Entrapping poor Africans?

Entrapping poor Africans?
Special Operations Forces deployments in 33 African countries in 2016. (Map credit: The Intercept)

Entrapping people is often bad — like when you take advantage of someone’s poverty to tempt them to do something they otherwise wouldn’t have done. Could that be happening in Africa, thanks to the Drug Enforcement Administration?

Law professor Vida Johnson writes,”Did you guys know that our DEA does undercover drug stings in Africa? They pose as buyers and pretend the drugs will go to the US? They arrest those foreign citizens from poorer counties and extradite them to the United States and put them in our federal prisons.”

Thanks to such stings, an African with a wife and three young children recently “spent a year awaiting extradition,” before ending up in a prison in Virginia.

Of course, U.S. taxpayers end up paying over $30,000 per year for each inmate to incarcerate them when this happens. So Professor Johnson predicts that over time, “Millions will be spent on these cases.”

Hans Bader

Hans Bader

Hans Bader practices law in Washington, D.C. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law. He also once worked in the Education Department. Hans writes for CNSNews.com and has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” Contact him at hfb138@yahoo.com

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