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Almost a victim!

Postby woodchuck » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:59 am

Last week returning to Peru on a late flight, I had an incident at Migrations.
I had been talking with another expat & he and I were the last few to get our passport stamped.
I handed the person mine & she didn't immediately stamp it; she asked if I had ever lost my passport, I replied "No". She had a confused look on her face.
After what seemed like 30 minutes, she said there is a problem & I must go wait in the office of Migrations until the police could arrive (they are actually right next door). I reluctantly did what I was told, but I had no issues with my passport.
I asked the woman at the desk "What is going on?"; she told me only the police could access my file - so I waited,
When the officer arrived, he told me to follow him next door; he seemed to access my file on the computer. All the time I was asking "What is the problem?"
Finally, he wrote something on a sheet of paper & told me to "Vamos!"
I still wanted an explanation, but the "Vamos" became more pronounced.
I talked to an upper-level employee at Migrations & was told they were trying to get money as a bribe to let me go. Very scary!
Has this happened to anyone else?


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Re: Almost a victim!

Postby jumpinjack » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:05 pm

My question would be why would the police be involved in an immigration matter?
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Re: Almost a victim!

Postby FDiH » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:46 pm

Report it. It is the only way to root out the corruption problem. There's a website where you can report corruption cases. Google is your friend here.
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Re: Almost a victim!

Postby woodchuck » Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:20 pm

I have no idea why the police would be involved?
The officer who interviewed me had a suit coat & a badge; I didn't get his name.
He was referred to as "policia", so must have been police.
Any help locating the Google website would be appreciated.
I am still very upset; they did a great job of intimidation, but I had done nothing wrong.
Would the US Embassy get involved if they had placed me in jail?
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Re: Almost a victim!

Postby ironchefchris » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:49 pm

Glad to hear it ultimately worked out for you.

I doubt they would've placed you in jail, otherwise you would've been taken there.

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Re: Almost a victim!

Postby tomsax » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:18 am

The same sort of thing happened to me a long time ago on both the Ecuadorean and Bolivian borders. This sort of thing used to happen a lot on land borders (may still do for all I know) but I never heard of it before at the airport.

I agree this should be reported somehow Maybe to the tourist police? Or to the airport authorities? Not sure this would be in the remit of Indecopi or not?
http://www.indecopi.gob.pe/web/guest/li ... titucional

Well done for keeping your cool.

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Re: Almost a victim!

Postby woodchuck » Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:06 am

Everyone I have personally talked to - agree.
It must have been a scam to extort money from me.
Why would I be forced to stay in a room to await the police over a passport issue?
After quite a bit of time, I was allowed to leave w/o any penalties, etc.
Of course, the police never explained the situation or game me any paperwork.
This incident didn't surprise our friend at Migrations headquarters.
He did say I should have told them my attorney would be involved.
Be careful...
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Re: Almost a victim!

Postby asgp » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:41 pm

I had a similar experience but in Magdalena district. I had to pay the officer to let me go as I was with Peruvian friends and I didn't wanted to ruin their night. I still feel bad for paying those bastards.

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