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Maroon 5 announces tour dates via 360 MAGAZINE.

Maroon 5 World Tour

MAROON 5 GO DIAMOND AGAIN WITH “GIRLS LIKE YOU” FEATURING CARDI B

Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning diamond-selling band Maroon 5 just earned a Diamond certification from the RIAA for their 2018 mega-smash “Girls Like You” [feat. Cardi B]. This marks the group’s second diamond record this year following the certification of “Moves Like Jagger” [feat. Christina Aguilera] over the summer. “Girls Like You” has generated over 1.3 billion Spotify streams in addition to 3.2 billion YouTube views on the Official Music Video and 655 million YouTube views on Volume 2, bringing the cumulative views to just shy of 4 billion.

In 2021 Maroon 5 made their triumphant return to the road in the U.S., performing 30 dates in front of over 450,000 fans this summer. In the new year they’ll continue their tour Internationally, the first dates to be announced are ten shows across Latin America. The guys will touch down in Dominican Republic (x2 shows), Puerto Rico, Mexico (x2 shows), Brazil (x2 shows), Argentina, Paraguay, and Costa Rica. This will be the first international run in support of the band’s new album JORDI (222/ Interscope). Check out the full confirmed itinerary below.

JORDI features the band’s latest smash “Beautiful Mistakes” [feat. Megan Thee Stallion], which recently captured #1 at Hot AC, marking their 15th career #1 and extending their record for “most #1 entries by any artist at the format.” It also notably stands out as three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s first #1 at Hot AC. JORDI (released June 2021) picked up a Gold Certification from the RIAA within a month of release. It also features the band’s last #1 pop single “Memories” which has also surpassed 1 billion Spotify streams and amassed over 775 million YouTube views. Maroon 5 reaches an audience of 45 million-plus monthly Spotify listeners.

Click HERE to listen to JORDI.

To date, the universally renowned Los Angeles band has achieved three GRAMMY® Awards, over 80 million in album sales, 450 million singles worldwide, and earned gold and platinum certifications in more than 35 countries. Maroon 5’s album, Red Pill Blues (222/Interscope) released in 2017, featured the global hit single “Girls Like You,” feat. Cardi B, which reached #1 at Top 40, #1 at Adult Pop, #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks. The track notably became the most-watched video on VEVO in 2018 and in 2019 received Billboard Music Awards for Top Hot 100 Song, Top Selling Song, Top Radio Song, and Billboard’s Top Collaboration.

Entering their 2022 World Tour, they will have performed over 750 shows and sold north of 7.5 million tickets worldwide since their formation.

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Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes skateboard art for museum article via 360 Magazine

NADER MUSEUM – FERNANDO BOTERO

The Nader Museum located in the Wynwood Arts District, Miami, proudly announces that ‘Botero Immersed’ in honor of Fernando Botero, will be extended through June 30, 2022. The exciting exhibit is a visual and engaging passage into the work of Botero with music composed by twenty-two times Grammy winner world producer Emilio Estefan. We’re inviting top media and influencers to visit this wonderful initiative from Monday to Saturday between 10:30AM and 5:00PM. Please let us know your availability so we can coordinate coverage.

Gary Nader, curator, and director of the museum, defines the exhibit as “a remarkable cultural event and multimedia experience, and features Botero’s iconic body of work from the 1960s to the present day through 360-degree interactive digital projections, lights, music and sounds.”

Guests will witness a selection of significant pieces representing his works over the last six decades, such as the circus personages, life in Latin America and its people, bullfighting, and adaptations of the work of art history masters. Botero’s narratives go beyond the represented object; a single image is full of connotations, and it may take spectators to a vast and unique universe of experiences. Botero’s “baroque” exaggeration of the portrayed objects reminds you that his signature style stands as an array of influences, from Renaissance masters to the 20th-century expressionist movements.

Fernando Botero was born in Medellin, Colombia (1932). In 1950, he graduated from Medellin University. He went on to study in Spain and Italy before eventually moving to New York in 1960, where he won the Guggenheim National Prize for Colombia. Over the next few years, Botero began to develop his trademark style. The small-town life he experienced as a child and the Colombian people of his youth would become his most rich source of inspiration. In 1973, Botero moved to Paris and began making sculptures. Botero has achieved international recognition for his painting, drawings, sculptures, and exhibitions around the world. His art is collected by many major international museums, corporations, and private collectors around the world.

