Caribbean Nationals Nabbed at Exotic Club
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.