12 Haitian detained and fined for illegally leaving Dominica

12 Haitian detained and fined for illegally leaving Dominica
12 Haitian detained and fined for illegally leaving Dominica

The coastal guards of Dominica captured 12 Haitian citizens for the illegal departure from the country via seaways. As per officials, the arrest was made when the people were on their way to Martinique. One Dominica was also charged for “human trafficking”.

Officials said the people were captured from the South of the Island and virtually presented in front of Chief Magistrate Candia Carrette-George.

The judge imposed a fine of $2500 on all the immigrants, while the Grand Bay-based man who was transporting them pleaded “not guilty” to human trafficking charges. Curtis Henderson of Grand Bay was bailed in the sum of $10,000.

Only four Haitian Immigrants were able to pay the fine, while the remaining failed and was jailed for six months.

The detainees included 11 males and one female with a child who entered Dominica legally through an approved port of entry.

The authorities stated that the coastal guards received information of a keel vessel named Stand Firm moving near Soufriere. Officials promptly reached out to the vessel and discovered 12 Haitians and one Dominican on board, en route to the French territory of Martinique. As per the Coastal Guards, there were 14 people on board, but the ship captain jumped off.

Attorney-at-law Wayne Norde represented eleven of the twelve Haitian immigrants. He said the immigrants were going to Martinique for a better future and stable lives.