Markets in Everything: Want Ads for Hit Men

by on April 27, 2008 at 12:17 pm in Economics | Permalink

One of Mexico’s biggest drug cartels has launched a brazen recruiting
campaign, putting up fliers and banners promising good pay, free cars
and better food to army soldiers who join the cartel’s elite band of
hit men.

From USA Today.  Hat tip to Peter Gordon.

1 jorod April 27, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Must be a wonderful country, Mexico…

2 Happy Camper April 27, 2008 at 5:37 pm

“Must be a wonderful country, Mexico…”

It is a wonderful country. It would be even a better country if it didn’t have to deal with satisfying your insatiable appetite for drugs.


3 Bob Knaus April 27, 2008 at 10:13 pm

Nothing new here. Check out the famous Pancho Villa recruiting poster:

Payment in gold weekly. Privately contracted security. Setting up your own country. Should stir the passions of the armchair libertarians on this forum.

4 Cliff April 27, 2008 at 11:47 pm

If most underage women “soliciting” online (I don’t believe the cops actually “solicit” per se) were undercover cops, I do not think they would catch many people. So, your analogy is not apt. If I had to guess the ratio it would probably be at least 50:1 or so (real thing:entrapment).

5 Stephen April 28, 2008 at 1:38 am

The ads aren’t real – they’re only intended to mock and demoralize the police. They post them in extremely public places. They’re drug dealers, but they’re not stupid – they know if you put a huge sign up on a busy highway taunting la Policía, someone’s gonna take it down in a couple minutes/hours. That having been said, you better believe that every police officer in the area knows exactly where they can go if they don’t want to comer sopas Machuran anymore.

6 spencer April 28, 2008 at 9:50 am

Do you think this type of advertising would be more effective then running an ad in one of the various soldier of fortune publications in the US?

7 leslie hutson October 14, 2009 at 3:03 pm

how does one become a hitman

8 nintendo ds March 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm

I once very briefly met two sort-of hitmen — people who were paid to kill other people, but not as independent contractors. They were sort of low-level flunkies in what I guess you’d call “organized crime”, and both were soon after (and very brutally) killed as part of a cover-up of a killing they took part in. The most surprising part to me was how little they said they were paid — the entry-level work is not at all lucrative. They weren’t highly-skilled James Bond-style operatives, just young guys not afraid to pull a trigger at close range.

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