Police detained a man and four Nepalese women Friday in Palmar, Puntarenas, on suspicion that the man trafficked the women to Costa Rica, according to a police announcement.
The report said that police had only planned to investigate the man for failing to obey a stop signal at a checkpoint, but found him transporting the women as they observed his house.
Police said that the women could not produce any papers indicating their immigration status.
Police observed the man’s vehicle evading a checkpoint early Friday morning, and they put out an alert on the vehicle, according to the announcement.
According to the report, the women could not understand police officers’ questions and did not have any papers that indicated their legal status.