Friday 15 November, 2019

Businessman held in Copa raid still in custody

A businessman, who was among 51 persons held at Copacabana last Friday, is still in custody.

He is being investigated on allegations of running a brothel.

However, no charges have been laid against him.

Up to Wednesday morning, out of the 35 women who were detained from the operation 11 have appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate.

Eight have been charged with entering the country illegally, while three women have been charged with the offence of prostitution.

The other 24 women, who are between the ages of 18 and 32, are from Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

They are being questioned by officials from the Immigration Department.

The raid took place between midnight and 3 am on Friday at the Copacobana along Dundonald Street, Port of Spain.

Officers of the Port of Spain Division led by ACP Williams and Sup Rampath, with assistance from ASP Sooker, and Sgt Bharath, received intelligence which led them to conduct the operation.

A total of 16 men were also held at the location, and are currently aiding police with their inquiries.

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