Human trafficking appears to be big business at the country’s southern border.
Fuerza Public officers said they detained one man in Paso Canoas after four Africans identified him as a trafficker. Police said the man made a deal for $500 to bring the Africans to Honduras after getting them into Costa Rica illegally in his taxi. But when the man spotted police, he told his passengers to scatter.
When they sought to have their money returned, he declined, so they filed a complaint, said police.
In another case, the Fuerza Pública said a man offered 600,000 colons, more than $1,000, to officers at the control post in Sabanilla de Coto Brus in exchange for allowing him to bring through a group of foreigners. Police declined to accept the money and detained the man, said the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.