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Greenback dealers on motorbikes deliver a cash lifeline in Argentina

After decades of defaults, currency crises, high inflation and volatile politics, men yelling “exchange! exchange!” in downtown Buenos Aires became part of the city’s fabric. 

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, though, no-one is selling on the streets. Instead, they’re delivering to customers’ homes.

They cruise through the deserted streets of Buenos Aires on motorbikes or in cars with tinted windows. If police stop them, they show permission slips to deliver food or home cleaning supplies.

But they’re actually delivering US dollar bills – illegally.

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