Predatory cartels are recruiting teen boys by the score in the United States to move drugs and for enforcement work as reported by Evelio Contreras for CNN.
And apparently the boys dig it. One Texas boy who was a tool for Los Zetas told CNN he got "money, protection, parties":
He went to parties in clubs and at ranches in San Antonio and Houston, and across the border in Puebla, Guanajuato, Monterrey and Sinaloa. If anyone truly bothered him, he knew he could make a call and have them warned, scared or worse. "Sometimes it makes me feel proud of myself," Cesar said. "Because not any [teenager] can say 'Oh, if you mess with me, I can kill you.' Not me but I can send people to kill you and your whole family."
Of course, it's not all fun and games. Many teen boys on the U.S. side of the border have gone missing, and officials assume they've been murdered by the drug cartels.
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