Paraguay Busts Sex Trafficking Ring Linked to Drug Smuggling

An Argentine man, arrested in Paraguay for allegedly running an international sex trafficking ring, is also suspected of involvement in a drug smuggling network that supplied cocaine to Europe.

On Monday, police in Paraguay carried out an operation to shut down a brothel in the capital city of Asuncion. Authorities rescued three minors and arrested an Argentine national, Adrian Providenza, and several Paraguayan nationals, including Miguel Bogado, reports ABC.

In 2009, Bogado was detained in Paraguay for allegedly transporting 48 kilos of an ephedrine-like substance used in the production of methamphetamine. Providenza has previously been arrested in Argentina in 2006 for alleged participation in a network that trafficked cocaine to Spain.

Both men, along with Providenza’s brother, who is still at large, are suspected of forcing young girls into prostitution in the Asuncion brothel and in Mexico.

After discovering 60 drums of suspected precursor chemicals and 30 kilos of an unidentified white powder in the brothel, authorities in Paraguay have begun to investigate the possibility that Providenza, Bogado and other individuals detained on charges of pimping and sex trafficking may also be part of an international drug smuggling ring.