Smugglers openly advertise illegal border crossings on Facebook

Human smugglers along the south border openly advertise their services on Facebook and the social media company failed to remove this content.

A plethora of user accounts have posted offers to facilitate illegal border crossings on the platform. Some even directly advertise how much they charge for the service. Rep Kat Cammack (R-Fla.), Who took office in January, has repeatedly alerted Facebook to the problem in general and a number of specific posts of this type, but most of them did not have not been deleted, she said.

Facebook has so far not responded to Cammack’s request for an in-person meeting to discuss the matter, she told The Epoch Times.

Given that some of the posts in question were paid ads, this raises the question of whether Facebook has taken money, at least indirectly, from criminal cartels, which are known to control human trafficking operations, Cammack said.

The Epoch Times alerted Facebook to a dozen posts and groups that appeared to be related to the issue. Most of them, but not all, were subsequently withdrawn.

“We ban content that offers or assists in human trafficking and remove it from our platform whenever we find it,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Epoch Times via email.

Illegal border crossings soared this year, after becoming extinct during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic last year.

Reports from the border patrol and illegal immigrants themselves indicate that the smugglers are tuned in to the climate of US immigration policy and have used the Biden administration’s softer approach and rhetoric as a publicity tool. . Specifically, the administration’s decision to no longer turn back minors caught crossing illegally has been linked to a wave of unaccompanied minors taking the dangerous route to and across the border, often with dire consequences.

“I have witnessed some of the most horrific horrors, truly, crimes against humanity you can imagine,” Cammack said. “It’s not just a national security crisis. This is a humanitarian crisis.

Drug cartels control the Mexican side of the border so tightly that no one crosses illegally without paying them, she learned from border patrol agents on her two trips to the border this year, she said. she declared.

“This is by no means a form, form or humanitarian mission that the cartels undertake. It’s about dollars and they don’t care how much a human life is worth. They care about making money and they do it in the most brutal and authoritarian ways possible, ”she said.

While Facebook posts portray human trafficking operations as trustworthy and secure, the reality is quite the opposite.

“I personally spoke to a 9-year-old girl who could barely tell me her name because her vocal cords had collapsed while screaming as they were raped by cartel members,” Cammack said, noting that the majority of girls are sexually assaulted or abused on their way to the border.

Most of the Facebook groups that appear to be linked to human trafficking activity are private, but there are many posts that publicly offer the illegal service.

“Hello, my people. I offer a safe crossing to the United States Send [me a message to] my inbox for more information, ”said an article translated by The Epoch Times.

“We have crossings through Lomas de Arena, Chihuahua. We offer camouflage, backpack with food. I am currently in Chihuahua. Send me [a message to my] inbox or call me at [redacted by The Epoch Times]another post said.

A video post read: “Ready for adventure? In the name of God, ”showing images of the border.

“I offer my crossing on foot through Tamaulipas and through the [border] line. Only really interested people email me [a message to my] mailbox. Passage on foot with 3 blows at the crossing and passage through the [border] line, but it’s 100% safe, ”another post said.

Screenshots of Facebook posts that appear to advertise illegal border crossing services (Facebook / Office of Rep. Kat Cammack)

“Folks, don’t miss your chance to travel to the United States with Guaranteed Asylum Claims, Adults with Minors. For more information, [send a message to my] inbox or call [redacted], said an offer.

“The American Dream. Cross the border safely by town – don’t waste your time crossing on foot at night – I’ll take you straight to your destination. For more info, send a WhatsApp to [redacted]”said one user.

“We always offer border crossing to the United States from any country. If you are coming from another country, you can pay first when you arrive in Mexico. We also offer services to fix your arrival with or without a migration alert, ”another article said.

“I have 5 places for Oxnard, California. The paperwork is not free when you cross the [border] line. Send me a message at [redacted] for more information. Only people who are really interested, ”said another.

“Travel safely to the United States guided by God. We have the best people – responsible and fair. Plan your travel date. Click on this WhatsApp link [redacted]. Our cars are new and from drivers with years of experience, total comfort and friendly demeanor, ”said another, stating:“ We cover all routes within the United States ”

Cammack acknowledged that it is not easy to get rid of these messages altogether, given the smugglers’ ability to add more.

But that does not relieve Facebook of its responsibilities according to her.

“Do they want to play in the public square and be the new public square?” They have to take responsibility for it. And so if they allow this type of activity on their platform, they have to be held accountable, ”she said.

At the very least, the company should promptly delete any posts it has been made aware of and adjust its algorithms so that it no longer shows this type of content to users in the form of recommendations when they search for related keywords or drop. on it by chance, she mentioned.

The Honduran ambassador met Cammack, she said, and asked him to help him interface with WhatsApp, a messaging app owned by Facebook, “because the narco-terrorists use WhatsApp as their primary means of communication to engage in activities that kill people, destroy communities, and truly undermine the rule of law in Honduras.

“When you have a foreign government asking for our help in communicating and working with these social media platforms, it is a sign that they have too much power and it is really time to discuss the public square and the role of big technologies in our daily life and our society and how it is used for good and for bad, ”she said.

Cammack hasn’t spared the White House either.

“It is truly incredible the level of sheer incompetence that this administration has shown in its handling of the border crisis,” she said.

The administration said it was focusing on the “root causes” of illegal immigration in the Central American countries from which most illegal immigrants have come in recent years. Some of the illegal aliens flee gang violence in their home countries, many come to seek better paying jobs.

It is not clear how the administration plans to address the lingering crime problems as well as the large economic development gap that makes the search for life and employment attractive in the United States. The United States has sent billions in economic aid to countries, but the problems seemingly continue unabated. President Donald Trump has succeeded in forcing countries to curb the flow of migrants on their own by threatening to withdraw their aid. The Biden administration has shown no sympathy for such an approach.

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