August 6, 2020

Venezuela Reports Alarming Migrant Smuggling on Colombian Border

(TELESUR) – The illegal arrival of Venezuelans has triggered the spread of the disease in the country.

Venezuela’s government Saturday informed that since the beginning of the pandemic in the country, at least 4,000 citizens have crossed the border with Colombia illegally and under health risks, as they were possibly infected with coronavirus.

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“They told us that coming legally was terrible, and that we would starve and be mistreated,” a young man who tried to arrive in Venezuela illegally explained, referring to Colombian smugglers.

The illegal arrival of Venezuelans has triggered the spread of the disease in the country. It was found that most of the national migrants who arrived in the country from the area of Maicao, Colombia, have tested positive for COVID-19.

Most migrants avoid the health controls established by the country’s authorities at the border crossing.

The so-called “trocheros” (Colombian traffickers) ensure that migrants return safely to their country in exchange for over US$100 per stretch to leave Colombia and see their families again.