All About Human Smuggling

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 31 MAY 2011

The UN high commissioner for human rights warned that the situation of migrants passing through Mexico is a matter of "grave concern," following recent attacks against migrants making their way…

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 25 MAY 2011

Three employees of an Arizona sheriff have been arrested on charges of working with Mexican drug traffickers, and one said she was pregnant by an alleged member of…

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 20 MAY 2011

Increasing numbers of people from Asia and Africa are seeking to enter the U.S. illegally over the Mexican border. Analysts have started to map the routes these migrants take,…

EXTORTION / 20 MAY 2011

Mexico's government secretary said that organized criminal groups now control whole areas of territory in the country, and charge fees for other groups to operate there.

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 18 MAY 2011

Mexican police stopped more than 500 illegal migrants from Asia and Central America in Chiapas, southern Mexico.

BRAZIL / 13 MAY 2011

Brazil's authorities are concerned about the increasing number of refugees from Haiti flooding into the country, traveling over routes more commonly used for drug trafficking.

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 12 MAY 2011

A group of Central American migrants who fell victim to a kidnapping scheme in northern Mexico has accused immigration officials in the country of handing them over to drug gangs.

EL SALVADOR / 9 MAY 2011

The recent U.S. arrest of two suspected Mara Salvatrucha (MS -13) gang members who had kidnapped a group of illegal immigrants reveals a new threat along the already perilous trail…

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 5 MAY 2011

U.S. authorities have broken up a ring that trafficked women from Latin America and forced them to work in brothels, reports El Nuevo Heraldo. Nineteen people were arrested…

COLOMBIA / 5 MAY 2011

The arrest of an alleged cousin of Osama bin Laden, accused of running a human trafficking ring in Ecuador, is another sign of how lax visa policies have fed the…

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 27 APR 2011

The body count from two areas of mass graves in Mexico had grown to 279, the government announced. In Tamaulipas, forensics had pulled 183 bodies from the mass…

HONDURAS / 22 APR 2011

Sixteen national congressmen in Honduras are drug traffickers, according to a former security advisor for the Honduran government quoted in McClatchy's dark account of drug trafficking in that…

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