human trafficking

2 Chinese nationals held in sex ring raid charged

Two of the 15 Chi­nese na­tion­als held in con­nec­tion with a crack­down on hu­man traf­fick­ing and il­le­gal gam­bling ear­li­er this month have been charged.

The an­nounce­ment of the charges against the duo was made as their habeas cor­pus ap­pli­ca­tion chal­leng­ing their pro­longed de­ten­tion came up for hear­ing be­fore Jus­tice Kevin Ram­cha­ran at the Hall of Jus­tice, Port-of-Spain, yes­ter­day.

The duo, along with a third Chi­nese na­tion­al, was ask­ing the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) to jus­ti­fy their 13-day de­ten­tion.

Cops seize $5m from sex ring raids Leader linked to Asian mafia

An Asian mafia con­nec­tion is fu­elling the mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar world of sex slaves in Trinidad and To­ba­go, in­tel­li­gence sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion have re­vealed to Guardian Me­dia.

These star­tling de­tails be­gan to emerge as po­lice gath­ered more in­for­ma­tion af­ter crack­ing what they be­lieve was a ma­jor sex and drug ring op­er­at­ing in West­ern Trinidad on Wednes­day.

CoP: High demand for child prostitution in T&T

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith says T&T has a great de­mand for child pros­ti­tu­tion and child pornog­ra­phy.

He made the com­ment dur­ing an in­ter­view on CNC3’s Morn­ing Brew yes­ter­day, as he ad­dressed the po­lice crack­ing of what they be­lieve is a ma­jor sex and drug traf­fick­ing ring on Tues­day.

Rescued Venezuelan girls in ‘safe houses’

The 19 Span­ish-speak­ing girls who were res­cued by po­lice on Wednes­day dur­ing raids at a Chi­nese restau­rant in Wood­brook and homes in Diego Mar­tin and West­moor­ings have all been placed at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion rather than the Im­mi­gra­tion De­ten­tion Cen­tre (IDC) which lacks space.

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young made the dis­clo­sure at yes­ter­day’s post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing at the Diplo­mat­ic Cen­tre, St Ann’s.

Venezuelan politician thanks gov't for rescuing girls

One Venezuelan politician is thanking the government of this country after more than a dozen Venezuelan girls were rescued yesterday.

Deputy Carlos Valero, who is a member of the foreign policy commission of the national assembly, posted the message to his Twitter page this morning.

He described it as one of the most serious cases recorded by Venezuelan migrants in Trinidad and Tobago.

TTPS: It's a crime to share pictures of minors, victims of sexual assault and human trafficking

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is strongly cautioning members of the public against sharing and circulating images and videos of minors, victims of sexual offences or human trafficking. 

In a press release issued today, the TTPS is reminding citizens that Section 34 (1) of the Trafficking in Persons Act Chapter 12:10 states “To in any way cause the identity of a victim of human trafficking to be revealed, constitutes an offence.” 

19 Venezuelan girls aged 15 to 19 rescued in major human trafficking bust

19 Venezuelan female minors between the ages of 15 and 19 were rescued by police officers in what is said to be a major human trafficking and slavery bust.

Police say, officers of the special organisation response team, child protection unit, counter-trafficking unit and FIB descended upon Stir Fry Asian restaurant around two this morning.

Officers entered the premises via a search warrant and removed the girls who they say were being forced into prostitution, slavery and illegal drugs.