Uruguay Disrupts Human Trafficking Network of Chinese Victims Bound to Argentina
By Dialogo December 20, 2012Uruguayan police disrupted a human trafficking network, whose victims were Chinese nationals. The victims were to be transported to Argentina through the Uruguay River, which borders both countries, and were probably destined to work in Buenos Aires, informed police sources on December 17.
Among the arrested individuals, there is an official from the Argentine Gendarmerie, as well as officials from the Uruguayan National Migration Office.
“It is likely that the Chinese individuals, who entered Uruguay illegally on several occasions, were supposed to work in Buenos Aires,” said an official involved in the investigation.
On December 17, José Izquierdo, head of Interpol Uruguay, said, “we are confronting a very important organization; this is not an isolated event, but a criminal organization that perpetrated human trafficking activities using Chinese people.”
“The victims are seven Chinese nationals; one of them a minor aged 16, while the rest are between 20 to 30 years old,” the director added, explaining that the operation took place in the Uruguayan town of Fray Bentos on the Uruguay River’s coast (300 km northeast of Montevideo).