People smugglers are using TikTok to advertise their services, posing a challenge to Mexican and US authorities fighting a regional migration crisis.
Dozens of accounts were found offering to smuggle irregular migrants through the violence-wracked Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, among other regions. The advertising violates TikTok's rules, which prohibit the "promotion and facilitation of criminal activities."
Mexican authorities have formed specialized cells to counter the threat posed by people smugglers on social media. More than 7,600 migrants have died or disappeared in transit in the Americas since 2014, according to the International Organization for Migration.