Q24N – A human smuggling ring that helped people from Pakistan and Afghanistan illegally enter the United States by way of Brazil and South and Central America was publicly revealed as the ring’s Brasilia contact pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington on Wednesday.
The border fence between the United States and Mexico. (John Moore/Getty Images)
Sharafat Ali Khan, 32, who U.S. authorities said is a Pakistani national and permanent resident of Brazil, pleaded guilty to serving as a facilitator for dozens of people from Pakistan who contacted him in Brazil, paid US$5,000 to US$12,000 each, then walked through the Colombian jungle or traveled north by bus, foot and plane, according to court filings.
The affidavit said the general route used by the smuggling operation went from Pakistan