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Human Trafficking from Mesoamerica to Florida, U.S.

Human Trafficking from Southern Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala:
Why These Victims are Trafficked into Modern Day Florida
by
Timothy Adam Golob

ABSTRACT
Florida is ranked as one of the United States’ top three destination states for human trafficking; many of those victims originate from Mesoamerica—Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Human trafficking is a growing problem which hinders universal human rights for hundreds of new victims in Florida every year. Mesoamericans have a high risk of becoming victims due to the situations in their home countries. The issue of human trafficking has only recently gained the
national and state attention of law makers and law enforcement officers. This study uses several human trafficking cases to educate and exemplify why Mesoamerican victims are selected and how human trafficking takes place in Florida. The results of this study demonstrate that traffickers use their knowledge of victims and victims’ societies to lure and then enslave them in to sex and labor trafficking. This research uses criminal cases to illustrate the conditions of the enslavement of human trafficking victims, the methods used by the traffickers, and the culmination of the court
cases for both victims and perpetrators. Furthermore, it provides points of discussion to initiate future research and to guide legislature and law enforcement in methods to end this barrier to universal human rights.

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CHAPTER 1
Introduction
Statement of the Problem
Brimming with theme parks, cruises, museums, and other area attractions, Florida is the tourist and family fun center of the United States. However, these attractions shadow the darker side of lorida; it ranks third in the nation for the greatest prevalence of human trafficking. Many victims of human trafficking rescued in the state of Florida are Mesoamerican, from Southern Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Often, many of the traffickers are from this same region as well. In 1948,
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights promised that life and liberty are universal and cannot be withdrawn or abated (http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/). It states in Article 4 that, “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” Yet, more than six decades later thousands of Mesoamericans are enslaved and exploited in the
state of Florida. Read Article/Paper

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Border Militarization and Health: Violence, Death and Security in Mexico and the United States

Border Militarization and Health: Violence, Death and Security in Mexico and the United States bepress.com ABSTRACT: Key Words: Violence, Trauma, Border Security, Migration Despite proposed increases in spending on personnel and equipment for border enforcement tied to the amended version of the U.S. Senate’s current immigration reform bill, the public health impacts of border militarization […]

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U.S. Border Patriot Militias Pledge to Close Borders Between U.S. and Mexico

patriotsinformationhotline.com/ reported from Cadena Noticias…. SHUT IT DOWN! September 20, 2014 We are but a small representation of Americans who are unsettled and deeply concerned with our current Administration, in all branches of Federal and State governments. Our mission is to Shut Down, every United States’ Port of Entry on the Southern Border, until our […]

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Piedras Negras Mexico: Explosion kills one, injures five at tax inspecition facility on border with U.S.

elnuevoherald.com reported a worker of the border Customs Office of the Mexican city of Piedras Negras, with United States, died and five others were injured by an explosion in the building of tax inspection, reported authorities Sunday while the causes of the incident are investigated. “My condolences to the family of our colleague at the […]

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Ecuador to reduce military posts 47% by 2017, no impact on border with Colombia

telegrafo.com reported Ecuador announced there will be a 47% reduction of its military posts by the year 2017. However, there will remain military units along the border shared with Colombia. Currently, there are 11,000 troops assigned to the border territory. The Defennse Minister stated that some military installations will be relocated. The goal for these […]

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Peru: Military locates two missing Ecuadorian soldiers in border area

lainfor.es reported Peruvian Foreign Minister Gonzalo Gutierrez said Sunday his Ecuadorian counterpart Ricardo Patiño on the location of two members of the Ecuadorian Armed Forces missing in the border area. Sergeant Roberto Greza Reasco and Wellington Chihuango conscript lost contact with their units since 18 August. Both belong to the Ecuadorian military post “Cononaco”. Read […]

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Mexico: Foreign Minister Denies entry of terrorists into U.S. warning

Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade disqualified statements by Texas Governor Rick Perry, who warned about the entry of terrorists into the United States through the Mexican border, it was reported on Sunday. Prior to the official visit that President Enrique Peña Nieto will begin on Monday to California, the United States, Meade said, “there are […]

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Venezuela seizes in five days contraband from smuggling equal to the total for 2013

portafoloio.co reported according to Venezuelan authorities, seizures in less than a week were 96 tonnes of food and almost 300,000 litres of diesel oil, petrol and lubricants Venezuelan. The Government of Venezuela said that in the past five days seized a volume of products seeking to be removed from smuggling to Colombia which outclasses all […]

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Ecuador: Armed Forces Seize 750 Kilos of Explosives on Border with Colombia

ccffaa.mil.ec reported the armed forces seized large amount of explosives (Anfo) that were found abandoned in a boat, during a border control operation executed by members of the operational command no. 1 ”, on Saturday, August 09, in the sector of Conejo-Riveras, rio San Miguel, province of Sucumbíos, on the border with Colombia. The explosive, […]

