Global operation to arrest 257 for human trafficking included Costa Rica

( / AFP) More than 250 people were arrested in an operation to combat migrant trafficking on the American continent, announced on Monday the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), based in the French city of Lyon.

One of the operations was carried out in Costa Rica, but at the moment the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) has not revealed information about the case to know if it is from an operation that they had already made known or not.

“During the five-day operation (November 27 to December 1), INTERPOL established an Operational Coordination Unit in Costa Rica. Agents from the Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants unit were also deployed at the land border of Tabatinga (Brazil) and in the Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama, where they used INTERPOL mobile devices to carry out live checks of their bases. of global data,” explained the official Interpol website.

Law enforcement agencies from 33 countries participated in “Operation Turquoise V” – carried out between November 27 and December 1 – with the support of Interpol’s anti-migrant smuggling programme, Europol, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), according to a statement.

“Participating countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, CubaCuracao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela ”, they reported.

257 arrests were made thanks to 850,000 controlscarried out at the main transit points to dismantle the activities of criminal groups that manage migratory routes to the United States and Canada.

In total, 163 potential victims of trafficking were rescued and almost 12,000 irregular migrants from 69 different countries were identified.

The first results of the operation also show a notable increase in transcontinental flows, with numerous arrivals from China, the third country of origin of illegal migrants after Venezuela and Ecuador.

“The number of nationalities detected during Operation Turquoise V demonstrates how this important migratory corridor (…) has become a target for organized criminal groups from around the world,” declared Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock in the statement.

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