Smuggling Human Beings Now More Profitable than Smuggling Drugs
Smuggling human beings has become a more profitable commodity than smuggling drugs. Just one person can command a profit of up to $100,000 for human smugglers, according to one criminologist in the Caribbean. That “premium package” could get the migrant a new identity, foreign passport, legitimate documents, and a plane ticket to the US.
According to criminologist Daurius Figueira in the island nation of Trinidad & Tobago, the smuggling of human cargo has higher profits and lower risks than smuggling drugs. He told The Guardian:
“Just as the Mexican cartels are now dominating the drug trade in the Caribbean, they have now introduced a new dimension to human smuggling in the Caribbean by ‘coyotes’ or human smugglers. Trinidad & Tobago is a major transshipment point. The majority of people entering the Caribbean are moving to enter US territory. They are more valuable than carrying drugs; you make more money per head. It depends on what package they buy ranging from US$35,000, $50,000 to the US$100,000 ‘premium.’ If you go for anything cheaper than that it means you will end up getting abused.”