Three charged with human trafficking and various sex offences /

Two men and a woman have been charged with hu­man traf­fick­ing and sex of­fences. Haqqani Ali 32, and Mar­i­oxi Tru­jil­lo 26, both of Chase Vil­lage, Ch­agua­nas,  ap­peared be­fore Ch­agua­nas Mag­is­trate Adri­an Dar­manie yes­ter­day and were joint­ly charged with Traf­fick­ing in Chil­dren, one count each of Caus­ing a Child to En­gage in Pros­ti­tu­tion and one count each of Know­ing­ly Re­ceiv­ing a Fi­nan­cial Ben­e­fit from Traf­fick­ing in Chil­dren. 

Ker­ry Math­ews, 32, of Diego Mar­tin and Ali, was charged with one count each of Sex­u­al Pen­e­tra­tion of a Child.  

Ali was grant­ed $900,000 bail and is re­quired to re­port to the Ch­agua­nas Po­lice Sta­tion once a month be­tween 6 am and 6 pm. He was al­so put un­der a dai­ly cur­few be­tween the hours of 9 pm and 5 am at his home and or­dered to stay at least 400 me­ters away from the vic­tim.  

Matthews was grant­ed $350,00 bail. As part of his bail con­di­tions, he has to re­port to the West End Po­lice Sta­tion once a month be­tween 6 am and 6 pm. He was al­so or­dered to stay at least 400 feet away from the vic­tim. 

Tru­jil­lo was de­nied bail and told to ap­ply to a Judge in Cham­bers for same. The mat­ters were ad­journed to Oc­to­ber 21st. 

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, the trio was ar­rest­ed on Sep­tem­ber 15th in the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion and eight Latin Amer­i­can fe­males in­clu­sive of two mi­nors res­cued from a house in Chase Vil­lage. 

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was spear­head­ed and co­or­di­nat­ed by As­sis­tant Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice ‘Crim­i­nal Di­vi­sion’ Sharon Gomez-Coop­er with le­gal ad­vice giv­en by TTPS Le­gal Of­fi­cer, Za­heer Ali. The ac­cused were charged by of­fi­cers of the Counter-Traf­fick­ing Unit (CTU) fol­low­ing painstak­ing and metic­u­lous in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­duct­ed by mem­bers of the CTU and the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Task Force, with op­er­a­tional sup­port from the Mul­ti-Op­tion­al Po­lice Sec­tion (MOPS) and the In­ter-Agency Task Force (IATF).  

Act­ing Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Mc Don­ald Ja­cob has praised the work of the of­fi­cers in res­cu­ing the vic­tims and bring­ing this in­ves­ti­ga­tion to a suc­cess­ful close. He notes that con­tin­ued part­ner­ship with mem­bers of the pub­lic is cru­cial in end­ing the scourge of hu­man traf­fick­ing in Trinidad and To­ba­go. 

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian