Today, 33 year old Rosa Anita Garcia, Guatemalan National and owner of Dominguez Bar located on Otro Benque Road, Orange Walk Town, remains in police custody as she is yet to be charged for Human Trafficking. When we spoke to police today, we were informed that the complainants are still being interrogated and as soon as the case file is complete, Garcia will be charged.
So far the Immigration Department has charged Garcia with failure to comply with conditions of a visitor’s permit, to which she pled guilty for not undergoing a monthly renewal of her permit and failure to comply with conditions subject to which a permit has been granted, to which she pled not guilty in relation to allegations that she had been illegally engaged in employment here in Belize.
As we reported last night, police conducted a raid at Dominguez Bar and there they found Garcia and a mother and daughter ages 48 and 27 also of Guatemalan Nationality.
The mother and daughter reported to authorities that Garcia brought them to Belize on the 12th of November 2015 under the pretense that they were going to be employed in a fast food establishment, but they ended up working at the bar where they were forced to sell beer and drink with clients. One of the females also accused Garcia of forcing her to have sex with strangers on two occasions and when she refused to do so, Garcia threatened to kill her mother and her two children who are in Guatemala.