Friday, March 22, 2013

What's in the news in Belize...

Accused Of Helping A Human Trafficker

Last night, 7News told you about the arraignment of 43 year-old Salvadoran Irma Hilda Alaz Azmitia, the woman who was suspected of orchestrating a human trafficking operation through the PGIA. Well today, a Belizean woman was taken to court for allegedly assisting Alaz Azmitia in her operation.

As we told you, Azmitia was busted with 4 minors - 3 boys and a girl, and an 18 year-old female at the Phillip Goldson International with false Guatemalan passports and counterfeit US Visas. When the authorities were called in, the minors were interviewed about Azmitia's operation, and one of the boys revealed the identity of 50 year-old Belizean Francisca Flores, a resident of Belama Phase 2. According to the boy, an adult placed him in Flores's care while he waited for other travel arrangements. According to the boy, he stayed at her house up until March 14.

As a result, the Immigration Department detained Flores, and questioned her, who admitted to them that she did indeed provide lodging for the child. She was subsequently charged with harboring a person to remain in Belize illegally, and she was arraigned today before Magistrate Adolph Lucas.

She pleaded not guilty to the charge, but admitted a second time to the court that she did harbor the child. She said that she didn't know that he was in the country illegally, and that a man who she knows called her and asked that she take care of him for a short period of time.

Magistrate Lucas granted her bail of $1,000 but ordered her to surrender her travel documents to the court. She was able to meet bail, and she must return to court on April 22, 2013.

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