Officer, Venezuelan in court today for human trafficking, gang charges

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    A Police Officer and a Venezuelan national will appear in the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court today to face charges in connection with trafficking in persons and other gang-related activities.

    The officer, who was last attached to the Central Division, has been charged with six offences:
    1. Being a Gang member
    2. Supporting a gang in the commission of gang-related activity
    3. Trafficking in Persons (minors)
    5. Inciting or causing a child to engage in sexual activity
    6. Misbehaviour in Public Office

    Meanwhile the Venezuelan national has been charged with three offences:
    1. Being a Gang member
    2. Supporting a gang in the commission of gang-related activity
    3. Trafficking in Persons (minors)

    The two were arrested during an anti-crime exercise on Monday, along with another officer, who was released on Thursday pending further enquiries.

    The TTPS meanwhile says other persons are expected to be arrested soon, as investigations are continuing.

    The exercise was conducted by members of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT), the Counter Trafficking Unit, and a specialized team established by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith.