Wednesday 11th April, 2018 – One person will be sent back to their place of origin following last week’s raid of two night clubs on the island.
The joint operation spearheaded by the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention) Committee (TIPPC) last weekend resulted in the detention of several people. However, with the exception of one person, those that were detained were released.
The one person who was found to be in violation of the country’s immigration laws was charged, convicted and ordered removed from the state as investigations continue.
According to the Ministry of Public Safety, while the operation at the two establishments did not yield any victims of human trafficking, investigations are ongoing and the TIPPC will continue to monitor suspicious activities to ensure that no human being becomes a victim of human trafficking in Antigua and Barbuda.
Operation “Libertado was a joint activity spearheaded by the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention) Committee, within the Ministry of Public Safety and Labour in collaboration with INTERPOL.
Other participating organizations 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).