Male, 7 April 2022 - In recent years, there has been a significant increase in cases of people from South Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, undertaking a hazardous journey across the Darien Gap – one of the world's most dangerous routes....read more
Dubai, 1 April 2022. Every year, criminal networks smuggle thousands of migrants using long and dangerous transcontinental routes. Migrants from South Asia are smuggled into Gulf and West African countries, which are often used as “transit hubs”, before reaching South America or the Mediterranean shores. From South America, criminals use various routes through Central America and the Caribbean to reach the United States and Canada...read more
Puntarenas, (Costa Rica), 18 February 2022 - Migrants who are smuggled through the dangerous Darien Gap region in Central America are regularly subjected to abuse, violence, and sexual assault, and women and girls are the primary victims ....... read more
The smuggling of migrants is a big business in Nigeria with criminal networks charging large sums of money to move people in and out of the West African country or facilitate their transit.
In recognition of the magnitude of this crime, its impact on the security of the country and the safety of the migrants involved, Nigerian authorities are now working closely with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime through the STARSOM project .... read more
A two-year project to combat organized crime groups that smuggle migrants over multiple continents to North America is underway in thirteen countries.
The STARSOM initiative will support States along the main smuggling routes to work together to respond to migrant smuggling while protecting the lives and upholding the rights of the smuggled migrants.
STARSOM is led by crime prevention and criminal justice experts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the support of the Canadian Government’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) .... read more