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Arrests Made in Human Trafficking A total of 25 people were arrested in Central America as the result of a joint operation that dismantled a network of human traffickers. The ring smuggled people to the United States and Canada. The operations were carried out in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama. Organized Crime Prosecutor Rafael Baloyes explained that, in Panama the network maintained operations in an apartment of the LaCosta Tower building in Costa del Este, where the ringleaders of the criminal network were arrested. Baloyes explained that there were also raids in the La Cigarra hostel in Santa Ana, and in Parque Lefevre, where five other people were arrested. Migrants remained in the hostel, without being able to leave, until they were taken to the Albrook terminal to be moved to Chiriqui and then to Costa Rica. At the same time it was reported that seven other people are under investigation to clarify their relationship with the criminal network. The traffickers were apparently paid $1,500 to help people cross through Panama. Those arrested included two Colombians who were identified as the ringleaders of the network. The migrants mostly came from North Africa. http://www.prensa.com/in_english/Desarman-red-trafico-personas_21_4517758180.html