Botero, with his immense sculptures, manipulates forms, proportions, volumes, and sizes to create smooth, round, and plump humans and animals that transform their surroundings and generate an immediate response from the viewer. He once said of his sculptures, “I never give particular traits to my figures. I don’t want them to have personality, but rather represent a type that I create. My sculptures do not carry any messages, social or otherwise. What matters for me is the form, the voluptuous surfaces, which emphasize the sensuality of my work. I like the enormous size; it is the fulfillment of my longing for voluptuous round forms.”

The Nader Museum, with over 1200 works of art from over 150+ important modern and contemporary masters, is compromised to elevate the importance of our culture by promoting excellence, a work performed by his founder Gary Nader for over 40 years.

Botero Immersed is also intended to promote the Nader Museum, a not-for-profit organization with 501(c)3 tax status. The museum is dedicated to showcasing a myriad of acclaimed art that fosters knowledge through a continuous process of appreciation and reinterpretation of modern and contemporary art from Latin American and its diaspora. Through a permanent collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, installations, and other media, the museum’s audience can experience and appreciate one of the world’s most significant regions of today’s contemporary art scene.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Nader Museum is one of the most important venues in North America. The museum is dedicated to showcasing a myriad of acclaimed art that fosters knowledge through a continuous appreciation and reinterpretation of modern and contemporary art from Latin American and its diaspora. Through a permanent collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, installations, and other media, the museum’s audience can experience and appreciate what is considered one of the world’s most significant regions of today’s contemporary art scene. The museum’s collection originates from Gary’s private collection, which he has amassed throughout his career as a gallerist. The collection features pieces from acclaimed Master of Art, including Acosta Leon, Alfonzo, Atchugarry, Bedia, Bermudez, Botero, Bravo, Carreño, Cruz-Diez, de Szyszlo, Di Cavalcanti, Figari, Guayasamin, Kuitca, Lam, Larraz, Matta, Mendive, Milhazes, Morales, Muñiz, Muñoz Vera, Negret, Peláez, Pettoruti, Ponce de Leon, Portinari, Portocarrero, Rivera, Segui, Soto, Tamayo, Torres Garcia, Zárraga, and many more.

Costa Rica illustration created by Allison Chritstensen from 360 Magazine for use by 360 Magazine

Airbnb Announces 12 Popular Latin cities

Latin America is a region full of culture, history, and great tourist attractions that in recent years has increased in popularity amongst travelers from the United States. In addition, having an extensive Latino community, there has always been a trend of trips to the region to develop and maintain family relationships which are necessary today more than ever.

According to data from Airbnb, the Latin American region has become a trend for travelers from the U.S. Based on the number of searches made on the platform, the top 12 most popular Latin cities are:

  1. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  2. Tulum, Mexico
  3. Cancun, Mexico
  4. Mexico City
  5. Bahamas
  6. Playa del Carmen, México
  7. Ensenada, Mexico
  8. Medellin, Colombia
  9. Puerto Penasco, Mexico
  10. Aruba
  11. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

When it comes to the summer period, the most popular destinations were beaches, especially in Mexico where Playa del Carmen and Ensenada were trending destinations in 2021, rising 6 positions compared to 2019, as well as Tulum, which went from number 7 to number 3 in the list, based on the number of searches. City destinations also stand out from the list, including Mexico City and Medellín, both recognized for their high cultural offer.

The region represents an accessible option for North American visitors with an average cost per night of less than $150.00 USD.

“Not only are US travelers looking for destinations that offer cultural attractions and tropical beach escapes, but many from the Latinx community are looking to reconnect with their roots and visit their place of origin to see parents, grandparents, and extended family. Airbnb offers the possibility of finding accommodations in both large and small cities in all parts of the region,” said Stephanie Ruiz, Director of Communication for Latin America.

We’d be thrilled to have you consider for your upcoming travel and destinations stories for year-end and for 2022. Happy to schedule an interview with a spokesperson from Airbnb as well.

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MADONNA’s MADAME X CONCERT FILM AND ALBUM

The concept film to Madonna’s acclaimed Madame X Tour debuts today in the U.S., Latin America, Australia, the Nordics, and Canada, exclusively on Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS. Fans outside these markets can watch the documentary on MTV. 

