officials extort asylum seekers at the US border adds to scores of stories of abuse at the hands of crime groups,...
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US Mailing System Key to Future Fentanyl Trafficking Prevention

Authorities in the United States and Mexico are working together to combat criminal groups capitalizing on growing demand for the deadly and highly lucrative...
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Sinaloa Cartel Places Unwanted Surprise Inside New Ford Cars

Authorities say the Sinaloa Cartel hid a haul of 180 kilograms of methamphetamine inside the spare tires of new cars sent from Mexico to Canada, showcasing the...
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The Fentanyl Trade Through Mexico, Explained in 8 Graphs

Fentanyl use is booming in the United States. With support from the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, InSight Crime...
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US Jury Finds El Chapo Guilty, But Mexico Drug War Wages On

A US jury has found former Sinaloa Cartel kingpin “El Chapo” Guzmán guilty of heading a massive, murderous drug trafficking organization. The landmark...