Number of Mexican Children Working in Illegal Drug Trade

in Substance Abuse, Transnational Crime

An alliance of civic and social organizations reported that at least 30,000 children are involved in some way in organized crime activities with the drug trafficking cartels in Mexico.

For example, a 13 year old girl was reportedly paid around $800 a month for being a look-out for the Zetas cartel.

Between December 2006 and December 2011, at least 1,188 children have been killed due to violence surrounding the drug trafficking industry.

Source: Tania L. Montavio, “Children in Mexico: Criminals or victims?,” CNN, January 17, 2012.

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