All About Human Smuggling

CUBA / 21 APR 2014

The tale of a runaway Cuban baseball player illustrates a human smuggling route from the Communist island to the US, and how Mexico's brutal Zetas may profit from the trade.

BRAZIL / 21 MAR 2014

Peru has announced measures to combat human smuggling networks that facilitate illegal migration from Haiti to Brazil, highlighting the country's role in a trade that capitalizes on the…

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 21 MAR 2014

US authorities have discovered a home in Texas where human smugglers were keeping over 100 undocumented migrants against their will, providing a high-profile example of how organized crime manifests itself…

ECUADOR / 15 JAN 2014

Investigations into a group offering fraudulent documents to migrants in Ecuador has revealed the increasing sophistication, international connections and corruption of state institutions by human smuggling organizations, operating in a…

BRAZIL / 10 DEC 2013

Indigenous communities in the state of Acre in northwest Brazil's Amazon region are facing growing threats from cocaine trafficking, as criminals up their activity in the country's remote jungle regions bordering…

GULF CARTEL / 20 NOV 2013

US government documents obtained by a Washington DC-based non-governmental organization shed some light on one of the darkest periods in recent Mexican history: the multiple massacres of migrants between August…

ECUADOR / 28 OCT 2013

Ecuador has increased the legal penalties for loan sharks in an attempt to crack down on the exploitation that is a key part of the human smuggling and trafficking…

EL SALVADOR / 15 OCT 2013

A Salvadoran man who sold illegal migrants to Mexico's criminal group, the Zetas, for $800 apiece has been sentenced to four years in jail, in a case that sheds lights…

ECUADOR / 11 OCT 2013

Police in Ecuador have dismantled a group that allegedly smuggled Nepalese and Bangladeshi migrants through Latin America into the United States, another example of the region's growing use as a…

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 5 SEP 2013

Authorities in Uruguay have dismantled a network that smuggled Chinese migrants from Brazil to Argentina, highlighting the flow of migrants and human trafficking victims through the Southern Cone.

GUATEMALA / 15 AUG 2013

The head of passports in Guatemala's Department of Immigration has been arrested on people smuggling charges, highlighting Guatemala's role as a hub of illegal immigration and false documents.

COLOMBIA / 14 AUG 2013

Authorities in Colombia have broken up a human smuggling ring that transported Nepalese and Bangladeshi migrants into Central America, highlighting the apparent growth in illegal South Asian migrants passing through…

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InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

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InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

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InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

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InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…