To coincide with the film’s debut, Warner Records has released the digital soundtrack, which showcases 20 powerful live performances that touch on different eras of Madonna’s celebrated career, including her ninth #1 album, Madame X. MADAME X – MUSIC FROM THE THEATER XPERIENCE is available now on all digital download and streaming platforms. 

The concept film and companion soundtrack were recorded in January 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal during Madonna’s all-theater Madame X Tour. It was the first time Madonna performed live in smaller venues since her 1985 Virgin Tour. Her 2008 Sticky & Sweet Tour continues to hold the record for the highest-grossing concert tour ever by a female artist.

MADAME X was directed by Ricardo Gomes and SKNX. It captures the icon’s rare and rapturous tour performance, hailed by sold-out theatrical audiences worldwide. The unprecedented intimate streaming experience will take viewers on a journey as compelling and audacious as Madonna’s fearless persona, Madame X, a secret agent traveling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom, and bringing light to dark places. On stage during the production, Madonna is joined by a cast of nearly 50 performers, including her children, musicians, and dancers from around the globe, along with the all-female Orquestra Batukadeiras. 

The feature-length concert film and soundtrack feature tracks from Madonna’s 14th studio album, Madame X, including “Dark Ballet,” “I Rise,” and “I Don’t Search I Find,” which topped the Hot Dance Club Songs chart in 2020 to become her 50th #1 hit. The concert film also features live versions of global hits including “Vogue,” “Human Nature,” “Like A Prayer,” and “Frozen.”

MADAME X is available to stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Latin America, Australia, the Nordics, and Canada. Fans outside of these markets can watch it on MTV. 360 Magazine is pleased to see Madonna with a film and album project.

With global sales of over 300 million records, Madonna is the best-selling female artist of all time, with countless accolades that include seven Grammy Awards, 24 ASCAP Pop Music Awards, and numerous international trophies, including BRIT, Bravo Otto, Danish Music, Edison, GAFFA, International Dance Music, Ivor Novello, Juno, MTV, and World Music Awards, among many others across the globe. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

MADONNA MADAME X – MUSIC FROM THE THEATRE XPERIENCE

Track Listing 

“Intro”

“God Control”

“Dark Ballet”

“Human Nature”

“Vogue”

“I Don’t Search I Find”

“American Life”

“Batuka”

“Fado Pechincha” (featuring Gaspar Varela)

“Killers Who Are Partying”

“Crazy”

“Welcome To My Fado Club” 

“Medellin”

“Extreme Occident”

“Breathwork”

“Frozen”

“Come Alive”

“Future”

“Like A Prayer”

“I Rise” 

Filmstrip illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Best Places to Live × Work

The Best Places to Live and Work Abroad in 2021—InternationalLiving.com

While just about every country is willing to provide a tourist visa that lets visitors hang around for a few months, most will not grant permission to live and work within their borders without a job offer from a local employer. Some offer long-term residence visas that let expats legally live in the country, but they don’t typically allow for work. A new report from the editors at International Living highlights four countries where it’s possible to find easy access to a residence visa—and the permits that allow for work as well.

Source: International Living

It’s clear that an increasing number of Americans want a different life and are looking for countries where they can live and work legally. But the options are limited without a local employer willing to provide a job.

Expats able to earn from anywhere do have a few good options, however, according to International Living’s report. While a small collection of countries welcomes outsiders, who can qualify for the necessary visas, four in Latin America and Europe stand out as the best options in terms of cost, ease, and timing.

Panama

If your goal is to live and work remotely overseas, but remain close to U.S. borders, Panama is your best bet. Direct flights land in Panama City from at least nine U.S. cities and take between three and seven hours, depending on where you’re coming from.

Beyond proximity, Panama offers what it calls the Panama Friendly Nations Visa, a special program whereby nationals of certain countries (including the U.S. and Canada) can apply for permanent residence, which comes with a Panamanian cédula, the local ID card. That cédula is permanent, allowing holders to come and go as they please, as would a born-and-bred Panamanian. Separately, the program also allows holders to request a work permit through the Ministry of Labor, though that’s part of a different process.

