According to the Foreign Affairs Minister Surujrattan Rambachan, there are reports of people from small Caribbean islands being held as virtual slaves in homes in Trinidad.
TV6 Showed a report called "Sex, Drugs & Latinas" Where a reporter spoke to a sex trafficker under the conditions of anonymity. Apparently, the young girls are brought here illegally from Venezuela, Colombia and the Dominican Republic under the promise of having a job. They initially work in bars and doing odd jobs to make them feel 'safe' until later they are demanded to do sex jobs under threats.
The authorities conducts raids on sleazy motels, bars and places of repute but capture the girls and not those instigating it. They do deport these girls but there are more girls coming in the country than those going out. Also there has been no significant breakthroughs with acquiring the leaders of the human trafficking rings.
US names Trinidadian among trafficking-in-persons heroes
Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Counter-Trafficking Unit, Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews, has been named one of the 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes by the United States Department of State. Ref. Source 8
Another kind of human trafficking is people from other countries wanting to come to Trinidad to get more money and end up having their passport taken and being worked like slaves.
TV6 showed an interview with a representative of the police (Wheeler) who said that human trafficking is evolving in Trinidad and Tobago. Pimps no longer use brothels or known areas to do their business but instead rent up scale apartments where they keep foreign nationals until clients call and then they are driven directly to the client's home.
The police are advising members of the public to be vigilant. If you notice foreign nationals staying in a place near you and they never talk to anyone and only come out at night then that may be a red flag - the police should be contacted.
Title: Human trafficking
Comments: This is a small island 60miles by 40 miles and the populated areas are well and closely inhabited. Citizens are well aware of what is going on around them. This despicable crime could be halted tomorrow if the authorities really put some worthwhile effort into stopping it. However like most crimes on this island there is always a Mr Big behind the business aspect sharing his illegal earnings with others wearing the masks of respectability and positions of authority or someone of status.
JEMMEL BAPTISTE, aka “Beak”, “Andy Williams”, “Darko”, and “Darkman”, 31, a farmer of Grand Lagoon Village, Mayaro, was charged with ‘receiving a child into Trinidad and Tobago for the purpose of exploitation’, when he appeared before Magistrate Gillian Scotland, in the Sangre Grande Magistrates’ Court, on Monday 23rd July, 2018. Source 9y.