THE criminal offence of human trafficking is to be widened to include local citizens transporting and harbouring illegal aliens.
Minister of National Security Stuart Young said yesterday this would form a more aggressive pursuit by Trinidad and Tobago’s law enforcement to combat the scourge of human trafficking.
Making the announcement at the virtual news conference on Covid-19, he said he recently held discussions on the issue with officials of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
Asked about the issue of illegal immigrants, mainly Venezuelans, Young said: “I wish it was as simple as pulling a fence around the island. It would make life a lot easier. The good news is that you are seeing the benefits of the increased border controls and protection and we are picking up and intercepting persons coming across. We are finding persons transporting illegal migrants on land. A maxi driver, panel van driver or persons in cars when they are being pulled over and have illegal immigrants who have no authorisation to be here.” The latest arrest by police of drivers allegedly transporting illegal aliens occurred on Saturday when two Trinidadian men were detained at Palo Seco beach after officers intercepted their vehicles transporting 12 Venezuelans.