Colombian law enforcement agents arrested eight suspects and dismantled a human-trafficking ring that smuggled Middle East migrants into the Andean nation by supplying them with counterfeit documents.
The arrests were made by the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Directorate, the Colombia Immigration Agency and agents from the Attorney’s General Offices in the departments of Atlántico, La Guajira, Nariño and Valle del Cauca, officials said.
The suspects were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, migrant trafficking, bribery and falsifying public documents.
The majority of the migrants were women who were brought into Ecuador before they were flown into the Colombian cities of Santa Marta and Barranquilla, which are on the country’s Atlantic Coast.
They were then transported to the city of Maicao in the department of La Guajira, where traffickers provided them with fake citizenship documents.
Sources; EFE; El Tiempo; RCN Radio