‘Operation Ostrich’ Nets SXM Arrests of Two Dutch Immigration Officers Allegedly Linked To Human Trafficking
PHILLIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Two employees of the Dutch immigration service were arrested suspected of human smuggling, bribery and abuse of their post this week.
A person with the initials “K.L.M.B.” (34) and a person with the initials “A.A.D.” (33) were arrested around 6:20 am. on Tuesday.
The arrests are the result of a lengthy investigation that has been ongoing since April 2016, code-named “Operation Ostrich,” according to Dutch authorities.
“Operation Ostrich” is an investigation carried out by the Human Trafficking Unit and Human Smuggling of the St. Maarten Police Force, KPSM into the illegal importation of Jamaicans and Haitians.
The arrests were carried out by members of the Human Trafficking Unit in conjunction with the National Detectives Agency, the Dutch agencies said in a joint release.
On November 14, 2016, another employee of the immigration service, a person with the initials “J.M.” was arrested in the same investigation. She is still detained while her partner, a man with the initials “D.F.” who was also arrested has been released from pre-trial detention. He remains a suspect in the ongoing investigation.
THE ROUND UP (INDIAN STYLE): According to the United Nations, human trafficking is now the third most profitable criminal enterprise in the world after weapons smuggling and drug smuggling. Every year, an estimated two million children worldwide are exploited in sex trafficking operations.