Two officers held for trafficking in minors from Venezuela


    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.