Published Monday, July 13, 2020

Police arrest men suspected
of human trafficking

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police from the  Corredores Canton delegation, in the southern area of Puntarenas Province, arrested five Costa Ricans suspected of human trafficking on Sunday.

According to the police report, the case started with a complaint call to 911, about foreign people entering a house transported in several cars.

When police responded to the emergency call, they found the five Costa Ricans and 15 people of Asian origin in their 20s and 40s in the same house reported by witnesses. Of those foreigners, 12 are citizens of Bangladesh and three citizens of India.

A 12-year-old girl was traveling in the group of citizens from India, the police said in its report.

The Costa Rican men allegedly took the foreigners from Altos de San Antonio to the community of El Carmen, police said.

The suspects arrested are surnamed Guerra, Garro, Arias, Flores and Sevilla, "who were in two vehicles at the time of the arrest."

According to the report provided by the police, the owner of the house testified that the place had been rented three days ago.

The house is presumed to have hid unauthorized foreigners.

In addition to the arrest of the suspects, police confiscated $1,220, "as the money that is presumed is the payment made by foreigners," said the police.

The Prosecutor's Office of Corredores requested the confiscation of the vehicles, the money and any evidence related to the case.

The five suspects were jailed at the Public Ministry cells, where they were interrogated by the judicial agents. They will see a judge who will consider pre-trial measures against them for being accused of human trafficking.

The adult foreigners were handed over to the Professional Immigration Police where they must wait for the repatriation process ordered by a judge.

The girl was handed over to the National Children's Board until a judge decides whether she will be returned to her parents or continue to be cared for by the state.

Police call to report any suspicion of human trafficking or any crime to 911, where there are bilinguals officials who can answer calls in English or Spanish.

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