The newly formed Sex Crimes and Trafficking Unit of The Royal Barbados Police Force has led investigations where two persons, Amelia Joseph, 36 years of Waterhall Land, Eagle Hall, St. Michael, and Keenon Chase 22 years of King William Street, Bridgetown, were arrested and charged for the following offences associated with human trafficking:

• Joint charges (Chase and Joseph)
1. Managing a brothel
2.Living on the earnings
3. Receiving – (2 of the victims)

{IMAGE VIA - (Heather-Lyn Evanson)} • Keenon Chase

{IMAGE VIA (Heather-Lyn Evanson)} • Keenon Chase

1. Harbouring (victims – 5 female Guyanese national)

{IMAGE VIA - (Heather-Lyn Evanson)} • Amelia Joseph

{IMAGE (Heather-Lyn Evanson)} • Amelia Joseph

1. Forced Labour – All five victims
2. Reckless as to sexual exploitation – All five victims
3. Confiscation of travel documents – All five victims
4. Receiving – (2 of the victims)

On 18 April 2013, a Police operation was undertaken at a Bar at Nelson Street, Bridgetown, where 5 female Guyanese nationals were secured for questioning.

Joseph and Chase appeared before Magistrate Deborah Holder, Joseph was granted $30 000 bail – $10 000 for the District “B” matters on April 30 and $20 000.

Chase, however, was remanded to HMP Dodds overnight until his return to the District “A” court.

  • David Welch | Insp.

Public Relations Officer if the RBPF

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