A couple has been charged with human trafficking.
The National Security Ministry’s Counter Trafficking Unit (CTU) charged the two with human trafficking and human trafficking-related offences following a report received from the San Fernando Police Station in February 2016.
The charges were laid by Cpl Ricardo Sealey of the Counter Trafficking Unit.
The suspects, Nigel Ramai and his common-law wife, Reanna Meetoo will appear in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court today. Ramai was charged under the Trafficking in Persons (TIPs) Act Chapter 12:10 for receiving a Venezuelan woman for the purpose of exploitation as stated under Section 4 A (1) of the Sexual Offences Act Chapter 11:28. Ramai and Meetoo were also charged for committing grievous sexual assault on the Venezuelan national.
The TIPs Act states that persons found guilty of Trafficking in Persons, are liable to a fine of not less than $500,000 and imprisonment of not less than 15 years.
The rescued Venezuelan woman brings the count of victims identified by the CTU to 30, since it was established in January 2013.
To date, 18 T&T nationals have been charged for human trafficking and human trafficking-related offences.
If persons know of or suspect human trafficking activity, they are asked to call CTU’s toll-free Hotline at 800-4288 (4CTU).