Search on for Venezuelan woman who disappeared from migrant centre at Heliport

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Search on for Venezuelan woman who disappeared from migrant centre at Heliport

Police are investigating the disappearance of a Venezuelan woman who was detained at the Chaguaramas Heliport.

The revelation was made by Director of the National Security Ministry’s Counter Trafficking Unit (CTU) Dr Samantha Chaitram, during a Joint Select Committee meeting of Parliament on Friday, which sat to discuss the treatment of migrants.

Earlier this week, the Caribbean Centre for Human Rights wrote to National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds about “disturbing reports.”

It claimed there was alleged ongoing sexual abuse of women detained at the heliport and that it was being done by administrative staff.

It added that one of the detained women went missing after she reported that she was allegedly sexually abused there.

Chaitram said yes and confirmed that a woman “escaped,” or “was absconded,” three weeks ago.

“That matter has been referred to the police and inquiries remain ongoing at this time.” Ibrahim then asked if there had been any other instances of such and Chaitram said no.

“Thus far, we have had this one report and we have referred it to the necessary (authorities).

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Intelligence and Investigation) Curt Simon said, “We, with the Carenage police, are continuing inquiries into that report. We did get some useful information. The investigation is pending as we have not yet located the individual.”

Committee member Opposition Senator Jearlean John said: “We don’t have to wait for new laws, new policies, etc. If there is sexual abuse, the victims are there, the perpetrators should be easily identifiable because I think the access to these places are very limited.

“So I don’t understand why they are not brought swiftly to justice…Really and truly, I think we are very tardy in terms of treating with these issues.”