Two Policemen arrested in sex trade scandal

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TIPThe two policemen who are accused of raping five young women have been arrested and are expected to be charged shortly.

The young women were rescued on Sunday July 7 by President of Guyana Women Miners Organization (GWMO), Simona Broomes.

According to reports the two policemen allegedly raped the young women to allow them and their “madam” access into the 14 Mile Issano, Region Seven mining District.

According to reports, the young ladies believed they were going to be gainfully employed in a shop in the interior but little did they know their youthful bodies were the goods that would be sold.

Media reports stated that the girls were forced to hide under an old zinc sheet in a truck at the security check point at the Sherima Police Station, and after hitting the zinc, they gained the attention of the police officers.

However, the girls were ordered out of the truck and the policemen began negotiating with the perpetrator. Instead of preventing the girls from entering the backdam without identification, the police allegedly demanded sex.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment through the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) in partnership with the Guyana Women Miners Organization (GWMO) conducted the exercise last Saturday where the five women were rescued from traffickers in the hinterland.

It was noted that the GGMC provided logistical and other support to the GWMO which jointly conducted a successful operation with law enforcement agencies.

Natural Resources and the Environment Minister, Hon. Robert Persaud is once again calling on officers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and the Guyana Forestry Commission to exercise a higher level of vigilance at its various check points to continue to support the campaign against TIP and underage workers in the hinterland.