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A man in El Salvador was charged and jailed for promoting the formation of a U.S.-bound migrant caravan Thursday.
A court in El Salvador ordered Raúl Antonio Ventura to be held in jail Thursday for social media posts and telephone messages that encouraged people to congregate in San Salvador, the country’s capital city, in late January in order to form a caravan to the U.S., the Associated Press reported.
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The man’s efforts appeared to be somewhat successful — roughly 50 individuals showed up at the intended location. Ventura’s posts instructed people on what to wear and what they should bring for their trek northward. Local authorities ultimately arrested him at the location of the intended meet-up point.
It’s still not immediately clear, however, how Ventura hoped to profit, if at all, from the scheme.
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Ventura was slapped with immigrant human-trafficking charges, and a judge ruled that he must remain in custody until he is tried. He faces four to eight years in prison if convicted.
Caravans have become a popular way for migrants to travel without having to pony up the costs for an expensive human smuggler. The trek northward, filled with rough terrain and cartel gunmen looking to rob them,...
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