Venezuelans charged after human trafficking probe

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    A Venezuelan man and woman have been charged following a human trafficking probe.

    This was carried out by the Special Investigations Unit with the assistance of the Counter Trafficking Unit and Interpol.

    29-year-old Pedro David Hernandez Patete was charged with transporting a person within Trinidad for the purpose of exploiting that person for prostitution, as well as procuration for prostitution.

    22-year-old Nohemy Del Rosario Valasquez was charged with procuration for prostitution.

    Both were denied bail when they appeared in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court today, with the matter adjourned to July 7th.

    On June 2nd, officers intercepted two vehicles at Bamboo Settlement No. 2 in Valsayn, which were allegedly transporting nine Latin American nationals, including a minor.

    Two T&T nationals were arrested then, while three more persons were held when warrants were subsequently executed at Central Park, Balmain, Couva.

    The TTPS says while the two suspects were formally charged, the two T&T nationals were released pending further enquiries.