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In Mexico, Old Clothes Can be Bad News
Americans' used clothes are causing upheaval in Mexico. Read the full story here.
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Iztapalapa Market

Some 350,000 items of used clothing – with brand names like Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, Nautica, Aeropostale and Guess – were confiscated at this market in Iztapalapa, Mexico City in March.

(Source: Mexico's Tax Administration Service)

Piedras Negras raid

Mexican border customs officials in Piedras Negras confiscated 4,400 items entering the country illegally after stopping a truck in the "Nothing to declare" lane.

(Source: Mexico's Tax Administration Service)

Mexico City clothing raid

A worker from the Tax Administration Service inspects new clothing in a store in Mexico City's Historic Center in April. Later, roughly 45,000 items of clothing were confiscated because vendors could not prove they had followed Mexican commerce laws.

(Source: Mexico's Tax Administration Service)

October Jalisco raid

Workers from the Tax Administration Service carry off 50 tons of illegal used clothing, shoes and perfumes in Jalisco in October.

(Source: Mexico's Tax Administration Service)

Ropa de paca 2

Stacks of "ropa de paca," often originating from Goodwill and The Salvation Army, reach the ceiling at this facility in El Paso.

(Source: Melissa Gauthier)

Ropa de paca

People sort through "ropa de paca" – bales of clothing – in one of El Paso's many businesses selling used attire, much of which ends up in Mexico. Source: Melissa Gauthier

 

(Source: Melissa Gauthier)

In Mexico, Old Clothes Can be Bad News

Americans' used clothes are causing upheaval in Mexico. Read the full story here.

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