Citizen security: Argentina faces wave of international organised crime

Money laundering the proceeds of crime (photo:dpa)
Money laundering the proceeds of crime (photo:dpa)

Argentina is facing a growing crime wave. Organised international syndicates are using its porous borders for drug and people trafficking and money laundering. But the government’s initiatives are in response to international pressure and lack strategy and resource.

VERY young children from Argentina’s poorest neighbourhoods are being used as messengers to distribute illegal drugs made in their communities.

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The drug they move is called Paco - manufactured from leftovers after making cocaine - it is considered highly addictive and extremely dangerous. The youngsters are paid by being given the drug themselves.

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