Police officer on human trafficking charge

A police officer with 25 years service will re-appear in court here on April 15 on charges related to prostitution and human trafficking.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington denied bail to police constable Valentine Eastman, 52, when he appeared in the San Fernando Magistrate’s Court, south of here on Tuesday.

Eastman faces 10 human-trafficking charges involving three Colombian women. The charges include transporting the women to Vistabella, south of here, for the purpose of exploiting them for prostitution and receiving the women into the country or transporting or harbouring them for the purpose of exploitation during the period March 3 and 25.

The prosecution said that the case is first in Trinidad and Tobago and probably in the Caribbean and one of the charges carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison for a serving member of the protective services.