House searches and arrests Casa Blanca
PHILLIPSBURG, WILLEMSTAD - On Monday November the 16th 2015 during early morning the investigation team of the Unit Human Trafficking/Human Smuggling of KPSM performed house searches in the brothel Casa Blanca in Oyster Pond, St. Maarten and in several houses. The house searches were led by the judge of instruction and the public prosecutor. Four suspects were arrested.
The Unit Human Trafficking/Human Smuggling is a cooperation between KPSM, the Dutch Royal Military Police (KMAR) and the Immigration and Border Control (IGD). The Unit was assisted by detectives of the RST, customs and VKS. The searches and arrests are the result of a long term investigation called Papagaai, during which the Prosecutor’s office also intensively cooperated with the Prosecutor’s office of the Dominican Republic. Two prosecutors and a detective from the Dominican Republic were also present at the searches.
The Chief Prosecutor of Sint Maarten has requested the Minister of Justice to suspend the brothel license of Casa Blanca, while awaiting the further criminal investigation and the criminal verdict.