Labor trafficking by Mexico Drug Cartels

An estimated 55,000 people in Mexico are forced to work for the drug trafficking organizations against their will, according to a report by a Mexico news site.

The people involved in the forced labor include children who sell drugs on street corners and immigrants who are threatened with death and ordered to carry illicit drugs across the border in to the United States.

In addition, 36 engineers are reportedly being held by the cartels and ordered to create a private cellphone network.

Source:  Manuel Rueda, “Mexican Cartels Have Enslaved at Least 55,000 People, Investigation Claims,” ABC News Univision, October 31, 2012.