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Immigration sweep sees at least 20 arrested, deported

Cancun, Q.R. — An organized immigration sweep has resulted in more than 20 foreign women being taken to the National Institute of Migration (INM).

The sweep came after the arrest of a woman last week who officials say was being sexually exploited. With information from that women, INM agents were able to locate what they say are more than 20 other women who were victims of trafficking, working in the Cancun Hotel Zone.

For more than five hours, immigration agents carried out checks in bars and discos of the Cancun hotel zone that began late Saturday and carried on until early Sunday morning. The operation included the Federal Police, the Fiscalization Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others, who set out to find the network of traffickers.

Authorities arrested more than 20 women they say were mostly from Venezuela, Colombia and Cuba. The women were taken to INM for processing, while several bar managers were arrested and made available to the Attorney General’s Office (PGR).

These latest arrests come on the heels of another bust by the Specialized Sub-Prosecutor’s Office for Investigation of Organized Crime (SEIDO) and the Army on July 25 when, over the course of two days, they carried out an operation at Quinta El Edén to detect a band of “white dealers”, associated with vehicle theft and international organized crime. From that operation, nine people were arrested.