Migrant Smugglers offer services through TikTok, with videos

Migrant Smugglers offer services through TikTok, with videos

Brazen Promotion of $13B industry


They’re the Kardashians of the coyote world.

Migrant-smuggling “influencers” are cashing in on a dangerous, multibillion-dollar industry by brazenly advertising illegal transportation into the US — for more than $10,000 per person — with slickly produced TikTok videos, The Post has learned.

The cartel-linked human smugglers, known as coyotes in Spanish, post high-quality promo videos showing them escorting migrants across rivers and customers smiling inside secret “stash houses” once purportedly over the border.

The social media-savvy outlaws have public profiles on sites such as TikTok and YouTube, where they flaunt their schemes — which make a mockery of the US immigration system — under the noses of border protection officers.

Anyone can open their phone and with a few clicks talk to a coyote via their social media account and receive a quote for slipping an immigrant illegally into the US, The Post has found.

One alleged human smuggler told The Post he charges 180,000 Mexican pesos (around $10,500) to sneak a Mexican person into the US.

Smugglers pull a raft packed with illegal immigrants across the Rio Grande, the river that separates Texas from Mexico.

Smugglers pull a raft packed with illegal immigrants across the Rio Grande, the river that separates Texas from Mexico.YouTube / SoyXulen

Prices depend on what country the migrant is from, according to Soy Xulen, whose YouTube handle is @ELINMIGRANTEAVENTURERO, which translates to “the migrant adventurer.”

Xulen’s footage has raked in nearly 13 million views and shows smugglers in camouflage slipping illegal immigrants over the border.

In one of his videos, border crossers in backpacks can be seen trekking along a dusty desert path followed by what appears to be a family crammed into the back of a vehicle.

A young boy was among those entrusted to the care of dangerous smugglers, as the child can be seen giving a thumbs up in a smuggling marketing video.

A young boy was among those entrusted to the care of dangerous smugglers. The child can be seen giving a thumbs-up in a smuggling marketing video.  YouTube / SoyXulen

Another shot, filmed in Juarez, shows the location of Border Patrol officers.

His footage also follows migrants on a raft crossing the Rio Grande, the river that separates Texas from Mexico and serves as the international boundary.

In the footage, shot in Texas’ Big Bend region, smugglers can be seen pulling the inflatable packed with migrants across the water with a safety line.

Migrants in a "stash house" are given fresh clothes by smugglers, in a cartel video advertising its services.

Migrants in a “stash house” are given fresh clothes by smugglers, in a cartel video advertising their services. YouTube / SoyXulen

The footage is subtle, with captions claiming to simply be “documenting the migrant experience,” until users get in touch to discuss the price and details of the smuggling service.

“How about My people! I like to share moments captured on camera at the precise moment,” Xulen writes in a blurb on his YouTube channel, which has 55,000 subscribers.

“The simple reason is to share life and everything that we Latinos (legal, undocumented) and Americans have in the USA, so my dear friends, I hope it is to your liking,” he writes.


“For people who have that desire to know more about it … Here you find ADVENTURES OF AN IMMIGRANT. And the different ways of living in Usa.”

His account documents all parts of an illegal immigrant’s journey, including their arrival in the US — while failing to mention risks that have claimed the lives of thousands of migrants in recent years.


Header featured image (edited) credit:  Boy with Smuggler/ YouTube / SoyXulen

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