Cops res­cue 16 sus­pected traf­fick­ing vic­tims

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Six­teen young women, who are sus­pected to be hu­man traf­fick­ing vic­tims, were res­cued from a house on David Street, Kitty last Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to Co­or­di­na­tor of the Coun­ter­ing Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons Unit at the Min­istry of So­cial Pro­tec­tion Tan­isha Wil­liams-Corbin.

The group, com­pris­ing 14 Venezue­lans, one Cuban and a Dominican, was res­cued by po­lice, who raided the house.

A Depart­ment of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion re­lease quoted Wil­liams-Corbin as say­ing that the res­cued for­eign na­tion­als are be­tween the ages of 15 and 35. She fur­ther noted that eight are cur­rently un­der pro­tec­tive care and are as­sist­ing with in­ves­ti­ga­tions of al­leged hu­man traf­fick­ing.

Wil­liams-Corbin is re­ported as say­ing that in ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing the young women psy­choso­cial sup­port, the min­istry is also col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Depart­ment of Cit­i­zen­ship to en­sure mea­sures are in place to al­low them to ex­tend their stay in Guyana so as to fur­ther as­sist with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Wil­liams-Corbin said this is in keep­ing with the Com­bat­ing of Traf­fick­ing In Per­sons Act, which man­dates that “vic­tims who co­op­er­ate with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion or any other part of the crime of traf­fick­ing are to be ex­tended the op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend their time in Guyana if they want.”

Mean­while, a se­cu­rity guard and four other per­sons were ar­rested for ques­tion­ing in connection with the case.

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