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Tragedy in San Antonio: “The traffickers know that the probability that the trucks will be inspected is very low”

  • Darius Brooks
  • BBC News World

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On the US-Mexico border, each migrant has a price for smugglers.

Those with fewer resources are the ones forced to take a riskier journey, such as boarding cargo trucks to travel hundreds of miles in inhuman conditions.

Tragically, on some occasions that type of trip – of several hours, no space, ventilation o agua– leads them to death, as happened this Monday near San Antonio, Texas, where more than 50 migrants died in the box of a trailer.

“There is a whole chain in the dynamics and economics of migrant smuggling. People who travel this way [en camiones] it is the one that is paying the least amount demanded by the traffickers,” Gabriella Sánchez, a researcher of the phenomenon of people smuggling on the border and an academic at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, explains to BBC Mundo.

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