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El Marisco Vivo restaurant raided for selling food with contraband products

Like eating out? Careful where. One place maybe to avoid is the El Marisco Vivo in La Sabana, especially after the raid by the Policía de Control Fiscal (PCF) on Wednesday, resulting in the confiscation of canned products and vegetables of dubious origin. In total,...

Sex workers charge 10 ‘rojos’ to gold miners in Crucitas

The "gold rush" in Crucitas, in northern Costa Rica, a short distance from the river San Juan the border with Nicaragua, has also attracted sex workers to the area to offer their services, especially when there are a lot of coligalleros (miners who steals...

Couple Busted For Running ‘House of Ill Repute’

A couple was arrested as suspects of the crime of proxenetismo (pimping) women in a house located in the upscale community of Pinares de Curridabat, in the east side of San Jose. According to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), on a confidential tip, they...

Is Latin America Harboring a Mafia State?

(Panam Post) Many analysts are shocked at the collapse of Venezuela, a nation that was once showcased as the cradle of modernity in Latin America. This surprise of course springs from the fact that most observers failed to realize that the ascent of the...

They charged ¢3,000 ($5) For Crossing Illegally Into Costa Rica

The Policía de Fronteras (Border Police) at the Los Chiles border post with Nicaragua, in the north, detained two alleged human traffickers on Friday. The men were surprised by the border police when they were entering the country through an illegal crossing with a group...

On average every 15 days there is a “trafficking” victim in Costa Rica

The sexual exploitation of persons for commercial purposes is increasing and is the most common way in which the crime of trafficking in persons manifests itself in Costa Rica. Between 2010 and 2018 there were 211 cases, that is, more than 26 per year or...

Costa Rica Raises New Flag On Old U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Boats

The Costa Rican flag rose Tuesday in Baltimore on a refurbished former U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat, one of two outdated vessels the United States is donating to the country to help fight drug and human trafficking. Costa Rican Coast Guard crews are undergoing ten...

Four Convicted For Duping Girls In Nicaragua To Prostitute Them In Bars in San Carlos

Ciudad Quesada. Three women and one man were sentenced Thursday to 23 years in prison for bringing girls clandestinely from Nicaragua and forcing them into prostitution in bars located in La Fortuna de San Carlos. After three weeks of trial, the three member panel of...

Radio Program in Peru Takes Aim at Human Trafficking

Peru's Interior Ministry has aired its first trilingual radio program to help better inform the public about human trafficking, a step in the right direction that will need additional institutional support to yield results. The program, called So They Don't Find You (#QueNoTeEncuentren), is part...

MTSS Says It Never Authorized Use of Logo On Stop Human Trafficking Advertising

The billboards of the image of an employer unmasked and with the logo of the Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social (MTSS) - the Ministry of Labour - the public is being warned of that "Behind a boss there may be a trafficker in...

Latin America Lacks Clear Policies to Tackle Human Trafficking

Q24N (By Daniela Pastrana, IPS) Each year, some three million undocumented immigrants enter the United States, half of them with the help of traffickers, as part of a nearly seven-billion- dollar business, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Although Mexico is...

Costa Rica Immigration Official “Key” In Human Trafficking Gang

Q COSTA RICA - The Policía de Migración (Costa Rican Immigration Police) struck a major blow to a human trafficking ring after capturing four members of an organization that was dedicated to moving Cubans through Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico to the final destination,...

Young Bolivian Woman Abducted to Peru Escapes Human Trafficking Gang

(Q24N) A 21-year-old Bolivian girl who had been reported missing for four days was able to escape a human trafficking gang in Peru. As the girl, named Xiomi, told the Peruvian press, she does not know how she got to Lima; however she remembers that...

Panama Crackdown on Human Trafficking

Panama’s Deputy Director of the Judicial Investigation Department, Manuel Bonome TODAY POANAMA (Prensa Latina) The present strategy against human trafficking has allowed Panama to rescue 167 people from 2014 to date and stop 40 human traffickers, the National Commission Against Human Trafficking (Cnctp) reported. Some operations,...

