Now that spring has arrived, the road construction crews will be out in full force. Winter caused many potholes and other road deteriorations which necessitate such endeavors. But how can you be sure that the construction is from the appropriate highway department?
Why would anyone pretend to be a highway crew making repairs? The answer may surprise and shock you. You may not believe it. But at the very least, be warned and be aware.
A large drug cartel south of the border has broken off into other business ventures. One of them is human trafficking – the sale of abducted people into slavery. It is an insidious and reprehensible practice, but one that is very much alive today.
To meet the demand, the cartel had to become inventive. They simply couldn’t take one or two people at a time. They had to up the supply.
The answer was the road construction crews. Posing as a crew in remote locations, the cartel could easily obtain their trafficking victims. They would simply drive right up to them.
If you are in an isolated mountainous pass, or perhaps a long stretch of highway in the middle of nowhere, or even a deserted rural area, be very careful when you come upon a crew that has shut off part of a road. This is the beginning of their tactic. The cartel has singled out an area like a spider weaves a web.
They pick locations that are low or without cellular service. Then, they will stop a vehicle. From there, it is easy pickings. The group will pull the people out of the car and throw them in a large semi truck. If they have had a good day, the truck will already be full of people.
Then, they will either haul the vehicles away to chop shops where they are disassembled and sold as parts or they will often times bury the entire vehicle in the ground with the very construction equipment they used as part of their ruse.
In any case, it is quite an undertaking. But, since human trafficking is lucrative, the investment seems to be paying off for them. They may just keep doing it.
©2016, Brian James Lane