Couple charged with trafficking five Venezuelan women at Diamond Hotel

Two persons were yesterday remanded to prison on a charge that they trafficked five women at the Diamond Hotel and Bar in Georgetown.

It was alleged that Rodwell Dempster and Fiona Hopkinson between September, 2017 and January, 2018, trafficked five Venezuelan women, who were brought to be commercial sex workers at the business.

Both Dempster and Hopkinson pleaded not guilty after they were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in an in-camera hearing in Georgetown.

They were both remanded to prison and the proceedings were adjourned until January 22nd.

Forty-one women, all foreign nationals, were detained on January 5th after the Guyana Police Force raided the hotel and bar on George Street, Georgetown. At that point, police said they suspected that some of the women were victims of human trafficking.

It was the second time that the business was raided in less than a year. Last year May, the police had carried out a similar operation and they said four Venezuelan women, who were suspected to be victims of human trafficking, were rescued.

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