Monday 9th April, 2018 – Several people remain in Immigration custody and will likely be returned to their places of origin following a recent raid on two night clubs.
A joint operation was executed on two establishments which resulted in several persons being taken into custody for further questioning.
Operations carried out at Cheetah Night Club and G Spot Night Club identified a number of possible trafficked persons as well as offenders of the country’s human trafficking laws.
The Operation dubbed “Libertado” is the name given to region-wide joint Action Day Operations, which are in collaboration with INTERPOL. The operation is envisioned to free as many victims of human trafficking as possible. As such, the joint operation targeted establishments based on information of possible unlawful activities relating to human trafficking and other offences.
The joint operation was spearheaded by the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention) Committee, within the Ministry of Public Safety and Labour. Other participating organisations included members of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, the Fire Department, the Department of Immigration, the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP), the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF), and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
While some people were released, several remain in custody persons are assisting Law Enforcement with the ongoing investigations.