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Restrictions on Venezuela Migrants Boost Criminal Networks

New immigration restrictions announced by some countries in Latin America to stem the tide of migrants fleeing Venezuela could create a boomerang effect in the...
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How and Where Organized Crime Preys on Migrants in Mexico

A new report shows how and where organized crime groups victimize Central American migrants in...
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Transnational Sex Trafficking Rings Cash In on Venezuela Crisis

Authorities in Spain and Venezuela have arrested members of two different transnational networks sexually exploiting women and girls fleeing the South American...
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Honduras Criminals Feed Migrants’ Growing Demand for Forged Documents

A network of identity traffickers in Honduras may have sold forged documents to hundreds of immigrants from other continents, taking advantage of the fact that...
Migrantes indocumentados son desalojados de camión en México
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Enforcement Shifting Human Smuggling Routes, Dangers in Mexico: Report

A new report says that human smugglers in Mexico are turning to cargo trucks and less traveled routes to reach the United States,...
Is tougher US-Mexico border security shifting smuggling routes?
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US-Canada Border Arrest Shows Varied Human Smuggling Routes

US authorities have arrested a Honduran national for allegedly smuggling several migrants from Central America and Mexico into the United States from Canada,...
The network was able to smuggle 100 to 150 people every month
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New Details Reveal Breadth of Guatemala Human Smuggling Network

Authorities in Guatemala have released new information on the modus operandi of an international human smuggling network that coordinated the movement of people...
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Colombia Takes Down Human Smuggling Ring Linked to Urabeños

Authorities in Colombia have struck against what appears to be one of the largest and most sophisticated human smuggling rings seen in the region recently, an...
Migrants are often susceptible to human smuggling networks
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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...
Human trafficking continues to impact Latin America
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Latin America Still Falling Short in Combating Human Trafficking: Report

An annual report on the global state of human trafficking suggests that the majority of Latin American countries still do not fully comply with US standards for...
US-bound migrants riding on a Mexican freight train
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Unauthorized Migration Is Worth Billions for LatAm Organized Crime

Experts say unauthorized migration generates billions of dollars for criminal groups in Latin America, earnings that are set to grow as a result of tightening US...
Migrants are opting for maritime routes to cross over into Mexico
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Trump Wall May Reinforce Shift to Maritime Migrant Routes

Central American undocumented migrants are shifting to maritime transportation, according to a recent report, likely as a result of Mexico's crackdown on land...