To this very day, the use of social media remains common and widespread. Apps like TikTok, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, etc. are available and open to the general public.
Social media comes with some clear upsides, such as the ability for people to keep in touch with loved ones or even promote their businesses.
However, there are two sides to every coin. Social media can also be used by predators and otherwise bad people who are out to hurt others.
This is especially the case when it comes to illegal human smuggling at the US-Mexico border. According to Fox News, the aforementioned social media sites and others are being used by human smugglers who are tricking teens into doing their dirty work.
How Human Smugglers Are Targeting Teenagers
People who are interested in getting illegal immigrants across the southern border are recruiting teens for the job, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Of course, human smugglers aren’t being open and forthcoming about exactly what they’re luring these young people into. Predators of this nature create job ads for driving, along with posting images of cash, in order to entice teenagers.
$100 million *per week* on human smuggling ~ ~ Biden's Open Border Policies lead to a cash boom for cartel smugglers pic.twitter.com/t87dFUACxc
— SgtPepper1964 (@SPepper1964) April 27, 2022
This has gotten to be such a problem that authorities at the southern border arrested a teenager as young as 13 for their role in human smuggling.
It goes without saying that teenagers crossing paths with human smugglers and illegal immigrants is unbelievably dangerous. These young people could be killed, abducted, trafficked, or otherwise harmed.
To make matters even worse, many of the human smugglers using social media to reach teens are also affiliated with gangs and cartels.
More on the Human Smuggling Operation
Teens who are lured into transporting illegal immigrants into the country generally end up taking them to places like San Antonio, Houston, and Austin.
For over one year now, Texas state troopers have been working at the border for security purposes. However, without backing from the federal government, Texas is essentially on its own, barring assistance from other individual states.
Texas Department of Public Safety 🚔tells me human smuggling operations are targeting teens on social media offering fast cash. We’re at live at the southern border ⬇️@FoxNewsMMR @fox5dc @KTVU @FOX26Houston @FOX13News @fox6now @fox7austin @FOX10Phoenix pic.twitter.com/1ahFxCWWqN
— Mills Hayes (@MillsHayesTV) April 29, 2022
Human smuggling is a serious crime that carries real consequences.
It is for this reason that the Texas Department of Public Safety is saying teens need to be made aware of social media schemes to draw them into human smuggling operations.
Parents can also help on this front by making sure they’re monitoring their kids’ online activities. These days, one can never be too careful when it comes to ensuring that everything is above board.
What do you think about the human smuggling operations that are happening at the southern border? How do you believe parents can best protect their teens from these dangerous scams? Please be sure to let us know about this in the comments feed.