How many people are smuggled across the border?
No one knows. However, “smuggling” is consensual – it is not the same as “trafficking”.
Works Cited and Data Table for Discussion: What about the crime that migrants bring across the border?
How much do smugglers charge?
Smugglers charge $6k - $10K from Central America. While cartels "tax" smuggling operations, no one is sure how much they actually control them.
How many people are trafficked?
In 2021, ICE conducted 1,111 investigations and arrested 2,360 traffickers. "Trafficking" is the forced movement of people for labor or sex. How many people were victims of trafficking is unknown.