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EPA: Trafficking into T&T under guise of CSME [Trinidad & Tobago]

Author: Geisha Kowlessar, Trinidad Guardian, Published on: 14 June 2011

[The Estate Police Association claims that] Haitians, Jamaicans and Guyanese nationals are being “trafficked” into Trinidad and Tobago under the cover of the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) [and] are being rapidly absorbed by registered private security firms...“We know for a fact that some of these companies...are...registering them as tradesmen so they could get work permits for them but put them instead to work as security officers,” [general secretary] Webber revealed..."They are paid below the minimum wage and are virtually slaves."...The culprits who bring in the foreign nationals...are “low end” security firms that comprised the bulk of the private protective service industry. Describing the industry as virtually self-regulatory, Webber said repeated appeals and proposals to Government to implement proper legislation have not been heeded. [also refers to Amalgamated Security Services Limited]

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