La Quiaca is border town in between Argentina and Bolivia, located in the northwest region of Argentina. At the border, which is loosely regulated ( an explanation of the high rates of human trafficking) semi-trucks bring products to and from Argentina and Bolivia. These semi-trucks are taxed by the weight of their load to cross-- thus the role of the ""hormigas"". These people, beginning early in the morning, carry overweight bags of flour and rice, on their backs from one side to the other. In this picture they are carrying material goods from Argentina to Bolivia. Similar to ants, these people carry immense weights on their backs, it's unimaginably strenuous work. At 12,000 feet, this work is even more challenging. Not to mention the blistering heat, which most of us tried to shade ourselves from. Once on the other side, they drop off the bags and run back to the other side to pick up another one. After the day is over, women, children, and men of all ages walk away with completely curved backs, still weighed down by their occupation. It was a difficult site to see. But these people work quickly, all day long, carrying packages not meant to be carried by the human body-- this is why they call them ""ants"".
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