La Paz, Bolivia: 3 Copamar Employees Charged with Human Trafficking, Fraud

Posted on August 20, 2013 • Filed under: Bolivia, Crime, Human Smuggling, Paraguay, Police/Military Activity

On August 20, 2013 La Razón Noticias reported the arrest of three individuals accused of defrauding and trafficking victims through the company Copamar. Attorney General Humberto Quispe informed last night that the suspects were initially charged with scamming young people with the false promise of joining the perfume-selling company in exchange for 2,100 bolivianos (around US $304). However, the suspects were later connected to a human trafficking investigation involving a girl who went missing a year ago after joining Copamar. The missing girl, identified as Marlene Alexander Ibáñez Alcócer, was allegedly trafficked to Paraguay, although the motive remains under investigation.

Copamar is suspected of defrauding young people between 18 and 25 years old with the promise of employment before transporting them to work in other countries. Read Article

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