Alleged human trafficker to serve jail term

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Crime and Violence Report in Belize

Crime and Violence Report in Belize

40 year old Blanca Rodriguez, said to be wanted by INTERPOL for alleged involvement in human trafficking, was today read a charge of failure to comply with conditions of a visitor’s permit in the No. 3 Belize City Magistrate’s Court.

Rodriguez pleaded guilty and began a six-month jail term after being unable to find the money to pay a thousand-dollar fine imposed by Magistrate Leslie Hamilton.

Immigration authorities say they were alerted of Rodriguez’s presence in Belize by their INTERPOL colleagues. Their records indicate she received a visitor’s permit for four days after entering Belize through the western border.

That time had expired by the time she was picked up around 11:30 Monday morning in the Sunset Park area of Western Paradise village, Belize District, at mile 8 on the George Price Highway.

Rodriguez is expected to be sent back to her native Honduras at the end of her jail sentence.

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