Coast Guard intercepts vessel carrying suspected human-trafficking victims

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Local law-enforcement agencies reportedly are investigating what they believe to be an incident of human trafficking.

We been reliably informed that members of the Antigua and Barbuda Coast Guard intercepted a vessel with 15 passengers – 12 Indians and three Cubans – in Antiguan waters, on Thursday, December 22.

Reports say the boat was piloted by two Antiguans.

According to our sources, the alleged trafficking victims are now being held at the Immigration Detention Centre at the former US Air Force Base in Coolidge.

Meanwhile, the boat captain and his first mate are being questioned by the Police, and a search warrant reportedly has been obtained to search their residence.

Additionally, interpreters are being sought so that the Police can properly communicate with the passengers since, reportedly, they do not speak English.

We will continue to follow this development and bring you more information as it comes to hand.

In the meantime, persons in the know are speculating about the seven Indians who slipped away from their hotel and the five Haitians who broke out of the Detention Centre several months ago – none of whom was ever seen on this island again.

Informed sources said, then, that these persons had been removed from the country by boat.

SOURCE: Real News

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Congratulations and great commendation to the vigilance of our loyal Coast Guard.

    Thank you for securing our borders.

    Seasons Greetings

  2. Whenner should also be complimented for discovering several stranded Africans wandering about Antigua looking for places to stay and work or vote! They were brought by a Nigerian-Antiguan whose work in Agriculture was not paying enough so with the agreement in place he was permitted to ‘seize some Africans from the West Coast of Africa’ just like Francis Drake except his were ships, this African had a plane.
    Four hundred years and now Africans are seizing Africans and bringing them to the Caribbean for corruption. The struggle continues for the poor Africans!

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