Recently, law enforcement authorities conducted a raid on the ” COPA CABANA”, a Brazilian bar located on Cummings Street , Alberttown, Georgetown , and found eight teenaged girls no older than 16 and some as young as 14, allegedly engaged in the world oldest profession.
Reports are that they were carrying a price tag that ranged from $50, 000 to $60,000 per night .
The raid was carried out with the support of the Brazilian authorities here in Guyana. It is now alleged that the female Brazilian owner of the Bar, who also operates the Castillo and Top-notch Bars on First Avenue Bartica , is wanted in the Brazilian States of Amazonia and Roraima on human trafficking charges.
She is said to be currently hiding out in another State in Brazil .
This raid had had a ripple effect on other Brazilians, especially the women at these bars in Bartica. On getting wind of the raid they immediately fled the Bartica Jurisdiction.
Many were seen hurriedly leaving Bartica by speedboat. Since then these bars have only opened periodically for a couple of hours and not late into the nights as usual . (Edward A Persaud )
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