(Image: Alicia Vera)

(Image: Alicia Vera)


In Mexico City, a Black Market for Life's Most Basic Commodity

By Benjamin Russell

Scarcity is fueling an underground water market – and even theft – in the metropolis.

This article is adapted from AQ's latest issue on the politics of water in Latin America | Leer en español

MEXICO CITY — Delivering water in Iztapalapa for the past 13 years has put Jesús Martínez on the wrong end of a gun barrel more than once.

Sometimes when the taps run dry in this hardscrabble borough at the heart of Mexico City’s water crisis, desperate residents — or thieves on the make — ...

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