Drug cartels double down on human trafficking in the face of Trump’s border crackdown

STERLING, VA – FEBRUARY 2: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump, right, speaks as Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security, left, listens while participating in a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) roundtable discussion after touring the CBP National Targeting Center February 2, 2018 in Sterling, Virginia. Trump is looking to ratchet up pressure on lawmakers to consider the immigration proposal he unveiled in Tuesday’s State of the Union using the visit as an opportunity to again argue his proposal would bolster the country’s borders. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Anna Giaritelli, breaking news reporter for the Washington Examiner, joined Jack Armstrong & Joe Getty to share the details of her report regarding the lesser-known benefit human trafficking provides to transnational criminal organizations.

As one would expect, drug smugglers aren’t interested in helping folks improve the quality of their lives by giving them a path to greener pastures within the United States. Their purpose is to make a profit, and their industry is now facing challenges due to the Trump administration’s tougher border policies.

In her research Giaritelli discovered the cartels’ response to a less porous and more secure southern border has been to double down on their human trafficking business as a diversion technique.

Listen to the entire discussion between Giaritelli and the guys below to get a better understanding of the strategy.


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