Griffith: Sex Island fete will not happen Undercover cops on alert

Un­der­cov­er po­lice of­fi­cers who have been dis­patched to “every cor­ner” of T&T to mon­i­tor il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties such as pros­ti­tu­tion and hu­man traf­fick­ing, will now fo­cus their at­ten­tion on the Sex Is­land event be­ing pro­mot­ed by a for­eign com­pa­ny for Down the Is­lands this week­end.

This was dis­closed by the Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice (CoP) Gary Grif­fith on CNC3’s The Morn­ing Brew Tues­day, as he dis­cussed a New York Post ar­ti­cle that iden­ti­fied T&T as its new lo­ca­tion for the in­fa­mous “Sex Is­land” all-in­clu­sive par­ty.

The par­ty, ac­cord­ing to the ar­ti­cle, will of­fer pros­ti­tutes, drugs and food and drink to its clien­tele and tick­ets are be­ing ad­ver­tised for US$4,500.

Not­ing that such ac­tiv­i­ty was il­le­gal, Grif­fith said that the of­fi­cers, who had al­ready al­so been as­signed to mon­i­tor es­tab­lish­ments where mi­nors are sold al­co­hol and cig­a­rettes, will be on high alert to en­sure the event does not go on as planned if the re­port is true.

“It is not go­ing to hap­pen,” Grif­fith said.

“I can give the as­sur­ance that be­fore the first joint is light­ed, be­fore the first lap dance is laid that this will nev­er hap­pen. There’s cer­tain­ly no way that some­thing so or­gan­ised and pro­mot­ed like this can take place in T&T wa­ters.”

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young al­so said he in­tends to block the or­gan­is­ers of a four-day, three-night “sex ex­trav­a­gan­za.”

Ac­cord­ing to NY Post jour­nal­ist Michael Blaustein, the event is be­ing ad­ver­tised for this Fri­day to Sun­day (De­cem­ber 17). The pro­mot­ers are promis­ing 50 guests two pros­ti­tutes each, drugs and un­lim­it­ed food and drinks, with most of the women com­ing from Colom­bia, Brazil, Puer­to Ri­co, Amer­i­can, Cana­da and oth­er South Amer­i­can coun­tries.

The event al­so hit the British new me­dia Tues­day, with the On­line Mail re­port­ing that the or­gan­is­ers had an­nounced that a 16-year-old boy from New York had won a free tick­et to the event and was trav­el­ling to T&T to at­tend af­ter get­ting his fa­ther’s bless­ing.

Reporter: Rhondor Dowlat

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