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The glimmer of hope the fam-
ily of Ria Sookdeo felt when
investigators arrested a police
constable and his sister for the
woman s abduction was dashed
yesterday after the suspects were
Sookdeo s father, Frankie Rajku-
mar, said they felt some relief
when police went to Rochard
Road, Penal, on Sunday and
arrested the suspects and
impounded the black Nissan X-
Trail SUV believed to be used in
Sookdeo s kidnapping.
After learning of their release,
Rajkumar said it felt like they were
back to square one.
On Sunday, officers from the
Anti Kidnapping Squad went to
the home of the suspended police
officer around 8 am and found
the SUV parked in the backyard.
Both occupants of the house were
questioned by the police and left
with police officers.
According to reports, the
woman, a senior employee of the
Water and Sewerage Authority
(WASA), told investigators she
was at work when the abduction
occurred last Thursday.
Her brother, a police constable,
last attached to the Central Divi-
sion Task Force, was released
around 1 am yesterday. He is on
suspension having been charged
by the Professional Standards
Bureau for tipping off a suspect
that police were on their way to
make an arrest. The matter is set
for trial next year.
Southern Division police took
several statements from Sookdeo s
Raghoo Village neighbours and
Papourie Road residents near the
area where she was abducted.
CCTV footage from a nearby
bar shows a black Nissan X-Trail
SUV in the parking lot minutes
before she was abducted. While
there was no confirmation
whether it was the same SUV
used, police are still pursing that
According to reports, Sookdeo,
34, a hairstylist, dropped off her
two children, aged nine and five,
at the Picton Presbyterian Primary
School around 8.30 am last
Thursday. As she drove her red
Nissan X-Trail to Picton Estate
Drive to turn, a black Nissan X-
Trail SUV pulled up behind,
blocking her path.
Two men, wearing tactical gear,
forced her out of her SUV and
into theirs and drove off. Police
have since released a sketch of
one of the suspects who wore a
cap with the word police written
on the front.
The SUV bore a false registra-
tion number, which actually
belonged to a Ford Ranger pickup
which was owned by the neigh-
bour of the two people detained
However, the neighbour told
police he crashed last year and
the pickup was never restored. It
was also stolen two years ago and
later returned to the owner.
Police said they were also on
the hunt for a well-known Moru-
ga man, who has several charges
against his name, to assist them
in Sookdeo s case.
While relatives suspect Sookdeo
might be a victim of human traf-
ficking and was being shipped to
a South American country, inves-
tigators said she was an unlikely
Investigators said human traf-
fickers usually target children and
young adults without children.
They also said based on sensitive
information they have, her abduc-
tion does not appear to be human
Rajkumar said because they
believed police made a break-
through, they did not do any
searches of their own on Sunday
He said they were worn out by
sleepless nights and poor appetite
over the last four days.
Family disappointed as cops release duo
Back to square one
• Anyone with information
can contact Insp Don
Gajadhar, Sgt Natasha
Morrison or Cpl Barry
Bacchus at the San Fernando
CID at 652-2564 or Crime
Stoppers at 800-TIPS.
Deputy director of
Counter Trafficking Unit:
No evidence of
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Deputy director of the Counter Trafficking (CTU)
Alana Wheeler says there is nothing to suggest
that abducted hairdresser Ria Sookdeo was a victim
of human trafficking.
Wheeler said in telephone interview yesterday
while the Anti-Kidnapping Unit was the lead agency
in Sookdeo s investigation, "what I can say is that
from our end, we have not seen anything to suggest
that it is human trafficking."
Last Thursday, Sookdeo dropped off the children
at the Picton Presbyterian Primary School and drove
her red Nissan X-Trail SUV to Picton Estate Drive
to turn. That was when a black Nissan X-Trail pulled
up behind, blocking her path. Two gunmen wearing
tactical clothing bundled her into their SUV and
Within hours of being abducted, Sookdeo s father,
Frankie Rajkumar, along with other relatives, went
to Icacos, Cedros, fearing the 34-year-old woman
was a victim of human trafficking since no ransom
demand has been made.
Wheeler said the CTU had not seen in any case
where locals were taken to Cedros to be trafficked.
"What we do see is Latin Americans coming in
through Cedros and being exploited at brothels and
different locations in Trinidad. That is not a trend
we have seen. It is a not a practice we have seen.
There is nothing to us that suggests that it is traf-
ficking. It is a kidnapping right now. That is what
is being looked at right now by the relevant respective
agencies," Wheeler said.
For this year, Wheeler said the CTU has identified
five trafficking victims whose ages range in the 20s
Of the five, four were Latin American women,
while the other came from a Caribbean country.
She said women were lured to T&T for jobs.
She appealed to citizens, in particularly women,
to exercise a measure of anti-surveillance at all times.
"You should be accountable to someone for your
movements. As much as possible avoid a routine
and change your driving and travel route," she said.
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