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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 6, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago police said Wednesday they had rescued 19 South American women after having cracked a major drug and prostitution ring in the west of the island.
In a statement, the police said that the raid in several parts of the west overnight had resulted in 10 men being detained.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, who coordinated the operation involving officers of the Western Division, Special Operations Response Team (SORT), Counter Trafficking Unit (CTU), Financial Intelligence Bureau (FIB) and the Child Protection Unit (CPU), said the operation was a major breakthrough in the trafficking of women from Venezuela,
According to the police statement, the 19 women rescued ranged from ages 15 to 19 years and that exercise had also netted a quantity of narcotics as well as local and foreign currencies.
“This is a major breakthrough in human trafficking, money laundering, drugs and prostitution rings. The women are currently being processed by both Counter Trafficking and Child Protection Units and translators have been brought in to assist in communication between officials and the victims,” the police statement added.
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