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Smuggling is good business
Smuggling illegal immigrants from Mexico to the United States generates some 7.5 billion dollars, according to a study by the National Population Council.
The results show that smugglers, called "polleros" or "coyotes," earn an average of 1,200 dollars per person to take illegal immigrants to the United States, about 50 percent more than what they charged a few years ago.
The enormous profit from trafficking nearly equals the amount of money sent by Mexicans living in the United States to family members in Mexico, an estimated 8 billion dollars this year.
The lure of high profits has drawn a high number of groups to run immigrant smuggling rings, which put the lives of many immigrants in danger.
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