Drug Cartels And Violence Essay

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How would you feel if the only thing that you knew was violence, and drugs? For many children this is not a hypothetical question. There are children in Mexico that live this way. Some willingly join drug cartels. These children lose their education in order to make money, and because they do not know the true danger that they are getting themselves into by working for the cartels. Should children be fighting, and working for the cartels? These questions have different answers depending on which side is answering the question. To every story there is two sides, two different points of view.
What kind of violence are the cartels participating in? That is not a hard question to answer for the cartels have brought violence, and disorder to most if not all of Mexico. In one part of Mexico, called Chihuahua, there has been all of kinds of violence. An example of this comes from a resident of Chihuahua. Luis said that “there has been every kind of violence, there have been executions, shootings, levantones (kidnapping without calling for money or without a reason), extortions if they don't pay them they can burn their business, kidnap their family members or kill them (Rocha).” The cartels have gained too much power, and now people live in fear of being the next target. All though they are bringing in all of this violence some of the cartels are not bad.
Why are kids willing to join the cartels? There are many reasons for kids to join some of the reasons are as followed. “First, the children are enticed or manipulated into joining the cartels (Beckhusen).” Next, “most of the kids look to these sicarios (hired people to kill the competitors), and narcos (drug dealers) like they are great people. For example they make a lot of money, have big houses, and have models as wife’s (Rocha).” Last, it is a way to make “quick money” even though it is not fast money it is dangerous, and does not pay well. With these appealing to children some are willing to just join the cartel, and are happy with the money, and the excitement that it brings them.
A specific story of one boy who was working for a cartel. “This young boy, named Luis Alberto, never met his father, and worked for a gang to sell drugs. Sadly he became addicted to them, and checked himself into a rehab center (Gordts).” This young boy lived a life that people in more civilized countries would not put up with. His story continues, “Luis Alberto is just one of many people being used as "mules" to transport drugs across the border into the U.S. (Gordts).” Mules are people that can be American or Mexican citizens that have drugs taped to their bodies to get them past the border. Although it is mostly males that are used as mules, cartels are now starting to use females as well.
Some of the jobs that the cartels give the kids that join are to sell drugs, fight, and transport drugs. However the one that stands out is that “the cartels use kids to track down people they want to assassinate (Booth).”...

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