A new generation of Mexican youth is being swept into the drug cartel wars with roles either as victim or perpetrator. The country’s has a a high rate of teen unemployment resulting in Mexico’s teens seek out cash and distraction in organized crime.
How many teens there are that are not working nor studying is under debate, government figures puts in the ‘few hundred thousand’ and study’s from the National University system puts it at ‘several million’. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s most violence city has 45 percent of its residents between the ages of 13 and 24.
Teen are being recruited out of the Mexican slums and are paid as little as $100 to smuggle drugs or kill someone. There is a growing and loud demand for President Felipe Calderon to create opportunities for these teens and take them off the street.