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Between Contraband and Coronavirus: Migration Dynamics at the Venezuela-Colombia Border

As Venezuelan citizens try to return home during the coronavirus pandemic, their own government has accused them of spreading the virus while illegal groups along...
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The Ongoing Trafficking and Killing of Venezuelan Women in Mexico

The rescue of three Venezuelan forced into sex trafficking in Mexico City has once again shone a spotlight on the ongoing violent treatment and deaths of Venezuelan...
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El Salvador’s Black Widows – Female Leadership in MS13

An MS13 linked gang in El Salvador known as the Black Widows has been convicted of forcing women to marry men and then killing their new husbands as part of a...
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Showtime’s ‘The Trade’ Explores Criminal Networks Tied to Migration

The second season of Showtime’s The Trade comes out March 6, and this time around the award-winning documentary series is doing a deep-dive...
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Bolivia Struggles to Help Its Human Trafficking Victims

An investigation in Bolivia has found that human trafficking goes largely unchecked throughout the country, highlighting the government’s need to address...
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Guyana’s Mining Region is Open Door to Venezuelan Organized Crime

A recent Crisis Group report explores criminal dynamics in the Guyanese mining region bordering Venezuela, revealing how the chaos and violence of Venezuela’s...
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Costa Rica Struggling to Stop Repeated Organ Trafficking Cases

Prosecutors in Costa Rica are investigating a suspected organ trafficking ring at a hospital in the country’s capital -- the second time in recent years they’ve...
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Human Trafficking Complaints Rise by 500 Percent in Chile

The dismantling of a sophisticated human trafficking network in Chile has drawn attention to the fact that reports of human trafficking have increased five-fold in...
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Colombia Failing to Protect Venezuela Children from Sexual Exploitation

A ring that sexually exploited minors from Venezuela has been dismantled in Colombia, but this only further highlights the vulnerability of migrants in the country...
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Colombia’s Bogotá-Medellín Highway Rife With Child Sex Exploitation

The highway between Bogotá and Medellín is one of Colombia's worst sites for child sex trafficking and exploitation, as criminal groups abuse underage,...
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Peru’s Illegal Mining Hotspot Has Other Crimes to Worry About

Peruvian authorities dismantled a human trafficking network operating in the region of Madre de Dios, a territory known for illegal mining activity....
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Prostitution Ring Highlights Vulnerability of Colombia Indigenous Communities

Colombia’s authorities have broken up a prostitution ring exploiting indigenous minors in the Amazonas department, the second human trafficking ring arrested this...