Subject: News/Canada: REPATRIATION OF EXPLOITED HONDURAN MINORS ...
From: Melanie Orhant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Feb 15 2000 - 09:49:12 EST
REPATRIATION OF EXPLOITED HONDURAN MINORS ...
OTC 2/12/00 11:06 PM
Tegucigalpa, Feb 12, 2000 (EFE via COMTEX) -- Honduran authorities and a
private organization will take steps to request the repatriation of
Honduran minors who were arrested in Canada for dealing drugs on the
streets, officials reported Saturday.
Authorities will create a special unit to look into the illegal exit of
Honduran minors from the country and their exploitation by
drug-trafficking rings abroad, according to Mario Chinchilla, the Honduran
special prosecutor against organized crime.
Other prosecutors, police officers, private and state children's
advocacy agencies will join in the task.
Canadian authorities in January reported the arrest of dozens of
small-time Central American drug-dealers, including many Honduran minors.
According to Alvaro Conde, director of the non-profit Casa Alianza
organization, the Honduran detainees include 40 minors, whereas 80
Honduran minors were arrested in 1998 in Canada.
Honduran authorities said that many Honduran minors enter Canada by
applying for political asylum, and their legal cases can take up to three
years. Drug traffickers take advantage of the delays and exploit them.
In some cases, the minors came from the United States, where most are
also wanted for drug dealing. EFE
Agencia EFE S.A.
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