Cops rescue 6 Venezuelan women

Six Venezue­lan women, be­tween the ages of 19 and 32, whom po­lice be­lieve were vic­tims of a hu­man traf­fick­ing ring have been res­cued from a home in Diego Mar­tin by of­fi­cers of the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Re­sponse Team (SORT) and as­sist­ed by sev­er­al oth­er law en­force­ment agen­cies.

Dur­ing the ex­er­cise on Sat­ur­day night, a 51-year-old Trinida­di­an man, a 33-year-old Venezue­lan na­tion­al and two Venezue­lan women ages 21 and 24 were ar­rest­ed and tak­en to the Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion in Port-of-Spain.


In­ves­ti­ga­tors told Guardian Me­dia that act­ing on the in­for­ma­tion SORT ac­com­pa­nied by the Counter Traf­fick­ing Unit (CTU), Guard and Emer­gency Branch (GEB) and Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CSI) went to sev­er­al homes at Up­per Covi­gne Road in Diego Mar­tin where they made the ar­rests and res­cued the six women.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieved that they have cracked an­oth­er hu­man traf­fick­ing ring with these lat­est ar­rests. Law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties al­so seized sev­er­al cel­lu­lar phones and sev­er­al doc­u­ments at the homes.

The sus­pects are ex­pect­ed to be charged and ap­pear be­fore a Port-of-Spain Mag­is­trate lat­er this week.

Reporter: Mark Bassant

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