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Costa Rica dismantles human trafficking network

Costa Rica on Thursday dismantled a human trafficking network that operated for the purpose of sexual exploitation, and authorities detained 10 people who led the operation, the Migration Directorate reported.

Alleged migrant smugglers arrested in Costa Rica

The detainees were left to the order of the Public Ministry (prosecutor's office), which could prosecute them for the crime of illicit trafficking in persons.

US adds Nicaragua to human trafficking blacklist

The United States included Nicaragua on its human trafficking blacklist; Costa Rica remained stable.

Interpol arrests 53 people in operation against migrant smuggling

Undocumented migrants claimed to have been threatened with death or rape if they did not agree to pay the groups of smugglers.

Immigration Police detains man linked to human trafficking operation

Police began the trafficking investigation following the disappearance last year of three Ticos who allegedly paid Barboza to take them to Miami via Panama and Barbados.

Cuba Dave found guilty of promoting sex tourism, faces five more years in prison

Sex tourist David Strecker, aka Cuba Dave, was found guilty of violating one count of Costa Rica's Sex Tourism Law in a San José court Wednesday.

Central America arrests break up major human trafficking ring, police say

Judicial and immigration officials in Costa Rica on Tuesday arrested two men suspected of forming part of a criminal group responsible for smuggling migrants across the Americas on their way to the U.S.

NATO ships to combat migrant-smuggling networks in Aegean

NATO dispatched warships to the Aegean Sea on Thursday to target people-smuggling operations, in an attempt to cope with the huge wave of migrants seeking to reach Europe's shores.

Obama administration placed children with human traffickers, report says

A recent report details nearly 30 cases where unaccompanied Central American child migrants in the U.S. had been trafficked after federal officials released them to sponsors or where there were "serious trafficking indicators."

Costa Rica among targets of US, Latin America child porn raids

MEXICO CITY – Sixty people have been arrested on charges of child pornography and three minors were rescued in a joint operation with FBI agents and police in Argentina, Chile and Mexico, officials here said.

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