Cuban Migrants Found Travelling Hidden In Truck Between Gas Cylinders

Q COSTA RICA NEWS  - Six Cubans, who entered the country illegally, were arrested while travelling in a the back of a truck carrying gas cylinders. The Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) -  Ministry of Public Security - confirmed the migrants were detained at...

Drugs and Trafficking Behind Death of 15 Foreigners in Medellin

Many of the killings of foreigners occurred in the streets of El Poblado, Laureles and BelenTODAY COLOMBIA – In the Medellin morgue lies corpse a foreigner who was kidnapped at the end of October in a Poblado commercial centre. According to the outgoing commander...

That Was Quick. Back to Jail. ‘Cuba Dave’ Found Guilty!

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Well, that was quick, David Strecker, known as Cuba Dave on the internet, is going to continue behind bars after being found guilty for promoting sexual tourism. The trial that started on Tuesday took only two days. Strecker, 66 years...

Human Trafficking of Chinese Citizens Is Big Business in Argentina

(Q24N) A new report sheds light on the phenomenon of human trafficking involving Chinese citizens in Argentina, highlighting some of the factors underlying this illicit business. An investigation broadcast on September 18 by the television news program Periodismo Para Todos delved into the issue of...

Costa Rica Among 25 Nations Involved In Effort Against Human Trafficking

(Q24N) A transnational operation against human trafficking rescued more than 2,700 people and dismantled multiple smuggling rings in Latin America and elsewhere, shedding light on the complex nature of this largely hidden and very lucrative criminal trade. A variety of police agencies, including Interpol, reported...

Half Of African Migrants Avoided Controls To Leave Costa Rica

(QCostarica) Evading immigration controls in Costa Rica and possibly those in Nicaragua, some 2,700 African and Haitian migrants found they way north, seeking to migrate to the United States. The Dirección de Migración y Extranjería (Costa Rica's immigration service) says that of the more than...

US accuses Venezuela of complicity in human trafficking

The United States on Thursday included Venezuela, along with Haiti and Belize, on the list of countries that are not making enough efforts to combat people trafficking. This measure could lead to sanctions against such nations US President Barack Obama now has 90 days to...

Human Trafficking Report Gives Bad Marks to Some Latin America Nations

Organized crime continues to profit from human trafficking, forced labor, and sexual trafficking of vulnerable populations throughout Latin America, according to the US State Department's most recent report examining the matter. The annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report (pdf) from the State Department analyzes human...

Bust Highlights Paraguay to Europe Sex Trafficking

Q24N - A joint operation involving authorities in Paraguay, Spain and France has broken up a multi-country sex trafficking network, illustrating some of the lesser-known international dynamics of this illicit business. In a recent press release, the Paraguayan Attorney General's office announced that the National...

Costa Rica On The Verge On Murdering Judges and Prosecutors, Fears Attorney General

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica is "on the verge" that its prosecutors and judges are killed by organized crime, as is the case in neighbouring countries in Central America and Mexico, said the Attorney General, Jorge Chavarria, on Wednesday on the Nuestra Voz radio program. The...

Organized Crime Profits from Modern Slavery in Latin America

Q24N - A new report sheds light on how vulnerable populations subjected to slave-like conditions line the pocketbooks of organized crime networks across Latin America. The 2016 Global Slavery Index (pdf) published by Walk Free Foundation estimates that 2.2 million of the world's 45.8 million enslaved people...

Brothers Suspected of Human Trafficking (Trata de Personas)

QCOSTARICA - Two brothers owners of bars were arrested Friday night on suspicion of white slavery (trata de personas in Spanish) for sexual exploitation. According to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), the men were arrested in Zapote and Guapiles. Authorities say the suspects contacted...

How Central America Can Better Fight Human Trafficking

The number of successful convictions for human trafficking in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador is miniscule. These countries have made advances in the war against this crime, but judging from the available evidence, at the moment the criminals are winning. She was 12 years old...

Three Costa Ricans Lost At Sea Following Their “American Dream”

QCOSTARICA - Three Costa Ricans are missing since April 11 in the Caribbean Sea while attempting to reach the United States illegally, looking for their "American Dream". The three are identified as Edith Alfaro Porras, 40; her husband, Rafael Arturo Garbanzo Cascante, 42; and a...

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