Bolivia to investigate possible human trafficking of 69 compatriots in Spain

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The Bolivian government is investigating the situation of 69 Bolivian nationals stranded in Spain and detained because of invalid visas.

The Louis Arce government has announced that it is considering investigating the incident as a case of human trafficking, as authorities closely monitor the process, Schengen Visa Info reports.

Recently, a total of 69 Bolivian nationals were traveling with the MSC Cruises ship with a total of 1500 passengers.

Passengers were in possession of appropriate documents upon boarding in Brazil. We have been informed by the authorities that visas are not valid for entry into the Schengen area. As a result, passengers were unable to disembark in Barcelona, ​​their final destination.

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SchengenVisaInfo reported that Bolivian travelers to Spain had invalid Schengen visas – documents required for citizens of third countries that do not have a visa-free movement agreement with the Schengen area. Spanish authorities suspected it could be a fake visa scam.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is dedicated to helping Bolivians stranded in Spain.

Bolivia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working to help Bolivian citizens stranded in the northeastern port of Barcelona.

According to local Bolivian media reports, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will send a communication to the authorities of the Plurinational Council, to investigate whether there is a trafficking network related to the case.

Juan, who claims to be the father of one of the detained passengers, said his son approached a travel agency to arrange his documents for a cruise ship bound for France and then Croatia. was

We don’t know if they will be deported. Right now, we’re in a wait-and-see moment where we don’t know if a solution will emerge.


MSC Cruises agreed with the Spanish government to offer another ship to Bolivians to settle the matter.

The Bolivian government wants to ensure that the human rights of Bolivians are respected.

Deputy Minister Perez said that it is important to ensure the welfare of Bolivians and that they do not lack anything like legal representation during this process. He stressed that their human rights should be respected.

An investigation will be launched as soon as it is revealed how the Bolivians obtained the documents they presented. An investigation is ongoing to find out the details of the case and determine if other actors are involved.

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