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Six immigration officers charged in Belize with human trafficking
Published on October 15, 2010 Email To Friend    Print Version

by Caribbean News Now Staff

BELMOPAN, Belize -- The Belize government is trying to get to the bottom of a human trafficking racket in the country. The latest is the arrival of 33 Chinese who deplaned at the Phillip Goldston International Airport on chartered flights from Port au Prince, Haiti, on September 18, 19 and October 3.

Reports state that they presented Japanese passports that were not authentic and the Belizean visas on these passports were also not genuine.

The incident prompted two ministers of government -- the minister responsible for immigration, Carlos Purdemo, and the minister for the police department, Doug Singh -- to make public statements on television and radio.

Singh said that be believes the smuggling ring is well organized and far reaching, and maybe it involves high profile persons.

Six, including two senior immigration officers, have been charged with a series of offences ranging from aiding and facilitating the commission of an offence, forgery of official documents.

They appeared before Chief Magistrate Margaret McKenzie and were placed on substantial bail.

They were ordered to report to Court on December 14.

Meanwhile senior government officials are investigating, trying to get to the root of the racket.
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