Human Trafficking

Spanish National Police detains 29 people for irregularly introducing Bolivian citizens into Spain through the look-alike method

Spanish National Police have arrested 29 people for irregularly introducing Bolivian citizens into Spain through the look-alike method. The detainees allegedly gave their Spanish passports to Bolivian citizens with physical similarities in exchange for a price that ranged between 1,000 and 10,000 US dollars. In the event that they were discovered at the border, they notified the passport holder so that he could file a complaint for theft or loss.

Between 1,000 and 10,000 US dollars for using the passport

The investigation began when an increase in Bolivian citizens was detected on flights from Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil who intended to enter Spain by posing as the holders of the documents they were carrying.

To do this, Spanish citizens or residents in Spain gave their passports to Bolivian nationals with physical similarities so that they could circumvent border control at the Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas Airport.

The fraudulently used passports were sent to Bolivia through a third party and an economic amount agreed between the benefactor and the usurper was paid. When he managed to cross the border post, he returned the passport to its owner and finalized the payment, which could range between 1,000 and 10,000 US dollars. 

In the event that the usurper was discovered at the border, he was denied entry into Spain and went to the returnee room waiting to be returned to his country on the next flight. At that time, he notified the holder of the travel document so that he immediately file a complaint for theft or loss and the plot would not be discovered.

Open investigation

The investigators detected that the people involved in the plot were in different parts of Spanish territory, carrying out an operation in ten provinces in which 29 people have been arrested for favoring illegal immigration, 10 in Madrid, 7 in Granada, 3 in Murcia, 2 in the Balearic Islands, 2 in Vizcaya, 1 in Cuenca, 1 in Las Palmas, 1 in Navarra, 1 in Malaga and another in Albacete. The investigation remains open and new arrests are not ruled out.