Caribbean Na­tion­als Nabbed at Ex­otic Club

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

De­bate con­tin­ues here over the ar­rest of ten Caribbean na­tion­als who were de­tained then charged for work­ing here without work per­mits. The ladies were al­legedly work­ing at a strip club in the north of the is­land. The en­su­ing de­bate here has fo­cused on whether or not these clubs are in­deed le­gal op­er­a­tions and what “work” the ladies were re­quired to ob­tain work per­mits for. Ques­tions were also raised as to why the girls were ini­tially tar­geted and not the owner(s) of the club. Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal po­lice on Thurs­day, April 28, 2016 about 11:45 p.m. po­lice con­ducted an oper­a­tion at the night club (which has been in oper­a­tion here since 2015).

As a re­sult of the oper­a­tion, two fe­males from Do­minica, three fe­males from Ja­maica, one fe­male from Bar­ba­dos and four fe­males from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic were ar­rested and sub­se­quently charged for the of­fence of work­ing without a valid work per­mit.

They made an ap­pear­ance be­fore the First Dis­trict Court on Tues­day, May 3, 2016 when they were granted bail.

Then on Wed­nes­day, May 4, 2016 po­lice for­mally charged one con­sta­ble and a fe­male for the of­fence of em­ploy­ing per­sons without a work per­mit.

They made an ap­pear­ance be­fore the First Dis­trict Court and were granted bail. The charges are in con­nec­tion with the po­lice oper­a­tion con­ducted at the night club.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue into this mat­ter.

Fol­low­ing the ar­rest of a num­ber of non-na­tion­als work­ing at an ex­otic night club here ques­tions are be­ing raised as to whether such en­ter­tain­ment houses are le­gal and should be reg­u­lar­ized.

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