THE Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been passed in the House of Representatives. The Bill was passed unanimously and without amendment on Friday night with 28 votes for, none against and no abstentions. The Bill provides for, among other things, the establishment of a sex offenders registry which will make it mandatory for adults convicted of sex crimes to be listed.

However, names on the list will not be made public unless via a court order. Winding up the debate, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said the legislation, along with the recent amendments to the Marriage Act which outlawed the practice of child marriage in T&T, serves to protect children from sexual abuse.

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OPPOSITION Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) is attempting to deflect scrutiny of what she described yesterday as its failure to protect former Petrotrin workers.

Tabaquite MP Suruj Rambachan said yesterday he was very concerned about fraudsters coming into the country and operating and working illegally as spiritualists and “ripping people off”. Noting that there were such persons “all over the country”, Rambachan said they were sometimes being facilitated by local people.