Wildlife trader awaits sentencing for trafficking Venezuelan men

MAGISTRATE Faith McGusty, on Friday, found a 65-year-old wildlife trader guilty of trafficking two Venezuelan men in 2018.

Feezal Shaw, who operates South American Unlimited at Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, was on trial at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

On Friday, he was found guilty of the two charges which read that between February 14 and June 14, 2018, at Soesdyke, he engaged in trafficking in persons and recruited, harboured or transported the two men and did not pay them.

He was remanded to prison until February 24, 2023, when his probation report will be read in court.

According to the facts, on February 14, 2018, the two Venezuelans were invited by Shaw to work in Guyana.

When the men arrived, Shaw told them that they would be building cages for exotic animals.

The victims were paid for the first three days and were not paid again until June 14, 2018. Shaw took away the men’s passports and threatened to report them if they did not comply with his demands.

In 2018, Shaw was slapped with the two human trafficking charges, but they were dismissed in July 2019, by Magistrate Faith McGusty due to insufficient evidence.

Due to new evidence, the case was subsequently reopened and Shaw was charged again.


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