29 apprehended during TIP operation in Bartica

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The Platinum International Hotel, Bartica
The Platinum International Hotel, Bartica

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Twenty nine non-nationals were apprehended in Bartica, Region Seven following an exercise carried out by Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection, Simona Broomes and a team of officers from the Anti Trafficking in Persons Unit (TIP) and the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO).

This operation, which was executed at approximately 1:45 hrs on Sunday, June 07, at the Platinum International Hotel and the Top Notch Hotel and Bar, was led by the minister herself, who acted on a tip off she received while visiting the region on Saturday.

The alleged victims are between ages of 20 and 30, and are citizens of Dominica, Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela. Four were in the country illegally and a similar number over stayed their time.

The alleged victims boarding  a boat at the Bartica Stelling for their journey to Georgetown
The alleged victims boarding a boat at the Bartica Stelling for their journey to Georgetown

The victims, along with two alleged perpetrators whose names were given as Morcony De Jesus Souza Da Silva and Maria DeSocorro Nascimento Lages and others, were escorted by police officers to Georgetown where a proper investigation is expected to be conducted.

Of the 29 persons, 11 are likely to face charges and possible deportation, while the others will be assisting in the investigations.  

One of the alleged perpetrators, Maria DeSocorro Nascimento Lages and others who will be assisting the police in their investigation.
One of the alleged perpetrators, Maria DeSocorro Nascimento Lages and others who will be assisting the police in their investigation.

The alleged perpetrators also had the victims’ passports in their possession. According to Minister Broomes, one of the alleged perpetrators who was charged with TIP and released on $1 M bail, was also held for questioning after she walked into the station with two of the girls’ passport.

The Minister was also in contact with the Minister of Public Security, whom she said indicated that he wants a thorough investigation into the matter.

“I’m pleased so far that the minister is on top of this, and has instructed a thorough investigation because we have lots of persons who are here illegally. One Brazilian was refused entry into Barbados and she returned here and she has an immigration officer number in her phone that she contacted,” Minister Broomes noted.

Some of the alleged victims leaving the Bartica Police Station
Some of the alleged victims leaving the Bartica Police Station

She said the aim is not to scare anyone, but rather to protect them and ensure they are in Guyana legally, not held against their will, and should have their passport in their possession.

“I am Broomes and I will not miss a sweep,” the Minister said in reference to her name. She pointed out that the social protection ministry will be aggressively tackling human trafficking throughout the length and breadth of Guyana.

The Minister explained that persons are now beating the borders and gaining entry into Guyana illegally. It was observed that this is a trend by persons from Dominica especially.

The minister further indicated that the owner of the Platinum Hotel, is a flagged person and the GWMO has been monitoring his activities for a long time.

“…there are also persons from Baroom Bar in Georgetown up here now. We have noticed a shift in how it is running. We got information of his connection internationally and that also is proving right because for example, one of the young ladies arrived from Dominica yesterday,” the minister pointed out. [Extracted and modified from GINA]

 

7 COMMENTS

  1. It has always bean good before they brought in the five other race of people their was

    none of The Oldest trade in the world was going on it was Eldorado a Garden of Eden
    a place to live no one to steal people or Rob people,Who made it so not the Natives.

  2. Come n guyana! Well dome! I never understood why it was so open this wickedness right under our noses.. Baroombar, red dragon, and all the others around town.. What a disgrace.. From all the people coming to this country is sheer under achievers… Those ex murderers miners from brazil, these prostitutes from all over latin america, these chinese with their crappy building materials, crappy products… The gov even encourage us to import old used cars from abroad, charging us less for the used cars than to getnew ones.. Why? Because Guyana is the GARBAGE BIN of the world…. And we cant say peope tek they eyes and pass we… We allow this shit to happen

  3. Is it illegal to sell your own body willfully? If so, why they don’t stat with st george’s cathedral corner? These women are nit fools, you know?! They came here to make money and spread disease to married men. If gambling is so bad, prostitution is worse. You not omly spend your money away but also end up on a hospital bed at the expense of the taxpayers… They’re not victims… They are the ones harming the society.

  4. Legalize it WOW you got to be a FI, would you like to have your sister,mother,or daughter do the same lawless bullshit, you along with the slave drivers should all be ????, STFU,,

  5. I think its bad that these “ladies” were made to walk down the road in the full public view like this. Was there no other way to “rescue” them? I think they know what they are doing is against the law. Legalize it man, just make it legal.

  6. This is a step in the the right direction, the bosses should all be jailed. The next raids should be GT,Congrats to the Minister and its team. END LAWLESS LIFE 23 yrs of Lawlessness must STOP,,,

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