Trafficking duo remanded for a week


FOLLOWING the raid of Diamond Hotel and Night Club on George Street, Werk-en-Rust, an alleged strip club, two persons were charged with trafficking five Venezuelans for sexual exploitation.

Rodwell Dempster and Fiona Hopkinson appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied the five counts of human trafficking when the matter was called on Friday behind closed doors in Court 1.

The charges alleged that the duo during the month of September 2017 and January 5, 2018 trafficked Venezuelan women for sexual exploitation at the hotel and the duo were remanded to prison until January 22.

Acting on intelligence, investigators swooped down and carried out a raid at the hotel and night club just after 07:00hrs on January 5 and took into custody 49 persons, including eight employees. The other persons are believed to be club dancers who were brought in from Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and other countries.