Couple in Trinidad charged with human trafficking, sexual assault

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – A man and his common-law wife are facing human trafficking and sexual assault charges in Trinidad and Tobago following a two-month investigation by law enforcement officials.

Nigel Ramai and Reanna Meetoo were arrested two months after the Counter Trafficking Unit (CTU) received a report about alleged illegal activity involving a Venezuelan woman.

Ramai was charged with the Trafficking in Persons (TIPs) Act for receiving the individual for the purpose of exploitation, as stated under Section 4 A (1) of the Sexual Offences Act Chapter 11:28.

The two are jointly charged with committing grievous sexual assault on the Venezuelan national.

Anyone found guilty of human trafficking is liable to a fine of not less than TT$500,000 (US$76,057) and imprisonment of not less than 15 years.
The rescued Venezuelan woman brings to 30 the number of victims identified by the CTU since it was established in January 2013.

To date, 18 Trinidad and Tobago nationals have been charged with human trafficking and related offences.

And the CTU has urged citizens to report any known or suspected human trafficking activity.

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