Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | June 7, 2012

In Mexico, women take control of cartels

A researcher at Mexico’s Autonomous University of the State of Sinaloa, Arturo Santamaria, has penned a report, “Female Bosses of Narco-Traffic,” which details how the deaths of males in Mexican cartels has left the women to take control of drug trafficking.

Widows, daughters, lovers and girlfriends now are the ones who transport drugs, launder money, and engage in narco-diplomacy. Santamaria argues this shift will make the cartels stronger because the women act more cautiously and use violence more sparingly to greater effect. It is also more dangerous because women have been the traditional voice of reason against the violence.

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