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Interpol participates in Mexico’s migratory operations to find human smuggling rings

Mexico City, Mexico — The Ministry of the Interior reported that during 2021, verification sites and reviews were made as part of the migratory operations for which The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) participated.

The agency reported that last year, Interpol maintained “communication and coordination” with the National Institute of Migration (INM) to carry out migratory operations in Mexican territory.

During 2021, 13,663 “verification visits” and 23,574 “reviews” were carried out in Mexico. These reviews located 7,329 foreigners who had entered the country and were “held” by alleged human traffickers.

Through one operation called Operation Itzel II, 4,394 men and women detained by persons engaged in human trafficking were detected.

In Operative Liberterra, authorities identified organizations that participated in the smuggling of migrants, human trafficking and other related crimes, from which 1,665 foreigners of different nationalities were located.

Operation Turquesa III, the agency says, found 1,256 people from different countries thought to be victims of these types of crimes. The Ministry of the Interior also reported that 2,100 Federal Migration Agents (AFM) were trained in the identification of victims of human trafficking and smuggling.