At least 12 teenage Venezuelan girls were rescued on Saturday after Venezuelan activist Yesenia Gonzales alerted police in Trinidad and Tobago to a suspected prostitution ring.
Gonzales also assisted two teenage girls aged 16 and 17, who were rescued at about 4 AM and found half-naked and barefoot.
The 16-year-old girl was found with bruises around her body and said her handler from the Dominican Republic had beaten her and claimed she was raped multiple times daily during her six months in captivity.
The 17-year-old was also kidnapped six months ago with the 16-year-old girl, escaped her handlers, and contacted local people who helped her while searching for the other girl.
The 17-year-old girl was kidnapped again last week, but Gonzales rescued her and the 16-year-old girl.
The teenage girls said they were held captive at an apartment building in Cunupia with 12 other Venezuelan girls who were forced to work as prostitutes in a “spa”, where older male clients would seek their services starting from $500 per night.
However, the teenage girls were paid Trinidad and Tobago $200-$300 only while having to sleep with about eight men per night.
Gonzales took the two teenage girls into her care following the rescue and ensured they were given a “safe haven” at a house where officers from various stations within the Northern Division took them in custody on Sunday afternoon.
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