There are disturbing reports that a woman in Honduras was detained and arrested for trafficking teen girls into Belize for prostitution.
Reports in La Prensa, a Honduran newspaper, indicate that Denia Suyapa Ochoa was detained in San Pedro Sula during an operation by authorities called “Fire Storm X”. Ochoa was employed at the Department of Health and according to the Protection of Women Agency, she sought young females who would be taken to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye to work at a brothel. While there, the female juveniles would be exploited sexually and forced to do work.
Ochoa was charged for human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation. It is believed that she personally took girls to San Pedro Sula, where someone else would pick them up and transport them to Guatemala and then to Belize.
In Honduras, the penalty for human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation is a prison sentence of not less than 20 years.
The operation also involved collaboration with Belizean authorities. In fact, Belizean authorities have identified Honduran nationals who were smuggled in the illegal operation. Local authorities say their operations are continuous as the fight against human trafficking is a priority.