Suspected Venezuelan gang leader charged with human trafficking

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Suspected Venezuelan gang leader charged with human trafficking

Acting Commissioner of Police, Mc Donald Jacob commended officers for their arduous work and dedication exhibited over a painstaking two-year investigation, that led to child trafficking charges being laid against a suspected Venezuelan gang leader.

Acting CoP Jacob said, “I am pleased that we have made another solid breakthrough, as these heartless criminals can never feel that they have a free pass to operate in Trinidad and Tobago.

The TTPS said it will continue to vigorously pursue and arrest those involved in trafficking in children, child prostitution and other heinous crimes that feed on the suffering of the innocent and vulnerable”.

This comes as a Venezuelan man is due to appear at the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court today, Monday 3rd October, 2022.

The accused was one of four Venezuelans intercepted in the Santa Flora district, by officers of the South Western Division on Friday 30th September. Police detained two men and two women who allegedly had a firearm, ammunition and contraband in their possession.

Following his arrest, one of the suspects, SIXTO RAFAEL MARCANO CARRION, was handed over to the Special Investigations Task Force (SITF), which conducted investigations into alleged crimes of human trafficking.

The man was then charged with Trafficking in Children, Causing a Child to Become a Prostitute, Transporting a Person for Prostitution and Being a Gang Leader.

The charges were preferred by both Cpl Antoine and WPC Edwards.

Investigations are continuing.

Source: TTPS