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13 February 2010 - Media release

El Salvador requests INTERPOL Red Notice for Salvadoran suspected of sex trafficking

LYON, France – INTERPOL has issued an international wanted persons Red Notice for a Salvadoran national accused of running an international sex trafficking ring that lured women and girls from the Caribbean and Central America into prostitution with bogus offers of modeling jobs.

The Red Notice against Jorge Torres Orellana, aged 32, was issued at the request of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in San Salvador and has been distributed to all of INTERPOL’s 188 member countries requesting the provisional arrest of the suspect for the purpose of extradition to El Salvador.

“INTERPOL’s Red Notice is a proven law enforcement tool that assists police authorities locate and apprehend wanted suspects by making key identification elements available to police officers on the ground and severely limiting the movements and ability of suspects to travel across borders,” said INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services, Jean-Michel Louboutin.

A Red Notice includes identifying details of suspects to help law enforcement officers worldwide in their search and eventual identification when located and arrested. Red Notices can be requested by any INTERPOL member country, and is issued by INTERPOL’S General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France. It remains in effect until the wanted person is extradited.

INTERPOL’s 24-hour Command and Co-ordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters is liaising with NCB San Salvador and the Salvadoran Police to ensure that any information received from the law enforcement community internationally on the suspect is immediately shared and acted upon. Checks are also currently under way by countries involved to see whether the subject of the Red Notice could be linked to on-going investigations in Haiti in which authorities are working to determine the identity of a man said to have been acting as a legal adviser to American citizens charged with trying to take 33 children out of Haiti without permission.