Philipsburg:--- A team of police officers raided the Border Bar house of prostitution early Wednesday morning and arrested the owner Angele Priest, while taking all the dancers at the club to the police station as possible witnesses.
SMN News learnt that some of the exotic dancers filed an official complaint against Priest for alleged sexual molestation. The source said Priest allegedly was in the habit of demanding unprotected and kinky sex from the dancers, while having them work under deplorable and unacceptable conditions. SMN News further learnt that the detectives are busy questioning about 20 dancers that were at the club at the time of the raid. The detectives they said are doing a general investigation on Border Bar and its operations.
In 2008, the owner of Players Club Sweet Leroy was convicted for the same type of crimes. Sweet Leroy spent over two years at the Pointe Blanche Prison after he was convicted.
So far police have been very tightlipped about the raid and the ongoing investigation.
A press release from the Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos states that at least 30 police officers conducted a house search at Border Bar and a suspect was arrested for apparent human smuggling. The Chief Prosecutor said the judge of instruction and the prosecutor's office was also involved in the search and raid of Border Bar on Oyster Pond Road.
This search and further investigation was executed because of information that came to the attention of the Police and the Public Prosecutor's Office that the "labour circumstances" in this erotic animation club were a strong indication of human trafficking (vrouwenhandel).
"Vrouwenhandel" is a serious crime under article 260 of the Penal Code and has a maximum prison sentence of five years. On the premises one person, I.P., was arrested.
During the search several documents and money were confiscated. Because of the scale and the interest of the investigation no further details will be given at this time the release concluded.