No charges yet as human trafficking probe continues

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Four of the 30 plus people who were detained on suspicion of human trafficking and breaching immigration and labour laws have been released from custody.

The four-people released includes three Antiguans and a Barbadian.

The other people remain in custody as the probe continues into whether some of the women caught working were coerced into coming to Antigua; trafficked and then made to strip dance among other things.

The arrests took place on Friday night following a joint anti-human trafficking operation at the G-Spot Nightclub and Cheetah Nightclub, two strip clubs in the city.

The joint operation targeted these establishments based on information and intelligence.

And, it was spearheaded by the Trafficking in Persons Prevention Committee, within the Ministry of Public Safety and Labour.

Other participating organisations included members of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, the Fire Department, the Department of Immigration, the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP), the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF), and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

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