Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Saint Lucians Urged To Be Vigilant After 69 ‘Slaves’ Found At T&T ‘Church’

Press Release:- The Department of Home Affairs and National Security is calling on the citizenry to equip themselves with knowledge of human trafficking.

There is an ongoing campaign which has resulted in growing awareness on this issue and there is a hotline based at the Police Control Room, Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

By simply calling 847 or T.I.P., at any time the public can report any cases of suspected human trafficking to the Police.

The lawmen will respond and investigate accordingly. Persons who prefer not to provide their identification are not required to do so.

Reacting to breaking news this morning from Port of Spain, that a sting operation by the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) of the Police Service had uncovered what can only be described as modern-day slavery; the Department of Home Affairs and National Security is calling on the Saint Lucia public to pay close attention to this issue which can happen anywhere.

Trinidad and Tobago officers on Wednesday rescued 69 people, four of them women, who were being held captive in cages at a church along the Eastern Main Road, Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago.

The men and women, all Trinidad and Tobago nationals, range in ages from their 20’s to their 60’s, and some were kept in handcuffs.

Trinidad Police say the operation began around 12.15 a.m. on Wednesday. Search warrants were issued for human trafficking, after a period of monitoring and investigations. They have so far arrested six people in connection with the disturbing find.

The church they were imprisoned at is a rehabilitation centre.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations (Ag.) Jayson Forde, the TTPS’s Victim and Witness Support Unit, and officers of the Northern Division CID were on scene at 5.30 am.

Police say senior officers were tipped off to the possible illegal imprisonment of persons months ago.

An investigation has since been launched by Commissioner Griffith to determine whether there was negligence of duties on the part of officers.

Griffith said he will provide updates on the investigation in due course.

The Saint Lucia public is invited to utilize the information tools that the Trafficking In Persons Secretariat have developed for the purposes of building awareness about this barbaric crime.

The Saint Lucia website on human trafficking is https://www.antitraffickingslu.org/. The Facebook is on https://www.facebook.com/antitrafficking758.

The Department of Home Affairs and National Security encourages persons to like those pages, subscribe for free, and follow the anti – trafficking campaign, for continuous updates, information and awareness). Also check out:

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/antitrafficking758/

Youtube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCczjVMqwc_gARxdbCfSK-Q

The Department of Home Affairs is also following this story closely.

5 COMMENTS

    • There was always black on black slavery, In fact this is what gave birth of the West Indian slave trade. Know your history that up till today tyribes have been fighting and essentially enslaving other triobes. Africa is engulfed in a cesspool of civil wars which is originally African and now exploited by Europeans and Chinese for other reasons, the main being economic.

  1. I’m happy that St. Lucians are being warned, but let’s not forget the Strip Club’s that are all over the Island. What’s happening here isn’t on a large scale like Trinidad. These young Girl’s are being used, abused, underpaid and threatened to be deported if they doesn’t comply with their employer. I, strongly urge the Police, to move swiftly and investigate these Strip Club’s, and to take the necessary actions, against the owners. You actually have to meet with these young foreign girl’s, interview them and you’ll get to know what they’re going through.

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