Obtaining a temporary cédula takes about eight days. It will take another two days to obtain a multiple-entry visa that’s necessary so an individual can come and go as they wait out the roughly five-month process for the government to issue a permanent cédula. Once a cédula has been obtained, a person can then apply for a work permit from the Ministry of Labor, which will take about a month.

To start the cédula process, you’ll need basic documents—passport, proof from the FBI that there is no criminal record—and $5,000 in a Panamanian bank account, plus $2,000 for each dependent. And to obtain a work permit, then you’ll need to set up a Panamanian corporation (which can be disbanded after a year).

Uruguay

If speed is more important, then Uruguay is a great choice. Here, expats can land at the airport with the correct collection of documents, and if they already have a pre-scheduled filing date with the immigration office that day, they can file their paperwork and have a temporary cédula that afternoon or the next day. All that’s required is a birth certificate and an apostilled police record (meaning it has been authenticated and is acceptable across international borders). They will also need to show that they have the financial means to support themselves with a provable stream of income from anywhere in the world.

With a temporary cédula, they will also have immediate access to the state healthcare system, or they can immediately buy access with a local, private healthcare plan, which will cost about $70 to $350 a month, depending on the bell and whistles they want.

To manage the process themselves, expect to pay about $600 to $700. But they will also need to have a proficient level of Spanish, as none of the paperwork is in English. Otherwise, hire an attorney. It will be quicker and more efficient and will cost between $1,000 and $2,000.

­Portugal

Portugal has two visas that would apply to someone wanting to live and work on the Iberian Peninsula: D2 and D7. Technically, the D2 is for independent workers and entrepreneurs, while the D7 is for those who are retired or earning passive income. In practical terms, the D7 will make sense for most people, even if they’re not retired, because it’s based on income. The D2 requires proof that an expat can support themselves as a freelancer and can begin issuing Portuguese invoices on which the business will be taxed, though the tax rate is fixed at 20% for 10 years.

With the D7, instead, a person will need only to show that they have €8,000 (about $9,700) per person in a Portuguese bank account and that they have the equivalent of €30,000 ($36,400) in a bank account back in their home country.

To apply for either a D2 or D7 visa, an expat must enroll in the Portuguese tax system and become a tax resident. That requires obtaining a Portuguese tax number before they can even apply for a visa. And for that, they will need a sponsor, which can be a law office, accounting office, or migration office.

For that reason, they’ll need to hire a pro to walk them through the process and be their sponsor for the tax number. All in, that will cost you between €1,000 and €2,500 (about $1,200 to $3,000). The process will require two to four months to complete.

As a freelancer, an expat will also want to apply for Non-Habitual Resident status, or NHR, which is issued to people who’ve never lived in Portugal before and move to the country. With NHR status, income earned outside the country is exempt from taxes. They will have to file a Portuguese tax return and declare the income, though they’ll owe no taxes on it. The other benefit of this is that it shows Uncle Sam they’re a tax resident of another country, which then helps trigger their eligibility for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion.

A person is eligible to apply for Portuguese citizenship and a passport after five years of residence, though they have to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language.

Czech Republic

It’s a two-step process in Czech Republic. First step: apply to join the živnostensky (zivno) list. This isn’t specifically for foreigners. It’s a trade license for any Czech resident who works independently, be that a plumber, masseuse, artist, or whoever. That will take a week at most. Zivno in hand, they can then apply for a one-year, temporary residence visa.

They must apply for a residence visa at a Czech embassy outside of the Czech Republic, show they have housing (a notarized lease agreement) for the full-length of the visa they seek, up to one year. That means they’ll need to visit the Czech Republic to arrange that. Some expats will move to Prague, obtain their housing and zivno, then take the train to nearby embassies in Berlin, Vienna, or Bratislava and complete their application.

They will need a signed letter from their bank stating that they have the equivalent of 125,000 Czech crowns on deposit (about $5,700). That will need to be translated into Czech, which a visa agency can handle. Be sure the account has a debit card, which must be presented at the application meeting at the Czech embassy, because officials will want to see it—it’s proof that a person can access the account.

An FBI criminal background check is required, though as an American an expat can also go to the U.S. embassy in Prague and sign an affidavit attesting to their criminal-free background. Along with a passport and an application form, that’s pretty much all the documents an applicant needs.

