Raid at ‘Bollywood Club’ results in arrest of women

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Four women, including three Dominicans and an Asian national, appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, charged with entering Guyana illegally and overstaying.

The women were arrested following a raid at the Bollywood Club located at Providence, East Bank Demerara; they are Altagracia Rodrigues, 35; Jin Urbie, 22 and Wendy Maria, 25 all Dominicans along with Verline Gerve, 25.

A pregnant Rodrigues was charged with overstaying in Guyana between October 13, 2017, and November 8, 2017, after being granted two months stay in the country. She pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined G$15,000 or a default three- weeks imprisonment.

Additionally, Uribe was charged with overstaying in Guyana between August 11, 2017, to November 10, 2017, after being granted a one month stay in the country. She told the court, that she came to Guyana and fell in love with a man; she was fined $15,000 or three-weeks jail.

Maria, however, was charged with entering Guyana illegally via Springlands, Corentyne on October 24, 2017, and failed to report to the nearest immigration officer.  She too pleaded guilty and was fined $15,000 and ordered to be deported.

Verline Gerve was charged with overstaying in Guyana from August 17, 2017, and November 10, 2017, after being grated five months stay. She pleaded not guilty and was granted G$20,000 bail; the matter is adjourned to November 24, 2017.

According to police Prosecutor, Arwin Moore on November 3, 2017, the police along with a team from the Ministry of Social Protection raided the Bollywood Club. He said the travel documents of the women were examined and it was discovered that they had overstayed their time or entered the country illegally.

Earlier this year, the proprietor of the nightclub was hauled before the Chief Magistrate and charged with trafficking a female of Cuban national for the purpose of sexual exploitation. However, he was later freed from the charge after the prosecution failed to prove its case.

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