Thursday 29 October, 2020

Retired officer to go to trial for human trafficking

After five years, retired Police Officer David Rattan has been committed to stand trial at the San Fernando High Court for human trafficking.

Rattan appeared before Magistrate Antoine in the 1st Magistrates Court on February 16.

In 2013, the retired officer was charged under the Trafficking in Persons Act Chapter 12:10 for recruiting, transporting and harbouring a Guyanese female national for the purpose of exploitation.

Rattan was also charged under the Sexual Offences Act Chapter 11:28 for serious indecency, rape and indecent assault.

He was placed on $100,000 bail after appearing in court in December 2013.

Woman Police Corporal Hector of the Counter Trafficking Unit laid the charge.

A statement from the National Security Ministry noted that Rattan is the second Police officer to be charged by the CTU and committed to stand trial for human trafficking and related offences.

The public is asked to be vigilant and to take note of predators who lure foreign nationals to Trinidad and Tobago under the guise of assisting with employment and work permits.

The Ministry’s statement ended by advising persons who know of, or suspect human trafficking, to call the Counter Trafficking Unit hotline at 800-4288 (4CTU).

All calls are toll-free and anonymous.

 

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