In recent years, there has been a steep rise in human trafficking from under-developed countries due to poverty. The discovery of smuggled Bangladeshi nationals in Brazil has compelled the authorities to take the issue of human trafficking more seriously than ever.
According to the Brazilian police, they have successfully identified a certain gang which specializes into bringing illegal migrants into their country by luring them with fake promises like high income and better living conditions. It has been confirmed that about 80 workers from Bangladesh were smuggled into Brazil who were promised of a monthly income of $1,500 per month. However, in the end, they not only had to work as slave laborers in very unhealthy working conditions but they also had to pay almost $10,000 to the smugglers.
According to the investigators, in order to enter Brazil, the smugglers reportedly explored some unwatched and less traveled routes through the borders of Bolivia, Guyana and Peru. This discovery along with the fast increasing cases of illegal immigrants simply implies that Brazil, also one of the biggest economies of South America, is in deeper peril of soon becoming the victim of illegal immigration than assumed earlier.
The smuggled men from Bangladesh were found in a town called Samambaia near Brasilia. According to the reports from the Brazilian news agency called Agencia Brasil, the workers were forced to live like slaves in very unhealthy conditions in almost eight houses in Samambaia and they worked mainly in car-washing sites, building and freezer warehouses. The working and the living conditions of the smuggled men were far below normal and investigations are still going on to identify the main culprits of these mass scale human smuggling.
According to the officers handling this case, they have already issued 14 search warrants and have identified a number of smugglers involved in this case. Among the identified smugglers, four of them are alleged coyotes, the men who helped the illegal workers to cross the borders. It has been predicted that a large number of people engaged in human trafficking going on in South America will be brought to book and proper actions will be implemented very soon to prevent such crimes in the future.
The reports are still yet to arrive regarding the future of the smuggled men detained in Brazil as none of the investigators or authorities involved with this case have given any words about the Brazilian government’s decision about them. However, citing the recent rise in increasing illegal immigration, the governor of Acre, a state in Brazil near the Peruvian border, last month announced two towns to be in a state of emergency. It has been reported that illegal immigrants from poor African countries and Haiti have grown rapidly because of increasing instances of illegal border crossing which are mainly managed by the coyotes.