Night Club Owner on Human Trafficking Charges Granted Bail

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Tuesday, 13th February, 2018 – Cheryl Thompson secured bail today when she appeared before a magistrate on four counts of Human Trafficking charges.

Thompson also known as Cheryl Jeanery was arrested on Saturday evening along with several other persons when police raided her night club on Nevis Street. She was questioned on before she was charged with four counts of Human Trafficking.

In court today Thompson was granted bail in the sum of $ 20,000 with a cash component of $ 5,000 and two sureties. She returns to court on April 19th.

Several persons, who were deemed to be potential victims of human trafficking were also questioned and released pending further investigations.

Minister responsible for the Secretariat, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Public Safety & Labour, the Hon. Steadroy Benjamin praised the good work of the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention) Committee and commended their efforts as well as the work of the joint task force in its attempt to rid the country of the scourge of human trafficking.

Minister Benjamin recently reiterated in parliament that human trafficking is an abhorrent act that Antigua and Barbuda will not tolerate within its shores. He has also assured the public that the human trafficking laws in Antigua and Barbuda will be further strengthened to prevent the problem from escalating.

Several of the women who were detained last were in violation of the country’s immigration laws.