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Venezuela deploys 17,000 troops along border with Colombia

bbc.com reported Venezuela says it has deployed 17,000 troops along its border with Colombia, which was closed on Monday for the first time as part of an anti-smuggling operation. Up to 40% of goods Venezuela subsidises for its domestic market are smuggled to Colombia, where they are sold at much higher prices, the authorities say. […]

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Colombia: ELN launches grenades at Police at José Antonio Páez International Bridge

eltiempo.com reported with two fragmentation grenades guerrillas harassed police of highways and tax customs who were bet on the international bridge José Antonio Páez, which connects to the populations of El Amparo, Venezuela Apure State and the Department of Arauca. Confirmed the Commander of the police institution, Colonel Camilo Ernesto Álvarez Ochoa, in action that […]

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Venezuela to close border with Colombia to combat smuggling

infobae.com reported the Government of Nicolás Maduro informed that controls will be strengthened during the night to prevent the entry of products such as gasoline or food. “Starting from this Monday will be a scheduled closing” “Starting from this Monday will be a scheduled closing of the border with Colombia, between the 10:00 pm and […]

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Half of U.S. Federal Criminal Cases in 2013 filed in areas near U.S. – Mexico Border

Breitbart.com reported about half of the nation’s federal criminal cases last year were filed in regions near the U.S.-Mexico border, according to an alarming annual report from the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice (DOJ). During FY 2013, U.S. Attorney’s offices filed a total of 61,529 criminal cases against defendants, according to the DOJ. Regions along […]

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Nexus of Corruption between Coahuila Mexico and San Antonio Texas

borderlandbeat.com reported the overwhelming corruption in Coahuila allows organized crime to prevail. Corruption from municipal city hall to the governors office, throughout the state, assure the narco business will comfortably flourish. During his governorship “Bert” Moreira and his gang of thieves have purchased luxury properties in San Antonio, and businesses in the area extending to […]

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Ollague Chile: Two Bolivians detained transporting cocaine on inter-provincial bus

biobiochile.cl reported in an unusual event, in step border Ollague, in the Antofagasta Region, staff of the national customs service surprised two young Bolivians transporting drug in ovoid in their stomachs and their clothes. Subjects were travelling in an inter-provincial bus and were selected among the passengers for a more thorough review by officials of […]

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Sullana Peru: Gang of Gasoline Smugglers Detained with 800 gallons from Ecuador

elcomercio.pe reported more than 800 illegal gallons of oil were seized once members of a same family were operated in their attempt to enter the city of Sullana transporting fuel from Ecuador. The family, dedicated to the smuggling, was part of the band “Los Menas” and was intercepted when it crossed the bridge Isaiah Garrido, […]

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Mexico: Immigration Officials Accused participating in criminal network, blackmailing relatives

infobae.com reported agents of the National Institute of migration (INM) were accused of participating in a criminal network in a season of Acayucan, Southern State of Veracruz, to the detriment of illegal Central American origin. The complaint figure who is blackmailed to relatives of immigrants, collection of fees to free undocumented intercepted vehicles and the […]

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Matamoros, Mexico: Cargo Extortion

CARGO EXTORTION THREAT IN MATAMOROS, MEXICO OSAC.gov reported on July 29th at approximately 0900, an overland cargo company contracted by an OSAC constituent was targeted for extortion in Matamoros, Mexico. A truck delivering supplies to Saltillo via the FINSA industrial park was stopped by a group of individuals claiming to be Gulf Cartel members. The […]

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Indigenous Tribe Contacted Brazil, believed to be from Peru seeking help after attacks

Theguardian.com/Damian Carrington reported…Amazon tribe makes first contact with outside world Indigenous people crossed from Peru into Brazil looking for help to combat illegal loggers and drug traffickers, researchers say. Footage released by Brazil’s National Indian Foundation shows isolated indigenous people coming forward for outside assistance after fleeing attacks in Peru Indigenous tribesmen living deep in […]

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Guatemala, Mexico, U.S. reach accord in effort to prevent migrants using freight train

bbc.com reported that Guatemala, Mexico and the United States have reached a deal to try to prevent migrants from jumping onto a freight train in an attempt to reach the US, according to Guatemalan officials. Tens of thousands of migrants stow away on the train, known as La Bestia (The Beast), every year. Hundreds are […]

