Katie Orlinsky documents the stash houses used in migrant extortions on the U.S.-Mexico border for The New Yorker magazine. Orlinsky’s coverage of issues that greatly affect Mexico continue the topic that received the 2012 Alexia Student Grant for her work on the drug war in Mexico.
The harder you make it to cross, the more people can charge, the more dangerous the trip becomes
The photo essay also accompanies the in-depth story “Where Are the Children?” by Sarah Stillman in the April 27th issue of The New Yorker. Orlinsky’s photos depict detentions at the border, portraits of immigrants, and stash houses where migrants are either kept against their will by extortionists or as safe areas as the migrants make their way north. As stated by an activist, “The harder you make it to cross, the more people can charge, the more dangerous the trip becomes.”
As border security has tightened around the border areas, migrants have fewer options along dangerous routes to avoid border patrols. This has led to a rise in smuggling operations that “opportunists have turned robbing and kidnapping vulnerable migrants into big business.” Orlinsky’s photos shed light on a hot-button issue as migrants worldwide are caught between borders.