Indian nationals Dinesh Chand Jatav, Jagdish Mali and Babulal Jatav-who claimed they were victims of a human trafficking ring in Trinidad-will finally leave T&T shores next Sunday.Although the men were given airline tickets by the India High Commission last Wednesday, Manju Verma who unearthed the trafficking ring, said she was not satisfied with the number of connecting flights the men would have been subjected to and was in the process of having it changed to a later date.The original flight would have taken between three to fours days.
Verma said hopefully by next Sunday the men would depart Trinidad and within 33 hours they would be reunited with their families in Jaipur, India.The businessman behind the ring met with India High Commissioner to T&T Malay Mishra hours after the Sunday Guardian highlighted the plight of the three men, agreeing to pay each $15,000 compensation, as well as cover the cost of their airline tickets.Their passports were also returned to them.The men collected their compensation last Wednesday at the High Commission's office in the presence of Mishra.
On November 17, 2009, the men came to Trinidad after applying for a position advertised in one of India's newspapers seeking skilled males in granite and marble fabrication.The advertisement was placed in the newspaper by a relative of the local businessman.The men were accepted and offered $2,700 monthly, plus a $3,500 apartment which the businessman promised to pay for until their contract and work permits expired in 2012.However, upon their arrival in Trinidad, the businessman seized their passports as well as exploited, threatened and abused them.Verma said the men were duped and exploited for the past 17 months in a human trafficking ring until she intervened and pleaded with the authorities for the men to return home.
So far, Verma said Immigration has intervened to ensure that the men return home safely.Verma was given the responsibility to look after the men until they depart. She said Minister in the Ministry of National Security Subhas Panday was expected to meet with Mishra next week.Touched by an outpouring of love from T&T citizens for the men, Verma said: "These guys have promised to return one day. People have offered them jobs. I am really happy that things have worked out and I must thank the Sunday Guardian for intervening. Justice has been done."