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Cablegate: Another Panamanian Madam in Jail; Immigration

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

O N F I D E N T I A L PANAMA 001000

SIPDIS


STATE PASS FOR G/TIP/LINDERMAN/HOLLIDAY, WHA/PPC/FALLS,
WHA/CEN/BRIGHAM


E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/29/2014
TAGS: PHUM PREL SMIG CO PM KTIP LABOR HUMAN RIGHTSPOLMIL
SUBJECT: ANOTHER PANAMANIAN MADAM IN JAIL; IMMIGRATION
DEPARTMENT SUSTAINING ANTI-TIP EFFORTS


REF: PANAMA 229


Classified By: DCM Christopher J. McMullen for Reasons 1.5 (B and D)


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TIRED OF RUNNING
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1. (C) According to GOP police reports, an alleged child
prostitution ringleader, Elizabeth Archibold Diaz,
surrendered herself to the Policia Tecnica Judicial (PTJ) on
April 14, 2004. She was accompanied by her attorney and, to
date, remains in custody. Archibold is alleged to be the
mastermind of a child prostitution ring that was broken up in
late January 2004. Two Colombian nationals, David Aguirre
Obregon and Wilson Aguirre Obregon, were arrested during the
initial PTJ raid. Information obtained during the raid and
subsequent arrests indicated that Archibold was the head of
the ring and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Panamanian
minors as young as twelve were working in this ring (See Ref.
A). Archibold's arrest and on-going questions should bolster
the case against all involved in this ring.


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IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TOUGH ON ILLEGAL PROSTITUTION
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2. (U) Panama's Immigration department continues its
efforts to eliminate illegal and unlicensed prostitution. In
raids conducted from April 19-21, 2004, Immigration officials
arrested 29 foreign women working illegally (without work
permits) at numerous nightclubs and bars in Panama City. All
of the women were from Colombia or the Dominican Republic.
Many of their passports indicated that they had just arrived
in Panama. These women will be deported to their respective
countries. (NOTE: The Immigration Department says that
their officers resolutely try to ascertain if the women are
TIP victims. Immigration officials have shown EmbOffs the
form they give to arrested women which allows them to claim
that they are TIP victims. In addition, Immigration has
included third-party observers on raids. End Note.)


3. (U) The Immigration Department as conducted a number of
raids throughout Panama, which are part of a a larger,
coordinated regional effort to combat illegal immigration.
Entitled "Gallo Pinto" it promises increased cooperation
between regional immigration authorities. There has been
some criticism of the raids by a local left-wing
organization, Caritas Panama. Caritas-Panama claims that the
arrests and deportations violate the illegal immigrants'
human rights. (NOTE: Caritas Panama is not related to the
Catholic Church relief and social service organization,
Caritas Arquidiocesana. The local leader of Caritas,
Monsignor Duran has told EmbOffs repeatedly that
Caritas-Panama is not part of the Caritas network. End Note.)


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COMMENT
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4. (SBU) The GOP is sustaining its heightened efforts to
combat TIP, recognizing that more investigations, arrests,
and prosecution are necessary to fully combat TIP in Panama.
An upcoming high-level regional immigration conference (May
17-21) hosted by the GOP will include a substantial anti-TIP
component. Embassy will continue to work closely with the
GOP to ensure that on-going efforts are sustained and that
areas for improvement (i.e. victim identification) are
addressed.


WATT

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