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Illegally smuggling Central American migrants into the United States is an industry that may be worth billions of dollars, according to a study released Monday.
Human smugglers transporting migrants into the U.S. from Central America’s Northern Triangle — Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — brought in an estimated $200 million to $2.3 billion in revenue in 2017, according to the study.
Types - Actors - Organizations - Activities - Revenues
“We learned that human smuggling involves many different types of actors and that we could not credibly distinguish most criminal organizations’ activities and revenues from those of other actors, including ad hoc groups and independent operators, that engage in human smuggling,” RAND economist Victoria Greenfield, the study’s lead author, said in a release.
“Actors that engage in human smuggling range from independent operators, to ad hoc groups, to loose networks, to more-formally structured networks, such as [transnational criminal organizations],” Greenfield added.
Study - Authors - Lack - Structure - Networks
The study’s authors found that the lack of formal structure in human smuggling networks may make it harder to thwart them.
“A key finding of this report is that...
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