Published On: Tue, Sep 11th, 2018

Raids conducted in investigation into employing illegal Venezuelan workers

Raids illegal Venezuelan workers - 11 Sep 2018

PHILIPSBURG — Raids were conducted this morning, September 11, 2018 at 3 construction companies at the Sonesta Maho Hotel. These raids were conducted in the interest of the ongoing investigation being carried out by the Human Trafficking Department of KPSM.

During the course of this investigation the suspicion grew that at least 3 construction companies dispatched illegal Venezuelans to work at amongst other locations, the Sonesta Maho Hotel. Administration was confiscated during the raids.

Working illegally on Sint Maarten is prohibited. This is not only because it diminishes the chances of a St. Maartener finding a job in the market, but also because undocumented workers are often exploited.

KPSM, the Alpha Team, the Fraude Unit, Community Police Officers and the Public Prosecutor’s Office have joined forces to counter this form of crime. Particularly in the stride to build back a stronger St. Maarten, construction companies and the big hotel chains should take their responsibility, respect the rules and counter illegal work.