Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 4th 2018 Contents matters and "a proposal was
made to possibly have a sep-
arate court that treats with
human traf icking cases be-
cause of the nature of the
cases and also it involves
foreign witnesses who are
required to travel from their
home country to Trinidad to
January was Human Traf-
icking Awareness Month.
After a screening of the
movie SOLD at Movietowne
in Port-of-Spain, on January
29, a panel discussion on
human traf icking was held
after with panellists Terry
Ann Roy, attorney Khadija
Sinanan, Paul Nahous, Dr
Angelique Nixon and attor-
ney Jonathan Bhagan.
Sunday, February 4, 2018
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A San Juan schoolboy became a social
media sensation yesterday after ad-
vising other young people to choose
making "honest money" instead of
selling drugs and breaking into peo-
ple's homes to make a living. The
video, which is just under three min-
utes long, was ilmed outside the pop-
ular Uncle Beddoe's supermarket in
San Juan, where the young man who
identi ies himself as Ajay Aberdeen
was selling peppers. In the video, Ab-
erdeen said that he grows the peppers
"Good morning, my name is Ajay
Aberdeen, I have my own pepper
garden and what inspired me to start
to sell peppers is that it have youths
today who on the block selling ganja
which is illegal, and it has those who
want to break into houses and distress
people. I not on that, I want honest
money so I came out here to sell pep-
Aberdeen said he got the idea to
start his garden from his uncle who is
also a farmer. Aberdeen, who attends
San Juan North Secondary School,
said he placed irst in Auto Mechanic.
He then talks about other subjects he
is doing, including his dif iculties in
"When you want money, get
hard-working and honest money, stay
in school. Stay in school and look for
honest money," Aberdeen said.
Aberdeen wants to be a professional
technician with his own garage when
he gets older. Within hours of the
video being post on Facebook, it had
been shared more than 14,000 times
with over 7, 500 reacting positively
to it. Many applauded Aberdeen for
exploitation in T&T Inspirational
•From Page A4
Wheeler: Increase in
minors being smuggled
Alana Wheeler, director of the
Counter Traf icking Unit (CTU) at
the Ministry of National Security
said there has been an increase in
the identi ication of minors (Vene-
zuelan nationals) being smuggled
into Trinidad from Venezuela.
She said in 2017, the CTU iden-
ti ied an increasing number of
Venezuelan nationals as victims of
traf icking who had been smuggled
into Trinidad via unof icial ports of
entry and who did not have identity
nor travel documents.
Wheeler said these victims were
referred to the unit by the police
She said when foreign nationals
were picked up on raids and po-
lice road blocks, it was important
to screen them for human traf ick-
ing (HT) indicators and refer them
to the CTU once the HT indicators
She said for 2017, the CTU investi-
gated 38 cases of human traf icking.
Out of the 38 cases, the unit veri-
ied/con irmed 14 victims of traf ick-
ing, 12 of whom were Venezuelan
nationals including two children.
Wheeler said these cases were
for sexual exploitation and labour
exploitation and out of the 14, four
of them were smuggled into T&T.
She said the CTU also received
more reports from the Immigration
Department and the Police Divi-
sions of male, female and child of
Venezuelan nationality being smug-
gled into T&T.
Wheeler said these people were
often held at police road blocks and
on police and immigration raids.
She said she had no evidence to
corroborate the 40,000 number
of Venezulans quoted by the UN in
Trinidad, neither was she aware of
the source of the UN data.
Wheelar said the Sunday Guard-
ian story was an excellent example
of how vulnerable and desperate
men, women and children were re-
cruited, deceived, coerced and then
forced or exploited.
She said the CTU had seen a few
cases such as this with Venezuelan
women, unfortunately because the
women were often invited to T&T
by their friends and acquaintances,
they were afraid to seek help once
they arrived and ended up in these
Wheeler said the unit had assisted
several women and girls in this situ-
ation and the ministry wished that
many more would come forward
and seek help to get out of these ex-
She said coercion took many
forms and was not limited to phys-
Wheeler said coercion also in-
cluded psychological by way of
threatening to report them to im-
migration or police, abuse of their
immigration status, allowing them
to overstay their time so they would
be afraid to report to the authori-
ties, traf ickers made false prom-
ises to victims such as promising
to regularise their illegal status in
the country and promising to get a
work permit for them.
She said the CTU continued to
do what it can with its very limited
resources to reach out to and help
the vulnerable migrants and people
who fall prey to human traf icking.
She said the media played a very
important role in identifying and
referring victims to the authorities
and in getting the message out there
to warn and help victims.
Court process slow
Wheeler said to date no one has
been convicted for human traf ick-
ing in T&T, but four people were
committed to stand trial, including
a police of icer.
She said legislation had only been
around for ive years and matters
take a long time to go through the
Magistrates' Court and then the
The CTU was established in 2013
after proclamation of the Traf ick-
ing in Persons Act, 2011.
In a 2015 interview, Wheeler had
said delays in the court process was
frustrating some victims. Wheeler
said lengthy adjournments frus-
trated the victims, who might not
want to return to testify because of
the ordeal they had faced.
In 2014, the CTU held discussions
with the Judiciary to expedite court
guilty of trafficking
in adults is liable to
a fine of $500,000
and 15 years
in children under the
age of 18 is liable to
a fine of $1,000,000
and 20 years
Flashback…Foreign nationals arrested on prostitution charges are escorted to the San Fernando Magistrates’
Court in 2013.
PICTURE KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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