The Presidential Daily Brief

intriguing

  1. Venezuela shutterstock 703997221

    Venezuelans Are Entering Colombia’s Criminal Underworld

    With about 4 million Venezuelans having fled to neighboring countries in recent years, their vulnerability has become a boon for criminal networks elsewhere, OZY reports. Authorities in Colombia, for instance, report that hundreds of migrants have been swept up by everything from guerrilla militancy to the country’s infamous cocaine trade. Women are especially vulnerable, being recruited into prostitution as soon as they cross the border and often going on to become recruiters themselves.

    Why are they doing it? Desperation compels Venezuelans to take bigger risks, so they’re settling for less than what Colombian or Mexican gang members would make — but more than what they’d earn back home.

This story is part of The Presidential Daily Brief

view full edition