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U.S. – Mexico Border: Dead Bodies of Illegal Immigrants being found in south Texas

dailymail.co.uk – The dead bodies of illegal immigrants are turning up in south Texas as Central Americans pour across the U.S.-Mexico border, and a veterinarian who ranches cattle 70 miles from ground zero has the photos to prove it. Dr. Mike ‘Doc’ Vickers of Brooks County, Texas showed some of the grisly images to MailOnline, […]

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Ecuador, Peru to begin study of potential oil development in Amazon

lahora.com.ec reported the Governments of Ecuador and Peru will hire a study to determine the potential development of an oil-border area in the Amazon, the Ecuadorian Ministry of non-renewable natural resources said yesterday. The announcement was made as part of ‘Binational workshop’ which brings together since yesterday Thursday to energy authorities of the two countries […]

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Ecuador Installs Cameras on Border With Colombia to Monitor Illegal Activities

Elcomercio.com reported the border between Ecuador and Colombia has 62 clandestine passages that are used for the traffic of drugs, military ammunition, medicines, cement, firearms, chemicals, goods and smuggling of fuel and gas tanks. Thus the military have determined in their research. In the villages of El Carmelo, Chicał, Maldonado and Tufiño, in Carchi, an […]

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Ecuador: $112 Million to be used for radar purchases for border surveillance

andes.info reported Quito, Jul 28 (Andes).- The Ecuadorian Minister of Security, Fernando Cordero, announced this past Sunday the investment of USD $112 million destined to the purchase of radars for border surveillance. “The purchase of radars for USD $112 million has been authorized. In a few months, we will have a whole radar-system in Ecuador”, […]

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Putumayo Colombia: FARC attacking tankers on border with Ecuador, spilling thousands of gallons of oil

In an apparent challenge to calls for alert on the environmental situation of Putumayo – full border with Ecuador – by systematic spills of crude oil on the roads, front 48 of FARC guerrillas yesterday stopped the March of two tanker trucks and forced drivers to open cisterns for spilling oil transporting, via the Alea […]

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Texas: Border Patrol Officers seek cover after shots fired

RINCON PENINSULA, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol agents on the American side of the Rio Grande were forced to take cover Friday night when high-caliber weaponry was fired at them from the Mexican side of the river, sources told FoxNews.com. The weapons were fired at the U.S. side of the riverbank in the area of […]

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Former Border Patrol Agent Specializing in intelligence issues warning of what is coming

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Ecuador’s attempt to reinvent human migration, is it working?

theatlantic.com/William Wheeler reported In 2008, Ecuador’s National Assembly approved a new constitution that recognizes unfettered mobility across borders as a basic human right, advocating “the principle of universal citizenship, the free movement of all inhabitants of the planet, and the progressive extinction of the status of alien or foreigner as an element to transform the […]

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Mexico institutes plans to make it easier for Central Americans to get to the U.S.

examiner.com reported on Monday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina held a joint press conference in Playas de Catazaja, Mexico, to officially announce an agreement to make it easier for those making the illegal journey to the United States from Central America, to cross into Mexico. The Southern Border Program […]

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Ecuador to Increase Military Presence along border with Colombia

unomasuno.com.mx reported Ecuador announced greater military control on the border with Colombia, to lower levels of violence arising from actions of illegal armed groups, illegal mining and smuggling. The Ecuadorian Deputy Defense Minister Carlos Larrea, said in statements that reproduce Ecuadorian media, one of the measures that will raise the military patrols, both on land […]

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Ecuador concerned about children taken from families in Italy

ansa.it reported as many as 100 young Ecuadorians have been taken from their families by Italian authorities, he added. Landazuri De Mora said the problem has only been encountered in Italy. “We are grateful for the welcome that Italy offers our immigrants, giving them opportunities, but we ask for transparency and a greater exchange of […]

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How to Cross the U.S. Border Illegally from Mexico

theblaze.com reported U.S. law enforcement officials have been finding “cheat sheets” along the border used by illegal immigrants to try to stay in the United States and not get deported after they’ve been caught. The notes, believed to be supplied by human trafficking groups, give pointers in Spanish on what immigrants should say when confronted […]

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Mexican law enforcement helicopter crosses U.S. border, fires shots

tucsonnewsnow.com reported a Mexican law enforcement helicopter crossed the U.S. border southwest of Tucson and fired shots on the morning of Thursday, June 26, according to a statement from U.S. Border Patrol. The release said the helicopter crossed approximately 100 yards into Arizona, about eight miles southwest of the village of San Miguel on the […]

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Ecuador, Peru to construct fourth highway connecting the two countries

ecuadortimes.net reported in accordance to the commitments of the Peace Agreement between Ecuador and Peru since 1998, three roads were concluded and the fourth is being executed. This was announced yesterday by Vicente Rojas, Executive Director of the Binational Plan. Rojas explained that the highway that connects Saramiriza (Peru) with Loja (Ecuador) advances by direct […]

