A Venezuelan woman charged with gang and human trafficking offences was denied bail when she appeared before an Arima Magistrate to answer to several charges.
Raidelis Nazareth Nunez Longal, 21, of John Shaw Avenue Arima, was charged with two counts of trafficking in children and supporting a gang leader, when she appeared before Magistrate Brambhanan Dubay in the Arima Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
The accused was one of five individuals arrested by a team of officers in Arima on June 4, in connection with an alleged human trafficking and child prostitution ring.
She was arrested on July 7, after advice was received by the Director of Public Prosecution, Roger Gaspard SC.
The investigation was spearheaded by ACP Ramnarine Samaroo, coordinated by Senior Superintendent Christopher Paponette, Superintendent Edwards and Inspector Pitt, and under the legal directions and advice of TTPS legal officer, Zaheer Ali.
Corporal (Ag) Persad of the Northern Division Criminal Investigations Department conducted the investigation with the assistance of Corporal (Ag) Antoine and other officers of the Special Investigations Task Force, as well as officers of the Immigration Division and Counter-Trafficking Unit.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service said as a result of this investigation, significant inroads are being made into human trafficking and the exploitation of women and children who are vulnerable.
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