Venezuelans turn to fish smuggling to survive economic crisis

January 7, 2015 11:10 AM

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EL YAGUAL, Venezuela (Reuters) - People in Venezuela's savannah heartlands struggling to survive the national economic crisis have found a novel way to make ends meet: fish-smuggling to Colombia.

While contraband of gasoline and medicine has been going on for years, little is known about the trade in tonnes of fresh-water fish by Venezuelans who pile them onto long, motorized canoes and traverse dangerous waterways for days into Colombia.

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