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Cucuta Colombia: Destination for Venezuelans seeking exchange for dollars

NPR.org reported Venezuelans in need of U.S. dollars are restricted by government controls in the amount they can purchase legally. So many head across the border to Colombia. Hundreds of money-changers are at work in the border town of Cucuta, which also sets the exchange rate for the black market in Venezuela. Read Article

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U.S. : Immigration rumors may be contributing to uptick in numbers of those crossing the border

fronterasdesk.org reported in recent months there’s been a notable uptick in Central American families and unaccompanied children coming across the U.S.-Mexico border. The largest share of migrants are coming through Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. For the first time in 16 years, that sector has surpassed Border Patrol’s Tucson sector as the busiest location for apprehending […]

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Brazil sends 30,000 troops to secure border in preparation of World Cup

Brazil began deploying over the weekend some 30,000 troops to secure its borders as it prepares to host the World Cup that kicks off next month. The operation involving the army, navy and air force will extend over the 16,900-kilometer frontier separating the South American giant from its 10 neighbors. The internationally coordinated effort is […]

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U.S., Latin America: Child Immigration, risk of death

Nathalie Cely/Ecuador’s Ambassador to the U.S. wrote: In March, a little girl died scared and alone in a shelter in Mexico, lost on a perilous journey from the mountains of Ecuador to join her family in New York, more than 3,000 miles away. The death of 12-year old Noemi Alvarez Quilloy puts a tragic, human […]

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Five Cubans Detained in Ecuador, false identities attempting to get to U.S.

martinoticias.com reported in Guayaquil, a port city of Ecuador, police arrested five Cubans with passports and false identities, waiting to travel to the United States. The first of them had been captured overnight on Tuesday, in the Guayaquil airport, and their track led to the other four Cubans, who were in a hotel awaiting his […]

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Mexico: Former U.S. Marine Jailed in Tijuana for weapons charges

lubbockonline.com/AP reported Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter said in the letter that Afghanistan war veteran Andrew Tahmooressi had just moved to San Diego from Florida and had all his belongings in his truck, including his pistol, shotgun and rifle, when he missed the last U.S. exit on April 1, forcing him to cross the border. Road […]

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Mexico: Ecuadorian girl trying to get to the U.S., dies in hanging, ruled suicide in Ciudad Juarez

ndtv.com reported..In March, a month after she left home, the police picked up Noemi and a coyote in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The authorities took her to a children’s shelter. She was described as crying inconsolably after being questioned by a prosecutor. A few days later, she was found hanged from a shower curtain rod in […]

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Colombia: FARC blows up portion of main road linking with Ecuador, new M.O.

LATINO.FOXNEWS.COM REPORTED…Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrillas blew up a portion of the main road linking their country with neighboring Ecuador, authorities said Tuesday. The explosives were apparently hidden in a sewer pipe, Temistocles Ortega, governor of the southwestern province of Cauca, told Blu Radio, as was the case in an April 1 FARC attack at another […]

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Mexico: VAT increases at border cities, decrease sales, increased lines to U.S. for purchases

Elpais.com reported five percentage points of taxes are measured in money but also in time and distance. The industry know it well because, from January 1, not only pay more expensive good part of products that are no longer encumbered with a reduced 11% VAT but with 16% that affects the rest of the country. […]

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Ecuador / Peru: INTERPOL dismantles crime groups involved in counterfeiting, fuel smuggling

Interpol reported…Two organized crime networks involved in fuel smuggling across Peru and Ecuador have been dismantled following an INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting illicit trade and counterfeiting. More than 60 interventions were carried out as part of Operation Alisuyo, targeting the criminal gangs known as ‘culebras’ or ‘snakes’ because of the way they move across borders. One […]

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Ecuador acts as layover point for illegal migrants to the U.S.

ElComercio.com reported….They offered invitation letters, certificates of false identity and other documents. Therefore, the criminal organization charged them up to USD 1 500 to those affected so that could travel to the United States and Europe. Thus ended the unity of organized crime and transnational of the prosecution, after investigating a criminal network that was […]

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U.S. deported 332,000 undocumented Mexican migrants in 2013

laht.com reported that more than 332,000 undocumented Mexican migrants, of whom nearly 16,900 were minors, were deported by the United States in a “safe, humane and orderly” fashion in 2013, the National Migration Institute (INM) said on Tuesday. Some 16,853 deportees, or 5% of the total, were minors, of whom “2,834 were met by a […]

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Ecuador: A visa story, legal expat to illegal alien

gidj.blogspot.com reported As you may have surmised from the title, we went from Expats legally residing in Ecuador, to Illegal Aliens living in Ecuador. How? We went over our T-3 Visa time and had not gotten our residency visas started. This can be a very unnerving feeling for someone who resides overseas. I will tell […]

