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Narco Jungle - The Darien Gap: W5

Catalogue Number:  CTV963
Producer:  CTV
Producers:  Szeto, Eric
Directors:  Miller, Derek
Producing Agencies:  CTV Television
Subject:  Canadian World Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Current Events, Documentary, Global Studies, History, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2024
Running Time:  45:13

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For six days the W5 crew documented an unfolding migrant crisis through the Darien Gap, an untamed stretch of jungle that connects Colombia to Panama. In a one-week period, more than 100 women reported being sexually assaulted on the journey.

Long used as a cartel pipeline for smuggling cocaine and weapons, the 100 kilometres of jungle has become a highway of human misery.

In 2023, a staggering 520,000 migrants completed the trek through to Panama in their search for a better life in the U.S. or Canada. An even greater number is expected this year. Most are from Venezuela, Ecuador, and Haiti but increasingly they are coming from China.

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