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Seven men and a woman were arrested and charged last weekend with sexual offences against children.

With these arrests, the total number of people charged this year with breaching the Children’s Act is 28.

The eight suspects were held during island-wide police exercises, led by officers of the Child Protection Unit (CPU), the Special Operations Response Team, and the Tobago Task Force.

According to a news release from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, the offences range from sexual penetration of a child to sexual touching of a child, as well as having knowledge of sexual penetration of a child and failing to report it.

These offences are all contrary to the Children’s Act 46:01.

The exercises were spearheaded by W/Superintendent George and ASP Sookdeo, and supervised by Inspectors Boodoo and Baptiste,

The CPU reminded citizens of its commitment to its mandate to protect the nation’s children, steadfastly bringing perpetrators of acts against children before the courts.

“The CPU strongly urges anyone with information on child abuse to report it to the nearest police station, or to the CPU to ensure that investigations into these cases are immediately launched,” the release read.

Among the eight held was a taxi driver who was expected to appear before an Arima magistrate yesterday, charged with several sexual acts against two children.

The 46-year-old man was held on Friday following allegations made against him.

An enquiry was launched and he was slapped with four charges of sexual penetration of a child; four charges of engaging a child in sexual activity; and four charges of using a taxi for an indecent purpose.

The police exercise also involved Insp Singh and WPC Pascall-Joseph and other officers, all of the CPU.

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