PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Two civil society organizations concerned with human trafficking denounced the release of individuals involved in the sex-trafficking operation, that freed 31 girls being held at the Kaliko Beach Club last month.
The Director of the National Committee Against Human Trafficking (CNLTP), Ely Thelot, in a Thursday press release said “the arrested were caught in the act and in view of the seriousness of their act, they should have been tried and sentenced so that victims can be repaired.”
Foreign participants in the trafficking were not even held or arrested according to numerous accounts. Of the nine Haitian nationals who were arrested, by Wednesday, March 15, 2017, none were still in police custody. Many civil society organizations across different sectors have expressed outrage since learning of the sting, that freed 31 girls, of at least, 14 minors, and the lack of justice which ensued.
The Support Group for Returnees and Refugees (GARR) also released an official statement denouncing the release of the suspected traffickers without having been tried.
In the CNLTP statement, Director Thélot expressed his dismay by the release of the traffickers without having been judged in advance and called for the opening of a parliamentary investigation to clarify the circumstances in which these people were released.
It was also recalled in the release that Haiti is very vulnerable to human trafficking and that more efforts must be made to protect the vulnerable people. “This is an issue that should be among the priorities of the next government,” he added.