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Mexico: amended anti-money laundering laws

dw.de reported…Not many experts in Mexico are willing or brave enough to discuss the country’s recently amended anti-money laundering laws, designed to hamper the drug cartels from trying to legitimize their ill-gotten gains. Banned transactions, in national or international currencies, include the sale of real estate or property valued at more than 520,000 pesos ($40,000). […]

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U.S. so far in 2013, 46,198 Guatemalans deported

Plenglish.com reported the number of Guatemalans deported from the United States in the first 11 months of the year totaled to 46,198, which was 23 percent more than the same period last year, the National Immigration Office said. Of the total deported this year so far, 41,965 are men, 3,941 are women and 292 were […]

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Criminal Gangs Shipping Fuel from Venezuela to Colombia, paid for with cocaine

bloomberg.com reported…. Criminal gangs are shipping the equivalent of 60 to 100 tankers of subsidized Venezuelan fuel per day into Colombia, much of it paid for with cocaine, according to the Colombian government. Between 10 percent and 15 percent of fuel used by Colombian drivers is smuggled from neighboring countries, Juan Ricardo Ortega, the head […]

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Ecuador military on Maximum alert for guerrila (FARC) attacks on border with Colombia

lahora.com.ec reported that International editorial action, apparently committed by the front 48 of the FARC in the border with Ecuador, killed the patrol police, Jesus David Gaona. Early indications are that a sniper of the guerrilla shot him from the Ecuadorian side and killed him. The incident took place in the San Miguel international bridge, […]

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Crossing border from Colombia to Ecuador

Crossing the border from Colombia to Ecuador took about two days. From Bogota we took a bus to Ipailes which took 24 hours. It would have been shorter if it wasn’t for the constant stops by the police. We left Bogota terminal around 10pm to avoid getting into Ipiales by night, but still manage to […]

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U.S. shuts drug smuggling tunnel on border with Mexico

US authorities have shut a sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel recently dug under the US-Mexican border. The tunnel – said to be 2.4 miles long – linked a warehouse in Tijuana to another in San Diego, California. Derek Benner, head of Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego, said it was equipped with lights, ventilation and an […]

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Dominican Republic Denies Racism Claims

bbc.co.uk reported that the Dominican Republic has denied that a ruling by its highest court which says that the children of undocumented migrants are not eligible for Dominican nationality is discriminatory. Human rights groups have warned that it could leave tens of thousands of people of Haitian descent stateless. Read Article

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Peasant farmers upset over glyphosate spraying agreement between Ecuador and Colombia

aljazeera.com reported….the secrecy surrounding a friendly settlement in a case that Ecuador brought against Colombia in the International Court of Justice for damage caused by anti-drug spraying along the border has further angered those affected by the fumigation. Ecuador dropped the lawsuit filed in 2008 in The Hague-based Court, as a result of the agreement […]

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Ecuador – Peru border crossing in Amazon region – video

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Bolivia now maritime nation after signing deal with Peru

theguardian.com reported…It might be a strip of sand without even a jetty but a small stretch of the Pacific coast now harbours Bolivia’s dream of regaining a coast and becoming a maritime nation. The landlocked Andean country has won access to a desolate patch of Peru’s shoreline, fuelling hopes that Bolivia will once again have […]

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Ecuadorian Military Helicopter fired on near Colombian border, soldier injured

Military wounded during attack on the northern border Yesterday afternoon, there was an attack on a helicopter of the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE), on the border of Ecuador and Colombia. A soldier was injured during the incident. According to an official statement, which referred to newspaper El Comercio, the fact was in the village of […]

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Ecuador: 9,000 rounds of ammunition believed destined for criminal groups in Colombia seized

The Armed Forces of Ecuador seized about 9,000 rounds 5.56 from Peru and apparently were intended for Colombia’s illegal groups, military spokesmen said Wednesday. Part of ammunition found on Tuesday in a raid on the seaside town of Huaquillas (southwest and bordering Peru), were within drums, told reporters the officer Marcelo Montalvo, a member of […]

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Ecuador: Military shuffles organization structure to improve border security with Colombia

Eluniverso.com reported Forces, yesterday morning was the military ceremony of change of command, in which Brigadier General Edison Narvaez Rosero, who ran the command of the 4th Division Amazon was appointed commander of the Operational Group 1 Norte. Narvaez, unlike his predecessor, Gen. Fernando Proaño, who ran the detachments of the provinces of Esmeraldas, Carchi, […]

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Clandestine Airstrips Guajira Colombia being used to ship drugs to Venezuela

VIDEO IN SPANISH DOES YOUR FIRM NEED HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED MEDIA MONITORING SERVICES FOR LATIN AMERICA? – GO HERE mundinews.com reported In the Colombian Guajira are clandestine, tolerated by the Colombian authorities, as used by rebel groups to drug trafficking and weapons to Venezuela, said Sunday the journalist and politician José Vicente Rangel in section The […]

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Dreamers from Mexico to make attempt in return to U.S.

