Diálogo on 15th November reported that criminals in Costa Rica and Panama transport Chinese citizens to Central America for labour exploitation or to take them illegally to the US. In September, Costa Rican and Panamanian authorities dismantled a human trafficking ring that smuggled people from China to Latin America, and the 2-year investigation led to a ring linked to criminals in other Latin American countries, such as Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. Chinese citizens were transported from China to Europe by air. From there, they were taken to Ecuador, Peru, or Colombia, with Costa Rica as their final destination for a $22,000 to $45,000 fee. Most migrants entered via Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, Costa Rica, with the complicity of some state officials.