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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.