At 1pm on Monday, Rocio Hernandez Perez and 29 other young people will walk in a convoy across the bridge over the Rio Bravo and head for the Nuevo Laredo border crossing between Mexico and the US. Dressed uniformly in graduation caps and gowns in the style of American students, which most of them once […]

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Ecuador – Colombia Ministers meet along border inspect increase in coca growth

ecuavisa.com reported that the ministers of Colombia, Juan Carlos Pinzon, and Ecuador, Homer Arellano , with defense officials, security and military, yesterday visited the border area to contain growing coca (the raw material for cocaine) and determine the action to follow. The heads walked a stretch of 10 kilometers from the Colombian side, where aerial […]

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Security Officials meet from Colombia, Ecuador, to discuss border issues

globalpost.com reported that Ecuador and Colombia summoned senior security officials Thursday for a meeting on how to fight crime along their dense jungle border. The two-day session begins in the southern Colombian city of Cali. On Friday officials will travel to an area of the 700-kilometer (420 mile) frontier where coca plantations have been detected […]

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Amapá, Brazil: Army Launches Cross-Border Operation with French Guiana

Globo on September 26, 2013 reported that the Brazilian Army in Oiapoque, Amapá launched an operation along the border of French Guiana in attempt to fight cross-border crimes. Operation “Curare” will work to combat environmental crimes, human trafficking, and illegal mining. 550 soldiers were used, including boats and helicopters. The Operation, continuing into October of […]

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15,000 tourists snowed in at tunnel connecting Chile and Argentina

Fes.sott.net reported that some 15,000 tourists, mainly Chileans, take two days blocked by the closure of the Cristo Redentor tunnel, because of the snow, to local authorities. According to the National Highway Argentina , the tunnel, which connects Chile and Argentina, was closed on Saturday because of a storm of wind and snow. The regional […]

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Ecuador – Colombia Border Crossing at Tulcan

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Border of Ecuador – Peru Huaquillas

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Brazil and Peru Police Forces Close 8 Cocaine Laboratories

acritica.uol.com.br reported on September 20, 2013 that the Federal Police with the help of the Peruvian police closed eight cocaine-producing laboratories on Peruvian territory. The laboratories were 1 kilometer from the Brazilian border. One seizure involved confiscating 240 kilos of cocaine. In addition, the police seize 5,920 gallons of gasoline on a Peruvian vessel traveling […]

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Numbers of deaths increase 2013 for those crossing Mexico, Arizona border

Startling new numbers show that despite valiant efforts to show the dangers of crossing the border, hundreds are chancing it and dying. This year is proving deadlier than last year. As U.S. Border Patrol has more success catching crossers in urban areas, coyotes are taking the migrants farther out into rougher terrain. Through Wednesday, the […]

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Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina Join Forces to Combat Sexual Exploitation Along Border

Globo reported on September 15, 2013 that actions to address and combat the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents will be the focus of attention as the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Borer security will strengthen between Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina as a means to educate the population and tourists on ways to […]

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Nicaragua launches legal dispute with Colombia over oil-rich areas of the Caribbean

bbc.co.uk reported that Nicaragua has launched legal action against Colombia in the International Court of Justice, claiming potentially oil-rich areas in the Caribbean. Last year the court in The Hague ruled that a group of small islands belonged to Colombia, but expanded disputed maritime limits in favour of Nicaragua. In the new case, Nicaragua asked […]

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Brazil: Brazilian and Peruvian Police Join Forces to Remove Cocaine Laboratories

Terra reported on September 13, 2013 that the Brazilian Federal Police and the National Police of Peru agreed to join forces to find and remove cocaine production laboratories in the Peruvian Amazon. Police report “Operation Trapeze” will discover 15 hidden laboratories that can produce up to 10 tons of cocaine a year. Last year, the […]

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Ecuador’s Military Closes Three Illegal passages, bridges connecting to Colombia

Operating in the military conducted Angasmayo destroy the bridge that connects Carchi, Ecuador, with Carlosama sector in Colombia, people have thrown stones and fired against the military to prevent this is collapsed. The destruction of illegal steps that authorities agreed bilaterally Colombia and Ecuador in June, began last Tuesday in different areas of the northern […]

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Ecuador drops suit against Colombia regarding aerial fumigation

