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Costa Rica Organ Trafficking Trial Links Illicit Transplant Network to Ukraine

Costa Rica Organ Trafficking Trial Links Illicit Transplant Network to Ukraine

New details have emerged regarding the inner workings of a sophisticated organ trafficking network with international ties operating in Costa Rica, suggesting that the country's role in the international illicit organ trade may be evolving.

Colombia to China Sex Trafficking Bust Illustrates Dynamics of Trade

Colombia to China Sex Trafficking Bust Illustrates Dynamics of Trade

Colombian authorities have arrested members of a network that trafficked women from Colombia to China, revealing some of the dynamics of the lucrative transnational sex trade that continues virtually unchecked in Asia's most populous country.

Shame Silences Ecuador's Indigenous People Trafficked for Sex

Shame Silences Ecuador's Indigenous People Trafficked for Sex

Hundreds of indigenous people, including children, across Ecuador are being trafficked each year but few victims come forward because of shame and fear and little is known about the true scale of the problem, campaigners say.

Nearly 50 Groups Active in Human Trafficking in Mexico: Report

Nearly 50 Groups Active in Human Trafficking in Mexico: Report

A recent report offers new insight into human trafficking in Mexico, and reinforces concerns about the role of organized groups in this criminal industry.

Human Trafficking Network Dismantled in Panama

Human Trafficking Network Dismantled in Panama

A Panama court has convicted and sentenced three members of a Nicaraguan-led human trafficking network focused on exploiting people for manual labor, a promising sign for a region still struggling to combat the illicit industry.

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and travelers. Migrants crossing the region are especially vulnerable as they move north through what is a veritable gauntlet of gangs, large criminal groups and corrupt officials.