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Demand For Human Smugglers Grows As Undocumented Immigrants Head To Brazil

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A market for human smugglers is growing in South America, as thousands of undocumented immigrants try to make it into Brazil, the BBC Mundo website reports.

According to BBC Mundo, groups of human smugglers are now operating along an immigration route that starts in Haiti, and goes through Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, before crossing into Brazil's remote state of Acre, which is mostly covered by rainforests.

BBC Mundo correspondent Gerardo Lissardy recently visited Brasilea, a town on the Bolivia-Brazil border, and talked to local immigration officials who told him that some 5,500 immigrants had recently tried to enter Brazil through Acre.

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