[www.inewsguyana.com] – Eleven women from Columbia, Venezuela and Dominica were on June 08, brought before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry to answer charges of illegal entry and overstaying in Guyana.
Six of them, Franchelys Delas Nieves Torrealba Tores, Yeenia Paola Vasenia Ariza, Maria Eugenie Monsalve Rivera, Yourlenny Valderrana Hernandez, Mary Del Carmen Monsalve Rivera and Melanie Grace Cox Rodriguez, pleaded guilty to the charges of illegal entry.
The charge stated that between February and May, 2015 at Charity, Essequibo, they entered Guyana by sea and disembarked without the consent of an Immigration Officer.
They were fined $30,000 with an alternative of two weeks imprisonment.
Meanwhile, five others: Nagalu Infantie Perez, Genchi Valentina Perez, Natalie Tavaraz Acosta, Ana Christina Nejia, were charged with overstaying their permitted time in Guyana.
They pleaded guilty and were also fined $30,000 with an alternative of two weeks imprisonment.
An investigation was launched into human trafficking, which was led by the newly appointed Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection, Simona Broomes.
The women are among 29 persons who were apprehended after a raid was conducted in Bartica, by the Counter Trafficking in Person Unit of the Ministry of Social Protection and the Guyana Women Miners’ Organisation (GWMO).