Human Traffic Watch

Chilean authorities thwart human trafficking operation

In Human Trafficking on March 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm
Santiago District Attorney Emiliano Arias presents evidence in court. Photo by Fiscalia de Chile

Santiago District Attorney Emiliano Arias presents evidence in court. Photo by Fiscalia de Chile

Santiago courts found three men guilty of smuggling 16 Haitian citizens into Chile Thursday, releasing them on probation.

The immigrants were being sold for US$1,000 each for “services.”

Chilean authorities first discovered the operation when Ramírez approached a PDI officer and offered a bribe of US$400 per immigrant to allow the Haitians to illegally cross the Chilean border. The officer then alerted her superiors and was asked to work undercover and accept the bribe in order for authorities to uncover the entire operation.

Source: Santiago Times

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