READ THIS BOOK BEFORE MOVING TO ECUADOR latino.foxnews.com reported Colombia and Ecuador have settled the suit Quito filed five years ago with the International Court of Justice over the effects on Ecuadorian citizens, crops and livestock of Bogota’s aerial fumigations of coca near the two countries’ shared border, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday. […]

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Two detained trying to enter U.S. at Nuevo Laredo with 14 kilos of methamphetamine

milenio.com reported the seizure occurred when two men tried to enter the United States with 14 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in a van. Nuevo Laredo • Agents Customs and Border Protection arrested two people in possession of more than 14 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine valued at nearly a million dollars, they tried to enter the […]

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Matamoros Mexico: 418 cases dengue reported so far 2013

milenio.com reported tThis year, there have been in Matamoros, a total of 418 cases of dengue, of which 131 are related to bleeding, also this week, were recruited 24 new cases reported, Victor Garcia Fuentes, head of the Third Sanitary District in this border. These cases have been laboratory confirmed state of dependency on the […]

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55,000 Colombian Refugees in Ecuador

Colombiareports.co reported that the United Nations Refugee Agency will launch a plan to aid child refugees from Colombia who are residing in Ecuador. The regional representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, John Fredrikson, stated over the weekend that he will soon launch a plan to allow easier access to a normal education for […]

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UK Border Agency Expert concludes training of migratory staff in Ecuador

UK Border Agency expert Bernard Ley was in Quito from 26 to 30 August to train migratory control staff from the Quito International Airport and the northern border. He then travelled to Guayaquil from 2 to 7 September, where he trained staff from the Guayaquil International airport and other control centres on the coast and […]

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Ecuador: Government recommends citizens not to travel to Colombia by road

info7.com.mx reported the government recommended “Ecuadorian citizens who plan to travel by land to the neighboring country, avoid doing so until the situation returns to normal.” The suggestion takes into account the “difficult situation facing Colombia because of the national strike” and has also had an impact on the international bridge Rumichaca, the main border […]

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Colombia: FARC Leader Killed Near Panamanian Border

From lainformacion.com on August 25, 2013- The leader of the FARC’s 57th Front, known only as “Silver” was killed in a Colombian military operation against a rebel camp near the Panamanian border. During the operation authorities seized 15 rifles from the guerrillas’ camp. Authorities noted that “Silver” was a key leader for drug trafficking from […]

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Brazil: Border Control Monitors Rivers and Lakes for Trafficking and Smuggling

On August 24, 2013 Globo reported that the meeting of the Integrated Management Office in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná discussed border security action to monitor river and lakes as a means to control trafficking and smuggling. Speedboats supplied with 12 police officers will intercept any illegal vehicles in the water. Information from a survey revealed […]

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Peru and Brazil Strengthen Alliance on Border Concerns

On August 23, 2013 Terra reported that the governments of Peru and Brazil signed an agreement in Lima, Peru to help increase development and improve border control in the region as an effort to promote trade. Issues among discussion included human and drug trafficking. Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Patriota will visit Peru this […]

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San Andrés, Guatemala: Authorities Seize 40 Barrels of Chemical Precursor

From lainformacion.com on August 20, 2013- Guatemalan security forces seized 40 barrels (8338 liters) of chemical precursor for synthetic drugs in the northern part of the country. The seizure occurred at the Six Islands farm in the city of San Andrés, Petén Department, along the Mexican and Belizean borders. Authorities arrested José Antonio Galdámez in […]

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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Smuggling Activity Results in R$19 million Seized

On August 19, 2013 Globo reported that the Federal Highway Police in Mato Grosso do Sul have confiscated R$19 million worth of contraband goods this year, more than half being cigarettes. In total, 400 vehicles have been seized over the past two years for either smuggling or embezzlement. As police have tightened the border between […]

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Penas Blancas, Costa Rica: Police Detain Guatemalan with 202 Kilos of Cocaine

From lainformacion.com on August 14, 2013- The Drug Control Police of Costa Rica (PCD) arrested a Guatemalan who was attempting to transport 202 kilos of cocaine to Nicaragua. The drugs were hidden in a “double wall” in the container of a truck. The drugs were discovered during a routine inspection at the Penas Blancas border […]

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Rio Sucio, Colombia: Military Seizes 1.5 Tons of Cocaine from the FARC

From lainformacion.com on August 15, 2013- Units from the Colombian Army and Navy seized 1,558 kilos of high purity cocaine, ready to ship to Panama, in the border town of Rio Sucio, Choco. The operation occurred on the Salaqui River, in the Embera Katio reservation, where Front 57 of the FARC operates, who according to […]

