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  • "Any group that wants to use their trafficking routes has to pay up—about $2,000 per week for Mexicans and $10,000 a week for 'exotics,' like Chinese and Middle Easterners.... That added business cost has encouraged some smugglers to try to extort more money from their human loads—known as pollos, or 'chickens'—once they've crossed the border. More and more, pollos may change hands several times among dueños, or 'owners'—a new, more violent breed of smugglers."

    —Eve Conant and Arian Campo-Flores, "The Enemy Within: Cartel-related violence has moved well beyond American border towns," Newsweek, March 23, 2009

    March 21, 2009