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NATO ships to combat migrant-smuggling networks in Aegean
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NATO ships to combat migrant-smuggling networks in Aegean

Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Griff Witte | The Washington Post - February 11, 2016

BRUSSELS - NATO dispatched warships to the Aegean Sea on Thursday to target people-smuggling operations, marking the most direct intervention by the NATO alliance to cope with…

#Jailbnb offers stay in Costa Rican prison to deter child sex tourism
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#Jailbnb offers stay in Costa Rican prison to deter child sex tourism

The Tico Times - August 7, 2015

“The place you will never want to stay”: That’s the line an anti-human trafficking organization wants tourists to remember before they try to have sex with a…

Latin American trafficking ring disrupted after death of minor in Mexico
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Latin American trafficking ring disrupted after death of minor in Mexico

AFP - February 24, 2015

QUITO, Ecuador — Police have charged 42 members of a criminal gang following an investigation into the trafficking and rape of a 12-year-old Ecuadorean girl who later committed suicide, officials…

US court sentences Costa Rican woman to 30 months in jail for role in human smuggling network
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US court sentences Costa Rican woman to 30 months in jail for role in human smuggling network

L. Arias - December 15, 2014

A Costa Rican woman on Friday was sentenced in a Florida court to 30 months in prison for her role in a conspiracy to smuggle more than 25 undocumented…

Impunity remains largest hurdle for human trafficking in the Americas, says UN
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Impunity remains largest hurdle for human trafficking in the Americas, says UN

The Tico Times - December 3, 2014

There are more laws on the book than ever in Latin America criminalizing human trafficking, but these laws rarely lead to prosecutions or convictions, according to a…

Costa Rican police detain 9 undocumented migrants near Jacó, arrest driver
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Costa Rican police detain 9 undocumented migrants near Jacó, arrest driver

L. Arias - September 6, 2014

National Police officers on Friday morning detained nine undocumented migrants and the driver who transported them in an SUV near the Central Pacific beach town of Jacó, the Public Security Ministry reported.…

5 cases of human trafficking under investigation in Costa Rica this year, says Immigration Administration director
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5 cases of human trafficking under investigation in Costa Rica this year, says Immigration Administration director

The Tico Times - August 19, 2014

Sexual and labor exploitation are the top two drivers of human trafficking in Costa Rica this year, but organ trafficking continues to concern authorities, according to Immigration…

Sex tourism a driver for human trafficking in Costa Rica, says foundation
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Sex tourism a driver for human trafficking in Costa Rica, says foundation

The Tico Times - June 12, 2014

Scenic beaches and cold bottles of Imperial pervade Costa Rica’s image as a world-renowned tourist destination. But a darker side lurks behind the pura vida. Sex tourism,…

Police arrest Costa Rican man transporting 14 undocumented immigrants
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Police arrest Costa Rican man transporting 14 undocumented immigrants

L. Arias - May 19, 2014

Public Security Ministry officers arrested on Saturday a Costa Rican man with the last names Ortega Villegas, who was transporting 14 undocumented Nicaraguans inside a truck. The…