Drug Trafficking

In the Philippines, poverty and corruption fuel the drug trade

In the Philippines, poverty and corruption fuel the drug trade

Christian Nilo has grown up with poverty and corruption, with barely enough to eat and teachers who demand bribes in exchange for passing grades.

Two years ago, when he was 20, an acquaintance paid him $2 to deliver a package — which he later learned contained a cheap methamphetamine known as shabu. More work was available if he wanted it.

He resisted the temptation to join the drug trade, but a number of classmates did not.

“There are a lot of them,” Nilo said. “They have more money than regular students.”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has taken a hard-line approach to his country’s illicit drug problem, overseeing a campaign of extrajudicial killings...

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