There's a reason drug cartel members' bodies are tattooed literally from head to toe — and it's probably not one you would expect.
Tom Wainwright, former Mexico City bureau chief for the Economist and author of "Narconomics," said in a video for Business Insider recently that cartel leaders are "literally branding their employees," thus making them "cheaper to employ."
But the reason Wainwright gave for the body markings could come as a surprise to some.
According to Wainwright, leaders have members get tattoos because it helps the cartels control their employees. For example, it could be very hard for members to get a job somewhere else if they leave their cartel, making them economically dependent on the drug gangs as a result.
(H/T: Business Insider)
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