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The Mexican government warned on Wednesday, Oct. 20, that drug traffickers are recruiting children across the country through online video games.

During the regular morning conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), Public Security Undersecretary Ricardo Mejía Berdeja, spoke about a case called “Free Fire,” in which three minors were rescued in Oaxaca and were later reported missing.

Mejía Berdeja said that the minors were users of a Facebook video game called “Free Fire,” in which users must kill others with firearms to survive.

It all started with one of the three minors, who in August befriended a user of the game who called himself Rafael and who was in fact a member of a cartel.

The boy was subsequently recruited by Rafael to work for the cartel in Monterrey, and he, in turn, recruited two other minors.

Mexican security authorities were able to intervene and rescue the three children, but Mejía Berdeja said that there are many cases that get past the authorities, since criminals are now using technology to deceive children and adolescents.

For his part, López Obrador called on parents to limit their children’s access to violent video games and to review the content of the games they play.

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