Sunday 5 April, 2020

No tolerance for brothels in Trinidad, says Security Minister

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

“We are not going to tolerate this illegality here in Trinidad.”

This was the response of National Security Minister Stuart Young, as he reacted to the latest raid carried at a hotel in Cunupia on Saturday night, which resulted in the detention of 12 Venezuelan women, the arrests of three Jamaican and five Nepalese men.

The owner of the establishment was also arrested. 

Speaking at the Post Cabinet media briefing on Thursday, Young said the matter was discussed at the heads of security meeting earlier this week.

“My understanding is that we went in, there was a successful raid of one of these establishments and certain persons were picked up. And, of course, there is then a process.”

The National Security Minister added that the focus is not on picking up the women, but on those who are in charge of operating the illegal establishments.

“I have given the mandate to the Trinidad and Tobago Police (TTPS), Counter-Trafficking, Immigration with the support of intelligence and the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF), we are not going to tolerate this illegality here in Trinidad.

And it is not focusing on or picking up these women, although when we do, we will. We are going after the ones who are in charge of these institutions and making a life out of crime and taking advantage of people in circumstances. There is where our focus is and we are in the process of doing that.”

Young was further asked by reporters about the establishment of a unit like the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Federal Agency (ICE).

The National Security Minister said he has asked for personnel for the unit to be identified. 

“We are going to have an ICE type unit. So in the discussions, I told them I ready to implement. So I want from immigration, from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service persons who are going to be dedicated to this unit, and they are going to be vetted.

We have had instances where we were planning certain raids at these establishments and we all know that these establishments, every night are very busy and on the night the raids took place, no one is there. That is not a coincidence,” Young said.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: