Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley should not have ventured into a tit-for-tat situation with the United States.
So said former director of the University of the West Indies Institute of International Relations Prof Andy Knight in response to Rowley's attack last Friday on the US State Department for T&T's ranking in their 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report which placed the country at Tier 2.
Rowley accused the US of hypocrisy, given their own struggles with migrants.
A secret agricultural plot in Los Iros, where five Venezuelan women are being as sex slaves, has been uncovered by villagers who are now calling on law enforcement authorities to investigate. Villagers say they have made several reports to police but the women still have not been rescued.
Many residents in the area told Guardian Media they believe alleged police involvement in this well organised human trafficking has prevented other law enforcement officers from acting.
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.