Human trafficking networks have been bugging their services on Facebook to ensure illegal entry into America for Central American migrants, including unaccompanied children.
The smugglers, NBC News reported, are asking $ 8,000 for the “100 percent” safe journey, including a dangerous passage through the US-Mexico border that has killed many.
The messages deleted since then were posted on public Facebook pages, some of which were mentioned “Migrants from Various Countries in Mexico” and “Migrants in Mexico-US Border Awaiting Hearing.”
A message in Spanish promised migrants access to ‘travel to Mexico to the United States’. Costs $ 8,000. 100 percent safe. ‘
Read another, ‘Traverse Matamoros. You walk for an hour, then in the car, until you arrive at your relative. ‘
US Customs and Border Protection agents detained six migrants from Mexico in Yuma, Arizona last Tuesday after being abandoned by their driver, a United States citizen, when the vehicle they were traveling in was stopped at a checkpoint. NBC News found human traffickers are using Facebook to promote illegal crossings to Central Americans and guarantee passage across the Mexico-United States border for $ 8,000
Unaccompanied migrant children watch television in a US Customs and Border Protection facility in Donna, Texas. Facebook posts seen by NBC News on public pages used by people smugglers granting illegal entry into the United States warned parents not to cross the U.S.-Mexico border when traveling with children
A group of migrants arrive in the United States on the coast of the Rio Grande in Texas after crossing from Mexico on a raft operated by smugglers last Tuesday.
The smugglers updated the Facebook pages throughout the day with various messages.
Meanwhile, Central Americans fleeing their homeland due to poverty and violence sought additional information in the pages on how to reach the US, ignoring President Joe Biden’s government warnings that they would be rejected.
An alleged smuggler, or ‘coyote’ as they are known to migrants, used a photo of a family sitting in what appeared to be an airplane, making crossing over land or water the only way to enter the United States .
‘Make your dream come true in the United States. We are here to help you, ‘the person wrote. “The journey is safe and reliable and the cost is $ 4,500 and departs from Monterrey to San Antonio, Texas.”
NBC News found that the smugglers also advertised prices and contact methods on the pages.
‘It’s finished. 3,000 to get to the line / 6,000 to jump to your destination. Whichever state. Pay when your relatives receive you, ”one of the migrant smugglers wrote.
Social media networks, for example Facebook, have also been used in the past to promote the caravans of migrants who have left Honduras.
Pictured are six of the 31 undocumented immigrants from Guatemala, Mexico and El Salvador found by CBP agents and local police in three warehouses in Laredo, Texas last Monday.
At least 52 undocumented immigrants were found in a tractor trailer at a checkpoint east of Victoria, Texas on Tuesday, CBP said.
A minor walks over other children housed in a women’s pod at an unaccompanied child shelter run by CBP in Donna, Texas
A Facebook spokesperson told NBC News that the site does not allow pages promoting exploitation and human trafficking. All pages viewed by NBC News have been closed.
In March, the House Energy and Commerce Committee took Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, to account for the promotion of human trafficking on the platform and the growing lies smugglers passed on to migrants.
“ I’m talking about coyotes using your platform to spread this kind of information to help with this illegal activity that results in terrible conditions for these people trying to cross the border, ” said Buddy Carter, a Republican congressman in Georgia. . R-Ga said.
Zuckerberg told de Carter that Facebook was actively finding ways to prevent smugglers from offering their services over the network.
A post on one of the pages highlighted the ongoing crisis of unaccompanied migrant children befitting the Biden government.
“Excuse me, does anyone know if they let (people) with children cross the bridge?” one person asked on March 24.
“Only if they go in alone,” read one of the responses, while another said, “they don’t let minors pass by with parents.”
Data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows that 100,441 undocumented immigrants were found at the border in February, the highest number since June 2019, when the agency reported 104,311 encounters.