15 foreign women found at East Bank bar during human trafficking operations

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Fifteen women, all foreign nationals, were found during a Trafficking in Persons (TiP) exercise conducted on Thursday at the Bikers Bar, located at Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara (EBD).

A release from the Ministry of Home Affairs noted that the Guyana Police Force, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security- Counter Trafficking in Persons Unit conducted a cordon and search exercise operation, based on intelligence received.

The operation was executed at about 13:30 hrs.

During this operation, the women were discovered and interviewed.

Currently, an investigation is being undertaken into alleged acts of human trafficking and labour exploitation.

One suspect has been detained.

The Home Affairs Ministry said it will provide further updates as they become available.

It was also noted that the Guyana Police Force will continue to monitor these establishments.

Reports of human trafficking can be made to the 592-STOP hotline.

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