The War On Drugs Latin America

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The war on drugs in Latin America is no longer just about drugs. Now women cannot live in prosperity due to the current situation that has become a lifestyle in Latin America. Everyday women are picked off of the streets by these criminals. Most if not all of those women will never see their families again. They become property of the drug cartels and victims of violent gangs. The most famous gangs in Latin America are the Mara Salvatruchas 13, and Calle 18, which means 18th Street. While the most prominent drug cartels are Los Zetas, which started off as hit men, The Gulf Cartel, The Knights Templar, Jalisco New Generation Cartel, and the Sinaloa cartel. The position of women in Latin America has no true value due to the strong cultural…show more content…
Criminologist Israel Ticas, who digs up clandestine graves for the Attorney General 's Office, says more than half of the 90 sites he has excavated in the last 12 years contained the remains of murdered women and girls ("El Salvador Gangs ' Brutal Sexual Violence against Girls, Women"). The drug cartels on the other hand will not follow the example of the gangs and rape to kill. As a consequence, the drug cartels took advantage of the Latin American women and created a new form of human trafficking. Trafficking is all acts involved in the recruitment, abduction, transport, harboring, transfer, sale or receipt of persons; within national or across international borders; through force, coercion, fraud or deception (Richard). Placing people in situations much like those of slavery and forcing them into prostitution, sexual services and sweatshop like labor, is what most cartels will do with their victims. Latin America has become the heart of human trafficking in Latin America (Ribando Seelke). In most cases women are asked to be drug mules. Drug mules often smuggle drugs across the US border or to other countries by hiding the drugs inside of their bodies. The drugs are packed into small capsules that contain small proportions of pure cocaine which are wrapped in latex condoms. If for some reason the person carrying the drugs inside of them is allergic to latex, the package is likely to burst causing the almost immediate death of the mule. Other
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