Two minors were among eight Latin American females rescued from a house in Chaguanas yesterday.
Two men were also arrested during the exercise carried out following a human trafficking investigation spearheaded by Assistant Police Commissioner – ‘Criminal Division’ Sharon Gomez-Cooper and coordinated by Sgt. Walters and Cpl Ramsarran of the Counter-Trafficking Unit.
The exercise was conducted between 3am and 2pm, with several items of evidential value seized as well.
The TTPS meanwhile is urging persons to report suspected instances of human trafficking in their communities.
It says indicators that a person may be a victim of human trafficking include (especially in the case of women and children):
- Appearing malnourished
- Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse
- Avoiding eye contact, social interaction, and authority figures/law enforcement
- Seeming to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction
- Lacking official identification documents
- Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions
- Working excessively long hours
- Living at their place of employment
- Poor physical or dental health
- Tattoos/ branding on the neck and/or lower back
- Untreated sexually transmitted diseases
Suspicions of Human Trafficking can be reported by calling 999, 555, 800-TIPS or 800-4CTU.