Reuters reports on the latest trend:
E-coyotes: The Central American people smugglers who ‘Like’ Facebook
“Pollo”, or Chicken, a Guatemalan smuggler who is also a butcher, uses Facebook on his smartphone to monitor where his customers are on the route between Guatemala and San Diego, California.
Few migrants travel with smartphones, and there are only 4.2 million users in Central America out of about 40 million people, according to consultancy International Data Corporation. As such, Pollo urges customers to drop into internet cafes along the route to let their families know they are alright.
“It’s indispensable to maintain communication,” he said, adding that he uses a GPS phone app, which enables him to monitor the location of his helpers via their mobile phones as they move his customers around.
To be sure, internet penetration is low in Central America, with an average of nearly 20 percent of the population linked up in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, according to one estimate. But those who use the Internet to plan trips north, provide valuable feedback for would-be migrants on coyotes.
In addition to smart phones, some coyotes can get U.S.M.C. uniforms: 13 Illegal Immigrants Arrested in California Wearing U.S. Marine Uniforms. Question: How did the coyotes get access to the uniforms?
Meanwhile, today is day #128 of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi imprisonment in Mexico.
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