DRUG MULES OF THE ANDES

June 24, 2016

DRUG MULES OF THE ANDES

Illicit drugs have far reaching impacts around the world.  In countries where illicit drugs like cocaine are produced, the trade has signficant impacts on local people.  Late last year, the BBC broadcast a radio documentary called "Drug Mules of the Andes".  In this story, the reporter follows the "mochileros" - mostly young men who hike through the jungle in convoys of up to 150 people, carrying the cocaine to clandestine airstrips where it is then smuggled out to countries like Australia.  For their effort, the young men are paid significant sums of money, yet there are great risks including imprisonment, robbery and death.  This fascinating radio documentary provides an important insight into the far reaching effects of the trade in illicit drugs globally.


Listen to "The drug mules of the Andes" (23 minutes)