To hire a local agency to help with the process, it should cost less than 15,000 crowns (about $685) for everything. The embassy fee is a separate 5,000 crowns (about $230).

Once the temporary visa expires after a year, it can easily be traded in for a renewable, two-year long-term residence visa. After five years as a legal resident, a person is eligible to apply for Czech citizenship and a Czech passport, which like the Portuguese passport, is an EU passport and thus gives them free rein to live and work anywhere in the EU.

The full report on the best places to live and work in 2021, including more information for immigration experts in each of the countries mentioned, can be found at: The Best Places to Live and Work Abroad in 2021.

International Living has launched its new “Work From Anywhere” resource, devoted to coverage of innovative money-making strategies, ways to build a portable income, tips for boosting health and well-being, methods to maximize Social Security, and so much more. More information can be found, here.

María Gabriela de Faria is nominated for her 14th Kids Choice Awards

Venezuelan actress María Gabriela de Faria received her 14th Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards nomination, in the “Inspiration of the Year” category (KCA Mexico 2020).

Her work this year with organizations like World Wildlife Fund and Mercy for Animals, as well as the constant championing of animal rights, veganism, sustainable fashion and an eco-friendly lifestyle in her social media channels and her new blog, TheFaria.Online, have made the actress one of Nickelodeon’s most popular agents of change.

Voting for the KCA Mexico will remain open until October 18, 2020 on the www.kcamexico.com website, and from Twitter and Instagram by including the oficial hashtag of the event (#KCAMexico) plus that of your favorite nominee, #TheFariaInspiration.

De Faria’s personal motto is “Changing The World, One Small World at a Time,” so for those who think it’s important to celebrate how small actions can generate big changes on the planet, don’t hesitate to vote.

De Faria Additionally Starts Engines on New Productions, Film, and TV Work

De Faria is most known in Latin America for her leading roles in the Nickelodeon series Isa TKM, Grachi, and Yo Soy Franky, as well as Fox Telecolombia’s Sitiados 2.

As production begins to ramp up again, she has three major projects lined up. In recent days, Fox gave the green light for the second season of the successful family comedy The Moodys, in which de Faria plays “Cora.”

The series, the premiere of which has been announced for 2021, stars Denis Leary and Elizabeth Perkins as the heads of a tight-knit, but slightly dysfunctional family. Her fourth, fifth and sixth films are currently in post-production, with both Pacifico and The Exorcism of God expected to release in 2021, and a yet-to-be announced film headed for film festivals next year.

De Faria begins filming a new, exciting (and secret!) U.S. film in Indiana this week. The name of her seventh film, has not yet been revealed.

For more information on Maria Gabriela de Faria and social media please visit:

Instagram | YouTube | Facebook | Twitter

Website: https://thefaria.online/about-me/

Blog: TheFaria.Online

Uzy Rozenthal Botswana

Botswana eVisa Applications

Travelers to Botswana will soon be able to complete visa applications online and ease their entry into the country with Pangea IT. The new service will be hugely beneficial to travelers as well as reduce the government’s investment of funds, time, paperwork, and manpower allocated for visa applications.

Israel’s Pangea IT, which specializes in digital transformation of government and business services, has been selected by the government of Botswana to integrate its eVisa solution. This will enable visitors to Botswana to obtain a visa online and have a seamless entry upon arrival at all the land and air arrival points in the country.

Online visas are becoming more popular as both governments and travelers are increasingly embracing the digital age. The Covid-19 global health crisis is expected to accelerate the trend, as tourists will be looking at reducing their contacts in their home countries and at the travel destination. In the case of Botswana, this is extremely important since the country has a limited number of diplomatic offices abroad so the eVisa option will make traveling to the popular safari destination easier for visitors from various countries.

Pangea has been active in Botswana since 2003 when the company installed a digital birth and death registration system which is still in operation. In 2010, the Israeli company deployed a computerized immigration and citizenship system (ICS) in Botswana.

“We are in the process of integrating our eVisa solution and expect to have it operational till the end of the year,” said Uzy Rozenthal, Pangea EVP and general manager government division. “eVisa will dramatically speed up the entry process in Botswana and will translate into a substantial savings in both administration costs and time needed without compromising border security.”

