Jemmel Baptiste, a 31-year-old farmer from Mayaro appeared in court today charged with human trafficking of a female minor.
The following is a press release from the TTPS:
A Mayaro man has appeared in court charged with human trafficking of a female minor, after being arrested by officers of the Mayaro Police Station, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the district, on Sunday 22nd July, 2018.
A retired police officer has been committed to stand trial after the Counter Trafficking Unit (CTU) of the Ministry of National Security arrested him for allegedly bringing a Guyanese woman into the country for sexual exploitation.
He has also been charged with serious indecency, rape and indecent assault.
A statement by the Ministry says that on Friday 16th February 2018, retired Police Officer David Rattan was committed to stand trial at the High Court by Magistrate Antoine of the San Fernando 1st Magistrate Court.
Donald Trump’s immigration policies have been vilified and demonized by many globally.
There is a fear that the tougher immigration approach will have a deleterious effect on the efforts to combat human trafficking. Some NGOs and academies have expressed the view that victims especially those who may be undocumented migrants will now be fearful to come forward and seek help.
One Professor of Georgetown University told the international community that “human trafficking will skyrocket under the tougher immigration laws.”
In 2011, Ashlie Bryant, one of the founders the US-based NGO 3 Strands had a conversation with a 17-year-old survivor of human trafficking that radically shifted her focus in combating all forms of modern-day slavery.
During that conversation, the survivor who had been held for 8 days in against her will said “if she had understood the tactics of this trafficker she might have known what he was doing.”
Trinidad and Tobago has slightly improved its status in relation to the trafficking of persons.
The US Department of State's 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report released today, has given Trinidad and Tobago on Tier 2 ranking, a slight improvement from the Tier 2 Watch List ranking earned in 2016.
The report says that while this country has not as yet fully met the minimum requirements to address child trafficking, it has made significant improvement.
A couple has been charged with human trafficking.
The National Security Ministry’s Counter Trafficking Unit (CTU) charged the two with human trafficking and human trafficking-related offences following a report received from the San Fernando Police Station in February 2016.
The charges were laid by Cpl Ricardo Sealey of the Counter Trafficking Unit.