A Central American human smuggler spoke exclusively and anonymously to investigative journalist Sara Carter about his illicit trade and the true state of the U.S.-Mexico border, which he suggested is controlled by Mexican cartels and not either government at this point.
Carter told Fox News the trafficker voluntarily agreed to the interview in part because even with his role in the open border crisis, he is uncomfortable with the plight of foreign children being smuggled into the United States.
“I am the guy who takes people to the U.S. – immigrants, to be exact,” the man told Carter.
“I like to take the risk of doing it, and I knew that people would get a lot of money out of it.”
The unidentified criminal organization he works for has a pipeline of sorts from El Salvador to the United States, he said, adding it becomes more dangerous when the Mexican cartels get involved farther up the line.
“It’s more risky because once we get to the cartels, they are asking for children, for them to traffic with drugs and everything. So it’s definitely more risky,” he said.
The smuggler said it is “horrific” to see children who get murdered by cartels at times while human cargo in their mass trafficking operations, adding it “really scares them to just see the reality that they can go through.”
When asked whether one political leader or an “all-out-war” would be needed to loosen the grip the cartels have on the United States border under the Biden administration, the smuggler replied: “there’s no way back.”
“They already have so much power. The cartels that he thinks that it’s too late to stop them,” he said.
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The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.
The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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