• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil Breaks Another Gang Smuggling Women and Children to the US

The Brazilian Federal Police have announced arrests of at least three people in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais who are accused of running an illegal immigration ring that took women and children to the United States. Further arrests are expected.

The police have been investigating the gang since 2003 in an operation known as Aegean Sea Operation (Operação Mar Egeu) and found that corrupt employees of Petrobras have been supplying corrupt employees of the Federal Police with personal data about their own relatives so that false passports could be issued to other people who then travelled illegally to the US.

The operation also identified another gang that has been herding Brazilians across the border from Mexico, providing a complete package which included a traveler’s itinerary and false passports, even though the route into the US from Mexico by land has become extremely hazardous.

In order to travel, the illegal immigrants put up collateral in Brazil (homes, cars, etc) and then paid off the trip expenses from their earnings in the US.



  • Show Comments (1)

  • Guest

    The Brazilian Justice System now have the perfect chance to try those who are charged and show Brazilians that there will be no element of impunity.

    As for PETROBRAS, they should be ashamed of themselves for being involved in this this type of operation which has tarnished its reputation. What else is PETROBRAS involved in? Is there anything else Brazilians need to know?

    As for the corrupt Federal Police. Can they blame criminals for their behaviour when encouraging these kinds of crimes. A case like this begs one to wonder…. who are really the criminals?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


You May Also Like

To Develop Brazil’s Northeast Is Obligation Not Dream, Says Lula

At a last stopover on Monday, January 16, in northeastern Brazil, during visits to ...

Past Political Scandal Brazil’s Banco Rural Is Reevaluated by Fitch

Fitch Ratings has removed from Rating Watch Negative and affirmed the long and short-term ...

The Shame of Being Brazilian

If Brazil is unable to develop, if it was the last country in the ...

With IAEA Blessings, Brazil Starts Uranium Enrichment

In the second half of December, the testing phase should begin for the enrichment ...

China and Brazil Reach Agreement on Soy Oil

The Chinese government guaranteed that it will not reject shipments of crude soy oil ...

Brazil’s PT Wins the Vote But Loses the Magic

After the municipal elections all the political parties commemorated victory, while the press demonstrated ...

Lula Asks Bolivia: If Not Brazil Who’s Going to Buy Your Gas?

In yet another chapter of the natural gas struggle, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula ...

Gustavo Brasileiro

Brazilian Economist Kidnapped and Abused in His Own Hollywood Apartment

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) finally heard Brazilian economist and journalist Gustavo Brasileiro ...

Lula and Ortega Discuss Honduras. They Still Don’t Recognize Lobo as President

The presidents of Brazil and Nicaragua, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Daniel Ortega, ...