Brazilian police dismantle human-trafficking ring

Federal police say they have dismantled an international human-trafficking ring that provided fake passports to Brazilians wanting to migrate illegally to the United States.

A statement posted on the federal police department's website says that 12 people suspected of belonging to the group have been arrested in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

The statement says that the group charged up to $14,000 per person to provide fake passports and airfare to Guatemala and Mexico, from where professional smugglers would try to get them into the U.S.

Thursday's statement did not say how long the group had been operating or how many people had sought its services.