Ten human trafficking victims freed after Chaguanas raid

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Ten human trafficking victims freed after Chaguanas raid

Ten Latin American females, including two minors, were yesterday rescued by police during a special operation in Montrose, Chaguanas.

They are believed to be victims of human trafficking and were allegedly being forced to work as prostitutes.

The operation was conducted from 5 am to 2 pm yesterday by officers of the Counter-Trafficking Unit, the Special Investigations Unit and the Special Investigations Task Force, along with operational support from the Multi Operational Police Section and Inter-Agency Task Force.

Acting on information, officers reportedly went to the compound which houses a private home, several apartments, a shop and a small food establishment and began searching for the victims.

After they were rescued, the victims were taken from a residence at Eric Street West in a police bus to an unknown location for their safety.

During the exercise, six Trinidadian men, a Trinidadian woman; a Latin American man and a Jamaican woman were also arrested.

Officers also seized several items of evidential value during the operation.