Ben Douglas sells counterfeit identification cards to the workers of a small Mexican village for 2,000 pesos. He then smuggles them into the U.S. and finds them jobs, but he subsequently threatens them with exposure (and lengthy jail sentences) if they do not give him half their weekly wages. When he threatens Pablo Diaz and demands half of his weekly wages of $60, a scuffle ensues. Unknown to Douglas, the scuffle was witnessed by Pablo's employer and Dan Mathews is called. When Pablo learns that Douglas has swindled and lied to him, he agrees to help. Dan and his Mexican counterpart Captain Perez set up a "sting" that is interrupted when Pablo's future son-in-law Miguel inadvertently lets Douglas know that law enforcement officials are involved. Douglas attempts to flee but gets more than he bargained for when he finds himself in an armed confrontation with Dan and Captain Perez.Written by
2,000 pesos in 1959 had the same purchasing power as $1,170 in 2007. $60 in 1959 had the same purchasing power as $435 in 2007. See more »
The border between Mexico and the United States is relatively open to nationals of both countries for short visits. Occasionally American criminals take advantage of this situation to exploit Mexican labor in ways that are brutal and cruel. Frequently the Highway Patrol is instrumental in stopping this traffic in human lives, but unfortunately, in many cases, not before a great deal of damage has been done.
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