Verónica Gago (Ni Una Menos) illustration by Mina Tocalini

Verónica Gago – Feminist International

Recent years have seen massive feminist mobilizations in virtually every continent, overturning social mores and repressive legislation. In this brilliant and original look at the emerging feminist international, Verónica Gago explores how the women’s strike, as both a concept and collective experience, may be transforming the boundaries of politics as we know it.

At once a gripping political analysis and a theoretically charged manifesto, Feminist International draws on the author’s rich experience with radical movements to enter into ongoing debates in feminist and Marxist theory: from social reproduction and domestic work to the intertwining of financial and gender violence, as well as controversies surrounding the neo-extractivist model of development, the possibilities and limits of left populism, and the ever-vexed nexus of gender-race-class. Gago asks what another theory of power might look like, one premised on our desire to change everything.

Verónica Gago is a leader in Argentina’s #NiUnaMenos movement (Not One More!), as both a theoretician and an activist. She is a Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, Professor at the Instituto de Altos Estudios, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, and Assistant Researcher at the National Council of Research (CONICET). Her work is deeply influenced by active participation in the experience of Colectivo Situaciones, who recorded the Argentine social movements around the 2001 debt crisis with remarkable acuity.

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Growing Gamer Population

Data acquired by Finbold.com shows that 35% of the current global population comprises gamers. According to the data, as of April 2020, the gaming population stood at 2.7 billion people. Read below for all of the gamer facts you need.

The Asia Pacific region leads with 1,506 million gamers accounting for 55% of the entire gaming population. Europe, Middle East, and Africa region are second with 758 million people emerging as gamers.

Latin America comes third with 259 million gamers accounting for 9% of the global gaming population. North America comes last with 203 million gamers or 7% of the gaming population.

Finbold.com’s research also overviewed the projected revenue from the gaming sector in 2020. This year, the sector is expected to generate $159.3 billion in revenue with mobile accounting for 48% at $77.2 billion. Under mobile games revenue, gamers on tablets will spend $13.7 billion accounting for 9% of the entire revenue generated. Smartphone games whose revenue is projected to stand at $63.6 billion accounts for 40% of the global revenue.

Elsewhere, game consoles are set to generate the second-highest revenue in 2020 at $45.2 billion or 28% of the global tally. PC games will account for 23% of the global revenue cumulatively at $36.9 billion. Under PC games boxed and downloaded games will attract $33.9 billion or 21% of the total revenue while browser PC gamers will spend approximately $3.08 billion or 9% of the total revenue to be generated in 2020.

The gaming population exploded in the first quarter of 2020 thanks to various factors. According to the Finbold.com report, “The estimated revenue from 2020’s gaming sector is high considering that with the coronavirus pandemic, gaming has offered an escape route for those in lockdown.”

Moving forward, factors like competitions and penetration of smartphones globally will drive the growth of the gaming sector.

Read the full story with statistics here.

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Coronavirus Slams Drug Cartels

By Jason Tayer

Now that the coronavirus has essentially inhabited every region around the world, countless businesses and industries have taken major financial hits. Not only have legal industries been suffering from the pandemic, but underground, illegal trade systems have also been experiencing declines. Specifically, drug cartels, illicit powers over the production and sale of narcotics, traveling between the Mexico-U.S. border are undergoing a significant collapse stage.

These drug cartels are primarily suffering from a lack of resources along with means to make drugs in the production phase. According to the Washington Post, many of the chemical precursors used to manufacture these narcotics are supplied by China, and specifically from the city of Wuhan. With previous, open trade systems halting and borders closing over the past 2-3 months, it is no surprise that global and local drug trade has been negatively affected. Even within different Latin American cities and countries, drug transportation is slowing at considerable rates. While drug cartels slow production, criminal investigators can now take advantage of this time to try to shut down many drug cartels.

Government officials may gain more traction than ever in terms of seizing drug money and honing in on busting certain drug cartels. According to NBC News, cash seizures have more than doubled this year around the Los Angeles area. Again, without as much contact and access to China’s criminal gangs, many Latin American drug cartels are less able to launder money and utilize bank wires in a clean, less traceable manner.

On the contrary, the National Post suggests that stress and anxiety within the U.S. are actually leading to increased demand for narcotics such as meth and fentanyl. This increasing demand is outgrowing meth withdrawal treatment programs, and obviously not meeting the current supply of these drugs, so the industry is subsiding from both sides.