Topic Background

A lot of people don’t know exactly what drug trafficking is or they just think it is what they see in the famous Netflix series and in movies. People think drugs are made in the jungles of South America by people who are living in very harsh conditions and then are transported to the US and BAM! People are rich! Not necessarily, there are a lot more things that go on behind the scenes and a lot of things that I do not even know about, and that is exactly why I chose drug trafficking in the American Continent.

(1) Drug Trafficking is, and I quote from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime “Drug trafficking is a global illicit trade involving the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances which are subject to drug prohibition laws.” (2) This topic is important to me because my parents grew up in Mexico, a major supplier of illegal drugs to the US, and every other year when I go down to visit family, I see the men that make a fortune off of selling drugs. They’re driving in their big fancy trucks wearing their nice thick expensive belts showing off their money. The whole town knows how these men maintain themselves, but no one does anything because the people know if they try and do something about it, they can put themselves in some serious danger. I know I am around it so that is why I’ve always found interest in this topic. This topic would be interesting to other people because it not only happens in the bad neighborhoods but also around our community and we don’t even realize it. (3) I learned that a lot of famous people like athletes and actors are involved in drug trafficking because they want a piece of the cake. Just recently that famous Mexican soccer player, Rafa Marquez has been accused of having involvements with the transportation of drugs. (4) What thing that people should know more about drug trafficking is that, like I said earlier, it not only happens in the slums but all over the world! All you have to do is go on google and type in the name of your city with “drug trafficking or drug transportation” after it, and you are almost guaranteed to find something. It happens in the Bay Area all the time, people are just not aware of it and don’t listen to their surroundings. (5)There a lot of things I would like to know more about my topic, I feel like I am barely starting to get my feet wet. One thing that I would really like to know more about is where are these drugs going into the most. Yes I know they are going into low-class neighborhoods where crime rates are high, but it’s not like low-class people are the only people that consume drugs. Where else does it go? College Campuses? Major cities? Small towns? I am very excited to do more research on my topic, and I do not regret choosing it one bit.

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