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Hundreds of human trafficking victims freed in Caribbean Interpol operation

Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2018. 7:40 am CST.

BBN Staff:  Over 500 police officers from 13 Caribbean countries including Belize participated in operation Libertad to free over 350 victims of human trafficking in the region.

According to a release from Interpol, the victims included men, women, and children that were working in nightclubs, mines, and factories.

The executive director of Police Services at Interpol, Tim Morris stated that “the operations they conducted show the power of the Interpol, providing a platform for the 13 participating countries, but what sits behind the numbers is the human story”.

Interpol arrested 22 people and seized computer equipment and phones in the 13 Caribbean countries.

The victims rescued in the operations have been provided with social services and a number of NGOs in the region have offered support.

The operations were funded by Canada and were planned for more than two and a half years.

 

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