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Cartels Reopen Old Migrant Routes Through Arizona, New Mexico

Border Patrol agents have found several large Central American migrant groups crossing the US-Mexico border along remote stretches of desert -- a smuggling tactic that requires the buy-in of larger criminal groups.

Pirates Control Ocean Between Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago

Increased pirate attacks in the waters between Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela show that criminal gangs in the Venezuelan state of Sucre are trying to dominate the drug trafficking route from the country's coast to the Caribbean.

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GameChangers 2018: Venezuelan Migration a New Gold Mine for Organized Crime

Turbulence reigned in 2018, but there was one constant: the flow of Venezuelans fleeing their country. The unceasing migration has left thousands of people homeless, penniless and ripe for exploitation by organized crime groups.

Restrictions on Venezuela Migrants Boost Criminal Networks

New immigration restrictions announced by some countries in Latin America to stem the tide of migrants fleeing Venezuela could create a boomerang effect in the region, and may encourage criminal groups to take advantage and exploit or recruit these vulnerable individuals.

How and Where Organized Crime Preys on Migrants in Mexico

A new report shows how and where organized crime groups victimize Central American migrants in Mexico.

Transnational Sex Trafficking Rings Cash In on Venezuela Crisis

Authorities in Spain and Venezuela have arrested members of two different transnational networks sexually exploiting women and girls fleeing the South American country’s political and economic crises.

Honduras Criminals Feed Migrants’ Growing Demand for Forged Documents

A network of identity traffickers in Honduras may have sold forged documents to hundreds of immigrants from other continents, taking advantage of the fact that Latin America is increasingly being used as a route for trafficking people to the United States.

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Enforcement Shifting Human Smuggling Routes, Dangers in Mexico: Report

A new report says that human smugglers in Mexico are turning to cargo trucks and less traveled routes to reach the United States, which...
Is tougher US-Mexico border security shifting smuggling routes?

US-Canada Border Arrest Shows Varied Human Smuggling Routes

US authorities have arrested a Honduran national for allegedly smuggling several migrants from Central America and Mexico into the United States from Canada, highlighting a rarely seen variation in human smuggling routes amid increased enforcement along the US-Mexico border.

The network was able to smuggle 100 to 150 people every month

New Details Reveal Breadth of Guatemala Human Smuggling Network

Authorities in Guatemala have released new information on the modus operandi of an international human smuggling network that coordinated the movement of people from as far away as Africa and Asia through the country on their way to points north.

Colombia Takes Down Human Smuggling Ring Linked to Urabeños

Authorities in Colombia have struck against what appears to be one of the largest and most sophisticated human smuggling rings seen in the region recently, an indication that Colombia is growing in importance as a hub for migrants headed north.

Migrants are often susceptible to human smuggling networks

Nearly 50 Groups Active in Human Trafficking in Mexico: Report

A recent report offers new insight into human trafficking in Mexico, and reinforces concerns about the role of organized groups in this criminal industry.