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Colombia’s coca production seen through TikTok (2/2): Farmers under traffickers’ control
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Colombia’s coca production seen through TikTok (2/2): Farmers under traffickers’ control

Hundreds of videos posted on TikTok by young Colombians document cocaine being produced in this South American country, from the fields where coca grows to the labs where the leaves are transformed into the drug. Colombia is the largest global producer of both coca and cocaine. One of these young people told our journalists that many locals are reliant on coca production to make a living but that the sector continues to be controlled by narcotraffickers.

Even though producing coca and cocaine is illegal in Colombia, many young people post videos on TikTok showing their work in the sector.  

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