Businessman maintains innocence as investigations commence
… Police to check if any TIP offences were committed
The businessman who prefers to be identified only as Singh will be investigated by the Guyana Police Force to see if there were any Trafficking In Persons offences committed as it relates to the maid who was removed from his home by Government officials on Thursday last.
The 21-year-old woman was removed on Thursday by officials of the Ministries of Amerindian Affairs and Labour following reports of abuse and possible enslavement and sexual offences.
The businessman has since vehemently denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, this newspaper understands that the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security has since undertaken to provide the woman with training in a field of her choice as well as sustenance so that she will not be in need whilst in training.
It is understood that the Ministry undertook to train the woman so that she could become empowered and in future not be in a position where she would be vulnerable.
When told of the investigation, Singh said that he was not aware of what human trafficking in persons was but he is certain that he is not guilty of any criminal offences.
He maintains that the woman applied for the job as a maid and was told that she would be tasked with cleaning.
Singh maintains that the woman was free to move about and she was even taken on family outings.
He pointed to a recent racing meet to which she was taken as well as outings to the seawalls with his family.
His wife also expressed dismay at the allegations even challenging the police and the reporters that did the initial stories to visit their home, “and see…let them come and see the AC room she used to sleep in…how much people does have their maids sleep in an AC room?”
She explained that whenever on outings and even while at home the girl is always treated like family.
The businessman maintains that he will do what he has to defend his reputation.
The woman who made the allegations against the businessman is currently still under protective custody.