16 women rescued in human trafficking bust

Sixteen women are providing statements to the Police Major Crimes Unit’s Trafficking In Persons Unit after they were rescued on Tuesday following a raid conducted in Kitty, Georgetown.
The women, 14 of whom are Venezuelans with one Cuban and one from the Dominica Republic, were discovered in a house located in David Street, Kitty. The building was reportedly guarded. The security guard has since been taken into Police custody for questioning.
Reports are ranks from the Unit descended on the house after reports were made that women were being forced into prostitution at a bar in the Kitty area.
When contacted, a senior Police official confirmed the bust, saying, “They are suspected to be victims of human trafficking at a bar situated at Garnett Street.”
Investigations are ongoing.
Earlier this year, the Police launched a major sting operation at the Diamond Nightclub and Hotel on George Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown. During the raid, approximately 41 foreign nationals, along with eight employees, were arrested and a quantity of narcotics was also discovered on the premises. Several persons have been charged in connection with the incident.