Police have formally charged Cheryl Thompson of Paradise View, the owner and proprietor of Jam Dung Night Club with four counts of Human Trafficking.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, a joint operation was conducted on two separate establishments, Jam Dung Night Club and Wendy’s nightclub in St. Johns.
Thompson, along with four others were arrested and taken into custody and questioned in connection with allegations of Human Trafficking after a total of 19 potential victims were identified.
Police reports notes that several of the potential victims were questioned and released pending further investigations while others who were confirmed as suspected human trafficking victims were placed in protective care.
Thompson is expected to appear before the court sometime Today.
Meantime, the females who are all Jamaican nationals will be receiving care and support from the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention) Secretariat. The rescue mission conducted by the joint team targeted the establishments based on information of possible unlawful activities relating to human trafficking and other offences.
The alleged offences occurred between November 30th, 2017 and February 9th, 2018.
Meantime Minister responsible for the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention) Secretariat, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Public Safety & Labour, the Hon. Steadroy Benjamin praised the good work of the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention) Committee and commended their efforts as well as the work of the joint task force in its attempt to rid the country of the scourge of human trafficking.
Minister Benjamin, who recently reiterated in parliament that human trafficking is an abhorrent act that Antigua and Barbuda will not tolerate within its shores, also assured the public that the human trafficking laws in Antigua and Barbuda will be further strengthened to prevent the problem from escalating.