A Secret Sunday pool party in Port-of-Spain was busted by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) after midnight on Monday morning where 22 women and 20 men were detained.
A 37-year-old woman from Westmoorings, who is believed to be the main suspect who arranged the event, has also been arrested and is currently assisting police in their investigations.
Police said most of the women are non-nationals with no identification in their possession. They were allegedly engaged in lewd dancing, possible prostitution and child endangerment as several of them are believed to be minors. They were found in a house at Lady Chancellor Heights.
Just after midnight on Monday, acting on intelligence, SORT officers conducted a sting operation at the house where the women, along with 20 men, were arrested. They have all been moved to the St James Barracks where they are currently being interviewed by investigators.
Police also found and seized a firearm and ammunition, narcotics and a large amount of cash.
Guardian Media understands that an advertisement was issued to highlight the event. It was titled "Can you keep a secret?" and gave details for a "Secret Sundays Latin EDM Private Pool Party." It also advertised that the event would be at a secret location where "Secret Pleasures Await" along with a WhatsApp number for interested persons to message for further information and the location. It ended by stating: "Make Sundays your Secret."
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith led the operations with officers of SORT, the Port-of-Spain Task Force, Canine and Municipal Police.
Up until the time of a release issued by the TTPS, Griffith was still on the scene alongside the Counter-Trafficking, Child Protection and Victim and Witness Support Units of the TTPS conducting enquiries to verify the ages of the young women found.