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Human trafficking network through Dominica and Guadeloupe dismantled
Published on February 17, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

ROSEAU, Dominica -- After months of investigation, immigration and coast guard police have dismantled a human trafficking network that smuggled migrants illegally into Guadeloupe through Dominica.

According to a release, the operation took place on Tuesday night, February 5, on a beach in the Basse-Terre area of Guadeloupe. Four persons, all Haitians, were arrested and taken into custody.

The release stated further that the traffickers are believed to have brought between 500-600 migrants, mostly Haitians, but also those from the Dominican Republic, illegally to Guadeloupe in 2013. According to the authorities, there may have been about 30 landings in 2013, bringing in between 20-30 people each time at a cost of between 200 to 300 euro per person.

“The well-organized clandestine network was assisted by a smuggler in Dominica where the persons were transited, and taken to Guadeloupe, by boat, entering Trois Riviere or Capesterre,” the released added.

The four individuals will appear in court in Pointe a Pitre on Monday, where they will be charged with assisting and trafficking of persons illegally and could face up to ten years imprisonment. Further investigations are underway to determine the degree of involvement of those in custody and to identify possible accomplices.

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