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Londrina, Brazil: Police Operation Combat Drug Trafficking in Border Region

odiario.com reported on August 14, 2013 that 70 federal police officers participated in Operation “Caturra” designed to combat drug trafficking in the region of Londrina near Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul. The investigation, which began in February of this year, has arrested 12 people in total while seizing 600 pounds of marijuana, 60 pounds […]

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Amapá, Brazil: Illegal Mining Raises Concern Along Border with French Guiana

Globo reported on August 14, 2013 that the issue of illegal mining and exploitation of gold by Brazilians (Gendarmes) along the border area of Amapá, Brazil and French Guiana was one of the issues of concern discussed at the VII Meeting of the National Strategy for Border Security (ENAFRON). According to officials, illegal mining raises […]

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Puyehue, Chile: More than 50 Kilos of Marijuana Seized at Border Checkpoint

From Terra on August 12, 2013- A total of 58 kilos of marijuana, equivalent to 116 thousand doses valued at 58 million pesos was seized by customs officials at the Cardinal Antonio Samoré Border Complex. The drugs were discovered in a truck that had been in Argentina for week. The drugs were found in 77 […]

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Ecuador, Peru Border: Huge amounts of contraband fuel cross daily

eLCOMERCIO.PE reported that at least $ 50,000 in illegal fuel daily across the border. PNP recognizes that should get 100 agents there is a change. At least fifteen gangs involved in the gas contraband business. At least seven border crossings involved. Aguas Verdes, Tumbes , 6:35 pm The traffic flow that is born in the […]

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Itakyry, Paraguay: Senad Agents Seize 26 Tons of Marijuana near Brazilian Border

From lainformacion.com on August 8, 2013- Paraguayan agents seized 26 tons marijuana in the Itakyry District in the department of Alto Parana near the border with Brazil. The drugs were hidden in three clandestine camps in a wooded area. The seized drugs estimated value was  $13 million in the Brazilian market, where 80% of Paraguayan […]

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Ecuadorian soldier killed in clash with Colombians

Elcomercio.com reported that the Ministry of Defence confirmed that six people were killed and one was wounded during a clash reported this morning between the military and alleged Colombian rebel groups in Puerto Mestanza (Sucumbios). At a press conference, authorities c onfirmaron that one of the deceased ‘s Lt. Diego Maldonado, 28. In addition there […]

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Amapá, Brazil: National Event Addresses Crime and Border Security Concerns

Globo reported on August 7, 2013 that the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security of Amapá will host a national event between August 13 and August 15 in Oiapoque to present ENAFRON; a program designed to combat crimes in states along the border with fellow South American countries. The meeting […]

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Tachira, Venezuela: 86 Kilos of Cocaine Seized Shed Light on New Trafficking Routes

From Noticias 24 on August 6, 2013- Members of the Bolivarian National Guard seized 86 kilos of high purity cocaine at the Guarumito checkpoint in the Táchira state. The drugs originated in Colombia and their destination was the central part of Venezuela. Two suspects were apprehended, one Colombian and one Venezuelan. This incident sheds light […]

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25 illegal border crossings identified at Ecuador, Colombia border

ammunition, explosives and drugs often carried across the border undetected ElComercio.com reported: Steps illegal between Ecuador and Colombia, facilitate the smuggling of goods entering and leaving the country. According to the Armed Forces, in the 176 miles of border shared Carchi (Ecuador) with Nariño (Colombia) there are over 25 bridges unofficial. Paul S., native of […]

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OAS promoting civil registry along borders of Ecuador, Colombia, Peru

The OAS Promotes Inter-Institutional Cooperation for Civil Registry along the Borders of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA) today accompanied the national registration authorities of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru in the signing of a cooperation agreement that seeks to combine their […]

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Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: Store Owners in Border Cities Fear Marijuana Legalization in Uruguay

Globo reported on August 5, 2013 that storeowners who reside on the Brazil-Uruguay border in Rio Grande do Sul, fear that the possible legalization of marijuana in Uruguay will change the type of tourists visiting the area. Although the Uruguayan legislation states residents of the country can buy the drug, the law will also need […]

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El Alto, Bolivia: Peruvian Drugs Prevented from Reaching Brazil

From lainformacion.com on August 1, 2013- Bolivian police seized 144 kilos of Peruvian cocaine from the car of a Bolivian citizen who was planning to transport the drug to Brazil. The operation was carried out in a Bolivian town on the border with Peru. It is believed that the drugs came from the VRAEM region […]

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Peru studying possible marine preserve on border with Ecuador

The Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar Vidal, said Friday it is considering the creation of a marine reserve of 650,000 hectares in northwestern Peru, Ecuador border, to protect biodiversity under threat of predation and pollution. “We have been studying the proposal and to create a marine reserve of 650,000 hectares in northern Peru, Ecuador border, to […]

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