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Drug Cartel Or Coal Mining – Is There Really A Choice In Sabinas, Mexico?

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Daniel Becerril captured the rawness of a man working hard to support his family. In Sabinas, Mexico, there are unregulated coal mines where thousands of men come in an attempt to make enough for their families to survive.

Though the miners in this coal mine are not physically forced to mine as slaves, they are forced into it by a poor labor market – many have to choose between running drugs as part of the cartel and risking their lives as a coal miner. The majority of the mines are owned by drug dealers themselves, so the line is thin between the two options.