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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,...
The program is broadcast in Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
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Radio Program in Peru Takes Aim at Human Trafficking

Peru's Interior Ministry has aired its first trilingual radio program to help better inform the public about human trafficking, a step in the right direction that...
Dr. Francisco José Mora Palma (right)
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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...
Colombian sex trafficking network brought victims to China's prostitution market
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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...
Hundreds of indigenous people, including children, are trafficked each year across Ecuador
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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...
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...
Latin America struggles to prevent human trafficking
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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...
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...
Contraband smugglers between Bolivia and Argentina, dubbed “bagayeros”
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Smuggling of Drugs, People Spurs Violence in Argentina Contraband Hotbed

Recent media reports point to the rise of drug and human trafficking on the Bolivia-Argentina border as the cause of spiking violence among local...
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...
US President Donald Trump
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5 Ways Trump’s Deportation Plan Helps Criminals

In a number of ways, the Trump administration's plan to curb illegal immigration in the United States could facilitate the type of crime that it purports to...
The Miami apartment where Morales alleged held his victims
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Sex Traffickers Cash in on Surge of Cuban Migrants to US

The case of a sex trafficking ring that ensnared Cuban women in prostitution in Miami suggests human traffickers are capitalizing on the recent surge of Cubans...