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13 Venezuelan Rape Victims Identify 5 Suspects

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PORT-OF-SPAIN – THIRTEEN Venezuelan women who were abducted, assaulted and raped by men posing as “PH” drivers have identified at least five perpetrators of the crimes.

Police said the men who are from Sea Lots, Belmont and Laventille are now in custody and will be charged for various offences against the women between ages 18 to 32 years.

The offences are said to have occurred over a period of three months, police said.

Investigators said the five suspects were pointed out in identification parades in the Western Division over that last three days.

Police said the victims, who entered the country illegally and have now been registered to work in Trinidad and Tobago for one year, are being counselled by the Victim and Witness Support Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

All the victims told police they were taken to unknown destinations by the suspects who sexually assaulted and robbed them.

Police believe more arrests will be made.

Charges of rape, abduction and other serious offences are expected to be laid against the five suspects today.

Inspector Godfrey Vincent is leading the Investigations.

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