Human smuggling has become a very lucrative business for organized crime as millions of people try to cross illegally into the United States. Migrants are often exploited and brutalized by smugglers on their way to and in the United States. Human smuggling should be strongly combatted.

Key points

– More than 2 million people were smuggled around the world in 2016.

– Smuggling has become a multi-billion-dollar business for criminal organizations, including cartels.

– As illegal crossings at the U.S.–Mexico border continue to increase, so do the risks for migrants of being victims of smuggling.

– Laws against smuggling should be strictly enforced to deter people from engaging in human smuggling within our borders.