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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Jun 27 2000 - 09:02:07 EDT


                  PREGNANT WOMEN USED IN SCHEME TO TRANSPORT ...

OTC 6/25/00 2:54 AM

Santo Domingo, Jun 24, 2000 (EFE via COMTEX) -- Dominican immigration
officials uncovered a child trafficking ring that operated at the Santo
Domingo airport which, in many cases, used pregnant women as "covers" to
transport Dominican children into the United States and Puerto Rico.
    According to a report published in El Nacional, immigration officers
determined that ring operators collected between 10,000 and 12,000 dollars
for each child they managed to slip illegally into the United States and
Puerto Rico.
    For their operation, the traffickers used fake birth certificates and
identification documents. Pregnant women were used as covers, traveling
along with the children, their travel and destination fares paid.
    The police say they have so far prevented some 40 children from being
taken abroad.
    The children were flown to the United States and Puerto Rico at the
request of Dominican parents living abroad, who wanted to be reunited with
their children, according to the article.
    The police arrested an undetermined number of suspects, including some
of the pregnant women. EFE
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