The Child Protection Unit (CPU) is strongly urging citizens with information on child abuse to report it to the nearest police station, or to the CPU, to ensure that an investigation into such cases are launched immediately.
The renewed appeal comes as seven men and one woman were nabbed in an intelligence-led exercise over the weekend, by officers of the Child Protection Unit (CPU), the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the Tobago Task Force.
Police say these arrests now bring to 28, the total number of persons charged for breach of the Children’s Act, for the year, thus far.
The accused appeared before Magistrates in Central Trinidad, Sangre Grande and Scarborough, Tobago, on Monday 27th January, 2020.
The offences range from sexual penetration of a child to sexual touching of a child and having knowledge of sexual penetration of a child and failing to report it.
These offences are all contrary to the Children’s Act 46:01.
According to official police reports, during 25th to 26th January 2020, an island-wide exercise resulted in the arrest of the suspects from the Central, Eastern and Tobago Police Divisions.
The exercise was spearheaded by W/Superintendent (Ag) George, and Assistant Superintendent of Police (Ag) Sookdeo; and supervised by Inspectors (Ag.) Boodoo and Baptiste, W/Sgt. Morton of the CPU, with the assistance of SORT, Tobago Taskforce.
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