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Drug Mafias in Mexico The Child Police of Guerrero

Increasing numbers of children are becoming involved in the drug wars in Mexico. Now, one indigenous group is recruiting children for its police force.
By Klaus Ehringfeld in Mexico City
Children are now part of the Policia comunitaria, the police force of the Nahua indigenous people in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

Children are now part of the Policia comunitaria, the police force of the Nahua indigenous people in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

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Children lining up for inspection

Children lining up for inspection

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Members of the community police force in Guerrero

Members of the community police force in Guerrero

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The arrest of "El Ponchis" in 2010: A drug cartel in Mexico had recruited the 12-year-old as a contract killer.

The arrest of "El Ponchis" in 2010: A drug cartel in Mexico had recruited the 12-year-old as a contract killer.

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"Everyone needs to help: men, women - and the children too. Otherwise, we will never be able to control the threat posed by the criminals.”

Bernardino Sánchez Luna, head of the Policia comunitaria

The young police recruits learn how to handle weapons on an old basketball court.

The young police recruits learn how to handle weapons on an old basketball court.

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This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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