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Nov 16, 2017

Trafficking Claim Investigated by Ex-Jack Charles Employees Turned Alleged Thieves

Keyur Barot and Jitendra Kumar are former employees of businessman Jack Charles.  The duo has been accused of stealing over sixty thousand dollars in proceeds from the wholesaler when they were sent to collect payments in Dangriga back in September.  Kumar and Barot reportedly made off with the money, as well as the sports utility vehicle they were assigned to.  Following an all points bulletin that was forwarded to Interpol, the men were nabbed in Monterrey, Mexico before being returned to Belize to face charges.  But the men are yet to be charged since they claim to be victims of human trafficking.  According to police, the men’s claim precedes any criminal charges that can be preferred on them.

 

Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“What happened is that the matter remains under investigation because there were some allegations of trafficking in persons.  As a consequence of that, any person who is deemed to be a victim of trafficking in persons, any other charges in relation to them, criminal charges will be in abeyance until such is proved that they are not victims of trafficking in persons.”

 

Reporter

“Okay, is there a time frame, perhaps I’ve asked this before but since so far no one has been charged for trafficking, Mr. Charles is the, he has said that he is their former employer and of course he disavows any knowledge of that, but my point is that is there some point at which your office and the office of human development which has them in a safe house I guess.  Is there some point at which you all said, well okay, we still have a criminal case pending for quite…”

 

Joseph Myvett

“The thing is that trafficking of persons investigation is not an overnight thing.  Some of them are very lengthy and based on the tasking related to the case is a lengthy one, but we’re doing our best to speed up the process.”

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