How children become "cannon fodder" for Mexican drug cartels

Wired's Danger Room blog points to this new report [PDF] by the NGO International Crisis Group, which details how Mexican drug cartels recruit and coerce kids as young as 11 years old to kill. Narcos “have recruited thousands of street gang members, school drop-outs and unskilled workers” over the last decade, and the report claims “cartel bosses will treat the young killers as cannon fodder, throwing them into suicidal attacks on security forces.” []


  1. No comments in two days, which is just as well.  This is just… well there are no words.

    But I can say that education in Mexico has been festering for some time now, since 1994 under the corrupt watch of National Education Worker’s Union overlord Esther Gordillo, an Imelda Marcos type figure that traveled in private jets for Hermes and Chanel shopping sprees.

    An “untouchable” finally arrested for embezzlement this year under new Mexican president Enrique Peña, she is as symptomatic as the drug cartels of the climate that creates this sort unfolding societal tragedy.  When children fell through the cracks, she made the fucking cracks bigger.

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