Premier Stiffer Penalties to Come for Persons Caught in Human Trafficking

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 25th 2017: Stiffer penalties to come for persons caught in human trafficking and in illegal trade. This as TCI needs to send a strong message as a country with laws in place to deal with illegal migrants. The message comes from Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson who is also cautioning persons caught harbouring illegal migrants of the hefty fine of $20,000 for such an offence.Her warning comes on the heels of reports circulating that a vessel with some 100 Haitians arrived on TCI shores early Thursday morning. While no official word on how many persons arrived on the boat, members of the Police Service together with the Immigration Task force apprehended several of the migrants, it is believed that a vast number remain at large. An appeal has been issued to residents of Providenciales to assist with information leading to the apprehension of others who traveled on this vessel, or any other illegal migrants within our borders.She adds that the summary conviction or term of imprisonment for the offence is four years, while persons acquiring status other than by birth convicted of the offense can face the possibility of their status in the Islands revoked, making them liable to deportation. A frustrated Premier, who is the acting Border Control Minister, says “It is a vexing experience as each time the country’s purse is taxed and monies that can be used elsewhere for our developmental needs are directed towards detention and repatriation”.The Premier in expressing understanding of the matter, as something previous governments have grappled with, she says the time had come to change the approach to the problem. As a result, she is promising to send a clear message to persons breaking the law as she intends to implement stronger penalties to come for those caught. The Premier underscored the message of the TCI as a country with laws.Premier Cartwright Robinson is currently acting Border Control Minister, as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Border Control, Sean Astwood was in The Bahamas for the opening of Parliament.#MagneticMediaNews#StifferPenalitiesForIllegalMigrantsComing#TCIACountryWithLawslast_img read more