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US-based Human Traffickers Exploited Overwhelmed Immigration System

US-based Human Traffickers Exploited Overwhelmed Immigration System

Three of four defendants accused of luring Guatemalan teens to work at an Ohio farm in slave conditions have pled guilty in a case highlighting how human traffickers can take advantage of an overwhelmed US immigration system.

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Guatemala's criminal organizations are among the most sophisticated and dangerous in Central America. Some of them have been in operation for decades. They include former members of the military, intelligence agencies and active members of the police. Transporting illegal drugs north comprises the bulk of their activity, but organized crime in Guatemala is also involved in marijuana and poppy cultivation, as well as human trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, money laundering, arms smuggling, adoption rings, eco trafficking and other illegal enterprises. They often work with groups from Mexico, Colombia and other Central American nations and they have the potential to expand and command other Central American nations' underworlds.

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