The Perfect Recruits: How US Marines led a Massive Human Smuggling Ring

With their closely trimmed hair, clean-cut look, and Marine Corps stickers on their cars, young Marines made the perfect smugglers precisely because no one would ever suspect them. It’s a billion dollar business that many Americans are a part of. Emily Green takes us inside a Marine-led smuggling ring, and how it fell apart.


This episode was reported by Vice News senior reporter Emily Green and produced by Jen Kinney and Ashley Cleek. Check out Emily’s article here.


Special thanks to reporter Matthew Gault and editors Michael Learmonth and Deborah Bonello 


VICE News Reports is hosted by Arielle Duhaime-Ross and produced by Sophie Kazis, Jen Kinney, Steph Brown, Sam Eagan, Adreanna Rodriguez. Our senior producers are Ashley Cleek, Adizah Eghan, and Sam Greenspan. Sound design and music composition by Steve Bone, Pran Bandi, Natasha Jacobs and Kyle Murdock. 


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