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Panama Crackdown on Human Trafficking

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, during this week, succeeded in rescuing just 37 women, […]

Drugs and Trafficking Behind Death of 15 Foreigners in Medellin

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 Belen TODAY 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 of the Metropolitan Police, General José Gerardo Acevedo, the case […]

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 Chinese victims of human trafficking in Argentina. According to the […]

Costa Rica Among 25 Nations Involved In Effort Against Human Trafficking

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 making a significant dent in the world of illegal human […]

Half Of African Migrants Avoided Controls To Leave Costa Rica

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 4,700 migrants in the country since April, are no longer […]

Human Trafficking Report Gives Bad Marks to Some Latin America Nations

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 trafficking trends and gives assessments of each nation’s efforts to […]

Bust Highlights Paraguay to Europe Sex Trafficking

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 Police, in conjunction with their French and Spanish counterparts, had […]

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

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 Attorney General explained that the growth in organized crime and […]

Organized Crime Profits from Modern Slavery in Latin America

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 live in the Americas. The highest number of regional victims […]

Brothers Suspected of Human Trafficking (Trata de Personas)

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 women in the Dominican Republic and brought them to Costa […]

How Central America Can Better Fight Human Trafficking

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 and lived in a remote village in Yoro, Honduras. Her […]

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

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 friend of the couple, Eliécer Ruiz Ureña, 46. All are […]