Migrant Smugglers offer services through TikTok, with videos
Brazen Promotion of $13B industry
NEW YORK POST
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.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. 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 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
Emphasis added by (TLB)
Stay tuned to …
The Liberty Beacon Project is now expanding at a near exponential rate, and for this we are grateful and excited! But we must also be practical. For 7 years we have not asked for any donations, and have built this project with our own funds as we grew. We are now experiencing ever increasing growing pains due to the large number of websites and projects we represent. So we have just installed donation buttons on our websites and ask that you consider this when you visit them. Nothing is too small. We thank you for all your support and your considerations … (TLB)
Comment Policy: As a privately owned web site, we reserve the right to remove comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, or personal/abusive attacks on other users. This also applies to trolling, the use of more than one alias, or just intentional mischief. Enforcement of this policy is at the discretion of this websites administrators. Repeat offenders may be blocked or permanently banned without prior warning.
Disclaimer: TLB websites contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available to our readers under the provisions of “fair use” in an effort to advance a better understanding of political, health, economic and social issues. The material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving it for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes other than “fair use” you must request permission from the copyright owner.
Disclaimer: The information and opinions shared are for informational purposes only including, but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material are not intended as medical advice or instruction. Nothing mentioned is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.