Two officers held for trafficking in minors from Venezuela

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    Two police officers are among three persons charged with trafficking in persons (child) for the purpose of exploitation.

    The trio is expected to appear before a Chaguanas Magistrate, on Wednesday 26th February 2020, to answer to the charges.

    The accused were suspected of trafficking in persons, mainly minors, from Venezuela.

    They include a 47 year old Acting Inspector and a 43 year old Acting Sergeant, both last attached to the Central Division, were also both charged with receiving a benefit knowing that it resulted from the offence of trafficking in a child, supporting a gang in the commission of gang-related activity and misbehaviour in public office.

    One of them was additionally charged with sexual penetration of a child.

    The third accused, a 39 year old bar manager, of Freeport, also faces a charge of supporting a gang in the commission of gang-related activity.

    The men were among four suspects arrested by officers of a Special Task Force put together by the Commissioner of Police, in conjunction with the Counter-Trafficking Unit, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Central Division on Friday 21st February 2020.