US: International human trafficking racket busted

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 13:19

Boston: US authorities have busted an
international human trafficking racket and charged six persons
for allegedly smuggling people from India and Brazil into the
US borders.

The defendants allegedly facilitated and monitored the
travel of people along two primary smuggling routes the
first through central America and across the international
border between Mexico and the US and the second route through
the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The six persons charged in New Jersey include
Brazilians Nacip Teotonio Pires, Rubens Da Silva, Sanderlei
Alves DaCruz, Francismar Da Conceicao, Claudinei Pereira Mota
and Priscilla LNU.

From January 2008 till June 2011, they conspired to
bring people into the country illegally from Brazil, India and
elsewhere as part of an elaborate for-profit alien smuggling
scheme.

"Alien smugglers make big business of exploiting
dreams and treating people as human cargo. Smuggling routes
snake around the globe, with facilitators and customers
colluding to commit crimes," New Jersey US Attorney Paul
Fishman said.

Each defendant is charged with one count of conspiracy
which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and USD
250,000 fine.

According to the law enforcement agents, the
defendants allegedly charged people from USD 13,000 to more
than USD 25,000 to smuggle them into the country.

The six also smuggled young women from Brazil, who
worked as dancers in strip clubs in US.

They allegedly instructed their customers, if caught
crossing the border to make up asylum claims and falsely
report that they would be abused or could face prosecution at
home, court documents showed.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 13:19

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