Sun | Dec 3, 2023

Bahamian authorities detain foreign nationals in possible human smuggling ring

Published:Monday | June 5, 2023 | 2:38 PM
Police Press Liaison Officer, Chief Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings, speaking to reporters. - CMC photo

NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – Bahamian officials said they had detained 22 foreigners, including two children, on Sunday after intercepting a 32-foot vessel carrying a United States flag in Bahamian waters.

“We are going to remain firm. We are going to be relentless in our pursuit and once we find out you are engaging in human smuggling, human trafficking we're going to place you before the courts and you will rightly go where you rightly deserve,” Police Press Liaison Officer, Chief Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings, told reporters.

She said that the group included 13 men, six women, two children and one infant from Ecuador, Italy, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Brazil. They were reportedly on their way to North America

The migrants were apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marine Unit west of New Providence.

The police said they have since handed over the migrants to the Immigration Department for processing.

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