A Special Agent for ICE Homeland Security Investigation reported to the media that Mexican Drug Cartels are recruiting teenagers to smuggle drugs into the United States from Mexico.
The cartels recruit both American and Mexican children from malls, outside schools and through social media. Some have been as young as 12.
The children tape up to six kilograms to their body underneath their clothing, and they are able to make on average between $75 to $300 per trip across the border.
Source: Tony Shin and Monica Garske, “Teen Recruits Smuggling Drugs Across Border: Feds,” NBC7 San Diego, November 16, 2012.