Migrant Boom Provides Opportunities For Colombia’s Criminal Groups

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  (TODAY COLOMBIA) A large influx of migrants from the Caribbean and other regions landing in Colombia has provided the country’s criminal groups with a ready-made opportunity to ramp up human smuggling operations. Migrants desperate to leave Cuba, where the average monthly salary is a paltry $17, have essentially two options, both of More...

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